Football

Published September 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In his first year as head coach of the St. Clair Shores South Lake football team, Vernard Snowden has set a simple goal for his team to first reach and then maintain.

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Published September 2, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The summer heat had certainly returned to the practice field in late August.

“It comes right up off the turf,” Madison Heights Bishop Foley coach Sean Cobb said with a laugh Aug. 30.

The temperatures may cool as fall settles in, but the sustained heat for Foley is currently in the form of a three-game stretch that could shape the rest of the 2015 season.

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Published September 2, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Former Clinton Township Clintondale football coach Bill Apisa, who piloted the program for 32 years, remains somewhat of a fixture in the program.

Apisa, who won 99 games games as the Dragons’ varsity coach, lives in Texas, but he returns to Michigan for a golf outing named in his honor. That outing has taken place for each of the last 32 years.

Apisa, who was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996, sticks around each fall to take in a couple of Clintondale football games.

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Published September 2, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — The state football playoffs officially begin Oct. 30 with pre-district action.

According to Dave Sofran, the unofficial launch of the postseason is Friday night for his Birmingham Bother Rice squad.

“Looking at the schedule we have coming up. To start the year 0-2 would be a huge mountain to climb,” Sofran said. “In my mind, this is a playoff game.”

Rice is set to take on Penn High from Mishawaka, Indiana, Friday night at 7 p.m. at Hurley Field in Berkley.

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Published September 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — NASCAR season at Michigan International Speedway is over for the year, but a NASCAR-style offense at Utica Eisenhower is just getting started.

The Eagles unveiled their “NASCAR” offense in a 38-24 season-opening win against Plymouth on Aug. 27.

“It just feels good to come out here and the things we have practiced, our speed offense, the no-huddle and the Nascar stuff that we got,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said. “We really came out and wore these guys down, and that was the difference in the game.”

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Published September 1, 2015

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Royal Oak High at Southfield-Lathrup, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3:

Royal Oak High and Southfield-Lathrup met the very first time in 2006, when the Ravens came away with the 36-0.

Since then, Lathrup has won three straight by a combined score of 149-36.

The Chargers enter fresh off a 21-6 victory against Detroit University Prep. It marked the fourth straight season opener win for Lathrup, but it’s been since 2009 since it started 2-0.

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Published September 1, 2015

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Scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Warren Cousino

Both teams will attempt to get off to a winning start in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division in this Week 2 matchup.

Cousino defeated Warren Woods Tower 43-6 in its season opener last week, whileFraser lostto Utica 41-31.

In last season's matchup, it was Cousino coming away with a 38-28 victory. The Patriots went on to win the MAC Blue title last year, finishing with a 5-0 record in conference play.

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Published September 1, 2015

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Following a 392-yard rushing performance against Fraser, Utica senior running back Kumehnnu Gwilly will look to continue to run wild against Utica Ford in Week 2.

The UCS rivals will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Runkel Field on the Sterling Heights Stevenson campus.

Gwilly, a Central Michigan University commit, led Utica to a 41-31 season-opening win against Fraser. It was Utica’s first season-opening win since the 2011 season. The Chieftains will be looking for its first 2-0 start since 2010, which was Utica’s last postseason appearance.

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Published September 1, 2015

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The 2015 prep football season kicked off last week, but now things get really interesting, as teams from all over Macomb County will engage in divisional battles this weekend.

Every Macomb Area Conference game pits divisional foes against each other. Michigan Collegiate (Charter School League) and Macomb Lutheran North (Catholic High School League Intersectional) also play divisional games.

In our Thursday edition of Five for Friday for Week 2, we start with a clash of MAC Red Division titans.

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Published August 31, 2015

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DETROIT — Seven games, more than 10,000 fans and one grand way to officially launch the 2015 high school football season.


For three days and nights, Adams Field at Wayne State University was buzzing with excitement as the Detroit Sports Commission put together the Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic.


Teams from across southeast Michigan converged on the stadium to begin the year and their march toward the postseason.


In the end, it was three days of hard hits and great games.

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Published August 29, 2015

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DETROIT — A pair of Catholic League powerhouses, defending state champs and brand-new rivals.

Sure, these teams may separated by four divisions when it comes to state-playoff classifications, but it would have been hard to tell that Saturday morning when Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Detroit Loyola met at the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

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Published August 27, 2015

Utica Eisenhower prevailed in a back-and-forth contest with Plymouth, 38-24, in a season opener Thursday night at Swinehart Field.

In a game that featured nine combined turnovers, Eisenhower senior running back Joe Mets provided a steady hand by rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

“He’s (Mets) a star. We lost him at the end of the year last year and that affected us in late-season games, but he’s one of our top players. He’s a physical back,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said.

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Published August 27, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley defeated Lake Orion in a season opener for the second consecutive season, as the Big Reds came away with a 35-28 victory Aug. 27 at the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

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Published August 27, 2015

BIRMINGHAM —Using a one-two punch, Birmingham Groves football left Birmingham Seaholm with a victory Aug. 27.

The Falcons won 24-8 on the back of three rushing touchdowns from Earnest Allen. Teammate CJ Boswell rushed for 107 yards.

“Thunder and lightning. It’s like, unstoppable,” said Allen, who had 55 yards rushing along with the three scores. “It’s so fun to be in the same backfield with him. We just deliver speed and power. … No one knows who to come for, and we’re ready for anything.”

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Published August 27, 2015

WALLED LAKE — The ultimate goal, for the regular season at least, is to earn enough wins to qualify for the state playoffs.


But when it comes to the Walled Lake Western football team, the next challenge throughout the fall is claiming the top spot in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division.


Coach Mike Zdebski and his group will begin working toward that next week when they travel to play at Waterford Kettering.


But first things first.

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Published August 26, 2015

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DETROIT — He’s thought it for years, but when it comes to the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic, Dave Beachnau has no reservations about saying it.


“You kind of feel the same way every fall, but this seems to be as good of a schedule as we’ve ever had,” said Beachnau, the Detroit Sports Commission executive director and Prep Kickoff Classic founder. “There are some great matchups.”

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Published August 26, 2015

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A program known for sustained success.

A program constructed with a bruising rushing offense and punishing defense.

A chance to defend a 2014 state championship.

Flip a coin when trying to determine if this in an accurate description of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football program or the one from Detroit Loyola.

Or, say what Eaglets coach George Porritt did.

“We’re both very, very similar.”

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Published August 25, 2015

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Chippewa Valley vs. Lake Orion: scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Wayne State University

Chippewa and Lake Orion are two of 14 programs scheduled to play in the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic, with all of the games slated to take place between Aug. 27-29 at Wayne State.

The two teams also opened against each other last season, with Chippewa coming away with a 38-35 victory.

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Published August 25, 2015

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It’s the 56th meeting on the gridiron between Birmingham Seaholm and Beverly Hills Groves.

Seaholm owns the series 40-15, but Groves came out on top 42-19 last season to snap a two-game losing streak to the Maples.

The last time the Falcons won two in a row in the series was 2005-06.

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Published August 25, 2015

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It’s here.

The 2015 prep football season is finally here.

Coaches, players and fans can rejoice after a 10-month absence, as hundreds of teams across the state kick the season off this weekend.

That includes teams all over Macomb County, which means the return of Five for Friday — our weekly look at some of the most intriguing matchups featuring teams from Macomb County.

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