Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
After advancing with shutout victories last Friday, Cass Tech and M.L. King each stand one victory from the Michigan High School Athletic Association football state championship games Thanksgiving Weekend at Ford Field.
Both teams play semifinal games Saturday at 1 p.m. If both win, it would mark the first time the Detroit Public School League has advanced two teams in the same season to the MHSAA football state finals.
From a field of 256 teams, only 32 remain – four in eight championship divisions. In Division 1, Cass Tech (9-3) meets Utica Eisenhower (11-1) at Troy Athens High School. In Division 2, M.L. King (9-3) collides with Birmingham Brother Rice (8-4) at West Bloomfield High School. The King-Brother Rice winner will play the winner of Lowell (11-1) vs. Walled Lake Western (11-1) Friday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Division 2 title game. The Cass-Utica Eisenhower winner will play the winner of Rockford (11-1) vs. Detroit Catholic Central (11-1) Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. for the Division 1 title.
Cass Tech High is within walking distance of Ford Field. The downtown home of the NFL Lions is also where King High celebrated in 2007 as the first and only PSL team to win a state football crown.
Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians advanced last week with a 6-0 shutout against Warren DeLaSalle, while Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders routed Wyandotte Roosevelt 33-0.
Crockett, which would have given the PSL three teams in the semifinals, came up short 15-7 against Marine City. Coach Rod Oden’s Rockets finished the season with a 10-2 record.
MHSAA Football Finals at Ford Field
Friday, November 25
Division 8 -10 a.m.; Division 2 – 1 p.m.; Division 6 -4:30 p.m.; Division 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 26
Division 7 -10 a.m.; Division 1 – 1 p.m.; Division 5 -4:30 p.m.; Division 3 – 7:30 p.m.