When 5-foot-7 sophomore quarterback Leeshaun Mumpfield walked out onto the Detroit Cass Tech subject Saturday, he had had modest objectives.
This was his first varsity sport and he was making his first begin.
He didn’t anticipate to throw for over 300 yards.
“I used to be actually nervous initially,” he stated, “however on the finish we’re all going house joyful.”
Cass Tech went house joyful as a result of Mumpfield was spectacular, finishing 15 of 27 passes for 305 yards because the Technicians defeated arch-rival Detroit King, 34-26, in a three-hour affair at Cass.
Mumpfield was aided by an amazing effort by Penn State-bound receiver Kalen King, who caught landing passes of 75, 41 and 54 yards.
“The primary one was all him,” Mumpfield stated of the 75-yard bubble display. “I’ve bought to get him the ball and he’s bought to make the play. The final one, we had all of it sport, I simply didn’t throw it. I simply needed to full it.”
King additionally has a sophomore quarterback, Dante Moore, and he was the Crusaders’ beginning quarterback final season. He additionally performed nicely, finishing 18 of 29 passes for 270 yards and 4 TDs.
Junior receiver Lynn Wyche-El caught all 4 King landing passes on receptions of 18, 87, 50 and 25 yards.
However the story of the day was Mumpfield, who could have shocked the followers, however not his teammates.
“Oh, that’s my man,” stated King. “He stepped up. He’s younger, however he stepped up. That’s my man — Lee. All winter and summer season we figuring out collectively. We knew he needed to step up and that’s what he did.”
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King led 12-7 late within the first half when King caught the bubble display, juked to get previous the linebackers and raced 75 yards.
He helped put the sport away with a 54-yard landing catch with 2:34 left to play.
“I knew I may beat him the entire sport,” he stated. “I seen him. I knew he couldn’t guard me. We took a shot and it paid off.”
The arrogance Cass coach Thomas Wilcher confirmed in Mumpfield additionally paid off. Whereas Mumpfield could have been nervous, Wilcher knew the teen would play nicely.
“Folks say he’s not that good,” Wilcher stated, shaking his head. “However guess what, he’s bought an awesome arm, he’s a 4.zero scholar, he thinks quite a bit, he is aware of the best way to be a quarterback.
“That’s an important factor. Lee is aware of the best way to be a quarterback. He understands the sport, he research the sport and he is aware of the best way to run the offense.”
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