King, DCP-Northwestern take unbeaten records into last week before PSL football playoffs

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

King in Division 1 and DCP-Northwestern in Division 2 are the Detroit Public School League’s two remaining unbeaten teams with both sporting 5-0 league and 6-0 overall records entering week 7 of the high school football season.

This weekend’s games will finalize the match-ups for the league semifinals at DCP-Northwestern High School next week and help clear the way for the league championship doubleheader Friday, Oct. 23 at Ford Field.

Scan_20151007Friday’s games all start at 4 p.m., highlighted by the PSL Game of the Week at Mumford  between Coach Donshell English’s host Mustangs (3-2, 3-3 overall) and Coach Dale Harvel’s King Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in the state by the Detroit News.

In other Division 1 games, Cass Tech (4-1, 5-1) visits Denby (2-3, 3-3), Cody (2-3, 2-4) visits East English (3-2, 4-2) and Western (0-5, 1-5) visits Renaissance (1-4, 2-4).

In Division 2, Coach Jimmy Hill’s DCP-Northwestern Colts host Southeastern (1-4, 1-5), Ford (4-1, 4-2) visits Douglass (3-2, 3-3) and Central (4-1, 4-2) visits Osborn (1-4, 2-4). CMA (0-5, 0-6) is still searching for its first victory and visits Pershing (2-3, 3-3) Thursday at 4 p.m.

The playoff picture became clearer last weekend after Cass Tech’s 33-8 victory against East English Village earned Coach Thomas Wilcher’s two-time defending league champion Technicians the second playoff spot in East Division 1 behind King.

In other results, King shut out Cody 34-0, Renaissance beat Mumford 6-0 in overtime, Denby clipped Western 14-12, DCP-Northwestern blanked Douglass 38-0, Central beat Pershing 12-10, Ford defeated Osborn 20-12 and Southeastern earned its first victory 40-0 against CMA.

Despite losing, Mumford and Cody both clinched West Division 1 playoff berths. In Division 2, DCP-Northwestern and the Ford-Douglass winner make the playoffs in the West. Central and Pershing are the top teams in the East.

The PSL Division 1 semifinals are slated for Friday, Oct. 16 at DCP-Northwestern High School, featuring 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 PSL Division 2 semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 at DCP-Northwestern High School, 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 semifinal winners advance to the PSL championship doubleheader Friday, Oct. 23 at Ford Field. The Division 2 title game is at 4 p.m. followed by the Division 1 league championship game at 7 p.m.


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