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September 11, 2013

Five For Friday: MAC Football matchups (Sept. 13)

Chippewa Valley, Eisenhower look to stay unbeaten in MAC Red play

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Five For Friday: MAC Football matchups (Sept. 13)
Macomb L'Anse Creuse North senior quarterback Sean Koski, pictured during the Crusaders' season opener against Warren Cousino, will lead LCN into battle against Grosse Pointe North at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

The 2013 Macomb Area Conference football season is in full swing, and each week we will select five MAC football matchups, regardless of division, we believe are the most intriguing on the schedule.

This week, battles of undefeated teams, teams undefeated in league play, a rivalry game, and one team looking to extend a winning streak are highlighted.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-0, 1-0 MAC Red) at Utica Eisenhower (1-1, 1-0 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

Both teams bring strong defenses in the contest, which matches two of the three MAC Red teams that won their league openers in week two. Chippewa Valley is allowing just 15.5 points per game over the first two weeks, while Eisenhower has given up 14.5 in two games. Eisenhower has won seven of the last 10 games, however, Chippewa Valley downed Ike 21-7  in 2012.

Sterling Heights Stevenson (0-2, 0-1 MAC Red) vs. Utica Ford II (0-2, 0-1 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13 (Runkel Field)

This matchup features two teams looking to find their offense. The two squads that share a field have tallied a combined six points so far this season. Stevenson’s next score will be its first. The two teams have split the last four meetings, with Stevenson winning 49-0 in week three last year.

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (2-0, 1-0 MAC Blue) at Grosse Pointe North (2-0, 1-0 MAC Blue) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

Something’s gotta give in this contest, which pits one of the MAC’s strongest offenses against one of the conference’s best defenses. LCN’s 40.5 points per game is good for eighth in the 36-team MAC, while North’s defense has surrendered only 14 points over the first two games of the season. North has won four of the last five meetings. LCN won a tight, 7-6 decision in week three last year.

Warren Woods Tower (2-0, 1-0 MAC Silver) at Madison Heights Madison (2-0, 1-0 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

In three meetings since 2006, Madison has outscored Tower 84-30, winning all three contests. The Titans are one of five MAC Silver teams looking to unseat Madison atop the league, as Madison went 5-0 to win the Silver in 2012. Through two games in 2013, Tower and Madison have identical 46.0 points-per-game averages. Madison’s defense has allowed seven points total in two games, while Tower’s defense is giving up 10 points per game early this season.

Clinton Township Clintondale (2-0, 1-0 MAC Bronze) at Center Line High (0-2, 0-1 MAC Bronze) — noon Sept. 14 (Memorial Field)

Clintondale will look to run its regular-season winning streak to 13 games. The streak stretches back to the last week of the 2011 season. Clintondale has won the last three matchups.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.