St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior running back Christian Gaiera carries the ball during an Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. Gaiera ran for five touchdowns in the game, which helped the Shorians lock up a playoff spot.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior running back Christian Gaiera carries the ball during an Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. Gaiera ran for five touchdowns in the game, which helped the Shorians lock up a playoff spot.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak


Lake Shore football ends postseason drought

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 12, 2018

 St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football coach Rich Popp walks the sidelines during an Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. The Shorians’ season finale is against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at home.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football coach Rich Popp walks the sidelines during an Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. The Shorians’ season finale is against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at home.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore is 90 years old.

Prior to the start of the 2018 football season, only four Lake Shore teams had advanced to the state playoffs.

With their 47-6 Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High, this year’s edition of the Shorians makes five. Lake Shore got the all-important sixth win and sat at 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Macomb Area Conference Gold Division play at press time.

The state playoffs begin Oct. 26. Opening-round games will be announced Oct. 21.

“This is all because of the effort, hard work and dedication of our players,” Shorians coach Rich Popp said. “The unselfishness of this group is unbelievable. It starts with our seniors and trickles down to everybody else. Because of that, we’ll have a chance to make a run in the playoffs.”

The Shorians have been strong on both sides of the ball. Lake Shore has averaged 39 points per game, while allowing just 14. In MAC Gold games, the Shorians have put up 50.3 points per game and have allowed 17.5 points per contest.

The run game is the catalyst in the Lake Shore attack, led by seniors Christian Gaiera and Michael Gaiera. Christian Gaiera leads the team with 13 touchdowns.

“That all comes from our offensive line,” Christian Gaiera said. “They get me where I need to be. They make plays so I can make plays.

“We knew we were going to have a season like this at some point. This is crazy. It’s great.”

Qualifying for the playoffs is just one goal Lake Shore has for this season. The team also wants to capture a MAC Gold title. The Shorians met Warren Woods Tower (7-0, 4-0 MAC Gold) Oct. 13, after press time, in a game that will crown a league champion.

“That’s goal No. 2,” Christian Gaiera said. “To add a division title to a playoff berth would be pretty sweet for us. We’ve been working so hard. We want all of the success we can get.”

Lake Shore’s regular-season finale is against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at home.

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Call Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at (586) 498-1038. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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