Football

Published April 13, 2018

WARREN — When the 2018 prep football season kicks off Aug. 23, the Warren Cousino and Sterling Heights Stevenson football teams will have new leaders on their respective sidelines.

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Published March 13, 2018

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AUBURN HILLS — Quarterback Josh Siminski and linebacker Reece McConnell both signed with Concordia University Feb. 22, while a week prior, wide receiver Seth Williams inked with Faulkner University in Alabama.

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Published March 6, 2018

TROY — As the Troy Athens football program embarks on its first season in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, the club will have a fresh face manning the sidelines.

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Published March 2, 2018

METRO DETROIT — A decade ago, the Michigan High School Athletic Association enjoyed its highest-ever enrollment of officials at 12,400. Today, the number sits at just over 10,000.

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Published February 12, 2018

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After guiding the Utica Eisenhower football program to unprecedented success the last three seasons, Max Wittwer will look to succeed in a different winged helmet. The Ike quarterback officially signed with the University of Michigan Feb. 7, fulfilling a lifelong dream to wear the maize and blue.

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Published January 30, 2018

AUBURN HILLS — After spending over a third of his life as a varsity football head coach, Josh Heppner — the former St. Clair Shores Lakeview and Troy Athens leader — has decided to step down from his spot with the Red Hawks.

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Published January 30, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — A fresh but familiar face will patrol the sidelines at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek next season. Nick Merlo was introduced as the new coach of the football program Jan. 22.

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Published December 15, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Three league representatives made it to Ford Field for state final contests, and a dozen teams collected six or more overall victories. 

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Published December 12, 2017

Demetrius Magee closed out his career with a bang.

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Published December 8, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Another football season is in the books for the 35 teams in the Macomb Area Conference, and the league had its share of success this fall.

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Published December 5, 2017

ne season, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian football accounted for nearly one quarter of the program’s all-time total wins.

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Published November 27, 2017

Once again, Mike Giannone and Brandon Bush topped a team from Livonia, walking off the Ford Field turf as champions.

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Published November 28, 2017

of the best seasons Madison Heights Madison’s football program has ever had ended with a 14-7 loss to Saugatuck High Nov. 18 in a Division 7 state semifinal at Lansing Catholic.

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Published November 25, 2017

Muskegon High quarterback La’Darius Jefferson rushed for 245 yards and four touchdowns as the Big Reds were able to down Farmington Hills Harrison 28-10 in the Division 3 final Nov. 25 at Ford Field. Junior Ben Williams started the game off with a bang for the Hawks (10-4), returning the opening kickoff 91 yards giving them an early 7-0 lead. It was only the second time in state finals history that the opening kickoff was returned for points.

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Published November 25, 2017

Trying to explain this one would border on the realm of impossible and ridiculous.

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Published November 24, 2017

This was a merciless attack, from the first play to the final second.

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Published November 22, 2017

In his mind, he had at least one year left.   John Goddard would return to the sidelines for the Royal Oak Shrine football team for his 50th year as a head coach, and then, there’d be a serious consideration about calling it a career.   But that decision proved not to be Goddard’s, as the long-time Knights coach was told recently he would not be brought back for his 26th season with the program.   “I got called in for a meeting, and they said they were going in a different direction,” Goddard said last week, the shock of his career coming to an end still evident in his tone. “I really have no idea why. I mean, I had no idea it was coming or why this happened. The bottom line is, I was fired. That’s what I want stressed. They fired me.”   Shrine finished 2017 with a 3-6 record, missing the state playoffs for just the second time since 2003. Three of this year’s losses came by a combined 11 points.   According to Goddard, the offseason plan was already in place and his focus was on the 2018 season, which he admitted would likely be his last.   When contacted for this story, Shrine Athletic Director Benjamin Kerfoot said the only comment the school wished to make was done so in a release to the parents of the parish.   “Coach John Goddard recently completed 25 years of service as the head football coach of Shrine Catholic High School,” the press release, signed by Monsignor Robert J. McClory, the president of Shrine Catholic Schools, said. “On behalf of the entire Shrine community, we would like to thank Coach Goddard for his dedication, commitment, and success over the years.  As an alumnus and a valued member of the Shrine community, we will always be grateful for his years of service.  With his 25-year tenure now concluded, Shrine High School will start a search for our next head football coach to be in place to begin serving for the 2018 football season. We will be establishing a search committee and ask for your prayers for Coach Goddard and his family and that the Holy Spirit will guide our search for a new head coach.”   Goddard said he asked why he was being let go and that they said “they were going in a different direction for the betterment of the program.”  

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Published November 18, 2017

He shrugged off the praise and the attention, saying simply he was just doing the job he’s trusted with.

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Published November 18, 2017

Farmington Hills Harrison football is heading to the state finals.

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Published November 18, 2017

Pilots fly into Division 2 state championship game

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