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City Championship Game

18 Oct

Here it is, the biggest game in the PSL this season will be decided at the home field of the Detroit Lion, Ford Field.  Two teams coming off impressive wins last week at the City Semi-finals will decide the outcome of the City Championship.  The Crusaders of Martin Luther King, coming of a 41-13 beat-down over their rivals the Technicians of Cass Tech last week.  Quarterback Devaun Williams was involved in 6 touchdowns last week.  He was absolutely spectacular spreading the ball out to his playmakers.  Wr Mycial Allen had a nice showing on the offensive side of the ball while fellow senior James Alexander put in a nice performance on the defense.  On the other hand, East English escaped with a 37-32 victory over Cody last week.  I would be oblivious not to mention the performance senior Desmond King put in last week, three touchdowns.  Quarterback Anton Curtis was solid in the passing game, there is nothing more positive to say about the Bulldogs’ offense.  Now to game at hand, remember, King lost a 34-26 decision to these same Bulldogs in week two.  And to go back even farther than that, last season, King beat Crockett (where most of the East English Players played last year) only to lose in the City Championship to Crockett.  This game will be decided on the defensive side of the ball.  Both teams have explosive offenses, but defense wins championships.  Right now, I just don’t know if the Bulldogs can stop the offense King has.  The Bulldogs got destroyed last week in the running game, due to the scrambling ability of Cody Quarterback DeMarco Gulley.  Williams of King is not quite the scrambler Gulley is, but he possess the ability to run the ball when he needs to.  In the end, I like the Crusaders in this game.  A defense that held Cass Tech to 13 points, and an offense that I have said all year has playmakers.  King will hoist the City Championship this season, a truly remarkable story if they can accomplish it.

King: 20 East English: 14

Please come and the PSL on friday, this will be probably the only chances for these young men to play on a stage this big, and it would a tragedy if no one is their to support them.  Tickets are $10 and gates open up at 6.  Please be there, this will truly be an event for all to enjoy.

Playoff Time in the City of Detroit

17 Oct

The Final weekend of high school football season in the state of Michigan is upon us.  Another great DPS Season will conclude with some teams wishing to have a couple of games back, while other will look to make deep state playoff runs.  The list below will tell what teams have qualified for the playoffs and what teams still need a win this weekend to qualify.

Central- At 5-3, the Trailblazers have certainly had a remarkable season.  They look to qualify for the playoffs on Thursday with a win over the visiting Trojans of Henry Ford.

Douglass- The Canes’ were expected to compete this season for the PSL East Division Championship.  But in the two games they needed to win, King and East English, Douglass did not even record a point.  The Hurricanes will not have a game this week and will finish with a 5-3 record.  Enough to make it into the playoffs.

King- King is in an interesting situation right now.  They play for the city championship this Friday, but with a record of 5-3.  King right now should be 6-2, but forfeited a game due to an ineligible player.  With a win King is in, but a loss still might get them in.  King has had to play a tough schedule, including Southfield and Cass Tech.  But no doubt, the Crusaders do not want to watch the MHSAA Selection Show this Sunday with anxiety about the remainder of their season.

East English- The Bulldogs have the best record out of any DPS Team.  If the bulldogs win this week, they will have  gone 8-1 on the season.  If that turns out to be true, the Bulldogs will have a great opportunity of obtaining home-field advantage in the playoffs, but for sure the district tournament.

Cass Tech- Cass Tech currently sits at 6-2 on the season.  The Technicians conclude regular season play against a very sub-par University of Detroit Jesuit.  Cass will most likely win and maybe even have a running clock in this game, which will give them a 7-2 record on the season.  Although this record seems good, it might not be good for home-field.  If Cass were to end up in the same district as Macomb Dakota, Dearborn Fordson or Warren Mott, they might only receive one home game.  That might not be a problem for the defending State Champions, remember last year, they got into the playoffs at 6-3 and only played one home game.

For all in all, it has been a truly great DPS Season.  Although their might not have been as many State Playoffs teams as their were last year, this season has been one of the most competitive in the years I’ve followed the PSL.

East English 37 Cody 32

15 Oct

The Bulldogs took care of business on Friday with a 37-32 victory over the Cody Comets.  I have to say, I was very impressed with Desmond King of East English.  This was the first time I saw him play this year and I would go as far to say that he is probably the best two-way player in the city.  He came up and supported the run from his safety position and electrified the crowd from his running back position.  With the effort put forth from the Bulldogs, they answered my question of how many weapons on the offensive side of the ball.  We know about Khalid Hill at TE and Desmond King at RB but what about a receiver or a quarterback.  The combination of Rico Lewis and quarterback Anton Curtis certainly answered this question.  Curtis was flawless passing the ball, he had three touchdown passes to King, Hill and Rico Lewis.  As for Lewis, he made big plays at the wide receiver position, which opened up holes for King and the running game.  What also impressed me was Bulldog running back Nathaniel Bowlware.  Although he is short in stature, this freshman can absolutely fly.  The speed his processes has D-1 written all over it.

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.

Cody 55 University Prep 0 (10/5/12)

8 Oct

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A excellent cath by a Cody wide-out

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Jonathan Montgomery rumbles in a touchdown

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Jamel Anderson records a pick against University Prep

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Eli-Kevin Phillips bangs his way in for a score

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Eddie Fluker celebrates his rushing touchdown

Game of the Week 10/5/12

4 Oct

The game of the week this week has real playoff implications on the City Playoffs. The last ticket will be punched as Denby Tech hosts the Crusaders of Martin Luther King in a week seven showdown. The winner of the game will receive the second seed in the PSL East Division for the playoffs that begin next week. With that being said, I except both teams to come fighting for the final playoff spot. Both squads are coming off of wins in week 6 with King knocking off Douglass 47-0 while the Tars’ bettered Pershing 26-12. King might have the advantage skill wise in the game, but don’t underestimate Denby’s defense, they have only given up 12 points the last two weeks. In the end, I like King in this game. They have more depth, speed, athleticism compared to the Tars. Look for King Quarterback DaVaun Williams to have a big passing day, which will be much needed if the Crusaders look to make any noise in the PSL City Playoffs.

Final Prediction: Denby 7 King: 35

Enjoy the football weekend everybody and don’t forget to check-in next tuesday for my PSL Football Playoff Preview.

Cass Tech 56 Henry Ford 0

30 Sep

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Daquan Pace eludes two Ford Defenders on his way to the end-zone

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Michigan Commit Jourdan Lewis

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Cass Tech scores again

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A Cass Tech wide-receiver fights his way into the end-zone

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Jalin Moore of Ford vs. Jourdan Lewis

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The mighty Cass Tech Marching Band

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Senior Day at Cass Tech

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Jourdan Lewis beats double coverage for a touchdown

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Sean Perry celebrates a 70 yard punt-return

9/21/12 Western 20 Northwestern 18

23 Sep

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Romello Ross sprints into the end-zone for the first score of the day.

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Romello Ross interceps a pass before half-time.

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Western recovers a fumble.

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Northwestern celebrates their first touchdown on the day.

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Romell Ross accumulated 164 yards on 16 carries vs. the Colts.

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Dontae Clark sprints into the end-zone.

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Malik Anderson picks of Western and takes it to the house.

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Colt tight-end James Reed dances in the end-zone to cut Western’s lead to 2.

Game of the Week 9/21/12

20 Sep

Cass Tech @ Orchard Lake St. Marys 7:00 PM

The game of the week for this week will not take place in the city of Detroit this week, instead a game that will be played in Orchard Lake Michigan will be as the Division 1 and Division 3 State Champions battle it out in a mid-season non-conference game.  The Eaglets are coming off a complete dismantling of U of D Jesuit beating the Cubs 43-7 last week.  The Technicians look to keep their perfect season in-tact coming of a 46-20 win over the Cody Comets.  A key to victory for Cass in this game will be to stop the run game of St. Marys.  The Eaglets have two running backs, Grant Niemiec and Parker McInnis, who are threats to score any time they touch the ball.  Cass will also have to take advantage of their playmakers on the perimeter, especially the likes of Damon Webb and Jourdan Lewis.  I like Cass in this game because of their athletic superiority at the playmaker position.  Could the number one team in the State of Michigan go down in this game?  All will be revealed on a RED TURF this friday night.

 

Cass Tech 24   Orchard Lake 18

Mumford vs Western 9/14/12

18 Sep

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Farod Anderson takes a pass and walks into the end-zone.

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Jalen Ewing goes into end-zone on a quaterback sneak for the Cowboys

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Western’s Dontae Clark picks off the Mumford quarterback and goes into the end-zone.

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Western intercepts a Mumford pass.

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Romello Ross tries to break away from the Mumford Defense.

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