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Football

Published October 9, 2015

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UTICA — Grosse Pointe South football extended its winning streak to four with a 30-0 victory against Macomb Area Conference White Division opponent Utica High Oct. 9 at Swinehart Field.

With the win, South improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the division. Utica now has an overall record of 3-4 and 1-3 in the MAC White.

South coach Tim Brandon talked about the difference he has seen in his team since its 1-2 start.

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Published October 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With its 48-0 win over Mount Clemens High Oct. 2, the St. Clair Shores South Lake football team moved to 6-0 on the season.


The win helped the Cavs (3-0 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at press time) match the team’s win total from the last two seasons. It also made South Lake the first Macomb County team to secure a playoff berth.


The Cavs return to the postseason after a two-year absence. South Lake has made the playoffs now seven times since 1999.

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Published October 9, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Stevenson football team once again has a strong defense, allowing a paltry 9.7 points per game through six contests.

That’s even less than the 11.6 points per game the Titans allowed in 2014 — the best in the  36-team Macomb Area Conference — in the first year of coach Kevin Frederick’s tenure.

The 9.7 points per game allowed through six games was second in the MAC to Romeo High’s 4.5 points allowed per game.

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Published October 7, 2015

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The playoffs are in the air.

With three weeks left in the regular season, Macomb County football teams now have an eye toward the postseason.

In this week’s Five for Friday, we focus on the playoffs. With each preview, we will provide quick hitters on what a win would do for each team. Check out where each team sits in the MHSAA playoff points standings. 

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Published October 7, 2015

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Grosse Pointe South vs. Utica: scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Utica.

Given that there are only three regular-season games remaining,  Friday's game will have major playoff implications for both teams, espcially Utica High, which comes into the game 3-3 and needing to win out to secure a playoff berth. 

After having won its last three games, South is 4-2. The team's latest victory came via an 8-2 homecoming win against Utica Eisenhower.

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Published October 7, 2015

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A win doesn’t guarantee a spot, but a loss certainly eliminates the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football team from the 2015 Catholic League Prep Bowl.

As if the Eaglets needed any extra motivation heading into Friday night’s Central Division battle at Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

Power on power.

Rival on rival.

With just about everything on the line.

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Published October 7, 2015

Brother Rice and Detroit Country Day head into an Oct. 9 contest with very different season storylines.

Brother Rice, which is 5-1 all-time against Country Day, is struggling following the departures of quarterback Alex Malzone and wide receiver Grant Perry, who together set a plethora of records for the Warriors in 2014 and now play at Michigan. 

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Published October 7, 2015

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The winner is guaranteed at least a share of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, and Berkley High and Birmingham Groves enter the meeting plenty familiar with each other.

After splitting their two meetings last season, this is the third meeting between these programs in 11 games.

Last season, Berkley won the regular-season matchup, and then four games later Groves took the playoff tilt.

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Published October 7, 2015

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Utica Eisenhower and Chippewa Valley will enter their Week 7 meeting very motivated, but for different reasons.

For Chippewa, a chance at the MAC Red title remains, while for Eisenhower, it’s make-or-break time as it pertains to qualifying for the state playoffs.

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Published October 6, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Three wins and it’s guaranteed.


Two wins and it’s very, very likely.


That’s the fact and the coach’s prediction, respectively, in what has become the Southfield Christian football team’s path to a possible playoff spot.


A 1-8 team in 2014, the Eagles started this fall with a 1-3 record, casting serious doubt over what had been a season of high expectations.


But two weeks ago, the guys in blue and white edged Westland Lutheran 34-33.

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Published October 5, 2015

FERNDALE — When it comes down to it, Ferndale High football coach Eric Royal knows his team is at a disadvantage when it comes to numbers on the roster.


The Eagles have 26 players when they’re healthy, but in a midseason game like the one against Southfield-Lathrup Sept. 25, only 21 were dressed in the 27-24 loss.

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Published October 5, 2015

UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP— For five years, Utica High head coach Tony Smith has awarded one of his players with a weekly “Hit Hammer” award for making a big hit in the team’s previous game.

For the first time, that award went to a girl after Utica’s first game this season.

During a Week 1 victory, Utica kicker Veronica Kramer made a tackle in the second half of a close contest. Kramer found herself as the last line of defense following a reverse, and she got an angle on the returner to make a tackle.

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Published October 5, 2015

Sterling Heights Stevenson senior quarterback is the second recipient of the C & G Sports Player of the Week award.

D'Ascenzo played a big role in the Titans' Week 6 35-7 win over rival Utica Ford, running for two touchdowns and passing for another. The win pushed Stevenson to 5-1 on the season — one win away from locking up the program's second straight playoff berth and 10th since 2001.

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Published October 4, 2015

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ROYAL OAK — The Knights of Royal Oak Shrine needed a victory against Catholic League rival Madison Heights Bishop Foley to keep their playoff hopes alive.

And that’s exactly what they got.

Shrine (3-3 overall) defeated Foley (1-5) 49-12 on Oct. 4, playing with palpable fire and energy on its homecoming weekend. 

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Published October 2, 2015

It was only fitting that Romeo’s defense made the game-deciding play in a Macomb Area Conference showdown with Macomb Dakota on Friday night.

With Dakota driving inside the Romeo 35-yard line with less than two minutes to play, Romeo’s Brad Tanner intercepted a Dakota pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to seal a 26-14 road victory.

“I sat back and saw him (the Dakota quarterback) go right to that receiver, and I just jumped it,” Tanner said of the game-winning interception.

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Published October 2, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Chants of “this is our house” came from the Sterling Heights Stevenson student section during the football game against Utica Ford Oct. 2.

The Titans, who share Stevenson-based Runkel Field with the Falcons, left no doubt whose house it was in the Week 6 game, downing their district-rival 35-7. It’s the fourth straight win for Stevenson in the series.

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Published October 1, 2015

MADISON HEIGTHS — The fall of 2015 has just arrived on the calendar, but the fall sports season is quickly winding down.

In football, six weeks of the regular season have already come and gone.

So, with just three weeks remaining, here’s a quick look at who the local teams have left on their schedules and just what’s on the line.

All records are updated through Week 5.

Games played Oct. 2 were done so after press time.

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Published September 30, 2015

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Utica Eisenhower vs. Grosse Pointe South: scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at South.

Eisenhower and South will enter their game Friday with indentical 3-2 records. With only four games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the contest could have playoff implications.

Eisenhower, which is 1-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, is coming off a 48-21 loss to Macomb Dakota Sept. 25. Prior to that game, the Eagles had won their two previous contests.

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Published September 30, 2015

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For Sean Cobb and the Madison Heights Bishop Foley football team, the goal in the season’s final four weeks is a simple one: head into the offseason with some noticeable improvement in what has been an otherwise frustrating campaign.

For John Goddard and his Royal Oak Shrine club, the goal is more immediate: win to keep the fall campaign going.

With goals, improvement and a potential playoff spot on the line, Foley and Shrine will renew their Catholic League Intersectional Division rivalry this Sunday afternoon in Royal Oak.

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Published September 30, 2015

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A divisional run is on the line when Berkley High hosts Royal Oak High football at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Berkley comes in at 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, tied with Birmingham Groves.

Royal Oak is 3-2 and 3-1 in the Blue, and still controls its destiny in the division with Berkley this week and Groves coming to town Oct. 16.

This is the third meeting between the Bears and Ravens. Royal Oak won the last time they met 20-18 in 2013.

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