Grand opening! PSL’s top football teams make dazzling 2015 debut

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

High school football — Detroit Public School League style — made a grand opening last weekend, highlighted by King and Cass Tech rising to the challenge as the Detroit News’ top two-ranked teams in the state.

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Capacity crowd at Wayne State University watched PSL behemoths King and Cass Tech win their Prep Kickoff Classic season-opening games to back up their lofty state ranking

King protected its No. 1 billing Saturday with a 12-10 victory against defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle in the 11th annual Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, while No. 2-ranked Cass Tech flexed its might in the PKC finale, impressing a capacity crowd with a 27-0 shutout victory against seventh-ranked Southfield.

East English Village, 10th in the News’ preseason rankings, also had a dominating debut, going on the road to soundly whip Walled Lake Central 56-20. And Renaissance added to the PSL’s powerful start with a 22-14 home victory against last year’s Division 4 state runners-up Lansing Sexton.

In other nonleague openers last weekend Pershing blanked Community 41-0, DCP-Northwestern beat Old Redford Academy 6-0, and Cody lost to Warren Mott 36-20 Thursday in the PSL Kickoff tripleheader at DCP-Northwestern High School; Osborn defeated visiting Windsor, Ontario Lajeunesse 44-6; host Denby beat league foe Douglass 36-0; Western shut out league opponent Central 28-0; Grosse Pointe South squeaked by visiting Mumford 7-0; Southeastern lost to Allen Academy 12-6; CMA lost to Cesar Chavez 38-6; and Ford lost to Consortium 22-20 in overtime.

The 2015 PSL title race heats up Friday with league openers at eight sites. All games begin at 4 p.m. and admission is $5.

Cass Tech, the two-time defending PSL champion, hosts Cody; East English Village visits Renaissance; Mumford is at Denby; King hosts Western; CMA is at Central; Southeastern is at Ford; DCP-Northwestern visits Osborn; and Pershing travels to Douglass.

The PSL football season will be contested in a newly realigned four-division setup – Division 1 East and West and Division 2 East and West — that was designed to create better competitive balance.

In Division 1 East, Cass Tech, King and East English Village all will play each other while Denby, David among the Goliaths, rounds out the division and hopes to succeed in the role of giant-killers.

Division 1 West, the league’s other power division, is comprised of Cody, Mumford, Renaissance and Western.

In Division 2, Central, Osborn, Pershing and Southeastern are the contenders in the East. CMA, DCP-Northwestern, Douglass and Ford are in the West.

Each team will play six league games to determine which eight teams make the PSL playoffs.

The Division 1 semifinals are Friday, Oct. 16 at DCP-Northwestern, matching the East second-place team against the West first-place team at 5 p.m., followed by the West second place team against the East first-place team at 7 p.m.

The Division 2 semifinals are Saturday, Oct. 17 at DCP-Northwestern, pitting the East first-place team against the West second-place team at 12 noon, followed by the East second-place team against the West first-place team at 2 p.m.

The league season reaches a climax Friday, Oct. 23 with the PSL Championship Game doubleheader at Ford Field. The Division 2 championship game is slated for 4 p.m. and precedes the marquee matchup, the PSL Division 1 championship game at 7 p.m.

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