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Past and Present Stars Face Off at Cass Tech’s Alumni Football Game

By: Branden Hunter, July 28, 2013, 1:00 am

DETROIT – One could talk about the weather, which cut the 7-on-7 game at Detroit Cass Tech’s 5th Annual Alumni Football Game short this year, but by every other measure – including watching current and former players test their wares against each other across several events, and seeing the great comradarie of one of the state’s strongest high school football programs – the day was a big hit.  

The 7-on-7 game started around 6:20 p.m. with a few action packed possessions, however when the sky turned grey and opened up in the first period, the coaches had to call the game. But other events leading up to the 7-on-7 kept the Cass Tech faithful engaged. Over 20 players from as far back as the 2009 class took part in various athletic events, including seven current Michigan players:  Thomas Gordon (2009), Delonte Hollowell (2011), Royce Jenkins-Stone, Terry Richardson (2012), Jourdan Lewis, David Dawson, and Delano Hill (2013).

In the shortened football game, Jourdan Lewis had arguably the play of the game once again this year, catching a pass over senior Damon Webb for a score. Lewis caught the game winning touchdown in last year’s game to defeat the alumni. Cass Tech’s 2010-2011 team that went 12-1 before losing in the state semifinals, also had representatives at the alumni game, including Hollowell, quarterback Keith Moore, receiver Keenan Smith, (Saginaw Valley), cornerback Kishon Wilcher (Toledo) and tackle John Jackson (Western Michigan). Others notable players in attendance included Oregon Duck Dior Mathis (2012), Brandon Berry of Buffalo (2012) and North Carolina State’s Kenton Gibbs (2013).

Cornerback Damond Smith caught an interception early in the game. Smith played at Cass Tech before transferring to Inkster High for his senior year. Smith is currently trying to land a spot with a NFL team, after finishing up his career at South Alabama. The future stars of Cass Tech held their own as well, winning the Tug-of-War contest, and well as the Obstacle Course in convincing fashion.

From a scouting perspective, Senior defensive backs Damon Webb (Ohio State commit) and Kevin Scott, junior running back Mike Weber, and sophomore wide out Demetric Vance are all Cass Tech players to keep an eye on this season. Weber played a little quarterback today for his team, filling in for the absent Jayru Campbell. The man in charge of all of this was also in attendance – head coach Thomas Wilcher. Entering his 16th year at Cass Tech, Wilcher and his coaching staff have built up a premier program, winning multiple state championships (2011, 2012), and most importantly, using football to send a multitude of young men off to college.