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Detroit King and Cass Tech highlight the pairings for the 12th Prep Kickoff Classic

By: Tom Markowski, February 10, 2016, 1:40 pm



Detroit – The 12th Prep Kickoff Classic, now in its fifth year at Wayne State, will feature 10 playoff qualifiers, including four state finalists from last season. The event will also welcome two first-time participants.

The Detroit Sports Commission sponsors the event.

This year’s event will be held on Aug. 25-27.

“We look forward to again providing a fun and community-focused platform for the teams, bands, cheerleaders and fans to showcase themselves on a big stage,” said Dave Beachnau, DSC executive director and PKC founder. “Along with trying to create a unique and memorable experience for all, the PKC helps support the DSC’s mission to make metro Detroit a premier destination for youth and amateur sporting events.”

Defending Division 2 champion Detroit King will play Southfield Academy for the Arts and Technology at 3 p.m. State runner-ups Chelsea (Division 3) and River Rouge (Division 5), which will be making its first PKC appearance, will meet for the first time in the game prior at noon. The event will conclude at 6 p.m. with Division 1 runner-up Detroit Cass Tech taking on Oak Park.

Southfield Academy for the Arts is the name of the new school, which combines Southfield High with Southfield-Lathrup. Southfield-Lathrup is scheduled to close in June.

The schedule kicks off with Downriver League foes Lincoln Park, a first-time PKC participant, and Woodhaven squaring off at 4 p.m. on Aug. 25. In the nightcap, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley will play Lake Orion at 7 p.m. Chippewa Valley outlasted the Dragons 35-28 in last year’s event.

Two more rematches will highlight the Aug. 26 slate with Allen Park facing Taylor Kennedy at 4 p.m. followed by Canton and Dearborn Fordson at 7 p.m.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date. For more information visit You can also follow the Prep Kickoff Classic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine using the hashtag #PKC16.