East English Village junior linebacker Andrew DeMoss named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

East English Village’s defense hasn’t allowed a point through its first three Detroit Public School League football games this season and middle linebacker Andrew DeMoss has been one of the main defenders.

Andrew DeMoss photo Proud Strong Learner of the Week

DeMoss, a 5-9, 200-pound junior, had a team-leading 13 tackles, including four tackles for losses last Friday in the Bulldogs’ 28-0 victory against Pershing and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

“He’s an old-school middle linebacker and meshes well with what we’ve got going on,’’ East English Village coach Rod Oden said.  “He’s a big-time thumper and a big-time hitter. Pershing is one of those teams that’s big up front and likes to try to run the ball straight ahead. That played right into his hands.”

DeMoss, a three-year starter, “is a weight room junkie,’’ who thrives on preparation, Oden said.

“He’s one of the first guys here and the last to leave. His preparation is what gives him an advantage. He studies the opponent and looks for tendencies as if he’s a coach. He prepares for each opponent the same way no matter if it’s a great team or an up and coming team. You just don’t get that out of most kids.”

East English Village has outscored league opposition 128-0 entering this Friday’s home game against winless Southeastern. The Bulldogs haven’t yielded a point since losing its nonleague season opener 35-26 against Lansing Sexton in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

The Pershing shutout followed 53-0 and 47-0 shutouts against Ford and Renaissance, respectively.

“Somebody mentioned after the Pershing game that we hadn’t been scored on in league play and the guys of course are trying to keep that going,” Oden said.

“It’s a challenge to the whole team, but we’ve had the luxury of being up early in those games and a lot of young guys have been playing in the second half. That’s even more of a good thing for us because the younger guys still haven’t yielded even though we’ve taken the older guys off the field.”

DeMoss has not only excelled on the football field, but is a 4.0 student and the junior class valedictorian.

Oden fully expects him to play college football, most likely at a Division 2 school. “That’s only because of his size,’’ Oden said. “He’s a tweener, and the Division 1 schools may not think he’s big enough. But he’ll have a shot to play at the next level.”

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.

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