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September 30, 2013

Punching their ticket: Macomb County football teams poised for postseason trips (week of Sept. 30)

Seven teams one win away from six victories

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Mount Clemens senior running back Marquell Sanders, pictured during a Sept. 21 game against Sterling Heights High, and the Bathers are battling to earn their first MHSAA playoff appearance since 1994. Mount Clemens had a mark of 3-2 as of Sept. 30.

A number of Macomb Area Conference football teams, along with squads from other leagues, did a lot to help or hurt their prospects for qualifying for the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs in games played the week of Sept. 23.

Seven area teams are right on the doorstep of being locks for the postseason, as each recorded wins to move to 5-0 on the season. Other squads gave themselves a tougher road by suffering setbacks and dropping to 3-2.

According to the MHSAA, for football, postseason inclusion is determined by wins and a computer point value, calculated for each team based upon its record and strength of schedule, with the top 256 teams (including all teams with six victories if playing a nine-game schedule) qualifying. These 256 teams are then ordered by enrollment and divided into eight divisions of 32 teams each.

Here is the second weekly installment of the C & G Sports MAC and county football playoff picture. Each week, we will give you a snapshot of which local squads are in line for postseason berths. This week, we begin with teams we feel are a lock to qualify for the postseason.

Looking good
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley: 5-0, 3-0 MAC Red — Knocked off Utica Ford II 42-6 Sept. 27 to move to 5-0. The Big Reds lost four straight after winning their fifth game in 2012, but still qualified for the postseason. Chippewa Valley needs one win in its last four to ensure it earns a spot in the postseason. The four teams the Big Reds have remaining (Anchor Bay, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Macomb Dakota and Port Huron) have a combined record of 13-7. Chippewa Valley went 1-3 against those four teams last season.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Anchor Bay
 

Macomb Dakota: 5-0, 3-0 MAC Red — Shut out Utica Eisenhower 24-0 Sept. 27 to move to 3-0 in league play. An Oct. 18 matchup against Chippewa Valley at home looms large in the race for the MAC Red title. One more victory would make the Cougars a lock for their 13th straight postseason appearance. the remaining four teams on Dakota's schedule (Warren Cousino, Utica Ford II, Chippewa Valley and Roseville) have a combined record of 8-12. The Cougars went 5-0 against those teams last year, including two wins over Chippewa Valley.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Utica Ford II

Warren Mott: 5-0, 3-0 MAC White — Bested Fraser 53-13 Sept. 27 to keep its record unblemished. It looks like the only thing standing in the Marauders’ way of a MAC White title is an Oct. 18 showdown at Port Huron, which downed Mott last season, giving the Marauders their only loss in league play. Mott is averaging 55.3 points per game in league play. The Marauders’ remaining four foes (Utica Ford II, Warren Cousino, Port Huron and Sterling Heights Stevenson) are a combined 8-12 on the season.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Warren Cousino

Marine City: 5-0, 2-0 MAC Gold — Shut out East Detroit High 27-0 Sept. 27 to move to 5-0. The Mariners have won 13 straight regular-season games dating back to their second game of the 2012 season. An Oct. 18 matchup against St. Clair, also 5-0, looms large.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

St. Clair High: 5-0, 2-0 MAC Gold — Beat Warren Woods Tower 48-14 Sept. 27 to get to 5-0. The Saints still have tough matchups remaining at Marine City (Oct. 18) and vs. Grosse Pointe North (Oct. 25). One more win in its last four would give St. Clair its seventh playoff berth since 2000.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Marysville

Madison Heights Madison: 5-0, 3-0 MAC Silver — Downed Sterling Heights High 45-7 Sept. 27 to move to 5-0. The Eagles have won 12 regular-season games in a row. The only thing standing in the way of Madison running the table this regular season is games against Mount Clemens, East Detroit, Madison Heights Lamphere and New Haven., which have a combined record of 5-15. The last time Madison lost to any of those teams was in 2008 — a 21-14 loss to Lamphere Oct. 3 of that year.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Mount Clemens

Clinton Township Clintondale: 5-0, 3-0 MAC Bronze — Beat Clawson 41-7 Sept. 27 for its 14th straight regular- season win. The Dragons’ remaining four opponents (East Detroit, Mount Clemens, New Haven, St. Clair Shores South Lake) have a combined mark of 8-12. Clintondale averaged 31 points per game in going 4-0 against those teams last season.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. East Detroit

Should be in

Port Huron High: 4-1, 3-0 MAC White — Shut out Port Huron Northern 28-0 Sept. 27 to move closer to a seventh straight playoff berth. The Big Reds host Warren Mott Oct. 18 in a game that will likely decide the MAC White. Port Huron travels to Chippewa Valley Oct. 25 to close out the regular season in what could serve as a playoff tune-up for both teams.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Romeo

Grosse Pointe North: 4-1, 2-0 MAC Blue — Beat Warren Cousino 35-15 Sept. 27 to run its record to 4-1. The Norsemen have some tough games remaining, including an Oct. 11 meeting at rival Grosse Pointe South and a matchup at St. Clair Oct. 25. Grosse Pointe North also hosts Port Huron Northern Oct. 18. The Norsemen and Northern are both 2-0 in MAC Blue play.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Fraser

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North: 4-1, 1-1 MAC Blue — knocked off Anchor Bay 55-12 Sept. 27 to inch closer to its second straight postseason berth. LCN is looking up at both Grosse Pointe North and Port Huron Northern in the MAC Blue standings, but it has four games remaining against teams it allowed 13.5 points per game to last season in four wins.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse

Marysville: 4-1, 2-0 MAC Gold — Bested Madison Heights Lamphere 54-21 Sept. 27 to stay on the path to a fifth playoff appearance in six years. The Vikings have four games remaining, including three against St. Clair (Oct. 4), Marine City (Oct. 11) and L’Anse Creuse North (Oct. 25), which are a combined 14-1.
Next game: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. St. Clair

Work left to do
Each team sits at 3-2 going into week six
Warren Woods Tower
St. Clair Shores South Lake
Mount Clemens
Clawson
Warren De La Salle
Warren Michigan Collegiate
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.