Cass Tech cruises past King, to second straight PSL title behind big game from Weber
DETROIT – It got ugly really quick for Martin Luther King, in the Detroit Public School League football city title game at Ford Field, against Cass Tech. The Technicians jumped on King early, on their way to a 39-7 beating, and repeated as city champs.
Cass Tech (9-0) was simply better than King on this night, and it showed from start to finish.
"Obviously this win was big for us, beating our rival," said Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher. "We prepared for them all week, and I was glad to see our guys come out and execute."
When Cass Tech needed points, and points fast, last week against East English Village Prep, they gave the ball to their star running back, Mike Weber. He put the team on his back against East English, and did more of the same against King. Weber finished with 266 all-purpose yards, and three touchdowns, on a bad knee.
"I knew coming in that my knee was going to bother me, but my lined helped me out, and I got limited hits on it," he said. "I have to give it all to my offensive line."
Weber only carried the ball 11 times but that was all he needed. The big play is Cass Tech’s bread and butter, and Weber proved that to be true against King. Already up 14-0 with 8:32 left in the half, Weber took a one-handed pass from Rodney Hall up the sideline, for a 76-yard touchdown to put them up 20-0. That play may have been the nail in King’s coffin.
"That play might have crushed them right there," he said. "They probably thought that they could come back, but we got that touchdown, and were able to score a couple of more after that too."
King (8-1) scored first in the second half to pull within 20-7. Quarterback Mikale Washington threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Corley to give the Crusaders life.
Cass Tech answered as Weber scored on a 68-yard touchdown run that silenced the King crowd.
"He’s very special,"Wilcher said of Weber. "I like the way that he gets the opportunity to take advantage of one-on-ones, and that’s just the most important thing to me right now.
"But to have a good running back, you need a good offensive line, and those guys were on top of their jobs tonight."
Cass Tech added a couple of insurance touchdowns, one on sophomore wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones’ 78-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Rodney Hall.
"King is a really aggressive team," Weber said. "On the defensive side they’v blitz a lot, so we got them on their heels, hit them with a screen up the sideline, and it worked out a lot.
"Now we go into the state playoffs with a chip on our shoulders, and if we come out every game like this, we should be state champions"
As for King, this loss may sting for a while, because it was Cass Tech, but all hope isn’t lost. The Crusaders have made the state playoffs once again, and will have an even tougher road in Division 2.
"This is over with," said King coach Dale Harvel. "The best thing you can do from now is to forget about it and focus on the next season that starts on Friday."
The state playoffs start on Friday.