Pershing, Ford, Mumford to open season Thursday at Renaissance High in PSL Kickoff Showcase; defending state champion Cass Tech takes field Saturday in Prep Kickoff Classic

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

The Detroit Public School League will open the 2012 prep football season Thursday at Renaissance High School with the second annual PSL Kickoff Showcase — a doubleheader featuring the Pershing Doughboys against the Ford Trojans at 4 p.m. followed by the Mumford Mustangs against the Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

2012 Detroit Public School League varsity football scheduleA busy opening weekend will involve all 15 PSL football teams. Another Thursday game (league teams in bold) has Douglass at Redford Thurston at 7 p.m., while Friday’s openers include Central at Northwestern at 4 p.m., River Rouge at Osborn at 7 p.m., Southeastern at Monroe at 7 p.m., Cody at Detroit Catholic Central at 4 p.m., Western at Garden City at 7 p.m, Denby at Marquette at 7 p.m. and, in a big opening test, Renaissance will host Farmington Hills Harrison at 7 p.m. in a game that Comcast Channel 900 is televising on a tape-delayed basis.

Three of the PSL’s premier teams will open the season Saturday as part of the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.  Formerly known as the Big Day Prep Showdown and not to be confused with the PSL Kickoff Showcase, the two-day Prep Kickoff Classic will conclude with defending Division I state champion Cass Tech facing defending Division II state champion Birmingham Brother Rice at 7:30 p.m. East English Village, the PSL’s newest entry following the closing of Crockett and Finney High Schools, will play its first-ever game at 11 a.m. with Oak Park providing the opposition for Coach Rod Oden’s Bulldogs, and King collides against Southfield at 4:30 p.m.

Unlike last year, when the PSL crowned champions in Division I (Crockett) and Division II (Douglass), this season’s  alignment is split into an eight-team East Division (Central, Denby, Douglass, East English Village, King, Osborn and Southeastern) and a seven-team West Division (Cass Tech, Cody, Ford, Northwestern, Mumford, Renaissance and Western). The East champion will meet the West champion in the PSL Championship Game slated for Friday, October 19.

Five PSL teams have new head coaches. They are Central’s Robert Hunt,  Denby’s Tim Muir, Northwestern’s Jimmy Hill (who coached Finney last year), Mumford’s Donshell English and Western’s Andre Harlan (who coached Southwestern last season). Returning head coaches include Cass Tech’s Thomas Wilcher, Cody’s Calvin Norman, Douglass’ Al Demps, East English Village’s Oden, Ford’s Jackie Muhammad, King’s Dale Harvel, Osborn’s George Coker, Pershing’s Charles Spann, Renaissance’s Tyrice Grice and Southeastern’s Anthony Elliott.

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