Clinton Township Clintondale football coach Dave Schindler looks on during a recent practice. The Dragons meet St. Clair Shores South Lake at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at home with a chance to pick up a divisional win.

Clinton Township Clintondale football coach Dave Schindler looks on during a recent practice. The Dragons meet St. Clair Shores South Lake at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at home with a chance to pick up a divisional win.

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Clintondale, South Lake football teams to meet in key MAC matchup

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published September 6, 2018

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One of the goals set by prep football coaches at the outset of each season is to win a division title.

If either the Clinton Township Clintondale or the St. Clair Shores South Lake football teams are going to stay in the chase for the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division championship, winning their Week 4 matchup is vital.

The Dragons and Cavaliers meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Clintondale. Through Week 2, Clintondale and South Lake were both 0-1 in MAC Silver play. Each squad played in Week 3 after press time.

“You always want to have a chance to win your division,” Clintondale coach Dave Schindler said. “Winning your division gives you a chance at another goal — making the playoffs.”

The Dragons’ last division title came in 2016 when the team played in the MAC Bronze. Clintondale recently also won league titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Dragons have advanced to the state playoffs in five of the last eight seasons, including in 2017.

South Lake, looking to rebound off a 2-7 run in 2017, won a share of the MAC Silver title in 2016. The Cavs won the MAC Bronze championship in 2010 and 2011.

“In my first two years, we won one league title and gave ourselves a chance at a second,” fourth-year South Lake coach Vernard Snowden said. “We’re trying to get back to that.”

Clintondale has dominated the series with South Lake, taking 30 of 35 meetings. The Dragons last season beat the Cavs 28-14 in Week 6.

This time around, Clintondale is led by senior running back Nate Whitfield, senior offensive linemen Josh Warlick and Frank Majewski, and senior tight end Dominic Willis — all of whom play defense as well.

South Lake is led by senior quarterback Josh Bogan, senior running back Jerimyah Vines and junior linebacker Dorian Stevenson.

In the first two games of the season, the Cavs have scored 57 points and allowed 55 points, while the Dragons have tallied 44 and allowed 47.

Line play is key for both teams, as Clintondale looks to run the ball, while South Lake hopes its young offensive line jells quickly.

Following the Week 4 battle, both the Dragons and Cavs will have two divisional games left on the schedule.

“Our goal is to be competitive and get back on track,” Snowden said.

“We’re just trying to get better every day,” Schindler said.

For nightly scores, visit candgnews.com/sports.

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