Detroit King’s Finn named AP Division 3-4 Player of Year
DETROIT (AP) — Dequan Finn was heartbroken after Detroit King came up short in its Week No. 2 24-21 loss at Muskegon when a turnover prevented him from rallying his team back to a win.
After all, Finn was one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the state, a player who was the starting quarterback his sophomore year when King defeated Walled Lake Western for the Division 2 state championship.
Finn was hoping King would meet Muskegon again . in the state playoffs.
Well, Finn got his wish and he delivered, throwing for 173 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 73 yards and a score in a 41-25 victory in the Division 3 state title game at Ford Field to put an end to Muskegon’s 27-game winning streak.
“I’m just happy with the whole team, the effort that we gave,” said Finn after the title game win.
Finn threw for 2,104 yards and 25 TDs and rushed for 1,264 yards and (14.5-yard average) and 21 TDs to lead King to its third state championship in four years. He was voted Associated Press Division 3-4 Player of the Year by a panel of sportswriters throughout the state.
“He’s an incredible quarterback, the best in the state and I’m so proud of him,” said King receiver Dominick Polidore-Hannah who had two TD receptions in the championship game.
Polidore-Hannah joined Finn as a first-team AP all-state selection, as did their King teammates in running back Peny Boone, linebacker Marvin Grant and defensive back Ahmad Gardner.
“He’s an amazing ballplayer, makes plays every time and when it comes down to it that’s the man you want on the field for you,” said Grant of Finn, who will play his college ball at Toledo.
Tyrone Spencer was voted Coach of the Year. He has guided King to two state championships in his three years of leading the program.
Spencer was impressed with Finn and has this to say after being asked what he showed a statewide audience that King fans had witnessed all season.
“Just his playmaking ability, his decision making,” pointed out Spencer. “He was calm, I mean he’s been here before and he looked like it. He didn’t look rattled or he wasn’t doing too much. He just played in the moment and that’s why he played so well.”
Muskegon junior quarterback Cameron Martinez, who rushed for 2,526 yards and 38 TDs and received an offer from Michigan, also earned first-team honors, as did Edwardsburg running back Caden Coggins, Farmington Hills Harrison running back Roderick Heard, Alma running back Brec Alward, Zeeland East running back John Fusco, Chelsea receiver Hunter Neff, Milan receiver Tristen Hines, Northview receiver Cody Tierney and Yale receiver Jacob Jonseck.
Clemson-bound Ruke Orhorhoro of River Rouge joined Tyler Huenemann of Mount Pleasant, Joshua Priebe of Edwardsburg, Karsen Barnhart of Paw Paw, Stuart Kettler of East Grand Rapids, Spencer Holstege of Grand Rapids South Christian, Adam Berghorst of Zeeland East, Maverick Hensen of Farmington Hills Harrison and Louisiana State University-bound Anthony Bradford of Muskegon as first-team linemen.
Linebackers Ali’Vonta Wallace of Muskegon, Ryan Ringler of Cedar Springs and Boone Bonnema of Zeeland East were first-teamers, as were defensive backs Kyler Honore of Whitehall, Derek Hamp of DeWitt and Daraun McKinney of River Rouge.