Herbert’s Huddle: local teams look to change their luck in Week 3

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published September 11, 2019

 Royal Oak High quarterback Hunter Gibson is pictured in a game against Farmington High on the road Sept. 6. The Ravens are looking for a bounce back game this week against a Berkley High team they beat last season.

Royal Oak High quarterback Hunter Gibson is pictured in a game against Farmington High on the road Sept. 6. The Ravens are looking for a bounce back game this week against a Berkley High team they beat last season.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Clawson High's Trevor Przeadzki carries the ball in a recent game against Eastpointe High. The Trojans will look to get their first win of the season Sept. 13 against Center Line High.

Clawson High's Trevor Przeadzki carries the ball in a recent game against Eastpointe High. The Trojans will look to get their first win of the season Sept. 13 against Center Line High.

Photo by Brian Sevald

 Utica Eisenhower quarterback Blake Rastigue looks for an open receiver in the season opener against Birmingham Brother Rice. The Eagles face a tough test this week in defending state champion Chippewa Valley.

Utica Eisenhower quarterback Blake Rastigue looks for an open receiver in the season opener against Birmingham Brother Rice. The Eagles face a tough test this week in defending state champion Chippewa Valley.

Photo by Donna Agusti

With two games under their belts, local high school football teams are beginning to form an identity. Some teams may already seem like a lock for the postseason while some teams may already be behind the eight ball.

Following is a look at teams in the C & G coverage area looking to turn the season around.

Battle for ‘The Curb’

Royal Oak High (0-2) at Berkley High (0-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Hurley Field

Both the Ravens and Bears enter this game after forgetful losses in Week 2. Royal Oak fell 49-10 to Farmington High last week while Berkley was pummeled 42-6 by a rejuvenated North Farmington team. 

While the Ravens trail 3-2 in the all-time series, they shut out Berkley 37-0 in this meeting one year ago. With over 800 rushing yards in six games played last season, Ravens tailback Earle Weaver is again expected to be the featured back for Royal Oak. Bears defensive linemen Justin Anagonye and Zach Gebhardt will play key roles in slowing Weaver.

Something’s gotta give

Center Line High (0-2) at Clawson High (0-2) — 7p.m. Sept. 13

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Panthers and Trojans combined to surrender 121 points while producing 44 offensively. Center Line is coming off a 44-12 loss to Sterling Heights High while Clawson lost to Eastpointe High for the third year in a row.

Not only is this game important in getting one of these teams its first win, it’s also the league opener for both teams in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division. The Panthers won the division last year with a 4-0 record. Clawson came in second place, just one game back of the top spot.

This game could again have major implications on the MAC Bronze race as last year’s 37-19 Center Line win was the difference-maker.

MAC Red Mashup

Utica Eisenhower (1-1) at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-0) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

After a 7-0 loss to Birmingham Brother Rice to kick off the season two weeks ago, Utica Eisenhower returned the favor last week shutting out Warren Cousino 44-0. With hopes of improving to a winning record, the Eagles have a tough task ahead of them in Division 1 defending state champion Chippewa Valley.

The Big Reds are riding a 16-game win streak and a 54-6 win over Roseville High last week. The Chippewa offense, which has scored 89 points in two games this season, looks to be doing just fine after losing quarterback Tommy Schuster and wideout David Ellis to graduation. 

Ike coach Chris Smith said at the beginning of the season that his defensive line was poised to have a great year. That group will have to throw Chippewa signal-caller Justin Kulka off his rhythm to have success in this game.