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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.

Interview with Eddie Fluker

8 Oct

Cody senior wide receiver can absolutely fly. He is one of the fastest players in the PSL. He had about a 90 yard run against University Prep and it was lightning fast. He also plays defensive back as well. He definitely possesses D-1 speed and could really help a team on Special Teams also.

Interview with DeMarco Gulley

8 Oct

DeMarco Gulley plays quarterback and defensive back for the Cody Comets.  He is an absolute athlete who excels in the open field.  In the game against University Prep, he hurdled about two players and rushed for two touchdowns.  He will definitely be a contributor to whatever college team he chooses.

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

Half-way Review

25 Sep

The season has gone by really fast for some reason this year, it seems that just last week, we were talking about Cass Tech’s showdown against Brother Rice.  Nether the less, DPS playoffs will start in 2 weeks and I will give a team-by-team review and will discuss my predictions for the second half of the season.  Lets start with the West League

Cass Tech-  The Technicians have lived up to the pre-season hype the surrounded them for the entire off-season.  I have been impressed how the players and coaching staff have managed new uniforms, national rankings, and a tough non-conference schedule.  Cass got off the a hot start this year beating Rice 25-18, followed by two easy wins before struggling in the first half against Cody.  However, they stubbed their toe against Orchard Lake St. Marys this past friday and showed some weakness against the run.  With that being said I have been impressed with the depth of this team.  I was worried that having so many division one recruits would cause turmoil in the locker room.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, transfers such as Joe Journey, Damon Webb and Dejuan Rogers have filled in nicely with all ready known players such as Jourdan Lewis and David Dawson.  Cass has two winnable games coming up before the city playoffs so I expect them to be 6-1 and they will definitely be the team to beat in the playoffs.

Cody- Coming into the season, I wondered who would be the team behind Cass in the PSL west division.  Cody has surprised me this year.  The Comets started off with a rough 35-0 loss to Detroit Catholic Central but rebounded nicely pulling of two convincing wins against Ford and Mumford respectively before running into Cass Tech.  Cody hung in early, but Cass had just too much depth and over powered the Comets in the second half.  Recently, Cody won a huge road game 12-6 over Renaissance.  This win has certainly put them in position to make the city playoffs this year.  Personnel wise, the Comets are led by dual threat Quarterback DeMarco Gulley, who as passed for almost 700 yards this season and has also eclipsed 400 yards rushing on the campaign.  Gulley has loads of offensive talent to distribute the ball to, such as the multi-versatile Eddie Flucker and the always dangerous Kenyon Bell.  Running back Eli-Kevin Phillips has also emerged as a go to player on the Cody offense.  Cody plays Western this week with a chance to clinch a city playoff berth.

Ford- Ford had high expectations coming into the season, reaching last years Division 2 City Championship Game but only lost to Douglass.  Ford has had to change the offense this year losing last years dual threat Quarterback Victor Edge.  However, Ford has also returned last years playmakers Alonzo Bell and Jalin Moore both having the ability to play offense and defense.  Ford started off the campaign with a disappointing loss to Pershing 12-0, and the following week lost 54-0 over Cody.  The Trojans  have won 2 out of the last three to possess a 2-3 record this season.  Ford now has to win their 4 remaining games this season if they wish to qualify for the state playoff for the 2nd straight year.

Renaissance- The Phoenix knew that coming into this season they would be a young team only carrying 9 seniors on the roster.  Renaissance was looking to improve upon a previous season in which they made the city playoff and this year the Phoenix got off to a sluggish start opening the season with a tough loss to the always State Championship Contenders the Hawks of Farmington Hills Harrison.  But rebounded nicely routing Western International 41-6.  The following week, Renaissance was featured in the DPS Game of the Week, but this game did not look like a game that was supposed to be competitive, getting blanked 44-0 to Cass.  The Phoenix won the following week setting up a monumental game in the PSL West division last weekend.  The Comets of Cody were victorious 12-6 in which they seemed to have clinched a city playoff berth.    Renaissance will now have to win if they hope to make their State Playoff dreams a reality.

Western- Western made a huge move in the off-season.  Bringing in the well-known head coach Andre Harlan over from rival Southwestern to coach the team this year.  Following Harlan across I-75 were a group of very talented players, especially a sophomore named Romello Ross who rushed for over 1,000 yards his freshmen season at Southwestern.  The Cowboys opened their new era at Garden City High School to play the Cougars.  This game was a very close game in the first-half, both defenses were looked strong.  But in the end Garden City was just too much to handle for the Cowboys.  Western was than held to less than 10 points in two losses to U of D Jesuit and Renaissance respectively.  However, the following weekend, Coach Harlan won his first game as a Cowboy Coach bettering Mumford 26-10.  Romello Ross led the way rushing for 133 yards on 13 carries for the host Cowboys.  This previous weekend, Western won a nail-biter in a game that came down to a two point conversion in which the Cowboys prevailed 20-18.  The Cowboys are now faced with the daunting task over winning their 4 remaining games, including a game vs. Cody, if they wish to make the State Playoffs under their first year coach.

Mumford- Coach Donshell English is no stranger to success in the PSL.  English was the coach at Southeastern who with stand-out defensiv end William Gholston, who regularly made deep playoff runs.  Coach English has had limited success this year with his Mustangs carrying a win-less record.  Mumford has been held scoreless three times this year, most notably a 48-0 lost to Cody.  English will ultimately get this program turned around.  This is a relatively young team with some good talent.  Look for Mumford to be a legitimate contender in the PSL with the next couple of years.

Northwestern- First year coach Jimmy Hill knew that he must improve upon his offense coming into this season to be competitive this season in the PSL West this year.  The previous season the Colts’ offense amassed less than 80 points.  Hill has certainly improved that number this season as his Colts have scored more than 100 points this season, most notably a 62-0 beat down over Ford Academy for Creative Studies.  The Colt must improve upon their defense not only for this year but for years to come.  In the first two weeks alone, the Colts surrendered 87 points to Central and Cass.  I know that Cass is stacked but they still put their back-ups in, a first team should be somewhat competitive with a second team.  Northwestern certainly has the talent to contend in the PSL in years to follow.  They play Mumford this week to try win two games this year.  Which would equal the previous season with two wins.

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