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Herbert’s Huddle: A closer look at marquee Week 2 matchups

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published September 6, 2019

 The Birmingham Seaholm offensive line run through drills at an offseason practice. The Maples head into their Week 2 matchup with Stoney Creek fresh of a 41-6 win over Ferndale High

The Birmingham Seaholm offensive line run through drills at an offseason practice. The Maples head into their Week 2 matchup with Stoney Creek fresh of a 41-6 win over Ferndale High

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Markell Harris, left, leads the way for Ralph Donaldson during a Week 1 game Aug. 30 against Grosse Pointe South. In the 34-21 win over the Blue Devils, Donaldson scored two rushing touchdowns.

Markell Harris, left, leads the way for Ralph Donaldson during a Week 1 game Aug. 30 against Grosse Pointe South. In the 34-21 win over the Blue Devils, Donaldson scored two rushing touchdowns.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood running back Tariq Muhammad carries the ball in a recent scrimmage against Center Line High. Muhammad's success against U-D Jesuit will be paramount of the Cranes are to come out on top.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood running back Tariq Muhammad carries the ball in a recent scrimmage against Center Line High. Muhammad's success against U-D Jesuit will be paramount of the Cranes are to come out on top.

Photo by Donna Agusti

The first week of the high school football season has come and gone and after a long summer of offseason workouts, teams across the state finally got the chance to throw on the pads and show what they’ve got. 

Following is a look at some of the top matchups as we head into the second week of action.

Battle in the OAA White

Birmingham Seaholm (1-0) at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (1-0) - 7 p.m. Sept. 6

The Maples and Cougars head into this game behind convincing victories last week. Seaholm scored all of its points in the first half to cruise by Ferndale High 41-6 while Stoney Creek shutout Utica Ford II 35-0. The last time these two teams got together, Stoney won a tight 16-14 game in 2017. The Cougars are 3-0 all-time against the Maples. 

A matchup to watch for in this game should be the Seaholm offense against the Stoney Creek defense. The Maples offense averaged 39 points per game during the regular season last year and look to be on pace for that again in 2019.The Stoney defense allowed just over 23 points per game and recorded a shutout against Rochester High in Week 8.

Star-studded battle

Birmingham Groves (1-0) at West Bloomfield High (1-0) 7 p.m. Sept. 6

Perhaps one of the best matchups you’ll find in the state this weekend, both the Falcons and Lakers are ranked in the top 15 and are coming of wins one week ago. Groves dominated Grosse Pointe South in all phases of the game en route to a 34-21 win, and West Bloomfield snuck by 20-14 against one of the state’s best in Oak Park High.

The Groves running backs verses the West Bloomfield defense is sure to be an intriguing matchup. Against South, Groves' Ralph Donaldson and Colby Taylor combined for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Donaldson also caught a touchdown and returned a fumble to the house. The Lakers return an experienced defense led by Michigan commits Makari Paige and Cornell Wheeler, who will be key pieces in stopping the Groves attack.

Catholic league clash

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (1-0) at Detroit U-D Jesuit (1-0) 7 p.m. Sept. 6

After a shutout victory over Pontiac High last week, the Cranes get their first real test of the season against the Cubs of U-D Jesuit. When these two teams battled last year, Jesuit won by a touchdown to even up the all-time series at 1-1. Previously, Cranbrook topped the Cubs 22-0 in 1983.

Whoever comes out on top will capture their first win of the season in the Catholic High School League AA Division.