Detroit Public School League contenders jockey to earn spot in Division semifinals

King beat Crockett, Cass Tech beat King and Crockett beat Cass Tech.

Such is the anatomy of the three-way tie in the Detroit Public School League Division 1 football race heading into Friday’s final slate of games before next weekend’s PSL championship semifinals.

With each of the Division 1 leaders having  just one league loss, this week looms important in shaping the semifinal pairings as King (4-1 league, 4-2 overall) hosts Southeastern (3-2, 3-3); Cass Tech (4-1, 4-2) entertains winless Mumford (0-5, 0-6); and Crockett (4-1, 5-1) plays Cody (3-2, 3-3) at Renaissance High School. All games start at 4 p.m. with the exception of Crockett vs. Cody at 7 p.m. following the game between host Renaissance (2-3, 2-4) and winless Central (0-5, 0-6).

The PSL’s Division 2 race is also headed to the wire as first-place Ford (5-0, 5-1) hosts winless Denby (0-5, 0-6); Douglass (4-1, 5-1) visits Northwestern (1-4, 1-5); Kettering (4-1, 4-2) visits Western (3-2, 3-3); Pershing (3-2, 4-2) visits Osborn (1-4, 1-5);  and Southwestern (3-2, 4-2)  plays Finney (1-4, 2-4) at Kettering High School.

The top four teams in each division will qualify for the league championship semifinals set for Oct. 14-15 at King High School and Renaissance High School.

The PSL Division 1 and Division 2 football champions will be crowned Friday, October 21, at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Admission is $10 to see both championship games, with the Division 2 title game set for 4:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. Division 1 title game.

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