Friday Blitz: Top teams take the field looking to remain undefeated

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published September 6, 2019

 Grosse Pointe North warms up before a practice earlier this season. North is 0-1 this season.

Grosse Pointe North warms up before a practice earlier this season. North is 0-1 this season.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Farmington High's Aaron Watson participates in a drill during a practice earlier this year. The Falcons defeated Detroit Henry Ford 33-6 last week.

Farmington High's Aaron Watson participates in a drill during a practice earlier this year. The Falcons defeated Detroit Henry Ford 33-6 last week.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

Week 1 is in the books, and teams are starting to get a feel for the direction of their season. Following is a breakdown of a few games from the
C & G Sports coverage area. 

MAC White Battle

Utica High (1-0) at Grosse Pointe North (0-1) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 6

Utica and North are both coming off 1-8 campaigns last season, with the Norsemen’s only win coming against the Chieftains. North fell to Warren Michigan Collegiate last week, while Utica inched by Bloomfield Hills. Despite losing, North scored 32 points against Collegiate, which was more points than it scored in any game last year. Both teams will be looking to get off to a fast start in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. 

Can the Warriors slay the Dragons?

Southfield A&T (1-0) at Lake Orion High (1-0) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 6

Southfield is coming off of a 28-14 win over Clarkston High, while Lake Orion knocked off Lapeer High in Week 1. The Dragons hold a 2-1 edge in the all-time series, with last year’s meeting being a 20-12 victory for Lake Orion. It is the first Oakland Activities Association Red matchup for both teams (Southfield's win last week against Clarkston was considered non-conference), and the Warriors will be looking to start 2-0 overall for the first time in their history.

Battle of the birds

Royal Oak High (0-1) at Farmington High (1-0) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 6

Farmington downed the Ravens last year 42-16, but Royal Oak holds a 3-2 edge all-time. The Falcons dismantled Detroit Henry Ford last week 33-6, while the Ravens were held scoreless in a loss to St. Clair Shores Lakeview. It is the first conference matchup for both teams and a chance to start at the top of the division. The Falcons finished second in the Blue Division last season.