PSL ready to open 2015 football season with star-studded cast of teams, players

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

The wait is almost over for Detroit Public School League football fans.

This weekend marks the opening of the 2015 high school football season and will offer PSL fans a full slate of non league games to choose from Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the league schedule begins next Friday (Sept. 4).

Kickoff Classic (2)All 16 PSL teams (in bold) are in action this weekend, beginning with the PSL Kickoff Classic tripleheader Thursday at DCP-Northwestern High — featuring Pershing against Community at 1 p.m., DCP-Northwestern against Old Redford Academy at 4 p.m., and Cody against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Also Thursday, CMA plays Cesar Chavez at Cody High, 11 a.m.; Douglass plays at Denby, 4 p.m.; Renaissance hosts Lansing Sexton, 7 p.m.East English Village plays Walled Lake Central at Walled Lake Western, 7 p.m.; and Mumford visits Grosse Pointe South, 7 p.m.

The games continue Friday with Southeastern against Allen Academy at Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium, 5 p.m.; Central against Western at Mumford High, 5 p.m.; Ford hosts Consortium, 7 p.m.; and, in what’s being billed as the first “Battle of the Border,” Osborn will host Windsor (Ontario) Lajeunesse, 7 p.m.

All eyes Saturday will be on the Detroit Sports Commission’s Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, starring the two highest-ranked teams in the state, both from the PSL.

At 2 p.m., No. 1-ranked King will play fourth-ranked Warren DeLaSalle, the defending Division 2 state champions, and at 5 p.m., No. 2-ranked Cass Tech plays seventh-ranked Southfield. Admission is $10 at the gate.

Rarely has there been a more star-studded cast of teams and players in one league than this year’s array of talent within the PSL.

In addition to tapping King and Cass Tech as the state’s top two teams, the Detroit News’ preseason rankings also have East English Village (10) in the state’s top 10, and ranks King senior wide receiver Donnie Corley as the state’s No. 1 player.

Corley heads up an impressive list of five PSL players ranked in the Detroit News’ top 10 players in the state – including Cass Tech senior lineman Michael Onwenu (3), Cass Tech junior wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (5), Cass Tech senior safety Demetric Vance (7) and King senior defensive back Lavert Hill (8).

The News ranks nine PSLers in the state’s top 20 – including King senior running back Martell Pettaway (12), King junior wide receiver-cornerback Ambry Thomas (17), Cass Tech junior cornerback Donovan Johnson (18) and Renaissance senior offensive tackle Alaric Jackson (20).

The News’ rankings includes 17 PSLers in the state’s top 50 – including East English Village senior defensive end-tight end Cedrick Lattimore (23), East English Village senior defensive end Chauncey Golston (24), Cass Tech junior cornerback Jaylen Kelly-Powell (31), Cass Tech senior linebacker Tim Walton (37), King senior defensive back Dontre Boyd (39), King senior wide receiver Armani Posey (44) and King senior defensive end Leon Page (46).

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