Cass Tech, Loyola Ford Field bound
Technicians hold off Lake Orion 34-27, while Bulldogs clobber Flint Beecher 54-6
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Detroit will have two representatives Nov. 24 at Michigan High School Athletic Association’s State Football Finals at Ford Field: Last year’s Division I State Champions, Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Tech, and Catholic High School C-D Champions, Loyola Academy.
Cass Tech relied on its speed and high-powered offense as the Technicians (11-2) defeated Lake Orion 34-27 Nov. 17 at Troy Athens High School. Sophomore quarterback Jayru Campbell was on target for Cass Tech as he completed 10 of 13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdown passes, one to junior wide receiver Damon Webb for 71 yards and another to senior Jourdan Lewis for 40 yards. Campbell also scored on an eight-yard run.
Sophomore running back Mike Weber, who had 127 yards rushing, scored on a five-yard run in the first half and tacked on the game-winning score from 10 yards out with 2:28 to play.
“We ran the ball pretty well,” said Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher. “I’m just lucky to get back to the big dance. We’re very fortunate to be at Ford Field this year.”
This year’s Nov. 24 Division I Championship at 1 p.m. will pit Cass Tech against Novi Catholic Central, a PSL nemesis the Technicians earlier put away with ease with a 49-13 score.
“We’re going to keep trying hard to get better this week for CC (Catholic Central),” Wilcher said. “They’re a team that’s vastly improved.
“I just hope we can put up a good effort because we’re going to have to play hard to beat them. It’s going to be a tough game.”
Cass Tech will play for the Division I State Championship Nov. 24 at Ford Field against Novi Catholic Central at 1 p.m.
Loyola (13-0) kept their record unblemished as the Bulldogs manhandled Flint Beecher 54-6 Nov. 17 at Fenton High School. Senior running back Keymonne Gabriel ran for 217 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns.
Quarterback Toby Sharpe also got the Bulldogs on the board when he connected with Darryl Clemons on a 15-yard strike. Other offensive performances for Loyola came from fullback Alan Taylor (96 yards, eight carries) on a four-yard run and Marvin Campbell, who had 111 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively for the Bulldogs, defensive end Calvin Jackson scored on a 30-yard fumble recovery,
“We watched a lot of film on Beecher last week,” said Loyola head coach John Callahan. “Right from the beginning we were focused as a team watching those films.”
The coaches and players were focused all week.
“We have a week to get better in order to beat this week’s opponent for the championship. They will be a real test for us.”
Loyola will face Ishpeming (12-10) for the Division 7 State Championship Nov. 24 at Ford Field at 10 am.