It’s the eve of another prep football season, and that calls for the return of our Five for Friday series, featuring key matchups of teams in the C&G Newspapers coverage area.
Each week of the season, through the playoffs, we will highlight five games, regardless of conference or division, we believe are the most intriguing on the slate.
We begin this week’s Five for Friday with a matchup of two of the top teams in Division 1.
Game of the Week
Macomb Dakota (0-0) at Clarkston High (0-0) — 7 p.m. Aug. 28
The fourth-ever meeting between these two Division 1 powerhouses is the spotlight matchup of Week 1. Clarkston High should be riding high coming into the 2014 season, as the Wolves won their first-ever state title last season. The Cougars, state champions in 2006 and 2007, will look to quiet a Clarkston crowd that should be amped after the state championship win. Clarkston holds a 2-1 lead in the series, with all of those meetings coming in the state playoffs.
Warren Mott (0-0) vs. Detroit Cody (0-0) — 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at Wayne State University
Mott’s showdown with Detroit Cody will serve as Act1 of the 2014 Detroit Prep Football Kickoff Classic Aug. 29. The last time Cody squared off against a Macomb Area Conference team, it lost 17-14 — to Grosse Pointe North in the 2010 playoffs. Mott is 0-2 in its last two meeting with Detroit PSL teams. The teams have combined for 15 state playoff appearances since 2002.
Buckeye state battle
Warren De La Salle (0-0) at Toledo Central Catholic (0-0) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The Pilots will look to change their fortunes against teams from Ohio. De La Salle has just one win in seven matchups against teams from the Buckeye state. That includes dropping a 21-14 decision to Toledo Central Catholic in 2013.
Sterling Heights Stevenson (0-0) vs. Troy High (0-0) — 7 p.m. Aug. 28
The Titans' first game under new coach Kevin Frederick, who joins the program after six solid seasons at Whittemore-Prescott, will come in a Macomb Area Conference/Oakland Activities Association crossover game. This will be the first time Stevenson and Troy High have battled in the regular season. The teams have split four playoff bouts, with the Titans winning the most recent meeting, 36-7, in the 2004 state playoffs. Look for a full recap of this game at www.candgnews.com Thursday night.
Warren Cousino (0-0) vs. Warren Woods Tower (0-0) — 7 p.m. Aug. 28
New Patriots coach Brad Nettles, who takes the reins after 15 years as an assistant at Cousino, begins his tenure with a crosstown showdown in Warren. Nettles is looking to lead a bounce-back season after the Patriots went 1-8 in 2013. Tower is looking to start strong after qualifying for the state playoffs last season — the program’s first postseason berth since 2007. Cousino leads the all-time series 8-7.
Schedules courtesy mhsaa.com. Historical data courtesy www.michigan-football.com.