DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Previously undefeated King High School will sit out a shot at the Detroit Public School League title following an earlier on-field fight with a blown-out opponent.
King will forfeit Friday’s Division 1 championship game at Ford Field against Cass Tech. The Public School League says Cass has been declared the winner.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Where are the Female CEOs in Michigan?
Both teams, which are ranked among the best in the state, will finish the season with 8-1 overall records, 7-1 in league play. Cass lost to King 31-28 in week 5.
The forfeit stems from King’s 20-2 semifinal win Oct. 16 against Cody (2-6) in which players from both teams fought after the game. According to reports, security guards needed to use pepper spray to break up the brawl.READ MORE: MSU Police: Tip From Private Investigator Led To Discovery Of Body Believed To Be Brendan Santo
Cody’s coaches have been suspended indefinitely. Football players from both teams received three-day suspensions.
The forfeit decision was made Monday by Athletic Director Alvin Ward, setting off protests by students and parents who say King’s players didn’t start the brawl. Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is expected to review the case Tuesday and decide if the forfeit will stand.
Meantime, Central and Northwestern still will play in the league’s Division 2 championship Friday at Ford Field.MORE NEWS: Consumer Alert: How To Avoid Fake N95, KN95 Masks
TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.