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Football

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

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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

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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

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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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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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