|Webb stands out in Cass Tech playoff win|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
On Friday evening, the Detroit Cass Tech team travelled to the Wolverines’ backyard, playing a game at Saline High School. On a sporadically raining evening, the defending Division I State Champion Technicians set out to move one step closer to repeating in the quarterfinal playoff game. Defeating the Hornets 21-14, junior Damon Webb was among the players to make a major contribution in the victory (video below).
Webb pulled in a pair of receptions on offense, but made his biggest contribution on the defensive side of the ball as the contest closed out. Saline kicked a field goal with 58 seconds remaining to pull within seven points. The Hornets attempted an onside kick and recovered at the Technicians’ 46 yard line.
With the risk of allowing the home team back into the game, the junior stepped up. On the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Saline saw Webb lined up in man-to-man coverage and attempted to burn the aggressive young corner with a quick out-and-up. That proved to be a mistake as Webb stuck to his man closely, then leaped up to snag the interception. Cass Tech was able to easily run out the remainder of the clock, advancing to the Division I semifinals.
“It felt great,” noted Webb after the game. “I knew that they had momentum coming off the onside kick and I feel like I just made a great play on the ball.”
Prior to 2007, no Detroit Public School League team had ever won the state championship. That year, Detroit Martin Luther King became the first, defeating Midland in the Division II finals. Last season, Cass Tech followed that up with a 49-13 win over Detroit Catholic Central in the Division I finals.
Playing for University of Detroit Jesuit his first two years of high school, Webb is excited about the potential opportunity of playing for a state championship, but knows that the Technicians can’t look too far ahead with a challenging matchup against Lake Orion on Saturday.
“We’re just going to look at our opponent next week and we’re going to execute like we did this week, listen to our coaches and stick to the game plan,” he noted.
The 5-11, 180 pound cornerback and wide receiver gained attention during the off-season as a top prospect for the 2014 recruiting class based on his performances in the camp circuit. Proving this season that he can excel when the pads are on as well, he has continued to see his stock rise among evaluators and now has nearly 10 scholarship offers.
“My latest offer was from Indiana – they offered me on Monday or Tuesday,” said Webb. “I really like the Indiana coaching staff and I’m going to look more into their program in the off-season.”
Michigan is one of the schools that offered Webb a scholarship during the summer, and the junior has shown a strong interest, visiting Ann Arbor on several occasions. While the home state team is one that caught Webb’s attention, he remains firm that needs to do more research before making a decision.
“I’m going to wait until after the season, go and take my visit before I make my decision,” Webb explained.
See highlights of Webb’s play against Saline below.