The D Zone

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cass Tech to travel out of state vs. top Ohio team at Univ. of Toledo in week 1

Cass Tech forces fumble in 2016 state finals game

According to The D Zone staff member, Branden Hunter - Cass Tech the Division 1 State Champions from 2016 will open their season at the University of Toledo vs. Pickerington Central which is located several miles east of Columbus, Ohio.

Details we're told are being officially finalized at this time.

The game is slated for Thursday, August 24th at the University of Toledo.  After numerous other discussions it's unclear if this will be the lone game played at Toledo or a showcase type deal.  One thing that we've been told through the years is that if it's a showcase event, if there is a Michigan team in attendance, all teams, including teams who Cass Tech would not play, cannot exceed 300 miles from the venue site.  No team in Michigan has really tested that rule since rumblings nearly 5-6 years ago as the rest of the state has played the same ole' faces in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois the past few years.

St. Francis DeSales is the only other team who uses Toledo as their homefield and play on the opening Friday.

Cass Tech will graduate over 20 seniors who will be playing college football including 9 on full-ride Division 1 FBS offers.

So who is Pickerington Central?  Their Maxpreps schedule lists them as 13-2 with their 2nd loss coming in the state semi-finals vs. St. Xavier who would later win the state championship.   Pickerington went 8-3 in 2015 and 11-1 in 2014.  Pickerington Central 2018 Jeremiah Wood holds 13+ offers.

The scheduling of Pickerington will be a nice show and good week 1 game, which puts two state championship caliber teams vs. one another and a nice change of pace for Cass Tech who has opened the previous seasons with Oak Park and Southfield.  Pickerington struggled to field a week 3 game last year as they had a Canadian team scheduled so you can imagine their relief of playing a quality opponent such as Cass Tech.

Branden Hunter also had reported that Chicago Simeon will travel to Cass Tech on the 2nd week of the season.  Maxpreps lists their record as 7-6 in 2016 with a loss in the 4th round of the playoffs to Chicago Mt. Carmel on November 25th, 2016 which was 1 day before Cass Tech made history by having their first undefeated season.

The PSL has flexed their muscle recently as Cass Tech has reached 7 straight Division 1 Semi-Finals and won 3 state titles, while King is finding their way with 2 straight Division 2 state titles.   King's opponent is no shocker in Indiana's top school in Indianapolis Cathedral in the Prep Kickoff Classic.  King will travel down I-75 in week 2 to Toledo Central Catholic and East English Village will play Cleveland Shaw in week 2.

PSL switched their divisions for at least the 7th year in a row this year; Cass Tech, King, and East English Village Prep are not scheduled to play one another until we can safely assume week 8 for the PSL in-season playoff.  Last year PSL changed their formula to determine the city champions in between week 8 and 9 as King and Cass Tech were initially supposed to play in separate city title games, but as we all know King and Cass Tech concluded the final week of the regular season after all.

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