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2023 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Matchups Announced

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March 21st, 2023

Keenan Crow

Get your game faces on, Detroit. The official matchups for the 2023 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic (XPKC) to take place August 24-26, at Tom Adams Field on the campus of Wayne State University have been announced by the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC).

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The 2023 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic will kick-off the high school football campaign as the premier season-opening high school football showcase in Michigan. An exciting six game slate over the course of three days will feature teams from multiple divisions and powerhouse conferences - including the state of Ohio.

“The Detroit Sports Commission is proud to once again kick off the high school football season in Michigan with an exciting lineup of games at a great setting in the heart of Midtown Detroit,” said Marty Dobek, Detroit Sports Commission Deputy Director. “The 2023 event will feature a tremendous collection of high school football teams from Michigan and Ohio and also include school bands and cheerleaders for fans to experience at this annual signature event in the city of Detroit.”

2023 XPKC Matchups

The event lid-lifter between Walled Lake Western and Waterford Mott high schools will kickoff Thursday, August 24 at 4 p.m., followed by Chippewa Valley vs. West Bloomfield at 7 p.m. On Friday, August 25, "a to-be-announced game" at 4 p.m. will precede the Belleville vs. River Rouge nightcap at 7 p.m. On the final day (Saturday), Detroit Cass Tech will open against Southfield A&T at 1 p.m., followed by Detroit King vs. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) in the event finale at 4 p.m.

Proud Sponsor

For the seventh year, Detroit-based Xenith returns as the Classic’s title sponsor, reaffirming its commitment to elevating the event experience for players, coaches, and fans who attend the games. Xenith embraces the "look good, feel good, play good" mentality and we've become known for delivering innovative, purpose-driven football equipment that inspires the ultimate level of confidence on the field.

“Xenith is thrilled to be back as the title sponsor of the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic,” said Tony Saunders, Xenith CEO. “The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic annually kicks off the high school football season in our state, and we’re proud to continue our support of the Detroit Sports Commission and the local prep football community during this weekend celebration of gridiron action in Detroit.”

How to Watch

Tickets will be available at a later date online at, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting each school. One ticket will grant admission to all games on that particular day. 

About the Detroit Sports Commission

The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) is to market and sell metro Detroit as a premier destination for regional, national, and international amateur sporting events. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C) (3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB). For more information, visit

About Xenith

Based in Detroit, Xenith’s mission is to create cutting-edge football equipment and deliver trusted service for the whole game. We offer superior football equipment for your locker rooms, performance training apparel to get your through your workouts, and logo wear to suite your active lifestyle off the field. To learn more about Xenith, visit and follow on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.