It’s showdown week in Metro Detroit, and no game is bigger than the Public School League matchup of No. 2 Detroit Cass Tech at No. 1 Detroit King on Saturday.
But, don’t forget ...
■The Catholic League Central Division clash between defending Division 2 state champion and No. 6 Warren De La Salle and Division 3 state champ and No. 3 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Friday.
■No. 19 Warren Mott at No. 10 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley on Friday in the Macomb Athletic Conference Red.
Back to the marquee game, however.
King will have revenge on its mind after being dominated by Cass Tech in the PSL championship last year, 39-7.
While Cass Tech returns quarterback Rodney Hall and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, King has several new faces.
Among them is running back Martell Pettaway, cornerback LaVert Hill, receiver/safety Armani Posey and linebacker Lawrence Bryant, all transfers. Hill came to King from Cass Tech.
Hall (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) has become a touchdown machine the last two weeks, throwing for 630 yards and accounting for 11 scores.
“I have full totality of the offense,” Hall said. “I’ve gotten bigger and stronger than a year ago. We run an offense similar to Ohio State’s where the option-read is part of the repertoire.”
King coach Dale Harvel is well aware of Hall’s running ability.
“He’s the No. 1 option in their running game,” Harvel said. “He has to be contained and we know all about the big-play ability of Peoples-Jones. They will try to give him three or four shots a quarter and we’ll pay close attention to him.”
The question is who will play quarterback for King — Armani Posey took over for El Julian Jordan, benched for disciplinary reasons. Posey was 6-for-9 for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Denby.
De La Salle wary of big plays
De La Salle coach Paul Verska knows his team needs to limit St. Mary’s big plays to have a shot at winning the CL showdown.
St. Mary’s has an outstanding running game behind Justin Myrick and Ryan Johnson, and senior quarterback Brendan Tabone has been playing at a high level the last two weeks (21-for-27).
“We have to play error-free football and we can’t take crazy penalties,” Verska said. “We have to limit the big plays because they have some great backs and receivers. They are definitely a handful.”
De La Salle comes off an impressive victory over defending Catholic League champion Birmingham Brother Rice, turning to senior running back Tru Wilson after junior Allen Stritzinger hurt an ankle.
Wilson had 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Mott hoping for another
Mott has one big victory on its resume, a 32-27 decision over three-time defending MAC Red champion Macomb Dakota. Up next, however, is No. 10 Chippewa Valley, led by senior quarterback Patrick Briningstool (1,000-plus yards, 13 touchdowns.)
Lincoln Park recovered
It wasn’t long ago Lincoln Park was in the middle of a 66-game losing streak.
That was before Jamie Grignon returned as coach.
In his first year, Lincoln Park ended the streak and finished 1-8. Last season, it went 3-6.
Now, it’s a contender in the Downriver League after upsetting power Wyandotte, 18-15.
“It was a big program win,” said Grignon, Lincoln Park’s coach from 1994-99. “Our game plan was to control the ball, which we did at the beginning of the game with a drive that lasted 11 minutes, 31 seconds, thinking our best defense is a good offense.”
By the numbers
5: TDs scored by Brighton senior RB Joey Clifford in a 35-12 rout of Grand Blanc
37: Years since Howell started 4-0 (1978)
102: Yards allowed by Warren De La Salle in a 30-6 Catholic League Central Division victory over Birmingham Brother Rice
300: Victories by Rockford coach Ralph Munger (300-92 in 35 years)
Trevor Humphrey, Manchester
The senior running back ran for a school-record 374 yards and scored three TDs in a 23-13 victory over Grass Lake.
“It’s a big program win. Our quarterback Steve Glenn had a great game and the big fella’s a great leader where he wills the team to win, tells his teammates they’re not going to lose and then shows why.”
Jamie Grignon, Lincoln Park coach, on the 6-4, 240-pound senior who rallied his team from a 15-12 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Wyandotte, 18-15