With Less Than 20 Players, Detroit Pershing Forfeits Game Vs. King, Who Held 27-0 1st Quarter Lead

The game lasted just 25 minutes in real time before a forfeit was called

September 07, 2018 - 11:13 pm

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- The Detroit Pershing football team had seen enough after Detroit King raced out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter of Friday night's game.

Following a King touchdown late in the first quarter, players were lining up for the extra point, and many Pershing players refused to take the field, admitting defeat after less than seven minutes of play. The game lasted just 25 minutes in real time before a forfeit was called, according to a story by the Detroit Free Press.

Both schools belong to the Detroit Public School League, but have a major enrollment discrepancy, as King has 1,149 students, compared to Pershing's 355, according to the MHSAA. Pershing had just 15 players dressed and showed up to the field about 10 minutes after the game was scheduled to start.

King scored 14 seconds into the game and ran just two offensive plays, according to MLive's Tony Garcia.

Pershing coach Peter Brown reportedly did not want to forfeit the game, according to the Free Press story.

"Some kids sat on the bench, and just said they weren't getting back in," King coach Tyrone Spencer told the Free Press. "I tried to talk them into it, but they didn't want to. We have to pair our league up better than this." 

King and Pershing played last year, but had not faced each other since 2007. King has reached at least the state semifinals each of the last three years -- and won the state championship twice -- while Pershing has had just two winning seasons and qualified for the playoffs just once since 2005.