This is BIG! PSL Football Game of the Week pits state’s top two teams

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Big football games are nothing new to the talent-rich Detroit Public School League.

But never has there been a bigger regular season game in the league, or the entire state for that matter, than Saturday’s high-noon showdown at King High School between the No. 1-ranked Crusaders and the No. 2-ranked Cass Tech Technicians.

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King head coach Dale Harvel talks to his team

Highlights of the PSL Game of the Week will be featured during NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast of the Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions game from Ford Field.

Both King and Cass Tech have fashioned unbeaten 3-0 league and 4-0 overall records and have held the top two spots in the Detroit News’ prep football state rankings since the start of the season.

When you add East English Village to the mix, the PSL boasts three of the top teams in the state and some of the best college recruits in the country.

Talent will be all over the field Saturday when Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders and Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians renew their rivalry.

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Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher with star junior wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones

The two teams didn’t meet during the regular season the last two years but squared off in the last two PSL championship games. Cass Tech won both times, including a 39-7 victory last year at Ford Field.

It’s rare that you get a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up at mid season and even more unusual to get a game of such major proportions within one league.

Cass Tech vs. King. All eyes are on the PSL. Who’s going to blink?

All other PSL games are Friday at 4 p.m. Sharing the marquee this weekend is the Division 2 battle between unbeaten, unscored upon DCP-Northwestern (3-0, 4-0) and visiting Henry Ford (3-0, 3-1).

Coach Jimmy Hill’s Colts are the only league team that hasn’t given up a point this season, while Coach Ken Fenton’s Trojans have rebounded strongly since a 22-20 non league overtime loss to Consortium.

In other games Friday, Renaissance (0-3, 1-3) visits Cody (1-2, 1-3), Western (0-3, 1-3) visits Mumford (2-1, 2-2), Denby (1-2, 2-2) visits East English Village (2-1, 3-1), Osborn (1-2, 2-2) visits Pershing (1-2, 2-2), Central (2-1, 2-2) is at Southeastern (0-3, 0-4) and CMA (0-3, 0-4) is at Douglass (2-1, 2-2).

Last Friday’s results: Cass Tech 62, Renaissance 19; King 41, Denby 0; East English Village 46, Western 6; Mumford 3, Cody 0; DCP-Northwestern 42, CMA 0; Ford 34, Pershing 22; Osborn 12, Southeastern 8; Central 12, Douglass 8

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