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DPS Office of Athletics
Cass Tech senior running back Mike Weber turned the 2014 Detroit Public School League football championship game into his personal showcase last Friday in leading the Technicians to a 39-7 victory against King.
A Ford Field league-record championship game crowd of 8,000 saw Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians win their second consecutive PSL championship and remain unbeaten with a 9-0 record entering this weekend’s state playoffs.
In just three quarters, Weber ran the ball 11 times for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns. That included a one-handed catch and spin on a screen pass that went for 76-yard TD fit for ESPN’s top 10 plays of the week.
“King’s a real aggressive team on the defensive side and they blitz a lot,” said Weber. “We wanted to get them on their heels, get a screen, get them on the inside and go outside. It worked out a lot. I give all the credit to my offensive line and coach.”
The only miscue by Weber was a halfback pass he attempted that was intercepted by junior Donnie Corley.
Corley’s 12-yard TD reception from junior quarterback Mikale Washington with 8:10 left in the third quarter was King’s only score.
By then, the Technicians had the game firmly in hand. Sophomore quarterback Rodney Hall completed five of 10 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, including an 82-yard scoring strike to fellow sophomore Donovan Peoples-Jones that gave CT a 33-7 lead late in the third quarter.
Peoples-Jones also had an 18-yard touchdown reception from Hall in the first quarter.
King, which sustained its first loss of the season, had no answer for Weber’s spectacular play.
“Weber has changed from a fast back into a powerful back,” said King Coach Dale Harvel. “Give Cass credit. They controlled the line of scrimmage. In high school football things like this happen. You throw this one out and get ready for the playoffs.”