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

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

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.

A contest currently conducted by USA TODAY  has Cass Tech in the running for the Best Football Program in Michigan, among four other teams. You can vote for the Technicians.

“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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