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FOOTBALL: Prep Kickoff Classic draws record attendance

Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant's team defeated Dearborn 27-20 in double overtime at the Prep Kickoff Classic.

The Detroit Sports Commission said Thursday a record attendance of 13,041 turned out for the 2013 Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic held Aug. 29-31 at Tom Adams Field, Wayne State University.

The attendance surpassed the previous event record for a seven-game event of 12,782, set in 2009 when the event was the Big Day Prep Showdown and held annually at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Last year, the Prep Kickoff Classic set an attendance record for a six-game event of 12,543, bettering the total of 10,752 set in 2010 at EMU.

“The high quality of the games and the great setting at Wayne State made for another very successful Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic,” said Dave Beachnau, DSC executive director. “The response from all of the participating schools has been very positive and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Prep Kickoff Classic in 2014 at Wayne State."

Featuring seven games, the event showcased schools from MHSAA state champions from the Detroit Public School League and Catholic League, top Catholic League teams from southeast Michigan, Cleveland and Toledo, and teams from top conferences in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

The roster of games included a double overtime victory by Chippewa Valley over Dearborn, a victory by back-to-back Division 1 champion Detroit Cass Tech over Southfield and a win by back-to-back Division 2 champion Brother Rice over Saint Ignatius.

Last Updated: 9/12/2013 7:43:39 PM EST

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