The Cass Colonels (2-3) defeated the MLK Lions on Friday night by a score of 63-7.
Freshman quarterback Brodie McWhorter threw four touchdown passes, while Devin Henderson accounted for three touchdowns of his own.
Henderson got the Colonels on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown pass to his brother, Kevin Henderson. This short drive was set up after a muffed punt from the Lion set the Colonels up inside the 20-yard line. Special teams plays would be a major factor for the Colonels victory, as Cass consistently found itself in favorable territory.
There was no additional scoring in the first quarter, but the second quarter would bring fireworks.
McWhorter connected with Devin Henderson, Sacovie White, and Chase Tatum in the next 12 minutes of play to continue his impressive debut season. But also, special teams and stout defense would help the offense.
Not only were the Lions unable to advance often in Cass territory, but the Colonels special teams unit continued to put pressure on both the snapper and punter. But this time it was the return man for Baldwin who made a mental mistake. He attempted to return the kick from the 3-yard line, but was instead met by the Colonels gunners. The Lions, as a result, would have to take the snap in their own end zone. On the first play, Cass sacked the quarterback for a safety.
The second half was all about Cass’ defense, but it could have easily been called the Jakai Baldwin show. Cass had three turnovers, but two belonged to Baldwin and he scored on both of them. Baldwin had a 25-yard pick-six and a 14-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Devin Henderson also had an interception in the second half.
McWhorter, meanwhile, threw another touchdown pass to Devin Henderson, while White and Gbadie had third quarter touchdown runs.
Cass will travel to Woodland next Friday night as both teams get ready for their first region games. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM. You can hear the game on Bartow Sports Zone with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:00 PM.