DETROIT — Donnie Corley has scholarship offers from most of the big-time college programs in the country. On Friday afternoon, he capped his high school career with a last-second, state championship-winning touchdown reception.
Corley caught a 40-yard pass from Armani Posey on the final play of the Division 2 state football title game, giving Detroit Martin Luther King (14-0) a 40-38 comeback win over Lowell at Ford Field.
King's game-winning drive covered 95 yards in just 37 seconds and was capped by Posey's fifth touchdown pass of the game, which tied a state championship game record.
It was just the second time in championship game history that the game-winning points were scored on the final play of the game. Detroit Country Day beat Muskegon Catholic Central on the final play of the 1986 Class C title game.
"I scanned the field and there was one-on-one coverage with the best receiver in the state," Posey said of the final play. "So I threw it up and gave my guy a chance to get the ball. He went up and made the play."
Running back Max Dean scored three touchdowns and quarterback Ryan Stevens rushed for two more for Lowell. The Red Arrows (12-2) became the first team to score more than 28 points against King this season when Dean capped a touchdown drive on the first possession of the second half to give Lowell a 31-13 lead.
King rallied behind Posey, who connected with Lavert Hill for a 2-yard touchdown pass to pull the Crusaders within 38-34 late in the fourth quarter. The Red Arrows ran out most of the nearly five minutes remaining on the clock on their ensuing possession and pinned King at its own 5-yard-line with a punt.
"I thought that would be a pretty good spot to be in," Lowell coach Noel Dean said. "Credit them. They made the plays at the end."
King started its final drive by moving 55 yards in five plays. With 2 seconds remaining, Posey heaved a pass from near midfield to the left end corner of the end zone, where Corley out jumped a Lowell defender.
Posey completed 4 of 5 passes on that drive to finish 19 of 27 for a state-finals record 383 yards. The only other players to throw five touchdowns in a title game are Detroit Cass Tech's Jeyru Campbell in 2011 and Holland Christian's A.J. Westendorp in 2008.
Donte Boyd caught five passes for 126 yards, including a 25-yard reception that set up the final play. Corley caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. The Crusaders rushed for just 53 yards.
"(Lowell) took the running game away and made us one dimensional, which we didn't want to be," said King coach Dale Harvel, whose team trailed 17-0 early in the second quarter. "We had to start throwing the ball in order to get back into the football game. We didn't play good defense today at all, but we played just enough to let us hang around and try to win the football game."
Max Dean rushed for 99 yards and Stevens added 66 yards on the ground for Lowell. Stevens also completed 6 of 9 passes for 186 yards.