MEMORIES: Our favorite moments of the prep football finals
November 25, 2007
Free Press sports writer Mick McCabe's favorite moments of the prep football finals (not counting the Division 3 five-overtime game):
• Menominee coach Ken Hofer rolling down the ramp and out of the tunnel in his wheelchair, broken leg and all, and the Menominee players and fans turning toward him and cheering after the Maroons won their second straight Division 5 state title.
• Former Farmington Hills Harrison quarterback Mill (The Thrill) Coleman congratulating Macomb Dakota quarterback Mitch Lovett after Lovett broke Coleman's records by throwing for five touchdowns and 301 yards in Dakota's Division 1 championship victory.
• Detroit King coach Jim Reynolds stepping out of a golf cart after leaving the hospital Friday morning following a check up for chest pains and arriving at Ford Field about 20 minutes before leading King to the first state championship for a Detroit Public School League team.
• The swarming Marine City defense that forced Birmingham Detroit Country Day back Jonas Gray, who has committed to Notre Dame, into seven negative-yardage plays in Marine City's Division 4 state championship victory.
• Crystal Falls Forest Park all-state running back Kyle LaVacque, who injured his ankle in the second quarter, riding piggy-back on the back of a teammate after winning his first state championship in his fourth trip to the Division 8 finals.
• Menominee's single wing offense creating 208 yards rushing and 89 yards passing for tailback Ethan Shaver in Menominee's 21-7 victory over Jackson Lumen Christi in the Division 5 state championship game.
• Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick being stopped by a security person at Ford Field for not having a field pass after he arrived in the final minutes of Detroit King's Division 2 state championship game and saying: "That's OK miss, I'm the mayor of Detroit."