Football

Published September 1, 2015

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The 2015 prep football season kicked off last week, but now things get really interesting, as teams from all over Macomb County will engage in divisional battles this weekend.

Every Macomb Area Conference game pits divisional foes against each other. Michigan Collegiate (Charter School League) and Macomb Lutheran North (Catholic High School League Intersectional) also play divisional games.

In our Thursday edition of Five for Friday for Week 2, we start with a clash of MAC Red Division titans.

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Published August 31, 2015

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DETROIT — Seven games, more than 10,000 fans and one grand way to officially launch the 2015 high school football season.


For three days and nights, Adams Field at Wayne State University was buzzing with excitement as the Detroit Sports Commission put together the Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic.


Teams from across southeast Michigan converged on the stadium to begin the year and their march toward the postseason.


In the end, it was three days of hard hits and great games.

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Published August 29, 2015

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DETROIT — A pair of Catholic League powerhouses, defending state champs and brand-new rivals.

Sure, these teams may separated by four divisions when it comes to state-playoff classifications, but it would have been hard to tell that Saturday morning when Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Detroit Loyola met at the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

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Published August 27, 2015

Utica Eisenhower prevailed in a back-and-forth contest with Plymouth, 38-24, in a season opener Thursday night at Swinehart Field.

In a game that featured nine combined turnovers, Eisenhower senior running back Joe Mets provided a steady hand by rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

“He’s (Mets) a star. We lost him at the end of the year last year and that affected us in late-season games, but he’s one of our top players. He’s a physical back,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said.

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Published August 27, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley defeated Lake Orion in a season opener for the second consecutive season, as the Big Reds came away with a 35-28 victory Aug. 27 at the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.

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Published August 27, 2015

BIRMINGHAM —Using a one-two punch, Birmingham Groves football left Birmingham Seaholm with a victory Aug. 27.

The Falcons won 24-8 on the back of three rushing touchdowns from Earnest Allen. Teammate CJ Boswell rushed for 107 yards.

“Thunder and lightning. It’s like, unstoppable,” said Allen, who had 55 yards rushing along with the three scores. “It’s so fun to be in the same backfield with him. We just deliver speed and power. … No one knows who to come for, and we’re ready for anything.”

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Published August 27, 2015

WALLED LAKE — The ultimate goal, for the regular season at least, is to earn enough wins to qualify for the state playoffs.


But when it comes to the Walled Lake Western football team, the next challenge throughout the fall is claiming the top spot in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division.


Coach Mike Zdebski and his group will begin working toward that next week when they travel to play at Waterford Kettering.


But first things first.

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Published August 26, 2015

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DETROIT — He’s thought it for years, but when it comes to the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic, Dave Beachnau has no reservations about saying it.


“You kind of feel the same way every fall, but this seems to be as good of a schedule as we’ve ever had,” said Beachnau, the Detroit Sports Commission executive director and Prep Kickoff Classic founder. “There are some great matchups.”

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Published August 26, 2015

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A program known for sustained success.

A program constructed with a bruising rushing offense and punishing defense.

A chance to defend a 2014 state championship.

Flip a coin when trying to determine if this in an accurate description of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football program or the one from Detroit Loyola.

Or, say what Eaglets coach George Porritt did.

“We’re both very, very similar.”

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Published August 25, 2015

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Chippewa Valley vs. Lake Orion: scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Wayne State University

Chippewa and Lake Orion are two of 14 programs scheduled to play in the 2015 Tim Hortons Prep Kickoff Classic, with all of the games slated to take place between Aug. 27-29 at Wayne State.

The two teams also opened against each other last season, with Chippewa coming away with a 38-35 victory.

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Published August 25, 2015

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It’s the 56th meeting on the gridiron between Birmingham Seaholm and Beverly Hills Groves.

Seaholm owns the series 40-15, but Groves came out on top 42-19 last season to snap a two-game losing streak to the Maples.

The last time the Falcons won two in a row in the series was 2005-06.

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Published August 25, 2015

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It’s here.

The 2015 prep football season is finally here.

Coaches, players and fans can rejoice after a 10-month absence, as hundreds of teams across the state kick the season off this weekend.

That includes teams all over Macomb County, which means the return of Five for Friday — our weekly look at some of the most intriguing matchups featuring teams from Macomb County.

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Published August 25, 2015

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In a non-league matchup between two of metro Detroit’s perennial playoff programs in Division 1, Utica Eisenhower and Plymouth will kick off the 2015 season at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Swinehart Field.

The game will mark Plymouth High’s first-ever game against a team from the Macomb Area Conference, but Plymouth did square off against Eisenhower when it was combined with Salem High. Plymouth branched off on its own in 2004.

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Published August 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the 2015 edition of the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football team takes the field for its season opener against Port Huron Northern, set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Northern, the team will be a part of history.

“We’re starting our 90th season here at Lake Shore,” Shorians football coach Tom Iwanicki said July 28. “We’re very proud of that.”

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Published August 12, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Football coaches and players from the Oakland Activities Association gathered Aug. 7 at Rochester High for the league’s second annual media day.


Coaches were given a two- to five-minute window to speak about their teams, and they also had a chance to see their peers off the field.


“I love it. Anything that promotes high school football in Oakland County is great,” Birmingham Seaholm coach Jim Dewald said. “It’s always fun to see the other coaches. It’s a close fraternity.”

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
4-5

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: 10

First game: vs. Dearborn Heights Star International, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Robert Novy begins his first year  as coach at Oakland Christian after the Lancers just missed making the playoffs for a second consecutive season in 2014.

Asked about this year’s offensive group, he said the strength is up front.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-5

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: 10

First game: at Southfield Bradford Academy, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
Coach Don Justice kept things simple when speaking about his offense and any success the group may have.

“It’s going to begin and end with the offensive line,” he said. “They will make us or break us.”

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
6-4

League: Catholic League Intersectional Division

Returning starters: Nine

First game: at Madison Heights Lamphere, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
8-5

League: Independent

Returning starters: Eight

First game: vs. Port Huron High, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: 10

First game: at Warren Woods Tower, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Second-year Cousino coach Brad Nettles said his players must stay healthy because of a lack of depth.

Junior quarterback Ben Maleszyk will lead the offense. Cousino averaged 23.3 points per game in 2014 — its highest per game total since winning the MAC White in 2011.

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