The day that thousands of high school young men have been waiting on is finally here; the first day of football practice in the state of Michigan. Today the foundation of hopes and dreams of coaches and players alike are being built. This is also true at Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern in Detroit.
Last season ended in bittersweet fashion falling to the Cody Comets in the city playoffs which made the Colts one win shy of being eligible for the state playoffs. That loss has been a motivating force all of the off season. According to Coach Jimmy Hill the goals of his team are the same every year, win the division, advance to the city playoffs and in turn qualify for the states.
This year it’s state playoffs or bust for us.
The Detroit Public School League has restructured the league into two divisions with an East and West alignment; DCP is in the the West Division II along with Communication Media Arts, Douglass Academy and Henry Ford. Hill feels this is best for the league, because it allows teams with similar populations compete like they would in the state playoffs. He also feels the change will lead to more teams in the conference qualifying for the state playoffs.
The DCP-Northwestern Colts are a veteran lead team with top returning players including: All-City quarterback Danny Whitt, Jr, Michael Marion WR/DB, Jaquez Williams SS/WR, Chris Dennis RB, Symian Jenkins OL and RG Monterrio Jackson. The majority of these young men have been playing together since freshman year and this should be their opportunity to show the benefit of the continuity that occurs being in the trenches together.
The Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern Colts may not have the numbers that the large Division 1 teams have, but they surely have the heart and dedication it takes to have one of those special seasons this year. They start of their season on Thursday August 27th at 4:00 pm versus Old Redford Academy at the Detroit Public School Kick Off Classic at the Colts home field. Coach Hill states they will be ready and will be looking the part.
We’ll be in our brand new all white uniforms, looking good.