Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Unbeaten titans Cass Tech and King were last year’s Detroit Public School League football finalists and both teams are assured a repeat berth in this year’s playoffs by virtue of their 5-0 league records entering this weekend’s games.
The top four teams will qualify for the Friday, Oct. 17 semifinals at DCP-Northwestern High. Three teams with 4-1 league records – East English Village, Mumford and Renaissance – are vying to nail down the remaining two spots.
In addition, the league’s fifth- through eighth-place finishers will compete in a consolation semifinals Saturday, Oct. 18 at DCP-Northwestern.
The regular season concludes with a PSL doubleheader Friday, Oct. 24 at Ford Field, beginning with the consolation game at 4 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance from all PSL football schools, or the day of the game at the Ford Field box office.
The playoff picture will become clear after this weekend’s games, including Cass Tech (5-0 league, 6-0 overall) at Mumford (4-1, 4-2) in Saturday’s 12 p.m. PSL Game of the Week.
All other games are Friday 4 p.m. starts: East English Village (4-1, 4-2 overall) at Denby (3-2, 4-2); Western (2-3, 3-3) at King (5-0, 6-0); Pershing (2-3, 3-3) at Cody (3-2, 3-3); DCP-Northwestern (2-3, 3-3) at Osborn (2-3, 2-4); Douglass (0-5, 0-6) against CMA (1-4, 1-5) at DCP-Northwestern High; Renaissance (4-1, 4-2, at Ford (1-4, 1-5); and Southeastern (0-5, 0-6) at Central (2-3, 3-3).
Defending champion Cass Tech is coming off a hard-fought 21-16 victory against East English Village in last Saturday’s PSL Game of the Week. It’s conceivable those two teams could meet again in the league semifinals.
King, playing without its hospitalized head coach Dale Harvel, stayed unbeaten with a 55-0 shutout last Friday against Ford. Based on the highest point differential (points scored minus points allowed in league competition), the Crusaders enter this week as potentially the No. 1 playoff seed.
In other games last Friday, Renaissance stunned Cody 27-14; Central beat Pershing 22-14; Denby defeated Osborn 24-8; Mumford whipped Western 34-7; CMA won for the first time in its varsity history 12-8 against Southeastern; and DCP-Northwestern kept Douglass winless 22-12.
PSL football standings: http://detroitk12.org/showcase/sports/football