DETROIT - In the marquee matchup at the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, Cass Tech beat Brother Rice in the clash of defending state champions.
Unfortunately, two game delays caused by fights near the entrance of the stadium overshadowed what was a tightly-played, competitive game.
Players fled the field during the third quarter as police tried to take control of an alleged gang-related fight.
For more on the events off the field, read here .
Brother Rice got on the board first, but in very uncanny fashion. On Cass Tech's first drive, Kevin Henry caused and recovered a Deon Drake fumble. The Warriors took the ball down to the Technicians one-yard line, as it appeared Brian Walker crossed the goal line on third and goal. On fourth down, Walker was held short of the goal line and the Warriors turned the ball over on downs.
On the very next play, Cass Tech's Gary Hosey was tackled into the end zone for a Warriors safety.
Joey Alessi added a 33-yard field goal to make Brother Rice's lead 5-0 with 5:09 left in the first quarter.
Cass Tech took its first lead at the 10:17 mark of the second quarter when Damon Webb took a Jayru Campbell swing pass 46 yards for a touchdown. As was the theme for most of the night, the point after attempt was blocked.
Midway through the second quarter, Cheyne Lacanaria hooked up with Joshua Flye on a 19-yard touchdown pass to give Brother Rice a 12-6 lead.
Cass Tech scored moments later on a 44-yard halfback toss pass to Webb. That tied the game at 12-12 after another missed PAT and after the first half.
After the melee in the third quarter, Cass Tech took advantage of a Brother Rice turnover, making it 19-12, but the Warriors had an instant response.
Walker powered into the end zone, but a botched snap caused the Warriors to miss the extra point attempt, falling behind 19-18 in the fourth.
Hosey flew down the field in a flash on a 74-yard touchdown to put Cass Tech ahead for good, 25-18. A Webb interception sealed the deal with under two minutes to go.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli .