Cass Tech's Juniors Huge in Win

Boubacar Cissoko and Fred Smith drew most of the headlines going into the game and Cissoko did have the game sealer. However, it was the Technicians' juniors, namely RB Teric Jones and Michigan commit William Campbell, who came up with big plays throughout the game to lead them to the 13-7 victory.

William Campbell and Teric Jones are best friends. The pair have gone to camps, played football and basketball together and are close off the playing fields. Together with their Cass Tech teammates, they have endured a tough season which began with expectations of a city championship, but had turned into a season where the team (at 1-4) was now out of the running.

It wasn't getting any easier either as the Technicians were facing Detroit Southeastern, 4-1, hot off a big win and playing in front of a raucous homecoming crowd.

Jones, stuck behind Indiana bound Cortez Smith had not gotten the carries he had envisioned, but had happily accepted a role of blocking and playing in the slot. With his team down 7-0 in the 2nd quarter, Jones finally got his chance. On a sweep to the right, he cut upfield, made a man miss and sped up the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown.

"Man, I was like, about time," Jones said after the game, "I knew I was capable, but I had to show what I was capable of doing."

He would also have several key runs and pass receptions down the stretch as well as being a key blitzer on a defense that kept constant pressure on outstanding Jungaleer QB Charles Burrell. A big part of that was Campbell who had two sacks, a forced fumble and several huge hits on Burrell. Campbell, a Michigan commitment for 2009 was certainly aware he was tackling Burrell, a future Michigan State Spartan.

"It felt great," Campbell said, "I didn't know that he had committed to Michigan State until the day of the game when I was talking to Bou-Bou (Cissoko), but he and I knew that yesterday was not the last time he was going to see me."

The 6'4, 330-lb Campbell also cleared the way for Jones and Smith and did a good job neutralizing talented Southeastern DE Ricky Sprat. Both Jones and Campbell breathed a sigh of relief as Smith scored with just over a minute to play and Cissoko intercepted a pass to end the game, giving the Technicians their second victory on the season.

"The win feels good," Jones admitted, "our team goal is to keep this tempo up and finish the season with no more losses."

As for Campbell, he was ecstatic not only to break a three game losing streak, but also to have a game where he really controlled the line and allowed his "alter-ego" to get loose.

"I felt like no one can block me because I was killing the Southeastern offensive line. They started to send the running back at me, but I found out how to get through him and had a field day," he explained, "That was not William Campbell at the game," he finished, "it was BIG WILL."

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