MAC battles in predistricts highlight playoff edition of Macomb Mashups

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published October 30, 2019

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse wide receiver Quincy Green looks to get past two Sterling Heights High defenders in an Oct. 18 game. The Lancers meet St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 2 predistrict set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Lakeview. L'Anse Creuse is in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse wide receiver Quincy Green looks to get past two Sterling Heights High defenders in an Oct. 18 game. The Lancers meet St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 2 predistrict set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Lakeview. L'Anse Creuse is in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview quarterback Tristan Witt surveys the defense during an Oct. 25 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. The Huskies have made back-to-back playoff trips for the first time in program history.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview quarterback Tristan Witt surveys the defense during an Oct. 25 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. The Huskies have made back-to-back playoff trips for the first time in program history.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

We’ve reached the second season.

The state football playoffs begin this weekend and include a number of teams from Macomb County.

The area has done well in recent postseasons. Last season saw Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Warren De La Salle win state titles, while Macomb Area Conference squad Madison Heights Madison got to a state title game. De La Salle has won two straight state championships.

This year’s field includes some teams that made a bit of history this season, including the first two squads we feature in this predistrict edition of Macomb Mashups.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (6-3) at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (7-2) — 7 p.m. Nov. 1

It’s been quite the turnaround season for L’Anse Creuse. The Lancers finished the regular season with as many wins as the program recorded in the previous six seasons combined. L’Anse Creuse also won the MAC Gold, giving the team its first division title since 2000. The Lancers are in the playoffs for the fourth time and first since 2003. The team saw a major improvement on defense, allowing 24.6 points per game. From 2013 to 2018, L’Anse Creuse allowed an average of 38 points per game over the previous six seasons.

Lakeview this fall finished with its best-ever regular season mark, aided by a 6-0 finish following a 1-2 start. It’s also the first time the Huskies have ever made back-to-back playoff trips. Lakeview this season has allowed 141 points — its lowest total since 1987.

The playoff game, a Division 2 predistrict, is the rubber match between the teams. The Lancers and Huskies have split 28 meetings. The teams have only met twice, though, over the last 25 seasons — two L’Anse Creuse wins in 2014 and 2015.

The winner meets the survivor of a Port Huron High/Port Huron Northern matchup in a district final set for Nov. 8 or Nov. 9. Lakeview fell 14-7 to Northern in a 2018 district final. Neither the Lancers or Huskies have ever advanced past the district round.

For full coverage of the game, follow @CandGSports on Twitter.

Warren Mott (6-3) at Sterling Heights Stevenson (5-4) — 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Prep for this D-1 playoff matchup may be a bit different than some others. That’s because Mott and Stevenson battled in Week 9. A late field goal gave the Titans a 23-20 win, which put the team in the playoffs.

The Marauders, though, have owned the series recently. Mott has won eight of 10 matchups this decade. Stevenson’s Oct. 25 win put them up 10-9 in the series. 

Mott, with an average margin of victory of 10.8 points this season, is in the playoffs for the ninth straight season. Stevenson, who through the regular season put up 18.3 points per game and allowed 22.3 points per game, is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The winner moves on to face either Macomb Dakota or Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a district final either Nov. 8 or Nov. 9.