Unbeaten Cass Tech one victory from its fifth straight state semifinal berth

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Cass Tech has won 11 games in a row to remain unbeaten heading into its MHSAA Division 1 football regional championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. against visiting Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (8-3).

With a victory, Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians will earn their fifth consecutive appearance in the state semifinals, a step that led to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 and  established the Detroit Public School League team as a nationally-ranked prep powerhouse.

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“We haven’t really peaked yet,’’ Wilcher said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries. We’ve been able to keep it together by fitting in different people. Our offense has done a good job controlling the ball, but we’re going to have be able to throw (Saturday) to keep the field spread out. That’s going to give us a better opportunity to run the ball.”

Senior running back Mike Weber continues to be the Technicians’ biggest offensive weapon. The 5-10, 205-pounder had another behemoth performance in last Friday’s 28-21 victory against previously unbeaten Dearborn Fordson for the district championship, rushing for 122 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Rodney Hall has also been a plus. In his first season as a full-time starter, Hall has showed himself poised and capable of running the Technicians’ offense without a hitch.

In sizing up Chippewa Valley, Wilcher said “It’s going to be a good game against a very a good team.

“They’re solid all across the field. At this point, every opponent is tough and the games don’t get any easier.”

East English Village had its Division 2 state championship hopes dashed last Friday in a 21-14 loss against Warren De La Salle at Wayne State University.

Coach Rod Oden’s Bulldogs were the only other PSL team besides Cass Tech to reach the district finals and, with a team dominated by underclassmen, the Ville expects to be a major force next year.

 

 

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