Coaches talk Prep Kickoff Classic

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Whenever two of the top high school football teams in the state meet, the tension is high, but this matchup is unprecedented.

For the first time in the history of Michigan high school football, the reigning Division 1 and Division 2 state champions will meet on the grid iron.

This weekend the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic's marquee matchup will feature Brother Rice and Cass Tech, battling for state supremacy.

"It's coming pretty fast right now. These last two weeks have been preparation time," Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa said. "Now, officially, Monday we've got to go to work and prepare for each other."

Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher said he is looking forward to the tough task at the start of the season.

"I'm looking forward to the matchup because (Fracassa) has a very good team," Wilcher said.

And while the coaches are certainly fired up, Wilcher was quick to mention the kids are also anxious to play in such a big game.

"I think the kids are just excited, too, just to be in a big prep showdown," Wilcher said. "I think the kids are looking forward to it, also, because they know each other, they hear about each other, they hung around each other all summer long."

For the first time, the event will be played in Detroit, having been in Ypsilanti the past few years.

Fracassa said he is excited to return to Wayne State there is always a large turnout.

"The last time we played at Wayne State was against Catholic Central, this was two years ago, we had a full house," Fracassa said. "I think this game is going to be very well attended."

Wilcher, too, was glad to see the game move to Detroit because it is less travel than going to Ypsilanti. He also added that fans should arrive extra early for the game because such a large crowd is expected.

"It means we have a larger crowd who can attaend," Wiclehr said. "You have more people who have an opportunity to get to Wayne State versus Ypsilanti."

Cass Tech and Brother Rice will kick off at 7:30 pm Saturday night. The Prep Kickoff Classic begins Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm and runs all day Saturday.

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