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Orchard Lake St. Mary's to Open at Prep Football Kickoff Classic

The Eaglets football team plays Oak Park at the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic on Aug. 30 at Wayne State University.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's will open its season against Oak Park High School at the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University this August.

Formerly known as the Big Day Prep Showdown, the Prep Kickoff Classic will be held at Tom Adams Field on the campus of Wayne State Aug. 29-31.

This year's program will feature the most comprehensive grouping of teams in the event's nine-year history, including back-to-back state champions Detroit Cass Tech and top Catholic League teams from Southeast Michigan, Cleveland and Toledo.

“The Detroit Sports Commission is extremely pleased to announce the most diverse schedule of games in the nine-year history of the Prep Kickoff Classic,” said Dave Beachnau, DSC executive director, in a prepared statement. “Our annual goal for this event is to be inclusive and provide a must-see line-up of games featuring top teams and top players in a one-stop-shop setting for high school football.”

The Eaglets, who went 11-3 last year and lost in the Div. 3 state finals to Grand Rapids Christian, will play the second game of the three-day event, taking the field at 4 p.m. Aug. 30. St. Mary's has never played Oak Park.

Additional matchups include:

Thursday, Aug. 29:

  • 7 p.m. - Dearborn Fordson vs. Macomb Dakota

Friday, Aug. 30:

  • 7 p.m. - Detroit Cass Tech vs. Southfield

Saturday, Aug. 31:

  • 1:30 p.m. - Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
  • 5 p.m. - Warren De La Salle vs. Toledo Central Catholic

Ticket information not yet available.

For more information on the DSC Prep Kickoff Classic, visit detroitsports.org

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