King and Cass Tech primed for marquee PSL football showdown Friday at 5 p.m

Cass Tech and Martin Luther King have outscored their opposition 183-48 and 181-26, respectively, through four weeks of the high school football season.
Entering their Detroit Public School League showdown Friday at 5 p.m. at King High School, Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders and Coach Thomas Wilcher’s visiting Technicians have not been scored upon in their last two games while rolling up points as if they were in a video game.
Fittingly, Friday’s game will be televised on a videotape-delayed basis, courtesy of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Network.
An expected sellout crowd won’t be able to accommodate everybody interested in seeing two of the state’s premier teams, but fans can see the game next week Wednesday (Sept. 29) and the following Sunday (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. on Comcast Channel 900, with a possible additional playback on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. if Comcast doesn’t televise a live collegiate game. It will also be available on the MHSAA.TV website beginning Thursday, Sept. 30.
With both teams sporting unblemished 4-0 overall records, there is an abundance of mutual respect between the PSL’s top two Division I contenders.
“They’re the best group of athletes we’ve seen in terms of speed, physical size and making plays,” Harvel says of Cass Tech. “They can do things that most teams can’t do. But we’ve got some good players, too, and it’s not about who we play. We’ve just got to take care of business on our end.”
“King is built around a great blitzing defense,” Wilcher says. “Their defense sets the tone for their offense and they keep it simple. They just try to bring more men than you have. They’re very well coached and we know we’ve got a tough game ahead of us. But our attitude is ‘We’re Cass Tech” and we’re not going to sit back. We make things happen.”
In other PSL games Friday (all 4 p.m. starts), Pershing visits unbeaten Douglass, Denby plays Southeastern at Northwestern High School, Mumford plays unbeaten Crockett at Osborn High School, Ford plays Cody at Mackenzie Field, Northwestern visits Renaissance, Osborn visits Central, Western visits Finney and Kettering visits Southwestern.
Under the PSL’s four-division format, the current standings are (division record in parenthesis followed by overall record):
Division I – Cass Tech (2-0) 4-0, King (1-0) 4-0, Mumford (1-1) 2-2, Southeastern (0-1) 2-1, Denby (0-2) 0-4
Division II – Crockett (2-0) 4-0, Renaissance (1-0) 2-2, Cody (1-1) 3-1, Ford (0-2) 1-3, Northwestern (0-1) 0-4
Division III – Douglass (0-0) 4-0, Central (0-0) 2-2, Pershing (0-0) 2-2, Osborn (0-0) 0-3
Division IV – Southwestern (0-0) 2-2, Western (0-0) 2-2, Finney (0-0) 1-3, Kettering (0-0) 0-4

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