Detroit City Playoff Preview

11 Oct

Sorry for the delay, but today I will be giving you my 2012 Detroit Public School League City Playoff Semi-Final Preview. Unlike in years past, any team in this years playoff bracket can win the city championship. Two great games will be played at Northwestern High School with East English taking on Cody @ 5:00 and than the Crusaders of MLK will meet their bitter rivals, the Technicians of Cass Tech about half an hour after the conclusion of the first game. The preview for both games will follow:

East English Village vs. Cody

East English Village won the inaugural PSL East Division this year with a perfect record against the East. Cody was 2nd this year in the PSL West Regular Season Standings. These two are quite similar in many ways. Both teams play tough hard-nosed defense against their opponents. In fact, Cody last week shutout University Prep 55-0. The Bulldogs won last years’ city championship game when most of the players put on the Crockett uniform and bring a 6-1 record into this game, while the Comets carry a 5-2 record. Both teams love to run the ball. The Ville’ have running back Desmond King ,who is already a Ball State Commitment, pounding the ball. Cody’s offense is quite different from what I have seen in years past. They go with a spread look but rarely throw the ball. Even though it is predictable what they want to do, the opposition normally cannot stop them. Quarterback DeMarco Gulley is one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the city and excels in open space. However, when they do decide to throw the ball, the pass usually goes in the direction of speedster Eddie Fluker. Cody has a ton offense on the field who can put up points with the best of them, but I am not convinced that they can score against a top-tier defense. Against Cass Tech, they scored 20, but seven of those came on a Eddie Fluker kick-off return. I do expect Cody’s defense to be tough but I have go with the Bulldogs in this game who will look to repeat as city champs.

Cody: 21 East English: 24

Martin Luther Kings vs. Cass Tech

Probably the best rivalry for football in the City of the Detroit adds a new chapter to its storied history as Cass will battle King for the right to play for the city crown. These two teams did not meet each other in the regular season, so the rivalry was in trouble of not being played this season. Lucky for us, King beat Denby last week securing a spot in the PSL Playoffs. The Crusaders will bring with them to Northwestern High School one of the most explosive offenses in the PSL. Senior quarterback DeVaun Williams will have multiple playmakers to get the ball to into this game. Wide-receiver Mycial Allen and Athlete Avonte Maddox are both being recruited by Big-Ten schools as we speak. Cass has looked mighty impressive this season with the exception of the loss to Orchard Lake St. Marys. Like King, Cass has playmakers on the offense as well. Jayru Campnell will be looking to win his first city championship to add to his State Championship he won last season. In my opinion, this game will come down who can control the line of scrimmage. Which ever team can control the line of scrimmage, get first-downs, and be in control of the game clock, will win this game. Cass has too much depth at the Offensive and Defensive lines for King. Which is why I pick Cass to win this game.

Cass Tech: 27 King: 18

Enjoy the playoffs everyone.

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