Five for Friday: breaking down some of the the top prep football battles around Macomb County

Surprising Sterling Heights High leads the slate

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published September 9, 2015

 Longtime Clinton Township Clintondale football coach Bill Apisa will have the school's field named in his honor at halftime of its game against Lake Shore, set for noon Sept. 12 at Clintondale.

Longtime Clinton Township Clintondale football coach Bill Apisa will have the school's field named in his honor at halftime of its game against Lake Shore, set for noon Sept. 12 at Clintondale.

Photo courtesy Clintondale Community Schools


We’ll be one-third of the way through the 2015 regular season after this weekend. Can you believe it?

There have already been some surprises around Macomb County.

Clinton Township Clintondale and Romeo High, both 2-0, have yet to allow a single point. Warren Lincoln beat Center Line 13-7 Sept. 4 for its first September win since 2013.

We start this week’s Five for Friday with another of those surprises.

Stallions continue their march
Sterling Heights High (2-0, 1-0 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division) at St. Clair High (0-2, 0-1 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Sept. 11
In its 54-8 win over Warren Woods Tower Sept. 11, Sterling Heights High scored its most points in a single game. That gave the Stallions its first win streak since Week 6-7 in 2012. Through two games, Sterling Heights is outscoring opponents 84-20. That’s a complete turnaround from last season, when the Stallions were outscored 80-23 through Week 2. St. Clair, coming off a 6-4 season and a third straight postseason trip, is still trying to find its footing. The Saints have been outscored 94-44 so far this season. St. Clair is 3-0 all time vs. Sterling Heights, winning by an average of 23 points per game. Sterling Heights High hasn't started 3-0 since 1987.

Longtime Clintondale coach to be honored
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
(1-1, 0-1 MAC Silver) at Clinton Township Clintondale (2-0, 1-0 MAC Silver) — noon Sept. 12
At halftime of the Lake Shore/Clintondale matchup, longtime Clintondale coach Bill Apisa will be honored as the school names the field in his honor. Apisa coached at Clintondale for 32 years, winning 99 games. A golf tournament named after Apisa that supports the school’s football team has taken place each of the last 32 years, and several of his former players are now coaches in the area. Clintondale will look to start 3-0 for the fourth time in five seasons. Lake Shore downed Clintondale 24-20 last season in the teams’ first meeting since 2003. The Dragons hold a 24-12 lead in the series.

Must-win game?
Utica Eisenhower (1-1, 0-1 MAC Red) at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (1-1, 0-1 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 11
In the tough MAC Red, it’d be difficult to start 0-2 and win a division title. Eisenhower took on Sterling Heights Stevenson and LCN lined up against Warren Mott in tough league competition thus far. Eisenhower started 1-2 in 2009, 2013 and 2014 and finished above .500 in each of those years (and made the playoffs in 2009 and 2014). LCN started 0-2 last season and finished 4-5. Those two season-opening setbacks were by a combined seven points. LCN beat Ike 17-16 last year to earn its first win in the series. Ike leads the all-time series 4-1. For a recap from the game, check Friday night.

Non-league showdown
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
(2-0) at Warren Michigan Collegiate (1-1, 1-0 Charter School League)
The Sept. 12 game marks the first meeting between a standout Catholic High School League squad and a Charter School League team that has made six straight playoff appearances. Notre Dame Prep struggled last season, finishing 3-5, but has made the playoffs seven times since 2004. Michigan Collegiate won its last meeting against a CHSL team — an 18-7 triumph over Dearborn Divine Child in Week 9 in 2013.

MAC Red rubber match
Macomb Dakota (2-0, 1-0 MAC Red) at Warren Mott (2-0, 1-0 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 11
Along with Sterling Heights Stevenson, Dakota and Mott are the remaining undefeated teams in the MAC Red. Mott has downed two opponents by an average of 21.5 points, while Dakota’s two wins have come by an average of 14.5 points per game. Mott is looking for its fourth 3-0 start since 2006. Dakota with a win will have started 3-0 nine times. The Week 3 meeting serves as the rubber match between the MAC Red foes. Each team has taken two meetings. Dakota won 35-7 in 2014.

Historical data courtesy