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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Published December 13, 2011

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Published December 7, 2011

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The Macomb Area Conference’s football programs enjoyed a banner year, sending a handful of teams deep into the postseason.

Here’s a look back at how each team fared in its division and the elite players who helped shape their team’s destiny.

Utica Eisenhower captured the MAC Red Division title with a 5-0 mark in the league.

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Published November 9, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — When Southfield High football earns a spot in the playoffs, the Blue Jays make sure to take advantage of it.

For the third time in four years, Southfield High football is a Division 2 district champion.

“We’ve made the most of our opportunities these last four years,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said. “That’s something we strive for, to have a wooden mitten in our trophy case. So far, so good.”

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Published November 2, 2011

Fraser High football fans are smiling again.

Sure, the Ramblers didn’t play in the postseason, but they took some key steps in the right direction.

Fraser finished the season 4-5 overall, winning its last two games of the season.

The four wins —against Warren Woods Tower, Center Line High, East Detroit and Fair Haven Anchor Bay — are the most for the program in a decade. Fraser went 5-4 in 2001 and 2000.

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Published November 2, 2011

MADISON HEIGTHS — The first hit came in the backfield, just moments after he hauled in the quick screen pass.

The next one, occurring right at the line of scrimmage, spun him entirely around.

The third came from the side, maybe a yard or two downfield and would surely spell the end to this play.

At least that’s what everyone around Jack Wangler seemed to think.

Yet, as the defense eased up a bit, the speedy receiver dashed 49 yards, stumbling just briefly before finally being dragged down inside the 10-yard line.

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Published October 28, 2011

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Eisenhower defeated Macomb Dakota 35-0 in an Oct. 28 District 2, Region 3 opening-round matchup at Swinehart Field in the Division 1 state football playoffs.

“We really balanced everything out,” Ike coach Bob Lantzy. “I think we’re at a good point in our season right now.”

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Published October 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — During the week leading up to playing rival Southfield-Lathrup, Southfield High football coach Tim Conley needed to say little to motivate his team.

On the line were bragging rights and a berth into the playoffs.

“We were just really focused. Of course it’s a big game, because it’s a rivalry game and we wanted to make the playoffs,” Conley said. “We just came out focused, had a great week of practice, and it was really easy to motivate the kids for a game like this.”

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Published October 26, 2011

DETROIT — Entering Ford Field on a sunny and warm fall afternoon, the Royal Oak Shrine football team was unbeaten and riding a wave of confidence months in the making.

Exiting Ford Field on a dark and cool fall evening, the Knights are a one-loss team refusing to let any of that confidence subside, no matter what the past couple of hours had produced.

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Published October 20, 2011

TROY — Their destinations are all ready set for following the game, which means when Troy High and Troy Athens meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Athens, the contest is purely for bragging rights.

“The only thing at stake right now is pride,” Troy coach Gary Griffith said. “They’re already in the playoffs, and we’re already out. It’s our last opportunity to rally the troops and try to play a good football game.”

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Published October 20, 2011

ROYAL OAK — He’s been coaching for decades, the past 19 years at Royal Oak Shrine alone. So when John Goddard elevates any aspect of his current team above any else he’s worked with, well, you know something special is going on.

And that’d be one way to describe the Knights’ 2011 season thus far.

“You have to enjoy this. I mean, I’m having as good a time with this team as I ever had,” Goddard said last week. “It’s such a great group of guys.”

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Published October 14, 2011

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WARREN — Warren Cousino got a big win thanks to a big night from its ground game.

The Patriots locked up the Macomb Area Conference White Division title and a state playoff berth thanks to six rushing touchdowns in a 42-6 victory over Utica Ford II Oct. 14 at home.

“Our kids played really, really good,” Cousino coach Mike Powell said. “I’m very proud of our Patriots. Bottom line is, we’re back in the playoffs and we’re really excited about that.”

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Published October 6, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — The journey has been long.

Those involved, whether from the field, the sidelines or the stands, saw the difficulty and the struggles firsthand.
In all reality, there’s little way to disguise, or ignore, the path that’s been tread to this point.
But it’s the road now paved that has all of those involved with the Mount Clemens High football program excited for what could be, and in ways, what already has been.

Quiet simply, the Bathers are “battling” again.

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Published October 5, 2011

ROSEVILLE — As the final third of the regular season gets under way, the Roseville High football team is exactly where it wants to be.

With two crucial league games and a crossover contest remaining, the Panthers control their own fate.

Roseville was 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division with a game played after press time at Warren Mott Sept. 30.

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