Cass Tech rolls into Detroit PSL football final
Detroit — Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher wasn’t taking anything for granted Friday in Cass Tech’s Detroit Public School League semifinal matchup even though his team had beaten Mumford earlier in the season. He was not going to let his players overlook the task at hand at DCP-Northwestern with a potential rematch looming with No. 1-ranked King.
Cass Tech (7-1, 6-1) came out firing early, taking a 25-6 lead over Mumford into halftime, and went on to a 47-12 victory.
“I think my team overcame a lot of psychological things today,” Wilcher said.
“They have a lot going on. To come out here and beat twice, speaks real high of my team. I think that if we just keep going the right way, we will be all right. We had a lot of injuries, about seven or eight guys, so to do what they did, I’m real happy.”
There’s a reason the Technicians have scored the most points of any team in the league, and much of that can be attributed to junior quarterback Rodney Hall.
Hall got his offense off to a fast start, scoring on a 67-yard scamper just 48 seconds into the game to give Cass Tech the early 7-0 lead.
“Our team played very well today,” he said. “Offensive line created great blocks; I didn’t get sacked today. Defensive line played well. We are just coming together as a family.”
Hall completed 12 of 17 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 115 yards and another score.
As for the title game next week against unbeaten King — which beat Cass Tech, 31-28 in overtime on Sept. 26 at home — Hall is ready.
“We have [the loss] written on our board,” he said. “We’ll come out next week and play our hardest and leave it all out on the field.”
“I think it’s going to be a great game,” Wilcher said. “Two of the best PSL coaches, they have a great team.”
Marcus Currington and Tee’Ondre Harvery scored for Mumford (3-5, 3-4) on a 45-yard fumble return and touchdown catch, respectively.
Connor Muldowny is a freelance writer.