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Published November 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Parkway Christian football team took on Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in a Division 8 district final Nov. 6, after press time.

To get to the district final, the Eagles (7-3 at press time) downed Melvindale AB&T 35-12 in a pre-district game played Oct. 30. Our Lady of the Lakes entered the district final at 10-0.

Sterling Heights Stevenson saw its season end in a 20-16 loss to Dearborn Fordson Oct. 30 in a D-1 pre-district. The Titans ended the season at 7-3.

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Published November 11, 2015

C&G Newspapers

And then there were eight — in every division, that is.

The state playoffs have reached the regional round, which means 256 teams have been cut down to just 64.

The Detroit Catholic League lost two more teams in district finals, with Cranbrook and Notre Dame Prep each bowing out, but still have three remaining.

Here’s a look at who’s left.

This week’s winners earn a spot in next weekend’s state semifinals.

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Published November 11, 2015

C&G Newspapers

In two weeks, the 2015 state football playoffs have been dwindled down to 64 teams from 256.

The field now includes just two Macomb County teams and only one squad from the C & G coverage area — the Macomb Dakota Cougars. Romeo High (10-1) is the other Macomb County team still alive in the state playoffs.

This special edition of Five for Friday focuses on Dakota’s regional final matchup with another state power — Detroit Cass Tech.

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Published November 9, 2015

BERKLEY — Berkley High football coach Chris Sikora called it “surreal.”

Receiver Nolan Givan said it was “unbelievable.”

The Bears had just beaten Southfield High 28-20 for a Division 2 district championship Nov. 6 at home when those words were spoken.

“We were underdogs from the beginning, but it just goes and shows what heart and hard work can do,” Givan said. “No matter what size you have or talent, as long as you put in the work, magical things can happen.”

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Published November 9, 2015

Macomb Dakota senior Brendyn Pittman was more than up to the challenge when called into duty by his coaches prior to a Nov. 6 district final against Utica Eisenhower.

Pittman, a three-year varsity player who primarily plays linebacker, was called on to play running back in the Nov. 6 game. The senior rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns in Dakota's 31-8 win over Eisenhower. His performance, along with helping keep his team's season alive, has earned Pittman C & G Player of the Week honors.

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Published November 9, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — After guiding the Madison Heights Madison High football team to an 8-1 regular season and a 21-6 victory against Warren Michigan Collegiate in the Division 6 pre-district, coach Drake Wilkins was suspended Nov. 2 for the team’s district final against Clinton High as he was being investigated by the district for “possible unprofessional conduct,” as Superintendent Randy Speck said last week.

On Nov. 9, Speck said Wilkins had officially resigned as a teacher and coach with the district.

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Published November 6, 2015

All four Warren prep football teams saw their seasons end in the pre-district round of the 2015 state playoffs.

Warren Mott fell 39-7 to Detroit Cass Tech in a Division 1 game Oct. 31. The Marauders ended the season at 6-4.

Warren De La Salle saw its season end in a 25-21 loss to Detroit East English Village Academy in a D-2 matchup Oct. 30. The Pilots ended the season at 6-4.

Warren Fitzgerald fell 48-14 to Redford Thurston in a D-3 showdown Oct. 30. The Spartans ened the season at 6-4.

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Published November 6, 2015

WARREN — A lot of football coaches make sure themselves and their players live by a simple motto: ‘Faith, family, football.’

One coach has decided it’s time to put one of those ahead of the others.

Warren De La Salle football coach Paul Verska, who in 2014 led the program to its first state title, made his intentions known to his team after its 25-21 loss to Detroit East English Village Academy in an Oct. 30 playoff game.

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Published November 6, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clintondale football team is becoming somewhat of a staple in the state playoffs.

The Dragons made their 12th playoff trip in the last 17 years last week. In 15 of the last 17 years, the team has finished .500 or better. Clintondale also had a run of 20 straight regular-season wins from 2011 to 2014.

Clintondale saw its season end in a tough 38-0 loss to Algonac High in a Division 5 pre-district playoff game Oct. 30 at Algonac. The Dragons ended the season at 5-5.

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Published November 5, 2015

After suffering through a 26-25 overtime loss to Pewamo-Westphalia in the season opener, the Madison Heights Madison football team seemed to find itself.

Eight weeks later, the Eagles were wrapping up the regular season with an 8-1 record and a spot in the state playoffs for the 11th consecutive season.

Despite a roster that starts three sophomores and a collection of starting juniors who were on the junior varsity team in 2014, Madison hosted Warren Michigan Collegiate in a Division 6 pre-district and rolled to a 21-6 victory.

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Published November 5, 2015

Detroit East English vs. Grosse Pointe South: Division 2 district playoff game scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at South.

South beat Sterling Heights High 41-7 in its opening-round playoff game, while East English knocked off last season's Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle 25-21.

East English, which is part of the Detroit Public School League, has an overall record of 8-2. The Bulldogs have won four consecutive games.

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Published November 5, 2015

Since arriving at Madison Heights Madison High to take over the football program in 2008, coach Drake Wilkins has guided his squad to the playoffs each and every season, including 2015.

But when the Eagles take the home field Friday night for a Division 6 district final against Clinton High, Wilkins will not be on the sideline.

“He’s not coaching Friday,” Madison Athletic Director Jimmy Brown said Thursday morning. “The district made the decision. The district decided that’s what was supposed to happen.”

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Published November 4, 2015

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Not all that surprisingly, the Detroit Catholic League had a solid weekend of playoff openers, although seeing defending Division 2 champ Warren De La Salle go down in an opener wasn’t something too many people expected.

My other missed pick was Cranbrook, which continued to add to its brilliant season with a 35-14 victory on the road against South Lake.

The field has been cut in half across the state, and here’s a quick look at the remaining Catholic League teams as the district finals are set to kick Friday night.

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Published November 4, 2015

C&G Newspapers

It’s the first time Berkley High has hosted a second-round playoff game, and the Bears are welcoming Southfield High.

Berkley comes in at 8-2 overall after handling Southfield-Lathrup 27-0 in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs.

Southfield is 7-3 and beat Oak Park High 38-14 to open the postseason; the Blue Jays fell to the Knights 50-14 just two weeks prior.

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Published November 4, 2015

C&G Newspapers

The playoff field has been cut in half in a week’s time and the number of Macomb County and Macomb Area Conference football teams within the C & G coverage area alive in the postseason has gone from 17 to five.

In this playoff edition of Five for Friday, we’ll break down the matchups featuring the remaining Macomb County and MAC teams from our coverage area.

You can find the complete playoff field here.

We’ll start with a clash of MAC Red foes.

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Published November 4, 2015

C&G Newspapers

Utica Eisenhower and Macomb Dakota will square off for a district title for the first time since 2009 on Friday night.

The game will be a rematch of a Week 5 game that Dakota won 48-21 thanks in part to 385 rushing yards. The rushing battle will again be a pivotal matchup on Friday.

That Week 5 loss against the Cougars appears to have sparked a fire for Eisenhower’s defense, which has given up an average of 11.5 points and 95.5 rushing yards per game throughout a four-game win streak it will take into the district final.

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Published November 3, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — It will be a longtime rivalry finally renewed after a longtime absence.


It will be a former coach of one team taking on the man who succeeded him.


But most importantly, it should be a great game between highly skilled football teams with a ticket to the Division 4 regional finals on the line.


For the first time since 1995, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood are set to meet on the gridiron.

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Published November 3, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — The football season came to a close last week for Farmington Hills Harrison and Farmington High.

For Harrison, it was a 10-0 loss to Birmingham Groves Oct. 30 on the road.

“Whenever we made a halfway decent play, it seemed like we had a penalty,” Harrison coach John Herrington said. “We just couldn’t get anything going. No continuity.”

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Published November 2, 2015

Berkley High football coach Chris Sikora made sure his team wouldn’t be looking past Southfield-Lathrup in their Division 2 playoff opener.

Just two weeks ago, the Bears had beaten the Chargers 41-0 in the regular season.

“As soon as we saw that we drew Lathrup, given Week 8, Lathrup turned the ball over left and right in that game,” Sikora said. “It was kind of like what we did against Groves (a 47-14 loss). We knew that wasn’t a good representation of who we were. We kind of said the same thing about Lathrup.”

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Published November 2, 2015

Grosse Pointe South quarterback Logan Mico has been selected as the C & G Newspapers Player of the Week.

Mico, who is in his junior season, threw three touchdown passes in his team's 41-7 victory against Sterling Heights High in a Division 2 pre-district playoff matchup Oct. 30 at Sterling Heights.

On the night, Mico was 12 for 16 with 154 yards. He also had 11 carries for 52 yards.

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