Football

Published September 26, 2011

Through the first four games of the season, St. Clair Shores South Lake’s football team has been perfect.

The Cavaliers have scored 104 points and not allowed a single one. They’ve won all four games, including two in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division and the most recent coming against intracity rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

But perfection on paper doesn’t translate to the onfield performances by South Lake, something coach Steve Senters is anxious to smooth out as the season enters the second half.

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Published September 23, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — If Drake Wilkins had any fear that the Madison Heights Lamphere football team was going to ride its emotion from last week into the Sept. 23 battle with his Madison Heights Madison High football team, well, his fears we’re calmed very early and quite often.

Madison senior Danny Larkins returned the game’s opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, and the Eagles never looked back, rolling past the Rams 42-12 for their third win in three weeks.

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Published September 23, 2011

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Troy Athens and Rochester High put on a show for the Rochester fans Sept. 23 during homecoming.

Athens survived 21-13 to go to 4-1 overall.

“It was a tough win and Rochester is a tough team,” Athens coach Josh Heppner said.

The Red Hawks defense caused eight turnovers, including three in the fourth quarter with Rochester deep in Athens’ territory each time.

“That’s what kept us in the game,” Heppner said.

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Published September 21, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — He threw a pass, caught a pass, rushed in for a touchdown and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown — all in one game.

But making plays at numerous positions on both sides of the ball has been something of the norm for Southfield-Lathrup senior Jamal Lyles.

“He’s that talented,” Lathrup coach Stephon Thompson said. “You have to be careful, because some kids are a jack of all trades, but a master of none. But this kid truly can do a lot of things.

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Published September 15, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In all, just 19 total points were scored, and in the end, just five separated the Clinton Township Clintondale and the Port Huron High football teams in 2010.

Having seen his team play three games in 2011, and knowing what he does about the current squad at Port Huron, Dave Schindler expects a very similar game at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 when the two teams meet for the second fall in a row.

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Published September 13, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM — In the long and storied rivalry between the Birmingham Brother Rice and Warren De La Salle football programs, there’s very few occurrences that have yet to play themselves out in some fashion or another.

The teams have met to decide Catholic League titles, to advance in league or state playoff runs, or to just showcase some of the best football the state has to offer.

In 2006, the Warriors and Pilots faced each other three times in a six-week span.

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Published September 13, 2011

The jug.

For much of the last decade or so, it was St. Clair Shores Lake Shore that laid claim to the trophy shaped like a giant milk jug, adorned with all three Shores schools logos and colors. Since the mid 1990s, the overall winner of the annual football games among the trio of teams would add the year it won it to it’s designated section and hold on to it, along with bragging rights.

Currently, those bragging rights belong to the team that etched it’s name alongside “2010” — St. Clair Shores South Lake.

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Published September 7, 2011

ROYAL OAK— Royal Oak High senior David McPherson knows the struggles of the football program as well as anyone.

As a four-year varsity member, McPherson went through his prep career without a win, but that all changed Aug. 25 against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

In front of their home crowd and leading by one, McPherson and a host of Ravens stopped a 2-point conversion with just over 20 seconds remaining in the game.

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Published September 1, 2011

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SOUTHFIELD — In a showdown of Oakland Activities Association White Division powers, Farmington Hills Harrison prevailed at Southfield High 28-14 Sept. 1.

“It was a very tough game against a very good team. I’m just happy we got the win,” Harrison coach John Herrington said.

Leading 14-7 with just over four minutes left in the first half, Harrison scored on a 20-yard fake field goal as Aaron Burbridge rolled to his left and found Lamarr Marshall in the end zone, which proved to be the game-winning score.

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Published August 31, 2011

The Pat Threet era is off to a solid start at Fraser High, as the new football coach led the Ramblers to a 35-13 win over Warren Woods Tower in the Aug. 25 season opener at home.

The new coach talked about who played well, what went right and what’s next for Fraser the following day.

“We were able to establish our running game,” Threet said. “Our line played well. Our defense played well.

“First game with an all new system, the kids did a really nice job.”

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Published August 31, 2011

They’ve just recently become foes in the same conference.

And while Royal Oak Shrine (1-0) and Macomb Lutheran North (0-1) aren’t in the same division of the Catholic League, the long-time football programs are set to do never done before.
Play.

“I’ve been here in what seems like forever, and I know John (Goddard) has been there forever, and somehow we’ve never crossed paths,” Lutheran North coach Gary Faszholz said last week. “I’m looking forward to it. We’re expecting a great football game.”

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Published August 30, 2011

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Utica Eisenhower’s and Utica Stevenson’s football teams have combined to win at least a share of 14 of the past 18 Macomb Area Conference Red Division titles.

So it barely needs saying — but we’ll say it anyway — that the rivals’ league opener may, and likely will, go a long way in deciding this year’s MAC Red champ.
How do teams stay focused for games like this?

The answer is easy: They can’t afford not to be.

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Published August 26, 2011

EASTPOINTE — The final score could have been vastly different had the Roseville High defense not held in a key goal-line stand.

Rivals East Detroit threatened to tie or at least cut into the 8-0 first-half lead the Panthers had put up in the season opener Aug. 25 at Eastpointe’s Memorial Park. The Shamrocks had the ball on Roseville’s 5-yard-line on first-and- goal, but would continue to gain just 1 yard on the ground for three straight plays, as the Panthers stuffed them again and again.

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Published July 19, 2011

Recent Farmington High graduate Jason Wilson made quite the impact on the field he’ll call home for the next four or so years.

Wilson has signed to play football for Central Michigan University, but before he suits up for the Chippewas, he put on his Falcons helmet one last time in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game June 25 at Central.

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Published June 21, 2011

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Being selected to play in Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All Star Game is quite the honor.

Players were nominated by their coaches for a spot on the honor team. The nominees’ names were then sent to the All Star head coach, who recommended the players he would like on the team. After the recommendation, the regional directors — made up of local coaches — had the final say.

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Published May 3, 2011

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior linebacker James Ross shouldn’t have much trouble making sure his parents have seats to watch his collegiate career.

Ross, who was an All-American honoree after his sophomore season and is the nation’s No. 2 linebacking prospect, according to rivals.com, verbally committed to play football at the University of Michigan May 3 — ensuring that his parents will each have one of Michigan Stadium’s 109,901 seats.

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Published March 23, 2011


WARRER — His nerves were easy to understand and visible to all in attendance.
Since childhood, he would later explain, playing college football was a dream Warren Woods Tower senior Ryan Newcom held on to.

Surrounded by friends, family and many teammates, Newcom sat center stage inside the Tower library after classes on a Wednesday afternoon.

His expression hadn’t changed once, a more-than-serious look emanating from one of the Titans’ top players during the 2010 football season.

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Published February 15, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — When it came to high school, Valdez Showers and Tony Lowry were two of the flashiest football players in the area all season.

The Madison High seniors always seemed one step ahead of the competition, ready to unleash a game-changing play at any given moment.

When it comes to college, well, the future for these two remains as bright as their past was electric. Now, only time will tell the stories they have yet to tell.

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Published February 15, 2011

FERNDALE — Ferndale High senior running back Anthony Garland knew that one day the countless hours of work would pay off.

That day came Feb. 2, when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Central Michigan University.

Garland finished his senior campaign by breaking the school’s single-season rushing total (1,941 yards). His 3,050 career-yards total is the most in at least 60 years at the school.

“It was a little surprising, but the hard work showed and accumulated into what I did,” Garland said.

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Published February 15, 2011

WARREN — For Warren De La Salle seniors Cody Knoll and Mike Keith, heading to college will not be as big of a culture shock as it is for most students.

The duo — along with Armada resident Lyle VanFleteren, who sign with Siena Heights University — inked National Letters of Intent to play football at Northwood University and extended a legacy that started when they were teammates on their sixth-grade team at St. Anne.

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