Macomb Mashups: Preview Week 4 football games featuring county squads

Teams look for leg up in division title races

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published September 13, 2017

 Warren Mott coach Tom Milanov eyes a third straight 4-0 start as it readies to take on Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 15.

Warren Mott coach Tom Milanov eyes a third straight 4-0 start as it readies to take on Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 15.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

Divisional play is heating up across Macomb County, including in the Macomb Area Conference and the Catholic High School League.

Week 4 will put some teams in the driver’s seat as it relates to division title chases. Other squads hope to stay in the race.

We start this edition of Macomb Mashups with a MAC Red battle.

Warren Mott (3-0, 1-0 MAC Red) at Macomb Dakota (2-1, 0-1 MAC Red) – 7 p.m. Sept. 15

A win gives Mott its third straight 4-0 start and moves the team to within two wins of a seventh straight playoff berth. Dakota last started a season 2-2 in 2000. Mott is allowing 9.3 points per game, while Dakota scores 35.7 points per game. Mott downed Dakota 27-20 in Week 4 last season to improve its record against Dakota to 4-2. Mott has made the state playoffs in 10 of the last 11 season, while Dakota has qualified for 16 consecutive postseasons.

Sterling Heights High (0-3, 0-1 MAC Blue) vs. Roseville High (2-1, 1-0 MAC Blue) – 7 p.m. Sept. 15

Roseville hasn’t started 3-1 since 2011 — the last year it made the state playoffs. Sterling Heights is 0-3 for the seventh time in eight years but hasn’t started 0-4 since 2011. A 48-12 Week 4 win last season moved Sterling Heights to 11-1 all-time against Roseville. The Panthers' lone win in the series came in a 24-10 Week 8 triumph in 1994. Check Friday night for a full recap.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (2-1, 0-1 MAC Gold) at Warren Woods Tower (3-0, 1-0 MAC Gold) – 7 p.m. Sept. 15

Lake Shore has already surpassed last season’s win total and is on pace to allow 204 points less than it did in 2016. Tower has already equaled last season’s win total. A win would give the Titans, which have an average margin of victory of 25 points per game, their fifth 4-0 start in program history. The Shorians have had next to no success against the Titans. Tower has won 19 of 20 meetings, including a 56-14 decision last season.

Warren De La Salle (2-1, 0-0 CHSL Central) at Birmingham Brother Rice (2-1, 0-0 CHSL Central) – 7 p.m. Sept. 15

The squads De La Salle and Rice have lost to this season (Lowell and Mishawaka (Indiana) Penn) went a combined 24-2 last season. The Pilots have allowed seven points in their last two games. The Warriors in their wins have surrendered 14 points. Rice beat De La Salle 13-3 last season to halt a two-game series losing streak. The Warriors are now 44-13 against their Catholic High School League Central Divisional rival.

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