Football

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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Published September 28, 2015

ROYAL OAK — It’s a fact the Royal Oak High football team doesn’t shy away from.

In the last nine seasons, four of them were winless.

But the Ravens believe that this year could make all of those hard times a distant memory.

      “I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had playing football in my entire life,” senior Brendan Beerer said. “I’ve been a part of a lot of different teams, but this one is special. We have a chance to change what Royal Oak football is all about.”

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Published September 28, 2015

For his performance in his team's 49-27 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Sept. 25, St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior running back Chris Wise has been named the first C & G Sports Player of the Week.

Wise in the rivalry game against Lake Shore carried the ball 27 times for 183 yards and five touchdowns. As a team, Lakeview, which earned its first win of the season by beating Lake Shore, totaled 405 rushing yards in the Sept. 25 game. 

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Published September 27, 2015

NOVI — In 40-plus years of coaching, Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s Tom Mach had never had a freshman on the varsity roster, yet alone started one.

But on the day the field at C.C. was dedicated to the legendary coach, quarterback Austin Brown, made his third career start, passed for 89 yards and a touchdown and led the Shamrocks to a 35-7 victory over Birmingham Brother Rice in the 71st annual Boys Bowl.

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Published September 25, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — Grosse Pointe South defeated Grosse Pointe North 25-6 in what was the 47th meeting between the crosstown rivals Sept. 25 at North.

Prior to last year's 22-20 loss, South had defeated the Norsemen four consecutive years.

Head coach Tim Brandon was happy to get South back on the winning side of the rivalry.

"I don't know if there are any words to describe my emotions right now," he said. "My coordinators had a great plan going in; the kids executed the plan perfectly. What we wanted to happen, happened."

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Published September 25, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It took longer than he would have liked, but Pat Threet in his return to the sidelines at St. Clair Shores Lakeview picked up his first win of the season in a 49-27 win over rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Sept. 25 at Lake Shore.

Threet returned to Lakeview this spring after four years at Fraser High. He coached at Lakeview in 2009 and 2010, leading the Huskies to the program’s only state playoff berth in 2010.

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Published September 25, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — “As long as we improve each week, we’ll be better off in the long run. We took on tough teams at the start of the season to help with our maturation process. So far, it’s worked out.”

Those are the words of Sterling Heights Parkway Christian football coach Rod Sanders. The Eagles at press time sat at 2-2, 2-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Association.

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Published September 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clintondale football team is off to a solid start after a down 2014, and players are doing all they can to ensure complacency doesn’t set in.

“We can’t take any days off,” said junior running back/linebacker JaJuan Clowers, whose team had a mark of 3-1 overall, 2-1 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, at press time. “Everybody has to continue to go the extra mile. We have the athletes and the physical tools to get things done. We just have to put the work in.”

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Published September 23, 2015

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Southfield High at Farmington Hills Harrison, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 —

First place in the Oakland Activities Association White Division is on the line when Farmington Hills Harrison welcomes Southfield High.

The rivals are both 3-0 in the division and 3-1 overall.

If history is any indicator, the contest will once again come down to the wire. Harrison snapped a two-game losing streak to Southfield with its 34-27 victory last season. In those three meetings, five points is the average margin of victory.

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Published September 23, 2015

Grosse Pointe South vs. Grosse Pointe North, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at North

This will be the 47th game played between the programs, with the Norsemen holding an all-time lead of 29-17 in the rivalry series.

Te game has been chosen for the Great American Rivalry Series, which means it is considered one of the greatest rivalries in the country, and there could also be playoff implications for both programs. North and South come in with identical records of 2-2, and in what is just a nine-game, regular-season schedule, every game from this point on is big for both programs.

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Published September 23, 2015

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One of the premiere football rivalries in Macomb County is set to renew at 7 p.m. Friday night at Swinehart Field when Macomb Dakota visits Utica Eisenhower.

Dakota (3-1) and Eisenhower (3-1) have combined to claim the last four MAC Red titles and split last year’s division crown.

Led by running back Kaiser Carleton, Dakota’s offense has averaged 31.25 points per game. Carleton rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns in a Week 2 win against Chippewa Valley, and 207 yards and two touchdowns against defending state champion Clarkston High in Week 1. 

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Published September 22, 2015

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This week we'll be introducing a new feature: Team and Player of the Week. Each Monday, we'll pick a team and player from the games our reporters travel to and designate them as our top choices for the week. Check back Sept. 28 for the first installment.

We've also added a new feature that allows fans to submit sports photos to us for possible inclusion in our print publications. Check back later for an app on our sports page.

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Published September 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The football teams from Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South have played each other a total of 46 times.


Some of those games have included hype, hoopla, and their share of media attention.


The programs are scheduled to line up against each other for the 47th time at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at North in a game that will once again be part of the Great American Rivalry Series. Both teams are 2-2 heading into the game.

 

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Published September 22, 2015

TROY — There’s a self-belief that permeates from the Troy Athens locker room to the football field.

“It’s a quiet confidence that I love,” coach Josh Heppner said. “They understand that they’re the underdogs, that they’re always going to be the underdogs. They understand that there won’t be people that actually know how hard they work … but they believe in each other and they take care of each other.”

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