Football

Published October 22, 2015

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The same two teams, but so much is different in so many ways.

On Sept. 25, the Warren De La Salle and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football teams collided in a Catholic League matchup that came with plenty of hype, but ended with one team waltzing out of town with a lopsided victory.

Nearly a month to the day later, the Eaglets and Pilots are set to close the 2015 regular season against one another in the same place both hoisted state championship trophies in 2014.

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Published October 21, 2015

Grosse Pointe North vs. St. Clair: Scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Clair

In order to have any chance at a playoff berth, North, which comes into the game 4-4, needs a victory against St. Clair in the last regular-season game of the year for both programs.

Although six wins is the only guaranteed way to earn a spot in the playoffs, teams with five victories can still be selected for postseason play.

If the Norsemen can beat St. Clair, it would be their first victory outside of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, where they have a 4-1 record.

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Published October 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Birmingham Groves defeated Royal Oak High 42-0 to win the outright Oakland Activities Blue Division title on Oct. 16.

Groves coach Brendan Flaherty celebrated with his fellow coaches. He said how proud he was of his team. And then he went right into praising Royal Oak coach Ray McMann and his vastly improved Ravens squad. 

“I respect Ray,” Flaherty said. “He’s doing a great job here getting everything turned around.”

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Published October 21, 2015

Livonia Franklin (5-3, 3-2 KLAA South) at Royal Oak (4-4, 4-3 OAA Blue)

Royal Oak will host Livonia Franklin on Oct. 23 for the final game of the regular season.  The first meeting between the Patriots and the Ravens carries significant weight for both teams. Franklin can lock up a playoff spot if it defeats Royal Oak.  Royal Oak will be hosting senior night on its home turf, and a win over Franklin would give the Ravens their first winning record since 2007.

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Published October 21, 2015

For prep football teams, what began during the hottest days of summer will conclude in the brisk fall air nearly three months later.


For a select few, though, the end is just the beginning.


This Friday and Saturday brings about Week 9 in the high school football season, which officially ends the 2015 regular season.


It also begins the selection process of determining which teams are playoff eligible and exactly where the postseason games will take place.

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Published October 21, 2015

It’s essentially a play-in game when Southfield High travels to Troy Athens at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in an Oakland Activities Association Division crossover.

The winner notches its sixth victory, guaranteeing a spot in the playoffs. The loser is at the mercy of playoff points, hoping there is a spot left for it in the field.

Southfield has earned a spot four straight years and six of the last seven. The Red Hawks are looking for their first trip since 2011.

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Published October 21, 2015

Utica Eisenhower and Romeo will meet in a Week 9 matchup with plenty to play for on each side.

For Romeo (8-0), it’s a chance to complete a perfect regular season. For Eisenhower (5-3), it’s a chance to earn an automatic berth into the postseason and possibly a home game in the pre-district round.

While Romeo’s defense has dominated all season, giving up a total of 34 points and pitching four shutouts, Eisenhower’s defense has come into its own over the past three weeks, having given up a total of just 20 points in that span.

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Published October 21, 2015

Madison Heights High junior running back Lance Mitchell had the performance of his young career in a 56-42 win over St. Clair Shores South Lake Oct. 16.

The junior ran for five touchdowns and caught another in the win, making him a clear choice for the latest C & G Sports Player of the Week.

Mitchell ran for 306 yards and had 37 receiving yards. He gave his team its first lead at 48-42 on a 5-yard score and subsequent two-point conversion with 1:45 left.

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Published October 21, 2015

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There’s a lot on the line for a number of prep football teams this weekend.

Several teams are looking for wins to either secure playoff spots or improve their chances of getting an at-large bid into the postseason.

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Published October 20, 2015

A nine-week regular season is ready to reach its conclusion.

And then, for some, the real fun begins.

This weekend officially marks the end of the 2015 football regular season, and for those eligible, playoff positioning will officially be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, with the postseason beginning Oct. 30.

Here’s a quick look at the three local gridiron teams with playoff aspirations, what their schedule still holds and what’s still on the line.

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Published October 19, 2015

WARREN — The Warren Michigan Collegiate football team is right on the doorstep of its seventh consecutive trip to the state playoffs.

At 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the Charter School League at press time, the Cougars need one win in their last two games to secure a playoff berth. The Cougars took on Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (5-2, 4-0 Charter School League) Oct. 16, after press time, in a game that crowned the division champ. Chanlder Park Academy won the league in 2014. Michigan Collegiate was looking for its first division title since 2011.

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Published October 19, 2015

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Last shot.

That’s what Week 9 represents for several prep football teams across the state as they look to secure trips to the postseason.

Naturally, that includes teams from Macomb County and the Macomb Area Conference. Several county teams have already locked up playoff spots, but others must seal the deal in Week 9 to continue their season.

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Published October 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Going into Saturday afternoon’s home tilt, Joe D’Angelo said his Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood football team would have to have its best game of the season to pull off an upset against Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

“And we may need them to have an off day,” D’Angelo added.

Lakes simply hasn’t had one of those all year, and handed the Cranes their first loss of the season in a 36-10 final.

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Published October 16, 2015

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ROYAL OAK—Birmingham Groves is the official 2015 outright Oakland Activities Association Blue Division champion after defeating Royal Oak High 42-0 on Oct. 16.

“It’s big,” said Groves coach Brendan Flaherty. “It’s big to everybody involved in the program. This is my 15th year. We’ve never had an outright title in my 15 years, so it’s big. It’s huge for us, and it’s an accomplishment.

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Published October 16, 2015

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Madison junior linebacker Terrance Brown was the man of the hour in the game that decided the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title.

With his team on defense, up 48-42 on St. Clair Shores South Lake, Brown picked off a pass by South Lake junior quarterback Datrell Milling and returned it 39 yards for what would prove to be the game and division title-winning score to put his team up 54-42 with 1:27 left. A two-point conversion made it 56-42.

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Published October 16, 2015

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A dominant defense and an efficient offense lifted Utica Eisenhower to a 30-9 victory against Warren Mott Friday night.

The Eagles scored 21 points off of four Mott turnovers in the first half to take a 30-3 lead at halftime.

Sophomore quarterback Max Wittwer threw for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 44 yards and a score.

“He was a sophomore, but we consider him a junior now this late in the season,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said of Wittwer.

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Published October 16, 2015

TROY — Troy Athens football kept its playoff hopes alive and beat its crosstown rival in the process.

The Red Hawks handled Troy High 43-0 Oct. 16 at home in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division tilt.

The victory gives Athens five wins (5-3 overall, 5-2 Red), one away from an automatic berth to the postseason, something it last did in 2011.

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Published October 16, 2015

Prep football teams across the state are playing for various reasons as the 2015 regular season draws to a close.

Some are playing for division titles and playoff spots, while others are playing with the hope that something positive comes from the end of the season.

Things are no different for the local teams. Here’s a look at teams from Clintondale, L’Anse Creuse, Mount Clemens and Lutheran North. All records are through Week 7. Week 8 games were played after press time.

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Published October 14, 2015

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Birmingham Groves travels to Royal Oak High School on Oct. 16 hoping to lock up the Oakland Acitvities Association Blue Division title. The Falcons are 4-0 all-time against the Ravens. 

Groves (7-0 overall, 6-0 OAA Blue) is coming off 47-14 win over Berkley (5-2, 5-1 OAA Blue) on Oct. 9, in which it scored 41 unanswered points in the first half and became the outright leaders in the OAA Blue.

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Published October 14, 2015

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On paper, Joe D’Angelo said Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes “looks unbeatable.”

But football games aren’t played on paper, and that’s the fuel for D’Angelo’s optimism as his Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood football team preps for a Week 8 showdown with the unbeaten Lakers.

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