The Detroit Public School League begins its 2013 football championship race with seven league openers Friday, highlighted by defending champion King (1-0 overall) visiting East English Village (0-1) in a 7 p.m. rematch of last season’s title game, won by King 51-48 at Ford Field.
In other league openers, all 4 p.m. starts, No. 1 state-ranked Cass Tech (1-0) visits DCP-Northwestern (1-0), Pershing (0-1) is at Osborn (0-1), Denby (1-0) visits Southeastern (0-1), Ford (0-1) plays Cody (0-1) at Cass Tech High School, Mumford (1-0) is at Central (0-1), and Renaissance (0-1) plays Western (1-0) at King High School.
The PSL got off to a sluggish 4-7 overall record last weekend in competition against nonleague opponents, but Cass Tech carried the league banner high by picking up where it left off in pursuit of a third consecutive Division 1 state championship.
Before a packed crowd at Wayne State University, the Technicians defeated highly-touted Southfield 18-14 Friday in the marquee matchup of the Prep Kickoff Classic. East English Village also made its season debut in the three-day event at Wayne State, losing 20-12 against Detroit Loyola.
In other results, King walloped visiting Port Huron 54-14, DCP-Northwestern whipped visiting Highland Park 27-0, Mumford rolled past visiting Garden City 52-20, Renaissance lost at Farmington Hills Harrison 43-0, Cody lost at Detroit Catholic Central 52-0, Douglass bowed at Harper Woods Chandler Park 14-0, Southeastern was beaten at Monroe 55-14, Central lost at Steubenville (Ohio) 48-6, and Pershing lost to Romulus 37-0.
Two other openers matched PSL teams but did not count in the league standings. Western whipped Osborn 42-12 and Denby shut out Ford 35-0.