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Cass Tech’s victory over Brother Rice highlights season’s start for PSL football

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Cass Tech’s 25-18 season-opening victory against Bloomfield Hills’ Brother Rice upheld the Detroit Public School League’s football supremacy within the state, highlighting an otherwise slow start to the season by PSL teams.

Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians emerged from the Prep Kickoff Classic, held Aug. 25 at Wayne State University, looking every bit as dominant as the 2011 team that won the PSL’s first Division 1 state football championship.

In his first season with Cass Tech and first organized game since his freshman year with University Detroit Jesuit, cornerback Damon Webb made major plays to seal the game in the Technicians’ favor. From beginning to end Webb stopped any completion by the Warriors. In the fourth quarter, he forced a fumble picked up by teammate Joe Journey and made an interception with less than a minute in the game.

In defeating last season’s Division II state champions, Cass Tech leaped past Brother Rice as the state’s consensus No. 1-ranked team heading into the first weekend of September slate of games.

The Technicians, whose preseason conditioning is being featured in a series of Internet commercials for a major sporting goods chain will open the PSL season Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. against visiting Northwestern, while the league spotlight will be on the Game of the Week at King High School — a 7 p.m. matchup between the host Crusaders and the PSL’s newest entry, East English Village.

Other league openers also scheduled for Aug. 31 (all 4 p.m. starts) include Douglass at Central, Osborn at Pershing, Southeastern at Denby, Cody at Ford and Western at Renaissance. Mumford plays a 7 p.m. non-league game against Warren Collegiate at St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

King and East English Village each are considered top contenders to challenge Cass Tech in the league, but both teams will be trying to rebound after tough losses Saturday in the Prep Kickoff Classic. Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders committed seven turnovers in a 21-20 double-overtime loss to Southfield, while Coach Rod Oden’s Bulldogs, playing the first-ever game in their new school’s existence, lost 20-14 to Oak Park.

Besides Cass Tech, the only other PSL teams to come away from last weekend with victories were Central and Pershing.

WEEK 1 RESULTS: (Nonleague games) Cass Tech 25, Birmingham Brother Rice 18; Oak Park 20, East English Village 14; Southfield 21, King 20 (2 OT); Detroit Catholic Central 35, Cody 0; Farmington Hills Harrison 26, Renaissance 12; Garden City 30, Western 12; Marquette 34, Denby 12; Monroe 34, Southeastern 13; River Rouge 59, Osborn 0; Pershing 12, Ford 0; Central 30, Northwestern 7; Detroit Country Day 41, Mumford 0; Redford Thurston 41, Douglass 28

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Metro Detroit’s top 15 high school football teams

1. Detroit Cass Tech (1-0).

2. Utica Eisenhower (1-0) .

3. Clarkston (1-0)

4. Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice (0-1)

5. Lake Orion (1-0)

6. Detroit Catholic Central (1-0)

7. Canton (0-1)

8. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (0-1)

9. Southfield (1-0)

10. Plymouth (1-0)

Wayne County top 15 high school football teams

1. Detroit Cass Tech

2. Canton

3. Plymouth

4. Detroit East English Village Prep (formerly Finney)

5. Detroit Martin Luther King

6. Redford Thurston

7. Dearborn Fordson

8. Allen Park

9. Wyandotte Roosevelt

10. Grosse Pointe South

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