Members of the Warren De La Salle football team watch from the sidelines during a game against Muskegon High Aug. 30 at Wayne State. The Pilots face Birmingham Brother Rice this week with both teams looking for its first win in the Catholic League Central Division.

Members of the Warren De La Salle football team watch from the sidelines during a game against Muskegon High Aug. 30 at Wayne State. The Pilots face Birmingham Brother Rice this week with both teams looking for its first win in the Catholic League Central Division.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Herbert’s Huddle: teams look to continue winning ways in Week 4

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published September 18, 2019

 Utica High's Sami Elfakir looks to stiff arm a Grosse Pointe North defender in a recent game on the road. The Chieftains are looking to bounce back against Grosse Pointe South this week after a loss to Utica Ford Sept. 13 at home.

Utica High's Sami Elfakir looks to stiff arm a Grosse Pointe North defender in a recent game on the road. The Chieftains are looking to bounce back against Grosse Pointe South this week after a loss to Utica Ford Sept. 13 at home.

Photo by Sean Work

 Royal Oak High's Jayden Hakkany breaks the tackle of a Berkley High defender in a recent road game. After getting their first win of the season against the Bears, the Ravens look to add another to the win column this week against Avondale.

Royal Oak High's Jayden Hakkany breaks the tackle of a Berkley High defender in a recent road game. After getting their first win of the season against the Bears, the Ravens look to add another to the win column this week against Avondale.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak

Catholic League Clash

Birmingham Brother Rice (3-0) vs. Warren De La Salle (3-0) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Lawrence Tech

The Warriors and Pilots enter their Week 4 matchup with unscathed records. Brother Rice is coming off a 27-7 win over University of Detroit Jesuit while De La Salle pummeled Detroit Old Redford 51-0.

Both offensive and defensive units for the Warriors and Pilots have been humming along this season. With three games played, the Rice offense has scored 87 points and allowed just 10 defensively. The Pilots offense has put up 122 points while allowing 41 points defensively. All 41 points came in a 41-7 loss to Muskegon High Week 1.

This meeting marks the first Catholic High School League Central Division matchup for either team this season. Brother Rice leads the all time series 43-15.

Atop the MAC White

Utica High (2-1) at Grosse Pointe South (2-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 

As it currently stands in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, Grosse Pointe South leads with a 2-0 record. Following the Blue Devils are four teams listed at 1-1, one of which being Utica High. The Chieftains topped Grosse Pointe North 41-6 in Week 2 before falling to Utica Ford II 28-7 in Week 3. 

Coach Tim Brandon’s team has rebounded nicely with back-to-back shutouts against Ford and Warren Mott after giving up 34 points to Birmingham Groves in the season opener.

A win in this game will be crucial for the Chieftains to keep pace in the MAC White. Utica has not beaten the Blue Devils since a 23-16 win in 2006.

Keep on winning

Auburn Hills Avondale (2-1) at Royal Oak High (1-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20

Entering Week 4, both Auburn Hills Avondale and Royal Oak High are coming off important wins. The Ravens picked up their first win of the season, beating Berkley High 17-7 on the road behind Earle Weaver’s two touchdown runs. Avondale had a bounce-back game, shutting out Pontiac High 52-0 after falling to Detroit Renaissance the week prior. 

Historically, this matchup has not favored the Ravens as they have been unable to beat the Yellow Jackets in five tries. Weaver’s success Friday night, along with the ability to stop Avondale running backs David Holloman and Jamason Jodway, will be crucial if the Ravens are to pick up their first win against the Yellow Jackets.