One of Detroit's top football teams is fighting to keep their championship dreams alive.
Players and coaches of Detroit King High School were told they will not be allowed to play in the Public School League championship game because of a recent brawl - but that could change.
The school board voted to overturn the decision to keep King from playing in the championship Friday against Cass Tech. But the school board does not have the final say, instead it goes to the emergency manager of the PSL.
It all started after an alleged sucker punch after King's blowout win over Detroit Cody last Friday. Athletic Director Alvin Ward made King forfeit Friday's matchup against Cass Tech after a brawl that happened after last Friday's game. It was a fight many say Cody players started.
"I was there at the game and King did all they could to try to prevent this from happening," said Branden Hunter, a preps writer from Michigan Preps and Rivals.com.
The two teams had bad blood before Friday and King's assistant coach, Tyrone Spencer, says coaches and administrators agreed the teams would not shake hands after the game. Instead, we're told they came over to the sideline and took a knee.
"Everybody knew what was going on, except for the Cody team," Spencer said. "And they decided to come through even when we said, no, we're not going to shake hands."
"Once the first punch was thrown it was like, really?" says player Darrell Wyatt. "Now we feel disrespected. We're not about to let somebody get punched, and you think we'll just sit back and not do nothing [sic]."
"They were clearly attacked, and the punishment was just unfair," said a King football parent.
In addition to having to forfeit the game with Cass Tech, King High School football players were suspended from school for three days.
"I'm very upset. very upset you're taking my son out of an educational situation to put him at home for three days for simply defending himself," says parent Marlea Wilson.
The Cody players were also suspended for three days. They will not be allowed to play a game this week and their coaches have been suspended indefinitely.
FOX 2: "Have you ever heard of that happening before?"
"No, especially not in the city," Hunter says. "To me, that seems like they're placing the blame on Cody, so why does King have to face this harsh punishment?"
FOX 2 contacted the Cody head coach who did not respond by deadline for comment. The King parents are now planning to go to the DPS headquarters at the Fisher building at 9 a.m. Tuesday to force a meeting with Early.