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Da’Vaun Williams, senior quarterback for Detroit Public School League champion King High, is joined by Douglass High senior running back Demetrius Stinson and Western International High sophomore running back-free safety Romello Ross as the only repeaters from last year on the 2012 PSL All-City Football Team.
The 29-player squad includes at least one player from each of the league’s 15 varsity football teams as selected by PSL head coaches.
Each team’s number of selections was based on its place in the final regular-season division standings: first place (4), second place (3), third place (2) and fourth place and below (1). The All-City players include 24 seniors, four juniors and one sophomore.
Cass Tech, the PSL West Division champion, is represented by Kenton Gibbs, a 6-2, 260-pound senior offensive guard and defensive tackle; William White, a 6-1, 215-pound junior linebacker; DaQuan Pace, a 5-9, 162-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back; and Gary Hosey, a 5-11, 215-pound junior running back and linebacker.
PSL East Division champion East English Village is represented by Desmond King, a 5-11, 180-pound senior running back and defensive back; Khalid Hill, a 6-3, 240-pound senior tight end and defensive end, who is committed to Michigan; Antoine Johnson-Clark, a 6-3, 315-pound center and defensive tackle; and Jalen Dandridge, a 6-3, 290-pound senior left tackle and defensive tackle.
King, who is committed to Ball State, amassed 2,008 yards and 25 touchdowns rushing while gaining 548 yards in kick and punt returns. As a defender, he had 38 tackles and seven interceptions, two for TDs. “He’s the most complete player in the state of Michigan and could be an All-American at five positions,” said Bulldogs’ coach Rod Oden.
Hill had 29 catches for 413 yards and seven TDs and 21 tackles, including three QB sacks. “He’s a mismatch for both linebackers and defensive backs,” Oden said.
Johnson-Clark, a four-year varsity player, had 18 tackles, nine for losses and was “the key to our run and passing game, which accounted for 5,000-plus yards in offense,’’ Oden said.
Dandridge, a four-year starter on the offensive line, has “great feet, violent hands and was a dominating run blocker,’’ Oden said. He had 27 tackles, 14 for losses, and one fumble recovery.
Williams, a 6-1, 215-pounder, earned his second consecutive All-City berth after guiding King to a 51-48 victory against East English Village in the PSL Championship Game. The Crusaders are also represented by James Alexander, a 6-3, 195-pound senior safety; and Mycial Allen, a 6-0, 185-pound senior safety and wide receiver.
Williams completed 115 of 201 passes for 2,436 yards and 26 touchdowns with six interceptions, while scoring seven TDs on the ground. “He’s a very strong leader with a strong arm,’’ Coach Dale Harvel said. “He led us to a city championship and a berth in the state playoffs this year after leading us to the state semifinals last year. He has multiple scholarship offers from Division 2 schools.”
Alexander had 32 solo tackles and 18 assists, with four QB sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles, including two returned for TDs. “He plays strong and covers the field very well,” Harvel said of the Ohio University recruit.
Allen, who has committed to Northern Illinois, caught 41 passes for 746 yards and 12 touchdowns as a receiver. As a defender, he nabbed eight interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, with 15 solo tackles, 22 assists and four forced fumbles. A three-year starter, he was the Crusaders’ top pass defender and receiver.
Cody, which placed second in the PSL West, is represented by DaMarco Gulley, a 5-11, 180-pound senior quarterback and defensive back; Eddie Fluker, a 5-11, 175-pound senior wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner; and DaJohn Strange, a 6-1, 206-pound junior defensive end. Gulley, the Comets’ leader, passed for 1,547 yards and 18 touchdowns while showing his versatility with 1,118 yards and 13 TDs rushing. Fluker caught 15 passes for 645 yards and eight TDs and returned five kicks for touchdowns, each 90 yards or more. Strange had 85 tackles, including 19 sacks.
Stinson, a 6-0, 205-pound senior, is listed by position as an athlete. The Douglass High standout earned his second consecutive PSL All-City berth after rushing for 1,363 yards and 14 TDs and hooking up for 396 yards and three TDs receiving. He had a 70-yard punt return for a TD and, defensively, had 46 tackles with five sacks and one interception.
Douglass, which tied with King for second in the PSL East, is also represented by Darrell McEntire, a 6’0 165-pound junior wide receiver and defensive back; and Carmichael Posley, a 6-2, 260-pound senior offensive tackle and defensive lineman who anchored the Hurricanes’ offensive line the past two seasons. McEntire caught 21 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns and, defensively, he had 36 tackles and led the team with six interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
Western’s Ross, a 5-11, 172-pounder, is the only sophomore to make the All-City team after making last year’s team as the only freshman. The transfer from now-closed Southwestern had 181 carries for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns offensively, and he picked off six passes for interceptions at safety.
The Cowboys are also represented by Jonte’ Wiley, a 5-11, 168-pound senior wide receiver and strong safety who had 85 tackles, including 15 sacks, three interceptions and five forced fumbles, two recovered for TDs. He also had 36 catches and four TDs as a receiver.
Renaissance’s honorees include Elijah Anglin, a 6-4, 210-pound senior linebacker and tight end, and Devin McKissic, a 5-11, 165-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back. Anglin, who is committed to Western Michigan, had 85 tackles with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. McKissic led the team with 45 catches for 758 yards and nine touchdowns. His all-purpose yardage included 800 yards in punt and kick returns.
Central is represented by Kalvin Hall, a 5-9, 165-pound senior cornerback and wide receiver. He finished the season with 54 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass breakups on defense while snaring 46 catches for 687 yards and six TDs as a receiver. He accounted for 1,557 yards of total offense, including 57 carries for 400 yards and seven TDs rushing. As a punt and kick returner, he had 470 yards on 24 returns.
Denby’s selection is Michael Phillips, a 5-10, 210-pound senior linebacker and fullback. “He showed great intuition on the field,” said coach Tim Muir. “He was quick and responsive. His ability to react on both sides of the ball often times resulted in game-changing plays.” As the anchor of Denby’s defense, he had 89 tackles, including 56 solo tackles and 10 for losses. He had five forced fumbles, two interceptions and three QB sacks. Offensively, he rushed for 681 yards and seven TDs while catching 12 passes for 132 yards and three TDs.
Mumford’s Donald Goodson, a 5-9, 175-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back, had 28 catches for 465 yards and, defensively, intercepted three passes with 18 tackles.
Northwestern’s Lawrence Harris, a 5-9½ , 170-pound senior, played multiple positions for the Colts. He started at quarterback and cornerback and was the punt returner, kick returner and kicker. He also played safety, running back and wide receiver. Offensively, he gained 756 yards rushing and scored nine TDs. He also passed for five touchdowns and had a 99-yard kick return and a 75-yard punt return. Defensively, Harris had four interceptions, two returned for TDs. He was second on the team in tackles with 68. As a punter, he averaged 35 yards a kick and made 10 of 17 extra points. He is being recruited by a number of Division 2 schools.
Ford’s Wesley Williams, a 6-3, 210-pound senior defensive end, led with his hard work and refusal to quit. He had 54 tackles, including 20 QB sacks.
Osborn’s Trevor Denson, a 5-11, 190-pound senior linebacker and fullback, had 87 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as the Knights’ defensive leader and captain. He never missed a practice.
Pershing’s Ta’dale Harris, a 6-0, 185-pound senior, was a standout for the Doughboys as a running back, linebacker and kicker. He had 1,029 yards rushing with four touchdowns and five QB sacks.
Southeastern’s Akoyea Reed, a 5-10, 190-pound senior linebacker and tailback, was the heart of the Jungaleers. He averaged six yards a carry and scored nine touchdowns as a runner. Defensively, he had 17 tackles, nine for losses, and returned an interception for a TD.
In voting by his peers, Central High’s Robert Hunt was chosen the 2012 PSL Coach of the Year. Hunt, in his first year at the helm of his alma mater, guided the Trailblazers to a 6-3 record and a spot in the state playoffs just a year after the team finished 1-8.