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Western International High junior running back Romello Ross, a three-time selection, and Cody High senior linebacker DaJohn Strange, a two-time honoree, are the only repeaters from last year on the 2013 Detroit Public School League All-City Football Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
The 28-player squad includes at least one player from each of the league’s 15 varsity football teams. 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 consist of 16 seniors, eight juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.
Cass Tech, the league and PSL West Division champion, is represented by Nashon Burns, a 6-3, 285-pound junior offensive guard and defensive tackle; Erik Mumford, a 6-2, 320 senior center and nose guard; Del’Shawn Phillips, a 6-2, 225-pound senior linebacker and tight end; and Phillip Parham, a 5-9, 170-pound senior defensive back and kick returner.
PSL East champion King is represented by Avonte Maddox, a 5-10, 165-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back; Raymond Mitchell, a 5-8, 170-pound senior running back; Jalen Embry, a 5-11, 180-pound senior defensive back and wide receiver; and Tyriq Thompson, a 6-1, 215-pound junior linebacker and fullback.
Maddox, who is committed to Pittsburgh, accounted for 1,673 all-purpose yards with 18 touchdowns, four pass interceptions and two punts returned for TDs. Mitchell carried the ball 145 times for 1,016 yards and 10 touchdowns. Embry, who is committed to Iowa, caught 34 passes for 646 yards and nine TDs and nabbed two pass interceptions. Thompson had 112 tackles, including 71 solo tackles, with 10 QB sacks, seven pass break-ups and four force fumbles. Offensively, Thompson snared 22 catches for 236 yards and eight TDs.
PSL East runnerup East English Village placed the lone freshman on the All-City team in 6-3, 265-pound offensive and defensive tackle Emani Mason. The Bulldogs are also represented by linebacker Andrew DeMoss, a 5-9, 200-pound sophomore, and running back Nathaniel Boleware, a 5-7, 165-pound sophomore.
Mason is described by his coach, Rod Oden, as “a Division 1 recruit as a freshman,” and “a dominant run blocker” with “great hands and feet.”
DeMoss, in his second year as a starter, had 89 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, and seven quarterback sacks.
Boleware, a second-year starter described as “very versatile and super-quick” who “always makes the first defender miss” had over 1,500 all-purpose yards, including 941 yards and 16 TDs rushing, 287 yards and three TDs receiving and 404 yards in kick and punt returns.
Mumford, the PSL West runnerup, is represented by 6-0, 180-pound junior quarterback Monte Stewart; 6-0, 315-pound senior offensive and defensive tackle Randolph Sillman; and 5-10, 170-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back DeAnte Mahone.
“Monte has a very strong arm and he has grown significantly since last year,” Mustangs coach Donshell English said. “He has taken control of the offense and thrived in it. With his continued maturity, the best is yet to come.”
“Randolph is a great team leader,” English said. “He gives 100 per cent all the time and leads by example. His tenacity on the field allows him to compete and make plays, and he excels in the classroom.”
“DeAnte is our all all-around performer,” English said. “Whenever we need a big play, he usually is the one to deliver. He never leaves the field, which is a tribute to his importance to the team. His contributions are invaluable. We will miss him next year.”
Denby is represented by Raynard Lewis, a 5-10, 175-pound quarterback and defensive back; and Malik Whitehead, a 6-0, 170-pound junior wide receiver.
Cody’s selections include Strange, who made 89 tackles, including 15 quarterback sacks, to earn his second consecutive All-City berth; and 6-1, 185-pound senior wide receiver, quarterback and free safety KaJuan Ocasio, who had 1,072 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns, 52 tackles and five interceptions. That included 43 catches for 868 yards and six TDs receiving and two TDs passing.
Renaissance is represented by Maliek Phillips, a 6-0, 175-pound quarterback; and Napoleon McCants, a 6-0, 190-pound junior inside linebacker. Phillips led the Phoenix offense with 84 carries for 774 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing and added 891 yards and eight TDs passing with only two interceptions. McCants led the defense with 58 tackles, 13 for losses, four quarterback sacks and six forced fumbles.
Osborn’s Martez Jemison, a 5-7, 175-pound senior quarterback and defensive back, piled up 1,248 yards in total offense, including 78 yards and four TDs rushing and 51-of-103 pass completions for 781 yards yards and 11 TDs. Defensively, he had 68 tackles, six interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Ross, who still has a year left, made his third consecutive PSL All-City team after leading Western with 35 carries for 1048 yards and 14 touchdowns and 16 catches for 278 yards receiving.
Southeastern’s Kenneth Stokes, a 5-9, 210-pound senior linebacker and fullback, had 96 tackles, five QB sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown as a defender and 34 carries for 354 yards and three touchdowns as running back.
Northwestern’s Jonte’ Lenoir, a 5-8, 250-pound senior defensive tackle and offensive guard, was small in stature but played big as the team captain. He had 56 tackles, 12 for losses and seven QB sacks, while leading a young team that returns all but three players next season. “He was a relentless worker in the weight room this past offseason and he’ll make some college coach happy next season,” Colts coach Jimmy Hill said.
Pershing’s Javon Thomas, a 6-2, 310-pound junior defensive lineman and offensive guard, had 11 QB sacks and 14 tackles for losses. “He’s a high-motor kid, who’s being looked at by Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan,’’ Doughboys’ coach Antonio Johnson said.
Douglass’ Marlo Ellis, a 5-7, 165-pound sophomore running back, had 44 carries for 196 yards and one TD.
Ford’s Damarian Deas, a 5-10, 180-pound senior quarterback and defensive back, captained the Trojans’ offense and defense while leading the team in rushing and tackles. He’s one of 12 returning starters next year.
Central’s Darae Battle, a 6-4, 320-pound senior tackle, was a three-year varsity starter who led the Trailblazers’ in the trenches, allowing only four sacks in his career. Defensively, he had 29 tackles, six QB sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception this year. He’s drawn recruiting interest from Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Tennessee State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Grand Valley State.
For photos of the 2013 PSL All-City Football Team, click on the link below.
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