Two unbeaten rivals to meet at Ford Field
PSL Football Final
PSL finals will match defending PSL champ King and state champ Cass Tech
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Since the mid-1980s, each fall the PSL championship clashes are eagerly awaited. Some have been blowouts, others barnburners; there have been full on heart-stoppers and all out donnybrooks. But whenever Cass Tech and Martin Luther King meet on the field, fans can expect fireworks on both sides of the ball.
Both squads are unbeaten and will play for the PSL Championship on Oct. 25 at Detroit’s Ford Field. King, the defending PSL champions are 7-0, and Cass Tech, the two-time defending state champions are 8-0.
Both the Crusaders and the Technicians provided some fireworks of their own during the PSL playoffs, Oct. 18, at DCP-Northwestern. King blew out Mumford 42-14, while Cass Tech shut out East English Village, 19-0.
King vs. Mumford
In the first PSL semi-final, King mounted a strong running attack. With superb blocking by the Crusaders’ offensive line, King struck first, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Running back Raymond Mitchell scored the first two of his four touchdowns from six-yards out. Eight minutes later, he scored again on a 23-yard scamper. The Crusaders led 16-0 after one quarter of play.
King increased its lead to 22-0 in second quarter when wide receiver Jalen Embry caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback James Speight. But Mumford didn’t throw in the towel and answered back when wide receiver Carl Miller scored for the Mustangs catching a 20-yard TD pass from quarterback Monty Stewart with just two seconds left in the quarter. King led 22-8 at the half.
Both teams scored in the third quarter; Mitchell scored on a three-yard run and Miller scored his second touchdown of the game when he caught a 48-yard strike from Stewart. King led 28-14 after three quarters of play.
The Crusaders blew the game open in the fourth quarter when Mitchell scored on a four-yard run and Ny Crowell, Jr. scored on a TD run in the closing minutes.
“We played a real good football game,” said King Head Coach Dale Harvel.
“My preference is to play better; that is my goal,” said Mitchell humbly after his four touchdown performance. “This was a great game. As for the PSL final, the better team will win.”
Mitchell said he gets better each game.
Cass Tech vs. EEV
The battle between Cass Tech and East English was defensive. Midway through the first quarter Cass Tech senior Damon Webb intercepted a Bulldog pass from quarterback Anton Curtis and returned it to the East English Village 29. The Technicians drove to the Bulldogs’ one-yard line where quarterback Jayru Campbell scored on a one-yard keeper. Cass Tech led 6-0 after one quarter of play.
Midway through the second quarter, the Technicians increased their lead to 13-0 when running back Gary Hosey raced through the East English defense on a 42-yard run to pay dirt.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Technicians scored the finals points of the game at the 6:21 mark of the fourth when running back Deon Drake broke through the Bulldogs’ defense and raced 34 yards for another touchdown to make the final score 19-0.
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Thomas Wilcher. “We have to get it together and I feel that we can get it together.”
“We have never been to a PSL Championship since I’ve been here at Cass Tech,” said Webb. “We’re going to bring our key game against King.”
Webb added, “The atmosphere is going to wild. The contest against King is going to be a great game.”
The PSL Championship between Martin Luther King and Cass Tech is scheduled for Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any DPS high school.
Since 2004, King and Cass have played each other 10 times. Each team has won five of those contests.