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Ticker: Detroit PSL semifinals are a mixed bag | USA Today High School Sports



Perfect night

for Stockbridge QB

At halftime last week, Mason Gee-Montgomery couldn’t remember throwing an incompletion over the first two quarters.

“That’s what was going through my head,” the Stockbridge junior quarterback said. “I kind of noticed it at halftime. I thought it was kind of happening, but I didn’t want to say anything. I didn’t want to jinx it.”

Nothing was jinxed. Gee-Montgomery set a state record in last week’s 50-21 victory over Vermontville Maple Valley when he completed all 22 of his passes.

Lansing Catholic’s Cooper Rush, the current quarterback at Central Michigan, and Rockford’s Mike Segard (1997) had shared the state record of 20 consecutive completions in a game.

“It was amazing,” said Gee-Montgomery, who threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns. “It was one of those things that I’ve never really seen anyone do, and then it is kind of surreal that I was able to do it myself.”

Stockbridge runs a pass-happy offense, and Gee-Montgomery has passed for 2,380 yards with 37 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Late in the game, coach Jeremy Killinger was unaware that Gee-Montgomery hadn’t had an incompletion, and the streak almost ended at 19 when Killinger sent senior A.J. Best into the game.

“I had a senior I wanted to get in the game and try to get him a ball,” Killinger said. “I grabbed Mason off to the side and told him to throw him the football. Sure enough, Mason turned, and he throws and the ball gets batted — the 20th pass gets batted at the line of scrimmage. And this senior who worked real hard for us, came all the way back in and made a catch for a 6-yard loss to keep it going.”

Gee-Montgomery completed two more passes after the near miss. On the way back to school, he accessed the Michigan High School Athletic Association website and learned he had set the state record.

“Usually after a win I’m pretty happy with the way we played,” he said. “But for some reason, well, of course it was like the perfect game, I was just super happy. I’ve never been that happy after a win.”

Gee-Montgomery, 5-feet-11, 180 pounds, is a point guard in basketball. He never had heard of Don Larsen and was impressed when he learned that Larsen pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

“That’s a big deal,” Gee-Montgomery said. “That’s kind of like doing it in the state championship.”

Stockbridge is 5-2 and can clinch a state playoff berth tonight when it hosts winless Durand.

Public School League semis are a mixed bag

When the Detroit Public School League went to two divisions this fall, they stacked the East portion of Division I with King, Cass Tech and East English Village.

Now come the semifinals, which will be played at Collegiate Prep-Northwestern, and you can expect two lopsided games tonight in Division I.

At 5 p.m., Cass Tech (6-1) plays Mumford (3-4), which Cass beat, 42-9, in Week 3. At 7 p.m. (probably starting closer to 8), King (7-0) plays Cody (2-5), which King beat, 34-0, in Week 6.

Much more competitive semifinals happen Saturday at Northwestern in Division II. At noon, Ford (5-2) plays Central (5-2), with the winner earning a spot in the state playoffs. At 2 (probably starting closer to 3), Pershing (4-3) plays Northwestern (6-1).

The PSL championship games will be next Friday at Ford Field at 4 and 7 p.m.

Week 8 high school football schedule

Coach of the week

Traverse City St. Francis’ Josh Sellers is this week’s Lions high school coach of the week. Last week, St. Francis defeated Maple City Glen Lake, 41-7, to improve to 7-0 and is ranked No. 2 in Division 7. This is Sellers’ sixth season at St. Francis, where he is 64-7 with Division 7 state championships in 2003 and ’05. He also coached in Tennessee for seven years and was St. Francis’ junior varsity coach for eight seasons.

— Mick McCabe

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