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DPS Office of Athletics
With the score tied 8-8 and less than a minute remaining in regulation, Ford High’s Keonte’ Lott made the defensive play that earned the Trojans a berth in the Detroit Public School League Division 2 football semifinals.
Lott, a 5-10, 185-pound running back and linebacker, has been named the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week after his 63-yard interception TD return in the waning seconds enabled Ford to escape with a 14-8 victory last Friday against Douglass.
“Keonte has been down on himself at times this season because he’s wanted to be more involved as a running back,” Ford coach Ken Fenton said. “He was hampered by some fumbles early in the season, but he’s gone from not being able to catch the ball out of the backfield to making big plays. I told him coming over on the bus that this is going to be the day where he’d have to get it done.”
A third-year varsity player, Lott has rotated from playing linebacker to nose guard to running back to linebacker, and was in the right position last Friday to avert Douglass’ late drive into Trojan territory.
“His return was a big lift not only for him but the entire team,’’ Fenton said. “We never expected for it to come down to that, but Keonte humbled himself and was able to make the big play we needed.”
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