Following this weekend's contests, football teams in the state will have completed more than half of their season.
That means we will have a clearer picture of which teams are in line for division titles and playoff berths, and which teams will be playing for pride the last four weeks of the regular season.
This week's Five For Friday features teams in each of those categories and starts with a showdown in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze division.
Clinton Township Clintondale (4-0, 2-0 MAC Bronze) at Clawson High (3-1, 2-0 MAC Bronze) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clawson
A win for Clintondale would give the Dragons 15 straight regular-season victories. A win for Clawson would give the Trojans the inside track to the MAC Bronze title with two league games left to play. Both teams are lighting up the scoreboard so far this season, with each averaging at least 39 points per game. Clintondale's defense has been stronger, as the Dragons have allowed 6.5 points per game, vs. the 23 per game Clawson has allowed. Clintondale knocked off Clawson 42-28 last season and won the Bronze by one game over the Trojans.
Detroit University Prep (3-1, 2-1 Michigan Charter School League) at Warren Michigan Collegiate (3-1, 2-0 Charter School League) — 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. Clair Shores Lakeview
A win would help Michigan Collegiate keep pace with Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, also 2-0 in league play, with a Panthers/Eagles matchup set for Oct. 18. University Prep could stake its claim to the league title win a win. Prep is 3-2 in its last five matchups with Michigan Collegiate, including a 28-26 win last season. Both teams enter the matchup having outscored their opponents by at least 90 points.
Sterling Heights Stevenson (2-2, 1-1 MAC Red) vs. Romeo High (1-3, 0-2 MAC Red) — Noon Sept. 28 at Ford Field (Detroit)
Stevenson and Romeo will play on the big stage, as the teams will roam the field the Detroit Lions roam. Stevenson with a win would have a three-game win streak after starting 0-2 and would sit a half game out of first place in the MAC Red. Romeo would pick up a much-needed win inside the MAC Red. Stevenson has beaten Romeo six times in the teams' last 10 matchups. Romeo has won two of the last three, though.
Warren De La Salle (2-2, 0-1 Catholic High School League Central Division) at Orchard Lake St. Mary's (3-1, 1-0 CHSL Central) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at OLSM
After a close, controversial 26-24 loss to Birminhan Brother Rice Sept. 21, De La Salle will look to pick up its first league win when it travels to Orchard Lake St. Mary's, which is looking to keep pace with Rice in the CHSL Central. The Eaglets have outscored its opponents by 86 points. The Pilots are plus-21 on the season. DLS is looking to avenge a 35-0 loss to OLSM last season. The Eaglets have won seven of the last 10 in the series.
St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-1, 2-1 MAC Silver) at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (0-4, 0-2 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Lakeview
This matchup of city rivals has been a back-and-forth affair of late. South Lake holds a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 meetings, including victories in the last three matchups. Prior to that run, the Huskies had won four straight from 2006-09. Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by at least 14 points.
Historical data courtesy www.michigan-football.com