Football

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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Published September 30, 2015

Divisional crossovers in the Macomb Area Conference have not generated much drama so far this season, but a game between two top-15 teams in Michigan could quickly change that.

Romeo (No. 1 in Division 1 with 99.200 playoff points)  will pay a visit to Macomb Dakota (No. 13, 82.200 playoff points) at 7 p.m. Friday night. Romeo enters the game leading the MAC White at 5-0, while Dakota (4-1 overall, 2-1 MAC Red) is in a four-way tie for first place in the MAC Red.

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Published September 30, 2015

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Temps and leaves are falling. It’s getting darker earlier and the Detroit Lions look lifeless.

It must be October.

What’s also synonymous with October? The state football playoffs.

There are four weeks left in the 2015 regular season, and teams all over the state now can really gauge their playoff prospects. Naturally, that includes teams from Macomb County.

Some teams this week can secure a playoff spot by earning a sixth win. Others by winning a fifth game can put themselves in position to sew up a postseason berth.

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Published September 29, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High football took its first step back in the Oakland Activities Association White Division race.


The Blue Jays fell to Farmington Hills Harrison 17-14 Sept. 25 on the road.


“It’s going to be tough, but we just have to get better,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said. “We have to get back to the drawing board and keep working hard.”

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Published September 29, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — It’s a young team that took another step forward last weekend, and now the challenge is duplicating that on Friday.

Don Justice summed up his Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest football squad as a group of “really good kids, but really young kids.”

“We’ve been struggling with consistency,” Justice added. “But we’ve done some really good things.”

Most recently, the Crusaders improved to 3-2 on the season, beating Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 35-0 on Sept. 25.

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Published September 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — For Farmington Hills Harrison senior Jared Char, the outcome was never in doubt.

The Hawks trailed rival Southfield High 14-7 at the half Sept. 25, but still, the running back was confident.

“We stuck together as a family. All of us love each other. I think that was the biggest difference. We stuck together, and it came out on the scoreboard,” he said.

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Published September 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Eisenhower head coach Chris Smith thought going into a Week 5 game against Macomb Dakota that if his team was able to contain Dakota running back Kaiser Carleton, his team would be able to stick with the Cougars.

For most of the first half, Eisenhower did just that.

Shortly before halftime, however, Carleton broke loose, and so did the rest of the Dakota rushing game after halftime.

Carleton gained 221 total yards, and as a team, Dakota rushed for 385 yards to beat Eisenhower 48-21.

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