Football

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — After losing its season opener to Hartland 34-12 Aug. 27, Grosse Pointe North has come back to win its last two games, with both victories coming in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. The Norsemen followed up a 31-28 win against Roseville High in Week 2 with a 12-0 shutout victory against Fraser High on Sept. 11.


North is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the MAC Blue.

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Published September 16, 2015

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In the 2005 season, the Cranbrook football team reeled off four straight wins to start the season en route to an 8-2 final record.

No Cranes team has started the year 4-0 since, but that can all change Friday night.

After last week’s come-from-behind victory against Macomb Lutheran North, Cranbrook is 3-0 on the season and boasting a ton of confidence heading into a Week 4 meeting with Bishop Foley.

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Published September 16, 2015

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A number of prep football teams across Macomb County are doing their best to leave their mark on the 2015 season.

There are teams off to their best starts in years. Squads that have knocked off perennial state title contenders and groups looking to make this season a special one.

We begin this week’s Five for Friday with a team off to its first 3-0 start since 1994.

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Published September 16, 2015

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Heading into the season, not many imagined the Week 4 matchup between West Bloomfield High and Troy Athens would be for sole possession of first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

But that’s exactly what’s on the line when these teams meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Athens.

The Red Hawks return home with some excitement surrounding the program. Athens is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Red.

Athens beat Lake Orion High 21-14 Sept. 4 on the road for only the second time in program history, spanning 24 meetings.

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Published September 15, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Utica Eisenhower football team fought off a furious rally by Macomb L’Anse Creuse North to win a pivotal Macomb Area Conference Red Division battle 34-32 Sept. 11 at LCN.

Eisenhower moved to 2-1, 1-1 in the MAC Red. LCN fell to 1-2, 0-2 in the MAC Red.

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Published September 14, 2015

WARREN — Players on the Warren Lincoln football team are fighting to let everyone know they’re not the same old Abes.

They understand the recent history — no playoff appearances since 2008, a record of 16-39 since 2008 and a 1-8 finish last season — but they’re determined not to repeat it.

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Published September 11, 2015

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FARMINGTON — Southfield High made the big plays when needed en route to a victory Sept. 11 at Farmington High.

The Blue Jays won 45-22 to keep pace in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Much of the damage was done by freshman quarterback Sam Johnson III and sophomore running back Eric McArn.

Johnson finished 9-of-13 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m impressed. I keep saying that he’s exceeding our expectations,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said.

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Published September 11, 2015

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MACOMB — The Utica Eisenhower football team fought off a furious rally by Macomb L'Anse Creuse North to win a pivotal Macomb Area Conference Red Division battle 34-32 Sept. 11 at LCN.

Eisenhower with the win moves to 2-1, 1-1 MAC Red. LCN with the loss falls to 1-2, 0-2 MAC Red.

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