Cass Tech, Renaissance going in opposite directions since Week 1

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Cass Tech and Renaissance have taken divergent paths since winning their respective season openers.

When the two teams meet Friday at 4 p.m. in a key Detroit Public School League Division 1 football game at Cass Technical High School, Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians will be trying to extend their 2-0 league and 3-0 overall record while Coach Lou Beatty’s Phoenix (0-2 league, 1-2 overall) will need to pull off the upset to snap a two-game losing streak.

In other games Friday, all 4 p.m. starts, Denby (1-1, 2-1) visits unbeaten King (2-0, 3-0); East English Village (1-1, 2-1) plays Western (0-2, 1-2) at East English Village; Mumford (1-1, 1-2) visits Cody (1-1, 1-2); Douglass (2-0, 2-1) visits Central (1-1, 2-1); Osborn (0-2) is at winless Southeastern (0-2, 0-3); Pershing (1-1, 2-1) visits Ford (2-0, 2-1); and unbeaten DCP-Northwestern (2-0, 3-0) plays winless CMA (0-2, 0-3) at DCP-Northwestern.

Cass Tech, ranked No. 2 in the state by the Detroit News, is one of only two PSL Division 1 teams still unbeaten after No. 1-ranked King dealt sixth-ranked East English Village its first defeat last Friday in a Game of the Week 20-15 thriller.

DCP-Northwestern has flexed its might in PSL Division 2. Coach Jimmy Hill’s Colts beat Central 27-0 last week and have yet to give up a point after three games.

In other games last week, Cass Tech romped past Mumford 42-9; Cody beat Western 24-20; Ford shut out CMA 30-0; Pershing beat Southeastern 26-20; Douglass defeated Osborn 12-6; and Denby nipped Renaissance 14-13.

Renaissance had high hopes after beating Lansing Sexton 22-14 in the nonleague season opener, but now must find a way to get back on the winning track.

Meanwhile, Cass Tech has maintained its momentum since beating Southfield 27-0 in the nonleague season opener. The two-time defending league champion Technicians have a red-letter date Saturday (Sept. 26) at noon when they visit their arch-rival King in the PSL Game of the Week.

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