Football

Published June 13, 2015

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DETROIT — On the back of its defensive line, Team Michigan won the second annual Border Classic, topping Team Ohio 24-7 June 13 at Wayne State University.

“The defensive line was special, we knew that when they were selected. They’re so big, so fast and they’re athletic. They dominated the game,” said Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca High and head coach of Team Michigan. “The MVP of the game could have been the D-line. They just got after it.”

Ohio struggled to get anything going offensively, regularly being harassed in the backfield.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In his NFL.com profile, a scout said of 2010 Clinton Township Clintondale graduate Letterius Walton that he will be “one of those guys who ends up being an NFL player nobody sees coming.”

Walton, a defensive lineman at Central Michigan University, will get the chance to prove the scout right after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 2 during the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft. Walton, who earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2014, was selected with pick 199 in the sixth round.

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Published February 4, 2015

While having to decide which sport to play at the collegiate level may seem like a good problem to have, for Macomb L’Anse Creuse North graduate Tyler Sirut, it left him with a difficult decision to make.

According to Sirut, he was getting looks from Division II and Division III schools to play football, as he was a three-year varsity player for LCN, where he played on the defensive line. And then there was the opportunity he was offered to compete for Oakland University’s NCAA Division I Track & Field program.

Not an easy call to make.

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Published November 22, 2014

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HOWELL — The words “destiny” and “magic” were used on a wet football field at Howell High Nov. 22.

Muskegon Mona Shores had just beat Farmington Hills Harrison 25-24 in a Division 2 semifinal.

“I don’t think you could ask for a better football game,” Shores coach Matt Koziak said.

Trailing in the fourth quarter and down to their third-string quarterback, the Sailors scored on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Wilson to Kobe Burse with 4:11 remaining to cut the Harrison lead to 24-23.

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Published October 11, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS — The win streak is intact, and after a first quarter loaded with fireworks, well, it was never really threatened.

Brother Rice football coach Dave Sofran admitted he was a little concerned with his team’s focus entering Saturday’s afternoon contest at Country Day.

But a 21-point explosion in the opening frame calmed all nerves as the Warriors rolled to a 42-21 victory — their 29th consecutive win.

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Published May 14, 2014

Up until his junior year at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, if you would have asked Israel Helms, whose hometown is Southfield, about his prospects for making it to the NCAA as a football player, he might have told you he didn’t think he had much of a shot.

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Published November 20, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — For somebody who said he didn’t think football was really his sport when he was younger, things turned out pretty nicely for Devin Funchess.

Funchess, who attended Farmington Hills Harrison, is in his second year with the University of Michigan football team.

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Published November 16, 2013

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DETROIT — Detroit Cass Tech junior quarterback Jayru Campbell said he and his teammates had a long talk at halftime about how badly they played in the first half of their 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 regional final against Macomb Dakota Nov. 16.

Cass Tech trailed Dakota 17-7 at halftime and had committed seven penalties. The second half was a totally different story, as the Technicians outscored the Cougars 25-0 to capture a third straight D-1 regional title in a 32-17 win.

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Published November 12, 2013

WALLED LAKES — The first goal of the season is to qualify for the journey.

After that, the mission takes aim at Ford Field in Detroit.

The opening weekend of the state football playoffs came and went Nov. 1, and for a pair of Walled Lake teams, the 2013 season was extended for at least one more battle.

In Division 1 action, Walled Lake Northern beat Waterford Kettering 28-14 in a predistrict game at home.

The Knights improved to 8-2 this year with the win.

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Published November 7, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Dan Cimini heard the talk before the season started.

He knew what the expectations from the outside were surrounding his Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett football team.

“We were supposed to be 1-8, maybe even winless,” he said with a laugh.

Cimini heard — but never believed.

Which is why, just one day after the 2013 campaign came to an end, he wasn’t bashful about calling it, “a great season. For sure.”

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Published October 16, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football team has turned a complete 180 since the start of the season.

At press time, the Shorians were riding a three-game winning streak after starting the season 0-3. Lake Shore sat at 3-3, 1-2 MAC Gold at press time.

During that win streak, the Shorians have averaged 34.3 points per game. Lake Shore tallied only 11.0 points per game in starting the 2013 season 0-3.

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Published October 16, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield High football coach Ron Bellamy likes the direction his program is heading.

The Lakers were 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division at press time. West Bloomfield played Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Oct. 11 at home after press time.

The three victories are more than the Lakers won in each of the previous two years.

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Published October 9, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale High football coach Ryan Dunlap admits that this isn’t the way he saw the season playing out, but there are still small battles that are being won.

At press time, the Eagles were 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

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Published October 2, 2013

GROSSE POINTE — It was a happy homecoming for Grosse Pointe South, as the Blue Devils defeated Roseville 49-7.

Sam Hunter led the Blue Devils on the ground with 17 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Richie Kish threw for 102 yards on 6-8 passing for two touchdowns.

After junior defensive linemen Brian Mack recovered a Roseville fumble on the Panthers’ opening drive, Hunter ran in a 10-yard touchdown on South’s first offensive play of the game.

From there, the rout was on.

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Published September 18, 2013

BERKLEY — Heading into week three of the season Berkley High football coach Chris Sikora had seen bright spots from his offense and defense, but never together.

The Bears’ offense was clicking in week one in a 32-14 loss against Redford Thurston. The defense improved in week two in a 24-6 defeat against North Farmington.

In week three, Berkley fired on all cylinders, beating Hazel Park High 47-0 Sept. 12 at home. The Bears are 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

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Published September 18, 2013

For years, this has been a win — somewhat guaranteed, at that.

In fact, since 2004, the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football team is 9-0 against the University of Detroit Jesuit, with an average margin of victory at 28.8 points.

For years, it hasn’t been close.

George Porritt isn’t expecting the same when the two Catholic League foes meet to open Central Division play Sept. 20.

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Published September 11, 2013

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The 2013 Macomb Area Conference football season is in full swing, and each week we will select five MAC football matchups, regardless of division, we believe are the most intriguing on the schedule.

This week, battles of undefeated teams, teams undefeated in league play, a rivalry game, and one team looking to extend a winning streak are highlighted.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-0, 1-0 MAC Red) at Utica Eisenhower (1-1, 1-0 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

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Published September 11, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores South Lake junior offensive/defensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth has played other sports, including track and basketball.

He admitted he has a love for baseball, shown by the smile that takes up his face when he talks about it.

But football is Stallworth’s game of choice, mostly because of the physical nature of the game, the 6-foot-4-inch, 275-pound lineman said during a Sept. 3 practice. His favorite part of the sport is simple: “hitting people.”

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Published August 29, 2013

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WARREN — An interception by Macomb L'Anse Creuse North senior safety Kairos Bodley with 5:22 left in the third quarter of the teams' season-opening contest led to the touchdown that put the Crusaders in front for good in a high-scoring affair that saw LCN best Cousino 42-37.

The game took place Aug. 29 at Cousino.

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Published August 29, 2013

Game on
The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association football season officially kicks off Aug. 29. Here’s a look at the local teams’ schedules. For a list of all the prep schedules, visit www.mhsaa.com.

Birmingham Seaholm
8/29 vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer
9/6 @ Auburn Hills Avondale
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