Herbert's Huddle: Rivalry Week

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published October 16, 2019

 Birmingham Groves quarterback Markis Alexander stands over center in a game against Grosse Pointe South earlier in the season.

Birmingham Groves quarterback Markis Alexander stands over center in a game against Grosse Pointe South earlier in the season.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Utica Eisenhower quarterback Blake Rastigue looks for a pass Sept. 13 in a game against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley on the road.

Utica Eisenhower quarterback Blake Rastigue looks for a pass Sept. 13 in a game against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley on the road.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 Royal Oak Shrine's Charles Niehaus gets up to catch a pass in a recent home game against Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

Royal Oak Shrine's Charles Niehaus gets up to catch a pass in a recent home game against Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak

There are just two weeks left in the high school football regular season before we start playing elimination games. While the playoffs are out of reach for some teams, and others clinched weeks ago, there is still plenty to play for in the final two games.

Bragging rights and division titles are on the line in this week’s edition of Herbert’s Huddle as we highlight some of the marquee matchups on the football slate.

Birmingham Groves (6-1) at Birmingham Seaholm (5-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

The Falcons and Maples are set to play in the 61st installment of one of the top rivalries in the area. Seaholm leads the all-time series 40-20 but have been unable to beat Groves since a 28-22 win in 2013. 

The Maples were able to bounce back last week, snapping a two-game losing streak with a 50-22 win over Troy Athens. The Falcons on the other hand, rebounded from an early-season loss to Oak Park High by knocking off three straight opponents.

The Falcons have already clinched the postseason and a win this week for the Maples would put them in. Both teams boast dangerous running attacks. Whichever team finds more success on the ground should come out on top. 

Utica Eisenhower (5-2) at Macomb Dakota (4-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

Macomb Dakota leads the all-time series against Eisenhower 14-12, but Ike has won the last three meetings. 

This year’s game is important for a couple of reasons. First, the playoff implications as the Cougars need to win out to keep their 18-year playoff streak alive. The Eagles have a bit more wiggle room, needing just one win out of their final two games to clinch.

This game also has significant meaning in the race for the Macomb Area Conference Red Division. As it currently stands, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley sits on top with a 4-0 conference record. Ike and Romeo High follow the Big Reds at 3-1. Romeo and Chippewa Valley face off this week and Chippewa can wrap up the Red with a win.

Things get interesting, however, if Romeo can come out on top and Eisenhower can best Dakota. Chippewa Valley, Eisenhower and Romeo would all be 4-1 in conference.

Royal Oak Shrine (6-1) at Clarkston Everest Collegiate (6-0) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

The Mountaineers and Knights meet this week with the Catholic High School League Intersectional 2 title on the line. Shrine’s last league title came in 2016 and Clarkston Everest has won the past two.

These two teams have only met five times with Shrine winning three of the matchups. 

Both teams bring successful defenses and offenses into this Friday’s game. The Mountaineers have allowed 11.3 points per game this season while the offense score on average 36.8.

Shrine’s defense averages 13.3 points against per game while the offense has put up 32.8 per contest.

The playoffs may be clinched for both teams, but there is still plenty to play for with this conference title on the line.