Two heavyweight high school football powers will go toe-to-toe in Week 9 with a possible state playoff spot on the line when Detroit Cass Tech plays at Clarkston on Oct. 25.
Clarkston (3-4, 3-2 OAA Red) was left without a Week 9 opponent and Cass Tech — which was left out of the PSL playoffs due to a 3-4 record — and its longtime successful head coach Thomas Wilcher were intrigued with the possible matchup, since the teams had combined to win six Division 1 state championships this decade.
Cass Tech won consecutive Division 1 state titles in 2011 and 2012 and then won again in 2016. Clarkston earned Division 1 state championships in 2013, 2014 and again in 2017, losing to Chippewa Valley 31-30 in last year’s state title game at Ford Field.
Cass Tech had its run of eight straight years of at least advancing to the state semifinals come to an end last season with a loss to Dearborn Fordson in the district finals.
“Thomas called me and said, ‘We’re willing to come out there,’ so that will happen,” Clarkston coach Kurt Richardson said of receiving Wilcher’s call. “Thomas is a good friend of mine, and we always scrimmage them, so it will be fun.
“We’ll both be fighting for our playoff lives. Our records may not be greatest, but it will be two pretty good football teams going after each other.”
Maybe “pretty good football teams,” this year, but two of the elite programs in the state this past decade.
Cass Tech is 106-19 this decade while Clarkston is at 94-24.
Clarkston needs a win at home this Friday against No. 8 Lake Orion to put itself in playoff contention against Cass Tech which plays Friday at Detroit East English (1-6).
And, while the teams have faced each other in scrimmages, this will be the first time the teams played an actual game, making for an interesting showdown.