Football

Published October 31, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Along with a win in the opening round of the Division 2 playoffs, Southfield High football also earned a little redemption Oct. 31 at home.

The Blue Jays beat Oak Park High 38-14; two weeks prior, they lost 50-14 to Oak Park.

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Published October 31, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — On a day known for tricks and treats, well, this was pretty straightforward dominance.

Spooky dominance, in fact.

The Beverly Hills Detroit County Day football team opened the 2015 playoffs Saturday afternoon with a 36-0 victory at home against Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, setting up a Division 4 district final next weekend with Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

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Published October 30, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Grosse Pointe South’s football team has advanced to a Division 2 district final following a 41-7 victory against Sterling Heights High in a pre-district matchup Oct. 30 at Sterling Heights.

South is scheduled to play Detroit East English at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at South.

Following the game, South coach Tim Brandon was asked about the keys to his team’s opportunity to advance in the postseason.

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Published October 30, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — When Birmingham Groves quarterback Beau Kewley got the call in the huddle, he knew it was a chance for his team to put Farmington Hills Harrison away Oct. 30 at home.

“I thought, ‘Let’s win this game. Let’s finish it,’” the quarterback said.

Facing fourth-and-2 from the Harrison 9-yard line and a 3-0 lead with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter, the Falcons ran a play-action pass and Kewley hit a wide-open Daniel Williams in the end zone.

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Published October 30, 2015

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Eisenhower sophomore quarterback Max Wittwer made big plays on third down all night for his team, and his last play of the night was no different.

Wittwer scored on a 12-yard touchdown to defeat Chippewa Valley 23-20 in double overtime in a pre-district game Friday night.

“I just wanted that win, I saw that green and did everything I could to get in that end zone, that’s all I wanted,” Wittwer said.

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Published October 29, 2015

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Sterling Heights High vs. Grosse Pointe South: Scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in a Division 2 pre-district game at Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights will be making its first postseason appearance since 2003, after going 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division during the regular season.

Prior to missing the playoffs last year, South, which finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the MAC White, had qualified for the postseason five consecutive years.

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Published October 29, 2015

TROY — It came down to the final week, but Southfield High football earned an automatic bid into the postseason.


The Blue Jays beat Troy Athens 14-0 Oct. 23 on the road to secure the needed sixth win to get into the playoffs.


“These guys came out and they worked hard for us,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said. “They wanted to get a playoff (berth) for the seniors.”


The Blue Jays and Red Hawks were scoreless for most of the first half before a defensive stop and offensive showing that changed the game.

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Published October 28, 2015

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When the final weekend of the 2014 football season marched into Ford Field, seven of the 16 teams battling for state championships came via Catholic Schools.

More impressively, three eventual champions — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Warren De La Salle and Detroit Loyola — originated from the Detroit Catholic League.

With the 2015 tournament set to begin Friday, Catholic League squads are prepping for what they hope is another five-week journey to the promised land.

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Published October 28, 2015

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Clawson High (6-3 regular season) at River Rouge High (8-1 regular season)

This is a tough playoff draw for Clawson.

The Oct. 30 first-round contest marks the first meeting between Clawson ands River Rouge. It is also the sixth consecutive playoff appearance for River Rouge, which comes into the game rolling off a 40-34 overtime win against Riverview.

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Published October 28, 2015

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It’s a battle between Oakland Activities Association champions when Birmingham Groves plays host to Farmington Hills Harrison in a Division 2 playoff opener.

Groves, winner of the Blue Division, enters 9-0, its first undefeated regular season since 1978.

Harrison, winner of the White Division, is 7-2, its only losses to East Kentwood (6-3 overall) in Week 1 and West Bloomfield High (9-0) in Week 9.

The Falcons and Hawks play a similar brand of ball, relying heavily on the run to set up the play-action pass.

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Published October 28, 2015

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When Utica Eisenhower traveled to Chippewa Valley in Week 7, it was on the verge of being eliminated from any playoff talk.

The Eagles were 3-3 at the time and still had games remaining with playoff-bound Warren Mott and then-unbeaten Romeo left on the schedule.

Eisenhower disrupted Chippewa Valley’s offense that night and won 17-3 to begin a three-game winning streak to secure an automatic playoff bid.

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Published October 28, 2015

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Win or go home.

Those are the stakes for the 256 prep football teams that have advanced to the state playoffs.

The postseason begins with pre-districts, set for Oct. 30-31. District, regional and state semifinals follow, with the state finals being set for Nov. 27-28 at Ford Field.

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Published October 26, 2015

Southfield High quarterback Sam Johnson III earned the C&G Newspapers Player of the Week honor for his performance Oct. 23 at Troy Athens.

Scoreless late in the second quarter, Johnson took over from the Blue Jays’ own 1-yard line and led a 13-play, 99-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 33-yard touchdown pass to Josh Pickens with 1.8 second left in the half.

Johnson then found Brandon Gray in the corner of the end zone on a 14-yard toss in the third quarter.

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Published October 25, 2015

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The 2015 state football playoffs begin Oct. 30 and several teams from the C & G coverage area will once again be a part of the second season.

Qualifying teams for the playoffs are divided into districts of four teams each, then paired into four regions.  Nov. 6-7 will feature district finals at the home field of the highest-ranked team that won its pre-district game.

Regional finals take place on Nov. 13-14 at the home field of the highest-ranked team that won its district final. 

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Published October 24, 2015

DETROIT — Colors change, temperatures cool and Detroit Loyola wins at the Prep Bowl.

From year to year, these are just the facts of fall in Michigan.

The third point to that equation has held its end of the bargain for the past six years, anyway.

The Bulldogs picked up their sixth consecutive Prep Bowl title Saturday afternoon, beating Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 40-10 in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate.

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Published October 23, 2015

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For some Macomb County football teams, the season is over and thoughts turn to 2016.

For others, wins Oct. 23 either ensured them of postseason berths or improved their chances of making the state playoffs.

Following is a look at the 14 teams that were playing Week 9 with the hopes of continuing their season. Nine Macomb County and Macomb Area Conference teams were looking for their sixth win, which would ensure a playoff berth. Five others were looking to improve to 5-4, which would have helped their chances at earning a playoff berth.

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Published October 23, 2015

TROY — Southfield High punched its ticket to the postseason, beating Troy Athens in an Oakland Activities Association crossover.

The Blue Jays won 14-0 Oct. 23 on the road.

“I saw a lot of good things tonight, a lot of improvement tonight,” Southfield High coach Tim Conley said. “You always want to say more important than the win is improving, of course tonight, the stakes were high.”

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Published October 23, 2015

Utica Eisenhower used an interception by Cody Gough in the end zone with 26 seconds remaining to stop a furious rally by Romeo High and clinch an automatic playoff berth Friday night.

Romeo rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 5:26 left in the game to trail 17-14 with less than a minute remaining while having possession deep in Eisenhower territory.

On a third-and-goal play from the 6-yard line, Gough intercepted a Romeo pass over the middle to prevent an undefeated regular season for the Bulldogs and give Eisenhower its sixth win of the season with the 17-14 victory.

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Published October 23, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights High football team’s 47-12 win over Port Huron Northern Oct. 16 proved to be more than just a late-season triumph.

The Stallions with the win accomplished a couple of things. The team moved to 4-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division — good for a share of the MAC Gold title, which is its first division title since 2008.

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Published October 22, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — There were handshakes and hugs following the Southfield-Lathrup homecoming victory Oct. 10, coach Jason Solomon remembered.


The Chargers had just beaten Pontiac High 61-26, giving them five wins and guaranteeing a winning season, something that looked in doubt when they started 1-2.

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