Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Three teams remain tied for first place in the Detroit Public School League football standings, but that number will be reduced by one Saturday at 12 noon when unbeaten Cass Tech (4-0 league, 5-0 overall) hosts East English Village (4-0, 4-1) in the PSL Game of the Week.
King (4-0, 5-0) also has a share of first place entering its game Friday at 4 p.m. against visiting Ford (1-3, 1-4).
In other league action Friday, all 4 p.m. starts, Renaissance (3-1, 3-2) visits Cody (3-1, 3-2) in a game that will have significant impact on the league playoff picture; Denby (2-2, 3-2) visits Osborn (2-2, 2-3); Western (2-2, 3-2) visits Mumford (3-1, 3-2); DCP-Northwestern (1-3, 1-3) plays winless Douglass (0-4, 0-5) at Northwestern; Central (1-3, 2-3) is at Pershing (2-2, 3-2); and winless CMA (0-4, 0-5) visits winless Southeastern (0-4, 0-5) with both teams seeking their first victory.
Cass Tech and East English Village have outscored their league opposition 173-8 and 196-0, respectively, while King (176-38) has been similarly dominant.
Saturday’s game of the week between Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians and Coach Rod Oden’s Bulldogs could be a partial preview of the Friday, Oct. 17 league semifinals, which will pair the first-place team against the fourth-place team and second place v. third place at DCP-Northwestern. The semifinal winners advance to the Friday, Oct. 24 PSL championship game at Ford Field.
In addition, the league’s fifth- through eighth-place finishers (5 vs. 8 and 6 vs. 7) will compete in a consolation semifinals Saturday, Oct. 18 at Northwestern, with the winners advancing to the consolation title game prior to the championship game at Ford Field.
King will have to navigate its playoff push without head coach Dale Harvel, who remains hospitalized after taking ill shortly after his team’s 27-18 victory at Mumford in last Saturday’s PSL Game of the Week.
In other games last week, Cass Tech beat Denby 44-6; East English Village rolled past Southeastern 68-0; DCP-Northwestern won a shootout against Western 49-46; Cody debuted its new home field with a 24-0 victory against Ford; Renaissance beat Central 20-12; Osborn got by Douglass 26-14; and Pershing blanked CMA 38-0
PSL football standings: http://detroitk12.org/showcase/sports/football/