Positions up for grabs in final games before PSL football playoffs

Division I and Division II unbeatens Cass Tech and Crockett are in, while six other teams will seek to cement their positions Friday in the final games before next weekend’s Detroit Public School League football playoffs.
First place in Division III will be on the line at Central High School where Coach Eric Smith’s Trailblazers (4-2 overall, 2-0 division) will host Coach Claude Brown’s unbeaten Douglass Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0).
The lead also is up for grabs in Division IV as Coach Andre Harlan’s Southwestern Prospectors (4-2, 2-0) bring a four-game winning streak into their game against Coach Joseph Schwartz’s Western Cowboys (3-3, 1-1) at Clark Park. Western and Southwestern will also be vying for the “Little Brown Jug,” which has gone to the winning school each year in their rivalry since 1940 and currently is held by Southwestern.
In other games, Coach Dale Harvel’s King Crusaders (5-1, 2-1) host Coach Steve Hawkins’ winless Denby Tars (0-6, 0-3), and Coach Anthony Elliott’s Southeastern Jungaleers visit Coach Robert Lynch’s Mumford Mustangs (2-4, 1-2) in Division I; Coach Rod Oden’s undefeated Crockett Rockets (6-0, 3-0) visit Coach Aaron Marshall’s Northwestern Colts (1-5, 1-2), and Coach Calvin Norman’s Cody Comets (5-1, 2-1) visit Coach Antonio Watts’ Renaissance Phoenix (3-3, 2-1) in Division II; Coach Charles Spann’s Pershing Doughboys (2-4, 0-2) visit Coach George Coker’s winless Osborn Knights (0-5, 0-2) in Division III; Coach Duane Travis’ winless Kettering Pioneers (0-5, 0-2) play Coach Del Humphrey’s Finney Highlanders (2-4, 1-1) at Denby High School in Division IV; and Coach Thomas Wilcher’s unbeaten Cass Technicians (6-0, 4-0) host Coach Jackie Muhammad’s Ford Trojans (1-5, 0-4) in a division crossover. All game times are 4 p.m. except the Crockett at Northwestern tilt, which starts at 7 p.m. and is the PSL Game of the Week.
Next weekend’s league semifinals will pair the Division III first-place team against the Division IV second-place team (5 p.m.) and the Division I first-place team against the Division II second-place team (7:30 p.m.) Friday at King High School; and the Division IV first-place team against the Division III second-place team (12 p.m.) and the Division II first-place team against the Division I second-place team (2:30 p.m.) Saturday at Northwestern High School. The non-qualifying teams will be assigned a division crossover opponent to play Thursday at 3 p.m.
The PSL Division III-IV championship game is set for 12 p.m. Saturday, October 23 and the PSL Division I-II championship game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 23. Both championship games are at Northwestern High School.

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