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Cass Tech, King fall in state semi-finals
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Cass Tech’s hope for a state championship three-peat in Division 1 came crashing down as the Technicians were shut out by Novi Catholic Central on Nov. 23.
Cass beat Novi two consecutive years for the state championship in 2011 and 2012. The loss ended Cass Tech’s season at 12-1.
The Technicians couldn’t generate any offense and fell behind the more than determined Shamrocks. After a scoreless first quarter, Catholic Central scored two touchdowns in the second quarter; Cass Tech trailed 14-0 at halftime.
The second half didn’t get any better. The Technicians were without the service of their number one running back Mike Weber, who suffered a severe ankle sprain earlier in the week.
“Without Mike, the offense was ineffective,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Thomas Wilcher. “We were down 14-0 at the half and things just didn’t work out.”
Wilcher said Novi “did a great job and earned the victory.”
“We just came up short all day during the game,” he said.
Cass Tech could only muster 73 yards in total offense. Quarterback Jayru Campbell was only 6-for 17 passes for 98 yards. It was a bad day for the Technicians.
Despite the defeat, Cass Tech did achieve plenty of goals this year: Winning the PSL West, the PSL Championship, MHSAA District 4 and Region 4 Championships.
Cass Tech has several players returning including Weber, Campbell, Keyshawn Gilmore, Keith Jones and Rodney Hall.
“We have a lot of key players coming back,” Wilcher said. “We’ll be okay next year. Winning another Division 1 State Championship is what we’ll be shooting for.”
Martin Luther King (10-2) also ended their season on a sour note Nov. 23 losing to defending Division 2 and Catholic League Champion Birmingham Brother Rice, 43-20.
Brother Rice jumped out quick and King didn’t have an answer. The Crusaders trailed 26-0 at the half and 33-8 after three quarters of play.
King got its touchdowns from running back Raymond Mitchell on an 11-yard run and two touchdowns passes to wide receiver Jalen Embry. Embry caught 10 passes for 155 yards, while quarterback James Speight was 12-for-20 for 168 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Crusaders, like the Technicians, had great accomplishments this season: a PSL East Title, a third straight appearance in the PSL Championship, and an MHSAA District and Regional Championship. King will have 23 players returning next season for a run at a MHSAA State Division 2 Championship.