CHSL Prep Bowl XLVII takes over Ford Field this weekend for football and tributes

Novi Detroit Catholic Central squares off against Warren De La Salle during last year's Prep Bowl at Ford Field. This year, the annual Catholic League classic will feature a full slate of games Oct. 18-19, with the league championships played a week later at Eastern Michigan University because of a scheduling conflict at the Detroit venue. (Mr. Mack Photography)

Annual fall classic will feature full slate of games this weekend, with championship played a week later at Eastern Michigan University

DETROIT — Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, will become the home of the Catholic High School League on Saturday, Oct. 19, for a full day of football and special tributes.

Prep Bowl XLVII will feature CYO football in the morning and high school football in the afternoon and early evening. Sprinkled in between and among the games all day long will be presentations by the Knights of Columbus — longtime sponsors of the Prep Bowl — and awards to scholar-athletes, All Catholic, All League and All Academic athletes, and junior varsity champions.

The CYO schedule starts off with three 20-minute exhibitions: at 7:50 a.m., Ann Arbor Saints vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Marist; at 8:15 a.m., Northwest Catholic vs. Utica St. Lawrence; at 8:40 a.m., Dearborn Divine Child vs. Rochester Hills Holy Family Regional #1.

Warren St. Anne and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes will play for the CYO C-D championship at 9:15 a.m.

The A-B championship will follow at 11 a.m. featuring Bloomfield Hills St. Regis vs. (Canton-Livonia) West Catholic.

During the ceremonies opening the high school portion of the day, teachers and administrators will be recognized who have served in Catholic schools from at least five years all the way to 50 years in increments of five years.

Three high school games will end the CHSL’s regular season.

At 1:30 p.m., Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep (6-1, 2-1 Central) will play Divine Child (4-3, 3-1 Double A). At halftime, the 50th anniversary Divine Child and 25th anniversary St. Mary’s teams will be honored.

A pair of Intersectional 1 foes, Riverview Gabriel Richard (6-1, 2-0) and Allen Park Cabrini (3-4, 0-2) will clash at 3:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Warren De La Salle (4-3, 1-2 Central) and University of Detroit Jesuit (5-2, 4-0 AA) take the field. Before the game, Ferndale St. James' 50th anniversary and Center Line St. Clement's 25th anniversary squads will be introduced.

Because of a conflict with a concert scheduled at Ford Field, the CHSL football championship games will be played Saturday, Oct. 26, at Eastern Michigan University.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central (4-3; 2-1) and St. Mary’s Prep will play at 5 p.m. for the Central Division (Bishop Trophy) title. Catholic Central upset the Eaglets on Friday evening, 20-14, to forge a first-place tie.

Intersectional 1 champ Riverview Gabriel Richard won’t know until Friday evening (Oct. 18) whom it will face at 2:30 p.m. for the Intersectional (Cardinal Trophy) championship. That’s when Royal Oak Shrine (6-1, 3-0) travels to Clarkston Everest (5-1, 3-0) to determine the Intersectional 2 champ.

Double A champ U-D Jesuit and runner-up Divine Child square off for the Prep Bowl trophy at noon. The Cubs shut out the Falcons a month ago, 32-0.