Football

Published October 12, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — The good news is, the Berkley High football team has been through this before and responded.

On a night where seemingly everything went wrong, the Bears fell to Birmingham Groves 47-14 Oct. 9 in a battle for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.     

The Falcons took advantage of six turnovers by the Bears, all in the first half leading to a 41-0 deficit.

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Published October 12, 2015

Utica Eisenhower started the season with an up-tempo offense that coach Chris Smith referred to as the team’s “NASCAR” offense.

In a 17-3 win against Chippewa Valley on Friday night, Smith said the Eagles turned to their “Diesel” offense to switch gears against a high-powered Chippewa offense.

The Eagles (4-3, 2-2 MAC Red) rushed for 260 yards to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Published October 12, 2015

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood junior quarterback Tyler Santangelo is the third recipient of the C & G Sports Player of the Week award.

Santangelo completed 14-of-18 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns as the Cranes stayed undefeated (7-0) on the season with a 27-26 victory Saturday afternoon at Royal Oak Shrine.

Twice in the fourth quarter Santangelo engineered come-from-behind scoring drives.

Trailing 20-13, Santangelo completed four consecutive passes for 76 yards, capped by an 18-yard strike to Nate Lowmiller and a 20-20 tie with 9:00 remaining.

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Published October 12, 2015

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Two weeks.

That’s all that’s left in the 2015 regular season.

Naturally, prep football teams across the state have an eye toward the playoffs. For some, that’s a realistic goal. For others, they’ll be sweating it out the next couple of weeks.

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Published October 10, 2015

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ROYAL OAK — A desperate foe, and an undefeated season at risk.

The Cranbrook football team took care of both Saturday afternoon in a back-and-forth affair at Royal Oak Shrine, which featured three blocked extra points, five consecutive second half touchdowns and a late interception that finally sealed the deal.

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Published October 9, 2015

BERKLEY — Detroit Country Day clinched a playoff spot with its sixth win of the season, a 14-6 victory over Birmingham Brother Rice on Oct. 9.


Quarterback Steve Mann put the Yellowjackets on the board early, connecting with wide receiver Lanard Graham for a 30-yard score on Country Day’s first drive. Country Day would score again on a pass from Mann to Jeremiah Tyler later in the half.


And that was about all for the offense, as Brother Rice’s defense held firm.

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Published October 9, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS — In its 38-7 win over Warren Mott Oct. 9, the Sterling Heights Stevenson football team accomplished a number of things.

The Titans in the win ended a five-game losing streak to the Marauders, improved its record against Mott to 9-6, kept pace in the race for the Macomb Area Conference Red Division title and locked up a playoff berth.

Stevenson with the win improved to 6-1 overall, 3-1 MAC Red. Mott with the loss falls to 5-2, 2-2.

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Published October 9, 2015

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Utica Eisenhower started the season with an uptempo offense that coach Chris Smith referred to as the team’s “NASCAR” offense.

In a 17-3 win against Chippewa Valley on Friday night, Smith said the Eagles turned to their “Diesel” offense to switch gears against a high-powered Chippewa offense.

The Eagles (4-3, 2-2 MAC Red) rushed for 260 yards to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Published October 9, 2015

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UTICA — Grosse Pointe South football extended its winning streak to four with a 30-0 victory against Macomb Area Conference White Division opponent Utica High Oct. 9 at Swinehart Field.

With the win, South improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the division. Utica now has an overall record of 3-4 and 1-3 in the MAC White.

South coach Tim Brandon talked about the difference he has seen in his team since its 1-2 start.

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Published October 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With its 48-0 win over Mount Clemens High Oct. 2, the St. Clair Shores South Lake football team moved to 6-0 on the season.


The win helped the Cavs (3-0 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at press time) match the team’s win total from the last two seasons. It also made South Lake the first Macomb County team to secure a playoff berth.


The Cavs return to the postseason after a two-year absence. South Lake has made the playoffs now seven times since 1999.

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Published October 9, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Stevenson football team once again has a strong defense, allowing a paltry 9.7 points per game through six contests.

That’s even less than the 11.6 points per game the Titans allowed in 2014 — the best in the  36-team Macomb Area Conference — in the first year of coach Kevin Frederick’s tenure.

The 9.7 points per game allowed through six games was second in the MAC to Romeo High’s 4.5 points allowed per game.

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Published October 7, 2015

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The playoffs are in the air.

With three weeks left in the regular season, Macomb County football teams now have an eye toward the postseason.

In this week’s Five for Friday, we focus on the playoffs. With each preview, we will provide quick hitters on what a win would do for each team. Check out where each team sits in the MHSAA playoff points standings. 

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Published October 7, 2015

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Grosse Pointe South vs. Utica: scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Utica.

Given that there are only three regular-season games remaining,  Friday's game will have major playoff implications for both teams, espcially Utica High, which comes into the game 3-3 and needing to win out to secure a playoff berth. 

After having won its last three games, South is 4-2. The team's latest victory came via an 8-2 homecoming win against Utica Eisenhower.

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Published October 7, 2015

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A win doesn’t guarantee a spot, but a loss certainly eliminates the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football team from the 2015 Catholic League Prep Bowl.

As if the Eaglets needed any extra motivation heading into Friday night’s Central Division battle at Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

Power on power.

Rival on rival.

With just about everything on the line.

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Published October 7, 2015

Brother Rice and Detroit Country Day head into an Oct. 9 contest with very different season storylines.

Brother Rice, which is 5-1 all-time against Country Day, is struggling following the departures of quarterback Alex Malzone and wide receiver Grant Perry, who together set a plethora of records for the Warriors in 2014 and now play at Michigan. 

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Published October 7, 2015

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The winner is guaranteed at least a share of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, and Berkley High and Birmingham Groves enter the meeting plenty familiar with each other.

After splitting their two meetings last season, this is the third meeting between these programs in 11 games.

Last season, Berkley won the regular-season matchup, and then four games later Groves took the playoff tilt.

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Published October 7, 2015

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Utica Eisenhower and Chippewa Valley will enter their Week 7 meeting very motivated, but for different reasons.

For Chippewa, a chance at the MAC Red title remains, while for Eisenhower, it’s make-or-break time as it pertains to qualifying for the state playoffs.

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Published October 6, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Three wins and it’s guaranteed.


Two wins and it’s very, very likely.


That’s the fact and the coach’s prediction, respectively, in what has become the Southfield Christian football team’s path to a possible playoff spot.


A 1-8 team in 2014, the Eagles started this fall with a 1-3 record, casting serious doubt over what had been a season of high expectations.


But two weeks ago, the guys in blue and white edged Westland Lutheran 34-33.

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Published October 5, 2015

FERNDALE — When it comes down to it, Ferndale High football coach Eric Royal knows his team is at a disadvantage when it comes to numbers on the roster.


The Eagles have 26 players when they’re healthy, but in a midseason game like the one against Southfield-Lathrup Sept. 25, only 21 were dressed in the 27-24 loss.

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Published October 5, 2015

UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP— For five years, Utica High head coach Tony Smith has awarded one of his players with a weekly “Hit Hammer” award for making a big hit in the team’s previous game.

For the first time, that award went to a girl after Utica’s first game this season.

During a Week 1 victory, Utica kicker Veronica Kramer made a tackle in the second half of a close contest. Kramer found herself as the last line of defense following a reverse, and she got an angle on the returner to make a tackle.

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