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September 18, 2013

Five For Friday: Macomb County Football matchups (Sept. 20)

De La Salle showdown with Brother Rice tops the slate

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Warren De La Salle senior wide receiver Brent Morris, pictured hauling in a pass during De La Salle's season opener against Toledo Central Catholic, and the Pilots will travel to take on Birmingham Brother Rice in a matchup set for 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Berkley.

The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association football season is rolling along, with each week featuring very intriguing matchups.

A contest between two Michigan Catholic High School League powers highlights this week's Five For Friday.

Warren De La Salle (2-1, 0-0 CL Central) at Birmingham Brother Rice (3-0, 0-0 CL Central) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hurley Field in Berkley

Rice has had the edge in the series of late. The two-time defending MHSAA Class B champions have won seven of the last 10 vs. De La Salle, including last year's 28-0 triumph. This is the first CL Central matchup for both teams. De La Salle and Rice have been stout on defense, allowing 11.6 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. The Warriors' offense has been a bit more potent through a third of the season, as Rice through three games averages 36.3 points per contest to the Pilots' 19.3. The teams have met in all but three seasons since 1963.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (3-0, 2-0 Macomb Area Conference Red Division) at Grosse Pointe North (3-0, 2-0 MAC Blue) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Grosse Pointe North

This MAC crossover matchup pits two of the 10 remaining unbeatens in the 36-team MAC against one another. Chippewa Valley won last year's meeting 19-14. Prior to that battle, the last time the two teams met was 1993, with the Big Reds taking that game 21-14. Each team has played just one non-league game. Chippewa Valley notched 27 points in beating Dearborn High 27-20 Aug. 29, while the Norsemen blanked St. Clair Shores Lakeview 35-0 Aug. 29.

Madison Heights Madison (3-0, 2-0 MAC Silver) at St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-0, 2-0 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at South Lake

A 29-26 win by Madison High Sept. 14 of last season prevented South Lake from capturing its third straight league title, as the Eagles wound up going 4-1 in the Silver, with the Cavaliers finishing 3-2 in league play. Both teams have exhibited potent offensive attacks so far, with South Lake tallying 36.5 points in league games and Madison notching 35.0. Madison's defense have been a bit stingier, as the Eagles have allowed 9.7 points through three games to South Lake's 17.3.

Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (3-0, 1-0 Michigan Independent Athletic Conference) at Southfield Christian (2-1, 1-0 MIAC) — 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Southfield Christian

Parkway Christian has had the upper hand in the series of late, winning five of seven matchups. Southfield Christian was able to upend Parkway Christian 27-16 last season, stopping Parkway Christian after it put up 42.5 points per game in two games prior to the Sept. 14, 2012, setback. Parkway Christian has put the clamps on its opposition thus far, allowing less than seven points per game. Southfield Christian through a third of the season has put up 24.6 points per contest.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview (0-3, 0-2 MAC Gold) at Clinton Township Clintondale (3-0, 2-0 MAC Bronze) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Clintondale

Clintondale ran its regular-season win streak to 13 after dispatching 39-6 in week three. The Dragons, which have not lost a regular-season game since a 46-8 loss to Marysville Oct. 14, 2011, will look to run that streak to 14 when they host Lakeview Sept. 20. The teams have split the last two meetings, with the Huskies downing Clintondale 31-6 in 2011 and the Dragons besting Lakeview 43-7 in 2012.

Historical data courtesy of michigan-football.com

 

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