Epic battles only occur between the elite clans of warriors and this Saturday two from the State of Michigan will go to war. Historically the matchups between Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit Martin Luther King have been legendary. The teams current state rankings, King-#1 and Cass-#2, not only makes this the state’s most anticipated game, but a top game in the country. This game was a regular season rarity until the conference changed the alignment and now will be a yearly occurrence.
Over the past few years Cass Tech has taken a big step in national notoriety by winning 2 championships(2011 & 2012) and making deep runs into the state playoffs in the last two years. King has been a power in in their division as well over the past few decades, but especially since becoming the first Detroit Public School League teams to win a state championship in 2007.
This game has the makings of an ESPN televised game, too bad the MHSAA doesn’t allow games to be televised nationally, maybe this game will change their minds. The talent in this game is almost unheard of on both of these rosters. The Technicians boosters stable of players led by top 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan commit OL Michael Onwenu, Michigan State commit DB Demetric Vance, QB Rodney Hall and Illinois commit LB Tim Walton. The Crusaders boast an equally impressive collection of top notch players of their own led by top 2016 WR Donnie Corley, West Virginia commit RB Martell Pettaway, Penn State commit DB Lavert Hill, DB Ambry Thomas, Western Michigan commit DB Dontre Boyd, Central Michigan commit DE Leon Page and WR Armani Posey.
This game, however, will be played on the field and not the recruiting boards. The biggest factor in this game will be in the trenches. Cass has an offensive line that averages 6’3 300 plus pounds, while King’s defensive front is swift yet packs a powerful punch. Cass has added a highly effective read-option into their scheme which has allowed Rodney Hall to put up massive numbers by ground and air. The running game will end up being a major factor in the game, because both defensive backfields tend to lock down their opponents. Special teams will play a part in this games outcome with both teams have great return games. Ultimately, this game will swing on a turnover which both teams have shown the ability to force at the most opportune moment in the game.
This battle will leave one team with their first loss of the season, but all is not lost, because in a few weeks this matchup may occur at the Detroit Public Schools City Championship. As fans of great high school football who could ask for more.
Check out the game, Saturday September 26th at Noon at King High.