Detroit Cass Tech football: Defending state champs, possibly better this year

The last school to repeat as Division 1 state champion in football was Macomb Dakota in 2006, 2007.
Detroit Cass Tech’s attempt at a repeat starts Monday at Concordia College.

Coach Thomas Wilcher met with the media on Thursday at the Detroit Public School football media day, and despite the losses of Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson, the Technicians are loaded.

“How do you keep them humble? I don’t know,” said Wilcher. “It’s a lot of work. All we can do is work. You have to keep challenging them. I’m always the hunter. The way I look at it they’re always trying to hunt me.”

* Cass Tech in USA Today top 25

Wilcher has plenty of talent to take on all challengers:

* Senior offensive lineman Dennis Finley is 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds. Michigan State supposedly has made him a top target.

* Michigan-bound Jourdan Lewis had a fantastic summer and will be a threat as a wide receiver and shutdown cornerback.

* David Dawson is 6-5 and 285 pounds, Michigan-bound and gained a lot of attention at summer camps.

&bulll; Junior linebacker/running back Deon Drake has the scouts drooling at 6-foot, 210 pound-frame.

* Kenton Gibbs is a beast at 6-3 and 280 pounds.

* All Jay-ru Campbell did as a freshman quarterback was lead the team to a resounding 49-13 victory over Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the championship game at Ford Field.

* William White is coming into his own as a junior linebacker.

* Delano Hill will be a name to watch as a 6-1, 190-pound free safety.

* Junior Damon Webb is the next star in the defensive backfield.

“If we avoid injuries and the kids keep their grades up we should be OK,” Wilcher said in a classic understatement.

Contact Perry A. Farrell: 313-222-2555 or


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