Detroit — The past three seasons, three teams have played in the Detroit Public School League championship game.
Make it four seasons.
Detroit Cass Tech (8-0), which defeated Detroit Crockett (now Detroit East English Village Prep) in 2010, faces defending champion Detroit King (8-0) for the title at 7 Friday at Ford Field.
The other matchups — King defeated East English in 2012 and Crockett beat King in 2011.
Despite the domination by these programs, Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said the league is showing signs of becoming more balanced.
“It’s going to start getting better as a whole because of the coaches,” said Wilcher, who has been at Cass Tech for 16 years. “If the coaches stay there, it’ll get better. You can’t keep moving coaches in and out and expect to have a good program. When you’re there for a while, you have camaraderie amongst your coaches and players.”
Wilcher points to the programs at Mumford and Renaissance as challenging the current powerhouse teams.
Donshell English is in his second season at Mumford and has his 7-2 team in the state playoffs after back-to-back 2-7 seasons.
And, Tony Elliott is in his first season at Renaissance (6-3), which defeated Osborn on Thursday to make the state playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The pick: Cass Tech by 7