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DPS Office of Athletics
East English Village played Cass Tech tougher than any other Detroit Public School League opponent did this season, so it is fitting that the Bulldogs stand alongside the unbeaten Technicians as the only two remaining PSL teams in the 2014 MHSAA football state playoffs.
Cass Tech defeated visiting Warren Mott 26-7 in Division 1 and East English Village beat host Port Huron 40-21 in Division 2 to advance into this weekend’s district finals.
Both teams will play Friday at 7 p.m., with Cass Tech (10-0) playing at Dearborn Fordson (10-0), while East English Village (7-3) will face Warren DeLaSalle (7-3) at Wayne State University.
Two of East English Village’s three losses this season came at the hands of Cass Tech, which beat the Bulldogs 21-16 in Week 6 and, two weeks later, 19-12 in the PSL semifinals. Coach Rod Oden’s team also lost 35-26 against nonleague foe Lansing Sexton in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State, but has steadily improved throughout the season to keep its state title hopes alive.
Except for the two tight games with East English, Cass Tech has steamrolled past most every other opponent since squeaking out a 27-26 nonleague victory against Oak Park in the season-opening Prep Kickoff Classic.
Coach Thomas Wilcher’s team whacked King 39-7 in the PSL championship Oct. 24 to win its second consecutive league title and had little trouble getting past Warren Mott last Saturday. The Technicians won back to back Division 1 state championships in 2011 and 2012 before bowing out in last year’s semifinals against Detroit Catholic Central.
In other playoff openers last weekend, five PSL teams saw their season end as King lost to Southfield 40-12 in Division 2; Mumford lost to Redford Thurston 22-18, and Renaissance lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 41-0 in Division 3; Denby lost to Detroit Country Day 21-0 in Division 4; and Central lost to Marine City 61-8 in Division 5.