Detroit Cass Tech dominated within the trenches Saturday afternoon within the PSL championship sport at Detroit Northwestern, leading to a formidable 41-19 victory over No. 5 Detroit King.
It was Cass Tech’s fifth PSL championship since 2013. Cass Tech, which was the final crew to repeat as PSL champs (2013 and ’14), did not make the league playoffs final yr.
Cass Tech — 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in The Information Tremendous 20 — opened the season with a 34-26 win over King, the defending PSL champs, scoring a pair of fourth-quarter TDs whereas stopping King within the purple zone through the remaining minute.
The rematch wouldn’t be as entertaining or aggressive with Cass Tech’s protection placing stress on King sophomore quarterback Dante Moore from the opening collection, making him really feel uncomfortable all through the sport whereas taking away his favourite goal, junior slot receiver/cornerback Lynn Wyche-EL.
Wyche-EL had TD receptions of 17, 86 and 50 yards within the first assembly, however Penn State-bound cornerback Kalen King shut him down this time round, ensuring he didn’t have a single catch as Moore was restricted to 9 of 23 passing for 90 yards and a TD.
“I knew I needed to take him out of the sport, so I’ve been working throughout observe all week on coverages,” stated Kalen King of Wyche-EL. “I knew I’d be on their finest playmaker and I’m the very best playmaker on our crew, so it was good competitors and I simply needed to do what I needed to do to assist my crew win.
“I simply trusted my approach. I grew up with him (Wyche-EL), he’s my cousin so we’ve been working with one another since we have been actual little and it paid off for me ultimately. This implies so much as a result of we’ve got redemption, so we beat them two occasions in the identical season which is uncommon, and it feels actual good.”
Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher talked about his crew’s protection, which restricted King (3-2) to 173 complete yards, 83 dashing (24 carries).
“I feel the line of defense did an excellent job, linebackers did an excellent job after which the defensive backs stepped up and did an excellent job of defending the go right now,” Wilcher stated. “Crucial factor that took him (Wyche-EL) out of the sport was the line of defense, how they obtained an opportunity to get within the quarterback’s face and he couldn’t get good reads on them, didn’t have clear imaginative and prescient in order that was the important thing proper there.”
Cass Tech sophomore quarterback Leeshaun Mumpfield persistently picked on Wyche-EL through the second half, discovering a mismatch with 6-foot junior receiver Jameel Gardner having three inches on Wyche-EL and making the most of it.
Mumpfield accomplished 10 of 12 passes for 158 yards and three TDs with out an interception. He additionally ran for 52 yards on six carries as Cass Tech racked up 415 complete yards.
Mumpfield discovered Nate Briggs for a 20-yard TD with 11 seconds left within the half to push Cass Tech’s result in 21-6 after King pulled inside 14-6 with 2:24 remaining on Chansey Willis’ 49-yard TD catch off a go from Moore.
Cass Tech was spectacular in taking the 14-0 lead, getting issues executed with the operating sport with Penn State-bound operating again/linebacker Kobe King (96 yards, 9 carries) — Kalen’s twin brother — dashing for 32 yards on 5 carries, together with a 2-yard TD run, then 6-foot-1, 230-pound Karriem Sharrieff (65 yards, two carries) busting unfastened for a 52-yard TD run for a 14-0 benefit with seven minutes left.
And, Sharrieff’s future got here simply three performs after Kalen King tightly defended Wyche-EL ultimately zone on a fourth-down go by Moore from the Cass Tech 26 to finish a scoring risk.
Little question, Mumpfield was at his finest within the third quarter with Gardner enjoying an enormous function.
First, Mumpfield discovered Gardner for a 39-yard scoring strike and a 28-6 lead simply 47 seconds into the second half.
Then, Mumpfield led an 80-yard drive, which included his 30-yard run and late hit penalty, resulting in his 10-yard TD go to Gardner who got here again for the underthrown toss, reaching over Wyche-EL, for a 35-6 cushion with 5:40 left within the third.
Lastly, after Cass Tech’s protection stopped a fourth-and-1 run for no achieve on the King 33, Mumpfield went up high for a 32-yard go to Gardner who high-pointed the ball on the 1 to arrange Alvin Hosendove’s TD run for a 41-6 result in put the operating clock into play with 4:11 left within the third.
“I simply trusted my quarterback, did what the coaches requested me to do which is make performs,” stated Gardner, who talked concerning the mismatch on Wyche-EL. “I’m 6-foot, he’s most likely 5-8 and we work within the weight room, field jumps all of that, in order that’s simply the results of all of the work I do every single day in observe.”
Mentioned Mumpfield: “He (Gardner) made me look good. All of that’s simply him. Me, I’ve obtained to place a ball on the market and he has an opportunity to get it. We ran the ball effectively and once we run it so much and rating off the run two or thrice they’re going to place individuals within the field after which we’re going to air it out.”
Willis, one of many premier level guards within the PSL, was a brilliant spot for King. He made an excellent catch on his 49-yard TD catch within the first half and returned a blocked subject aim 70 yards for a rating with lower than three minutes remaining.