Grady's Strong Second Half Carries EGR to Title

Led by tailback <b>Kevin Grady</b>, East Grand Rapids won its second-straight state football title Saturday night with a 28-15 victory over Allen Park in the Division 3 Final at the Pontiac Silverdome.

East Grand Rapids, down 15-0 at halftime, responded with 28 unanswered points in the second half to win its second-straight title, and sixth overall, 28-15 over the Allen Park Jaguars. Michigan commit Kevin Grady led the way with three touchdowns. Grady rushed 39 times for 235 yards to go along with his three touchdowns.

Both teams entered the contest with unblemished 13-0 records. After a scoreless first quarter Allen Park started the scoring as the Jaguars jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second quarter on an 11 yard pass reception by Derek Brighton. Late in the second quarter Allen Park scored again after East QB Kyle Cunningham threw an interception that led to 25 yard TD strike from Jaguar QB Anthony Grose to WR Jake McGukin. Allen Park kept Grady in check in the first half holding Grady to 68 yards on 10 carries. They were helped by three Pioneer turnovers.

East Grand Rapids found itself in the unusual position of trailing going into the second half. The Pioneers quickly set out to rectify the situation as Courtney Partee-Grady scored the first touchdown for East on a 12 yard run in the opening drive of the second half. The two-point try failed and the score showed Allen Park up 15-6. From then on it was all Kevin Grady. He scored on a 3-yard run to bring the Pioneers to within two at 15-13 in the third quarter.

On East's next possession Grady scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run with 1:14 left in the game. He scored his third TD with 38 seconds left in the game to seal the win.

Grady finished the season with 2507 yards and 39 touchdown's. East has now won 28 straight games.

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