St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football players talk between plays during a 47-6 Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. The Shorians with the win qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 2010.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football players talk between plays during a 47-6 Oct. 5 win over Sterling Heights High. The Shorians with the win qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak


Lake Shore football grounds Sterling Heights High, punches ticket to playoffs

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published October 5, 2018


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

Prior to the start of the 2018 football season, 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 teams to qualify for the postseason. Lake Shore got the all-important sixth win and now sits at 6-1 on the season, 4-0 in Macomb Area Conference Gold Division play. The Stallions fall to 0-7, 0-4 MAC Gold.

The Shorians will be one of 32 teams to vie for a Division 2 state championship. The state playoffs begin Oct. 26.

“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 unbelieveable. 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.”

Lake Shore’s ground game led the way in the Oct. 5 win. Six of the team’s seven touchdowns came on the ground. Senior running back Christian Gaiera finished with 95 yards and five touchdowns — four in the first half. Senior running back Melik Miner scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. Senior backup quarterback Johnny Clemons III hit senior wide receiver Robert Turner-Yelder for a 23-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

“That all comes from our offensive line,” 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 will meet Warren Woods Tower (6-0, 3-0 MAC Gold) at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Tower in a game that will crown a league champion.

“That’s going to be a great atmosphere,” Popp said. “It’ll be two good, well-coached teams. Tower is really well coached. Those are the kinds of games you hope to be a part of.”

Sterling Heights High junior running back Adrian Gamage scored on a six-yard run with 3:41 left in the game to put his team on the board.

Lake Shore recorded 15 first downs to Sterling Heights High’s eight. 

The Shorians had one turnover to the Stallions four.

Sterling Heights High’s next game is against Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 on the road. 

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