Football

Published September 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clintondale football team is off to a solid start after a down 2014, and players are doing all they can to ensure complacency doesn’t set in.

“We can’t take any days off,” said junior running back/linebacker JaJuan Clowers, whose team had a mark of 3-1 overall, 2-1 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, at press time. “Everybody has to continue to go the extra mile. We have the athletes and the physical tools to get things done. We just have to put the work in.”

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Published September 23, 2015

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Southfield High at Farmington Hills Harrison, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 —

First place in the Oakland Activities Association White Division is on the line when Farmington Hills Harrison welcomes Southfield High.

The rivals are both 3-0 in the division and 3-1 overall.

If history is any indicator, the contest will once again come down to the wire. Harrison snapped a two-game losing streak to Southfield with its 34-27 victory last season. In those three meetings, five points is the average margin of victory.

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Published September 23, 2015

Grosse Pointe South vs. Grosse Pointe North, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at North

This will be the 47th game played between the programs, with the Norsemen holding an all-time lead of 29-17 in the rivalry series.

Te game has been chosen for the Great American Rivalry Series, which means it is considered one of the greatest rivalries in the country, and there could also be playoff implications for both programs. North and South come in with identical records of 2-2, and in what is just a nine-game, regular-season schedule, every game from this point on is big for both programs.

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Published September 23, 2015

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One of the premiere football rivalries in Macomb County is set to renew at 7 p.m. Friday night at Swinehart Field when Macomb Dakota visits Utica Eisenhower.

Dakota (3-1) and Eisenhower (3-1) have combined to claim the last four MAC Red titles and split last year’s division crown.

Led by running back Kaiser Carleton, Dakota’s offense has averaged 31.25 points per game. Carleton rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns in a Week 2 win against Chippewa Valley, and 207 yards and two touchdowns against defending state champion Clarkston High in Week 1. 

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Published September 22, 2015

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This week we'll be introducing a new feature: Team and Player of the Week. Each Monday, we'll pick a team and player from the games our reporters travel to and designate them as our top choices for the week. Check back Sept. 28 for the first installment.

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Published September 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The football teams from Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South have played each other a total of 46 times.


Some of those games have included hype, hoopla, and their share of media attention.


The programs are scheduled to line up against each other for the 47th time at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at North in a game that will once again be part of the Great American Rivalry Series. Both teams are 2-2 heading into the game.

 

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Published September 22, 2015

TROY — There’s a self-belief that permeates from the Troy Athens locker room to the football field.

“It’s a quiet confidence that I love,” coach Josh Heppner said. “They understand that they’re the underdogs, that they’re always going to be the underdogs. They understand that there won’t be people that actually know how hard they work … but they believe in each other and they take care of each other.”

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Published September 22, 2015

PONTIAC — It’s been a steady, consistent attack so far.

Timely offense paired with a defense that’s been able to slow opponents’ running games.

And the payoff four weeks into the 2015 season is four wins.

Now, the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep football team can focus on its biggest challenge to date: a Detroit Loyola team loaded with talent, speed and power.

The Bulldogs also happen to be the defending Division 7 state champs.

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Published September 22, 2015

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Just about every team goes into each season with a goal to win a division title and to make the state playoffs. We’re to the point of the season where teams are beginning to realize how realistic those goals are.

Several Macomb County prep football teams have their eyes on raising banners and playing into the postseason. We begin this week’s Five for Friday with a matchup featuring the only undefeated team in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

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Published September 22, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The lights were portable and temporary, casting a little extra atmosphere on a Friday night of football.

This team, however, is doing everything in its power to prove it’s a permanent fixture in the Catholic League this fall — and beyond.

It had been 10 years since a Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood football team started a season with four consecutive wins.

And in that decade of time, the Cranes have known more down times than up.

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Published September 21, 2015

BERKLEY — First, the good news is that despite some miscues, the Berkley High football team is still sitting atop the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division. 


The Bears have won three straight games and are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the division.


The bad news is that the Bears have a propensity of putting the ball on the ground too many times for coach Chris Sikora’s liking.


The coach said his team has fumbled multiple times per game, but that he’s fully confident those numbers are going to improve.

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Published September 21, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — High school prep football teams are already nearly halfway through the regular-season portion of their 2015 seasons.


Here is a look at how the local teams are faring after Week 4 of the season.


After going 8-4 last season and winning a district championship, Chippewa Valley has looked good in 2015, as the Big Reds are off to a 3-1 start.


Chippewa’s latest victory came following a 49-27 win against Warren Cousino Sept. 18. That win followed a 32-28 victory against Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 11.

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Published September 21, 2015

CLAWSON — There was some doubt, from the coaching staff on down to the players.

And understandably so.

A team that had been in the postseason four of the past five years graduated nearly every starting-position player and was set to rebuild its roster with a host of guys lacking much varsity experience.

But something strange happened when the 2015 football season began.

The Clawson High team came from behind and beat Armada High 35-34 in overtime.

A week later, the Trojans trailed, and then came back to beat Madison Heights Lamphere 12-7.

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Published September 21, 2015

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It might not be considered a historic rivalry, but the series between Utica Eisenhower and Macomb Dakota has featured two of Michigan’s premier programs since 2001.

The series is set to renew at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Swinehart Field with both teams at 3-1.

“They’re always competitive games, so it just makes it fun,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said. “I think there’s a lot of respect between the two coaching staffs, so I think that makes for a really clean rivalry.”

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Published September 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The reason behind Pat Threet’s return to patrolling the sidelines as head coach of the St. Clair Shores Lakeview football team is about more than football.


“It provided me with a better position, in terms of teaching,” said Threet, who teaches computer analytics at Lakeview. “I really enjoyed it here before. The athletic director (Sean Zaborowski) and principal (Brent Case) are excellent, and I have a lot of friends who work here. It’s good to be back.”

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Published September 19, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — The defending National Club Football Association national champion Oakland University Golden Grizzlies got their 2015 season off to a good start, coming away with a 27-20 victory against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sept. 19 at Auburn Hills Civic Center Park.

Two fourth quarter touchdowns was the key to Oakland's victory, as the club trailed Milwaukee 20-13 after the third quarter of play.

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Published September 18, 2015

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TROY — West Bloomfield High football stands alone at the top of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division standings.

The Lakers beat Troy Athens 28-17 Sept. 18 on the road.

“We knew the winner of this game was in sole possession of first place, and we wanted to establish ourselves,” West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy said.

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Published September 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Romeo High football team took sole possession of first place in the Macomb Area Conference White Division with a 49-7 win over Utica Ford Sept. 18 at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Both teams entered the game at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MAC White. 

Romeo led 28-0 at halftime.

Romeo senior quarterback Paul Hurley threw five touchdown passes in the win.

Ford’s 3-0 start was its first since 1994.

Romeo this season has allowed only 13 points.

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Published September 18, 2015

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The lights were portable and temporary, casting a little extra atmosphere to a Friday night of football.

This team, however, is doing everything in its power to prove it’s a permanent fixture in the Catholic League this fall — and beyond.

For the first time since 2005, the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kinswood football team has started a season with four consecutive wins, and the guys in the silver helmets did it in style at home tonight, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and cruising past Madison Heights Bishop Foley 49-20.

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Published September 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — It seems simple, but Utica Ford football coach Todd Winters attributes his team’s strong start to players executing the game plan.

“Before, we would have a lot of mistakes,” said Winters, who had the team at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time. “It’s all about execution. If they do the things we ask them to do, they’ll be fine. They’re playing rather well. They’re having some fun too.”

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