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Football

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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Published October 14, 2015

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Sterling Heights Parkway Christian vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett: scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Liggett.

The Michigan Independent Athletic Conference will hold its first MIAC Bowl Oct. 17. The bowl will feature three games with all six teams from the MIAC. Alll the games taking place at Liggett.

The game feauturing the conference's two top teams, Parkway Christian and Liggett, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Published October 14, 2015

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With two weeks left in the 2015 regular season, prep football teams around the state have a lot of things on their minds — division titles, the playoffs, or working toward improving for next season.

Some of the teams highlighted in this week’s Five for Friday have already secured playoff berths. Division titles will be decided this weekend.

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Published October 13, 2015

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When Warren Mott travels to Utica Eisenhower on Friday night: One team will be looking to secure an automatic playoff berth, while the other will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Mott (5-2 overall, 2-2 MAC Red) has dropped two of its last three games, but can still be guaranteed a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season with a road win against the Eagles.

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Published October 13, 2015

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It’s rivalry week in the Oakland Activities Association where bragging rights, along with playoff hopes, are on the line. Games are at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 unless otherwise listed.

Troy High (0-7 overall) at Troy Athens (4-3)
Athens is looking for its third straight win against the Colts, something the Red Hawks have only done once before (1999-2001).

On top of the streak, Athens still controls its playoff destiny, needing a win against Troy and then one in the OAA crossover in Week 9.

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Published October 12, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — The good news is, the Berkley High football team has been through this before and responded.

On a night where seemingly everything went wrong, the Bears fell to Birmingham Groves 47-14 Oct. 9 in a battle for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.     

The Falcons took advantage of six turnovers by the Bears, all in the first half leading to a 41-0 deficit.

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Published October 12, 2015

Utica Eisenhower started the season with an up-tempo offense that coach Chris Smith referred to as the team’s “NASCAR” offense.

In a 17-3 win against Chippewa Valley on Friday night, Smith said the Eagles turned to their “Diesel” offense to switch gears against a high-powered Chippewa offense.

The Eagles (4-3, 2-2 MAC Red) rushed for 260 yards to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Published October 12, 2015

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood junior quarterback Tyler Santangelo is the third recipient of the C & G Sports Player of the Week award.

Santangelo completed 14-of-18 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns as the Cranes stayed undefeated (7-0) on the season with a 27-26 victory Saturday afternoon at Royal Oak Shrine.

Twice in the fourth quarter Santangelo engineered come-from-behind scoring drives.

Trailing 20-13, Santangelo completed four consecutive passes for 76 yards, capped by an 18-yard strike to Nate Lowmiller and a 20-20 tie with 9:00 remaining.

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Published October 12, 2015

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Two weeks.

That’s all that’s left in the 2015 regular season.

Naturally, prep football teams across the state have an eye toward the playoffs. For some, that’s a realistic goal. For others, they’ll be sweating it out the next couple of weeks.

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Published October 10, 2015

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ROYAL OAK — A desperate foe, and an undefeated season at risk.

The Cranbrook football team took care of both Saturday afternoon in a back-and-forth affair at Royal Oak Shrine, which featured three blocked extra points, five consecutive second half touchdowns and a late interception that finally sealed the deal.

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Published October 9, 2015

BERKLEY — Detroit Country Day clinched a playoff spot with its sixth win of the season, a 14-6 victory over Birmingham Brother Rice on Oct. 9.


Quarterback Steve Mann put the Yellowjackets on the board early, connecting with wide receiver Lanard Graham for a 30-yard score on Country Day’s first drive. Country Day would score again on a pass from Mann to Jeremiah Tyler later in the half.


And that was about all for the offense, as Brother Rice’s defense held firm.

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Published October 9, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS — In its 38-7 win over Warren Mott Oct. 9, the Sterling Heights Stevenson football team accomplished a number of things.

The Titans in the win ended a five-game losing streak to the Marauders, improved its record against Mott to 9-6, kept pace in the race for the Macomb Area Conference Red Division title and locked up a playoff berth.

Stevenson with the win improved to 6-1 overall, 3-1 MAC Red. Mott with the loss falls to 5-2, 2-2.

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Published October 9, 2015

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Utica Eisenhower started the season with an uptempo offense that coach Chris Smith referred to as the team’s “NASCAR” offense.

In a 17-3 win against Chippewa Valley on Friday night, Smith said the Eagles turned to their “Diesel” offense to switch gears against a high-powered Chippewa offense.

The Eagles (4-3, 2-2 MAC Red) rushed for 260 yards to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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