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

Birmingham Seaholm
8/29 vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer
9/6 @ Auburn Hills Avondale
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Published May 15, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — From the abyss to the playoffs, Dan Cimini had done the unthinkable with the Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett football program.

And then, with a solid footing established, he stepped aside to focus solely on a baseball program that was on the cusp of greatness.

It was 2011, and months after reviving Liggett on the gridiron, Cimini stood at home plate in Battle Creek with a Division 4 baseball state championship trophy over his head.

The plan had worked.

Football was back and baseball was on top.

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Published October 12, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — Coming into Friday's matchup between Lamphere and Madison, both teams had identical records of 3-1, which along with St. Clair Shores South Lake put them at the top of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

Something had to give, and it was the Eagles who will remain on top, following a 35-0 victory over the Rams. It was Madison's fourth win in a row over its crosstown rival, giving the Eagles an overall edge of 26-17-1 in the series.

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Published September 7, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Chippewa Valley’s football team picked up a big win in its home opener as the Big Reds downed Utica Eisenhower 21-7 Sept. 7.

Chippewa made the majority of the big plays on the night to win the Macomb Area Conference Red Division showdown against Ike, the defending division champs who lost in last year’s state semifinal and have been highly ranked this season.

“It’s pretty big,” Chippewa coach Scott Merchant said after the game. “Nobody gave us a chance tonight.”

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Published August 22, 2012

It’s finally here.

High school football season has arrived. And to help you get familiar with all the local teams, we present our annual football preview, chock full of information to review right up until the first kickoff.

For profiles of every team in C&G Newspapers’ coverage area and complete schedules, check out our website at www.candgnews .com/Sports.

Check back in the paper and online throughout the season for more football coverage, including photos, game previews and recaps, team and player features, rankings and picks.

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Published June 26, 2012

The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association 32nd annual East-West All-Star Game is just around the corner, and this year, it will be led by a local coach.

Macomb Dakota coach Mike Giannone will take charge of the East squad at 4 p.m. June 30 at Alma College, with a host of local athletes on the sidelines.

Giannone, who has made the Cougars into a perennial power, going 70-16 since 2005, said he was grateful to be selected.

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