Here’s a preview of Friday’s Whiteford-Detroit Leadership Academy District semifinal football game:
Whiteford (5-2) at Detroit Leadership Academy (4-3)
Game: 7 p.m. Friday
Series: First meeting
Coaches: Whiteford: Jason Mensing, 9th season (81-21); Leadership: Kareem Sadler, 3rd season (16-10).
Whiteford playoff history: The Bobcats have been in the playoffs the last nine seasons and 21 times all-time, including a state championship season of 2017.
Leadership playoff history: Last week was Leadership’s first-ever playoff win. This is the fifth year for the school and second straight season in the playoffs.
Game notes: Shea Ruddy is closing in on 1,000 passing yards for Whiteford. He stands at 877 despite missing a game. He’s also an outstanding runner with 510 yards on the ground. Devon Shaw (722 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns) leads Whiteford in scoring and rushing. Jaheim Stokes is Leadership’s best athlete. He plays quarterback and Sadler says he has “two or three” college offers. Leadership’s best receiver is Michael Lee.
Coach Sadler: “We are a young program trying to change the culture and they are a championship-caliber team. They have a lot of great athletes. One thing I know is that we’ll come in and play stout defense.”
Coach Mensing: “They have some talented athletes and about three running backs that they distribute the ball to. We are excited to get to continue playing football this week and give our young kids another week to grow.”
Next round: The winner plays the winner of Summerfield-Detroit Southeastern. If Whiteford and Summerfield and both win the Bobcats would host the game.