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Martin Luther King Jr. High School has a football program that needs no introduction. With three State Championships over the last five years, King has cemented themselves as a powerhouse in the Detroit Public School League and the Detroit sports community.
After handedly taking the Michigan DIII State Championship title back from the grasp of the Muskegon Big Reds last year, the Crusaders are not looking to give up their hard-earned title any time soon. They face a test early against a tough opponent in Detroit Catholic Central week 1 of the regular season at the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic.
Despite losing a number of seniors to graduation, the 2019 Crusaders are brimming with young talent. Coach Tyrone Spencer knows downfall of losing his senior leadership, but he’s confident in the young team's abilities to step up to the plate. “My biggest thing, I hope that they have enough urgency, I hope that it doesn’t click too late.” Coach Spencer is constantly adjusting his coaching approach to meet the current team's needs. Taking the youthfulness of this year’s team into consideration, Spencer is placing emphasis on fundamental work and meetings for developing the mental aspect of the game.
Although for some athletes, it “clicks” early. This is the situation for starting freshman quarterback Dante Moore, one of the most promising younger players on the team. Dante is grateful for his opportunity to play for play for a team with such a rich history. “I have a lot of family history inside of King. It’s going to mean a lot to lead them from my freshman year to my senior year.”
With Dante already demonstrating tremendous leadership skills, Coach Spencer is looking forward to seeing the growth the next 4 years will bring. Dante is only one of the many examples of young Crusaders with raw talent and promising futures. The team has a strong foundation with the opportunity to build upon that and continue the King dynasty. With their mindset on improvement, the Crusaders will do everything in their power to extend their reign.
“We just have a great group of guys that want to get better. When better is possible, good just ain’t good enough.” - Coach Tyrone Spencer.
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