PSL football supremacy to be decided Friday at Ford Field

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

A pair of rematches – one that needs no introduction — is on the marquee for the 2015 Detroit Public School League football championship doubleheader Friday at Ford Field.

For the third consecutive year, Cass Tech and King will stake their claim for citywide prep football supremacy, and the anticipation has never been greater than it is leading up to the 7 p.m. PSL Division 1 championship game.

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M.L. King Crusaders

The teams were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the state when they met in week 5 of the regular season. In a game of great plays and continuous ebbs and flows, top-ranked King emerged with a hard-fought 31-28 overtime victory on its home field.

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Cass Tech Technicians

Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders enter Friday’s showdown still unbeaten with a 7-0 league and 8-0 overall record and can put the topping on a perfect regular season a year after their 39-7 loss in the PSL title game.

Coach Thomas Wilcher’s  two-time defending champion Technicians (6-1 in the league, 7-1 overall) are out to avenge their only defeat and extend their title reign.

In Friday’s first game, unbeaten DCP-Northwestern (7-0 PSL, 8-0) and Central (6-1 PSL, 6-2 overall) will meet for the league Division 2 championship at 4 p.m. Both teams are making their first appearances at Ford Field.

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Central Trailblazers

Coach Jimmy Hill’s Colts shut out Central 27-0 when they met in week 3, but Coach John Thompson’s Trailblazers come into the game riding a five-game winning streak. Central’s other setback was a 28-0 nonleague loss to Western in the season opener.

All other PSL teams are involved in crossover games Thursday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m., including Douglass at East English Village, Osborn at Mumford, Denby at Ford, Pershing at Renaissance, Western at Detroit Catholic Central and Southeastern at Birmingham Brother Rice.

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DCP-Northwestern Colts

In the PSL Division 1 semifinals last Friday at DCP-Northwestern High School, Cass Tech beat Mumford 47-12 and King advanced past Cody 20-2. In the PSL Division 2 semifinals last Saturday at DCP-Northwestern, the home field Colts beat Pershing 27-8 and Central scored late to beat Ford 24-20.

Admission to the championship doubleheader is $10 and tickets can be purchased the day of the game at the Ford Field box office, which opens at 3 p.m.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the PSL is hosting its football championship at the home of the Detroit Lions. And while fans are encouraged to cheer for their team and enjoy the festive event, Ford Field officials request that fans strictly adhere to their policy of what is permitted inside the stadium.

Click on the link below for items that are permitted and items that are prohibited inside Ford Field:


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