After tough Week 3, local football teams prep for this weekend’s battle

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published September 12, 2017

Sometimes, the best thing to do is simply move on and focus on what’s next.

For the three local football teams, after Week 3, that’s the plan.

Royal Oak Shrine, Royal Oak High and Clawson High all fell last weekend, and now all three are prepped for what comes next.

“We have no choice but to bounce back now,” Shrine coach John Goddard said after his team’s 42-7 loss to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood at home. “It’s on us; It’s not an option now. The kids understand that.”

The Knights fell behind the Cranes 21-0 in the first quarter and never regained their footing.

After opening the year with a win, Shrine fell to 1-2 with the loss.

The Knights travel to play at Marine City Cardinal Mooney at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.

Cardinal Mooney is 0-3 on the season and has been outscored 114-38.

Meanwhile, Royal Oak started the year 2-0, matching the team’s win total from all of last year, but fell 13-7 at Hazel Park High Sept. 8.

The Ravens have a chance to bounce back when they travel to play at Pontiac High at 7 p.m. Sept.15.

The Phoenix are 0-3 this year, have scored just 22 points and haven’t scored on Royal Oak in the past two seasons — a pair of 35-0 wins for the Ravens.

Clawson is also looking to get on track.

The Trojans fell to Madison Heights Madison 23-13 Sept. 8 at home.

Clawson is back at home for the third time in four weeks Sept. 15, playing host to Eastpointe High at 7 p.m.

The Shamrocks come in at 1-2, having lost to Warren Fitzgerald 40-20 last weekend.