Football

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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Published September 22, 2015

PONTIAC — It’s been a steady, consistent attack so far.

Timely offense paired with a defense that’s been able to slow opponents’ running games.

And the payoff four weeks into the 2015 season is four wins.

Now, the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep football team can focus on its biggest challenge to date: a Detroit Loyola team loaded with talent, speed and power.

The Bulldogs also happen to be the defending Division 7 state champs.

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Published September 22, 2015

C&G Newspapers

Just about every team goes into each season with a goal to win a division title and to make the state playoffs. We’re to the point of the season where teams are beginning to realize how realistic those goals are.

Several Macomb County prep football teams have their eyes on raising banners and playing into the postseason. We begin this week’s Five for Friday with a matchup featuring the only undefeated team in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

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Published September 22, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The lights were portable and temporary, casting a little extra atmosphere on a Friday night of football.

This team, however, is doing everything in its power to prove it’s a permanent fixture in the Catholic League this fall — and beyond.

It had been 10 years since a Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood football team started a season with four consecutive wins.

And in that decade of time, the Cranes have known more down times than up.

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Published September 21, 2015

BERKLEY — First, the good news is that despite some miscues, the Berkley High football team is still sitting atop the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division. 


The Bears have won three straight games and are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the division.


The bad news is that the Bears have a propensity of putting the ball on the ground too many times for coach Chris Sikora’s liking.


The coach said his team has fumbled multiple times per game, but that he’s fully confident those numbers are going to improve.

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Published September 21, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — High school prep football teams are already nearly halfway through the regular-season portion of their 2015 seasons.


Here is a look at how the local teams are faring after Week 4 of the season.


After going 8-4 last season and winning a district championship, Chippewa Valley has looked good in 2015, as the Big Reds are off to a 3-1 start.


Chippewa’s latest victory came following a 49-27 win against Warren Cousino Sept. 18. That win followed a 32-28 victory against Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 11.

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Published September 21, 2015

CLAWSON — There was some doubt, from the coaching staff on down to the players.

And understandably so.

A team that had been in the postseason four of the past five years graduated nearly every starting-position player and was set to rebuild its roster with a host of guys lacking much varsity experience.

But something strange happened when the 2015 football season began.

The Clawson High team came from behind and beat Armada High 35-34 in overtime.

A week later, the Trojans trailed, and then came back to beat Madison Heights Lamphere 12-7.

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Published September 21, 2015

C&G Newspapers

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It might not be considered a historic rivalry, but the series between Utica Eisenhower and Macomb Dakota has featured two of Michigan’s premier programs since 2001.

The series is set to renew at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Swinehart Field with both teams at 3-1.

“They’re always competitive games, so it just makes it fun,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said. “I think there’s a lot of respect between the two coaching staffs, so I think that makes for a really clean rivalry.”

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Published September 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The reason behind Pat Threet’s return to patrolling the sidelines as head coach of the St. Clair Shores Lakeview football team is about more than football.


“It provided me with a better position, in terms of teaching,” said Threet, who teaches computer analytics at Lakeview. “I really enjoyed it here before. The athletic director (Sean Zaborowski) and principal (Brent Case) are excellent, and I have a lot of friends who work here. It’s good to be back.”

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Published September 19, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — The defending National Club Football Association national champion Oakland University Golden Grizzlies got their 2015 season off to a good start, coming away with a 27-20 victory against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sept. 19 at Auburn Hills Civic Center Park.

Two fourth quarter touchdowns was the key to Oakland's victory, as the club trailed Milwaukee 20-13 after the third quarter of play.

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Published September 18, 2015

C&G Newspapers

TROY — West Bloomfield High football stands alone at the top of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division standings.

The Lakers beat Troy Athens 28-17 Sept. 18 on the road.

“We knew the winner of this game was in sole possession of first place, and we wanted to establish ourselves,” West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy said.

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Published September 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Romeo High football team took sole possession of first place in the Macomb Area Conference White Division with a 49-7 win over Utica Ford Sept. 18 at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Both teams entered the game at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MAC White. 

Romeo led 28-0 at halftime.

Romeo senior quarterback Paul Hurley threw five touchdown passes in the win.

Ford’s 3-0 start was its first since 1994.

Romeo this season has allowed only 13 points.

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Published September 18, 2015

C&G Newspapers

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The lights were portable and temporary, casting a little extra atmosphere to a Friday night of football.

This team, however, is doing everything in its power to prove it’s a permanent fixture in the Catholic League this fall — and beyond.

For the first time since 2005, the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kinswood football team has started a season with four consecutive wins, and the guys in the silver helmets did it in style at home tonight, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and cruising past Madison Heights Bishop Foley 49-20.

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Published September 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — It seems simple, but Utica Ford football coach Todd Winters attributes his team’s strong start to players executing the game plan.

“Before, we would have a lot of mistakes,” said Winters, who had the team at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time. “It’s all about execution. If they do the things we ask them to do, they’ll be fine. They’re playing rather well. They’re having some fun too.”

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Published September 18, 2015

C&G Newspapers

STERLING HEIGHTS — There will be a hard-hitting football game at Sterling Heights Stevenson this weekend, but it won't feature Stevenson or Utica Ford.

Warren Regina and Birmingham Marian will play their annual powderpuff game at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Stevenson's Runkel Field. The game for Regina is its 50th powderpuff game.

The game, a flag football game, features seniors from both schools. Just like other prep football teams around the state, the Regina and Marian teams began practicing in August for the Sept. 19 bout, holding daily prep sessions.

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Published September 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The season hasn’t gone the way first-year Mount Clemens High football coach Quentin Hines would have wanted.

The Bathers at press time sat at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division. On top of that, the team had to forfeit its Week 2 matchup at New Haven due to a lack of players.

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Published September 17, 2015

WALLED LAKE — He burst onto the scene as a junior, replacing a do-everything quarterback in the Walled Lake Western football program, and hardly skipped a beat.


And after leading the Warriors to a 9-2 final record — leading the team in passing, rushing yards, total yards and total scoring — Kyle Thomas was an honorable-mention All-State recipient in Division 1.

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Published September 17, 2015

Oakland University vs. the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Auburn Hills Civic Center Park

Oakland will play its first National Club Football Association game since winning the NCFA national championship last season.

The Golden Grizzlies enter the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the NCFA, with Milwaukee coming in with a No. 10 ranking. The contest has been selected as the NCFA Game of the Week.

In last season's game against the Panthers, Oakland came away with a 27-26 victory.

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