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DPS Office of Athletics
It’s been an up-and-down emotional ride this season for Douglass High’s football team, but quarterback Kory Peterson went air bound last Friday night to lift the Hurricanes and their fans’ spirits to the sky.
Peterson, a 6-1, 190-pound junior, is the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week after completing 6-of-10 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in Douglass’ 28-0 shutout victory against Ford in the PSL Division II championship game at Ford Field.
“He had an excellent game and really came through as the season went on,” Douglass coach Al Demps said. “He’s probably my most improved player. He started out kind of rough and threw a couple of interceptions early on this season. But he hasn’t thrown any since week two.”
For Peterson, his PSLer of the Week performance and Douglass’ championship reaffirmed that diligence pays off.
“I feel good to know that doing well in school and having faith and believing can have an effect on your performance on the field,” he said. “Hard work and never giving up can overcome a lot. No matter the situation, you’ve got to keep going.”
With the help of donations from others, the Hurricanes were able to keep it going upward this season after thieves broke into the school’s field house and stole their uniforms and equipment.
In defeating Ford, they avenged the only loss on their 8-1 regular-season record and Friday will host league opponent Southwestern at Northwestern High School as one of eight PSL teams in the MHSAA state playoffs.
“I feel good about how good of a team we have,’’ Peterson said. “We don’t have a lot of kids, but we have good coaches. So the kids we do have, we coach them up and go out and have fun and win games.”
Barring a state championship, few achievements will top the Hurricanes’ victory for the PSL Division II crown, especially because it came against a team they lost to 27-26 after squandering a 26-0 lead.
“It means a lot because Frederick Douglass had never won a championship in anything,’’ Peterson said. “It was a bad taste for us to lose to Ford after being up 26-0. But we beat them for the championship and we got our revenge. Now it’s time for the states.”
Should the Hurricanes reach the state finals in Division 4, they’ll find themselves back in the home of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Having played there once is an experience Peterson won’t likely forget.
“Going out there and playing on a field where NFL teams play, it was priceless,’’ he said.
With a 3.3 grade point average, Peterson said his goal is to play college football, major in Accounting “and become something good and successful in life.” According to his coach, that’s just a matter of time.
“Kory is a great leader who leads by example in the classroom and on the field,’’ Demps said. “He’s a junior, so I’ll have him back for another year. That’s something we can look forward to as a real positive for our program.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators.