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Matchups for the 2020 Prep Kickoff Classic announced

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 26, 2020, 5:53 pm

The 16th Annual Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic matchups were announced this week, with another strong lineup of games for the opening weekend of the 2020 high school football season. In all, six games will be played at Wayne State’s Tom Adams Field from Thursday, Aug. 27, to Saturday, Aug. 29. 

Here are the matchups:

Thursday, Aug. 27

Canton vs. Dearborn Fordson, 4 p.m.

Last year: Canton went 5-5, finishing third in the KLAA West, and lost in the opening round of the playoffs to West Bloomfield. Fordson went 9-2, finishing second in the KLAA East, and lost to Cass Tech in the district finals. 

Chippewa Valley vs. Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 7 p.m.

Last year: Chippewa Valley went 9-1, winning the MAC Red, but losing to league rival Macomb Dakota in the first round of the playoffs. Catholic Central tied for the regular-season lead in the CHSL Central, but lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the Bishop Division championship game, and missed the playoffs with a 4-5 record. 


Friday, Aug. 28

Birmingham Groves vs. Southfield A&T, 4 p.m.

Last year: Groves went 8-3, finishing second in the OAA White, getting a forfeit win over Warren De La Salle in the first round of the playoffs, then losing to cross-town rival Birmingham Seaholm in the district title game. Southfield A&T went 4-5, finishing fifth in the OAA Red, and missing the playoffs. 

Lake Orion vs. Macomb Dakota, 7 p.m.

Last year: Lake Orion went 9-2, finishing second in the OAA Red, and losing to Utica Eisenhower in the district championship game. Macomb Dakota finished 6-5, fourth in the MAC Red, losing to Sterling Heights Stevenson in the district championship. 


Saturday, Aug. 29

Detroit Cass Tech vs. Grandville, 1 p.m.

Last year: Cass Tech went 7-5, losing to Sterling Heights Stevenson in the regional championship game. Grandville went 7-3, finishing second in the O-K Red, and losing to Grand Haven in the district opener. 

River Rouge vs. Muskegon Mona Shores, 4 p.m.

Last year: Mona Shores went 12-2, finishing second in the O-K Black Division to Muskegon, but beating Detroit King for the Division 2 championship. River Rouge opened with a loss to eventual Division 4 champ Grand Rapids Catholic Central, but won its final 13 games, knocking off Muskegon to win the Division 3 championship.