Friday Blitz: Contenders emerge as others look to find their footing in Week 3

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published September 11, 2019

 Farmington High's Cameron Sims makes a tackle against Royal Oak High. The Falcons beat the Ravens 49-10 in Week 2.

Farmington High's Cameron Sims makes a tackle against Royal Oak High. The Falcons beat the Ravens 49-10 in Week 2.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Eastpointe High's Dayvon Jones surveys the field against Clawson High. The Shamrocks defeated Clawson and moved to 1-1 overall.

Eastpointe High's Dayvon Jones surveys the field against Clawson High. The Shamrocks defeated Clawson and moved to 1-1 overall.

Photo by Brian Sevald

As the season starts to heat up, playoff favorites emerge and others try to find their footing. Week 3 has some big matchups that could help decide what teams do or do not make the playoffs. 

Following is a breakdown of some of the top games around the C & G Sports coverage area this week. 

OAA Red Clash

West Bloomfield High (1-1) vs. Southfield A&T (1-1) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 13

Both teams enter Friday’s contest coming off of a loss and will look to get back on track. The Lakers fell to Birmingham Groves, while the Warriors were defeated by Lake Orion. Southfield won last year’s meeting 37-35 and holds a 3-1 record against West Bloomfield all-time. Both teams will be looking to pick up their first conference win of the season. Last year, West Bloomfield finished tied for second in the OAA Red, while Southfield finished sixth. 

Who will remain undefeated?

Farmington High (2-0) vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln (2-0) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 13

In what will be the first meeting between the two programs, both enter Friday’s contest with dominating starts to the season. Lincoln’s offense has been a strength early in the year, scoring a total of 76 points in two weeks. For Farmington, defense has been the calling card, as the Falcons have held their opponents to just 16 total points. They beat Royal Oak 49-10 in Week 2 and cruised by Detroit Henry Ford 33-6 in Week 1. The Falcons will be looking to start 3-0 for the second consecutive season. 

MAC Gold Opener

Eastpointe High (1-1) vs. Sterling Heights High (1-1) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 13

After opening the season 0-1, Sterling Heights and Eastpointe found their footing in Week 2, with both winning by double digits. The Stallions have had the Shamrocks’ number over the years, holding a 9-2 all-time record. However, Eastpointe was able to grab a 34-22 victory over Sterling Heights last season. This will be the opening game of MAC Gold play for both teams.