Local football teams playing for different things at end of season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 16, 2015


Prep football teams across the state are playing for various reasons as the 2015 regular season draws to a close.

Some are playing for division titles and playoff spots, while others are playing with the hope that something positive comes from the end of the season.

Things are no different for the local teams. Here’s a look at teams from Clintondale, L’Anse Creuse, Mount Clemens and Lutheran North. All records are through Week 7. Week 8 games were played after press time.

Dragons eyeing postseason
Clinton Township Clintondale (4-3 overall, 2-2 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division) had a shot at its 12th playoff berth since 1999 and fourth in six seasons.

According to the MHSAA, postseason inclusion is determined by wins and a computer point value, calculated for each team based upon its record and strength of schedule, with the top 256 teams (including all teams with six victories if playing a nine-game schedule) qualifying. These 256 teams are then ordered by enrollment and divided into eight divisions of 32 teams each. That means there are teams that could qualify for the postseason with 5-4 records if they played a strong schedule.

Playoff teams and matchups will be revealed Oct. 25 during a special aired on Fox Sports Detroit.

Clintondale junior running back/linebacker JuJuan Clowers said it’s important for everyone on the roster to give 100 percent at practice and in the team’s late-season games.

“We have to stay focused,” Clowers said. “We can’t take any days off.”

The Dragons played Warren Fitzgerald after press time Oct. 16 and end the regular season against Mount Clemens High at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Mount Clemens.

Lancers looking to stop streak
Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-6, 1-3 MAC Blue) is looking to avoid its third straight one-win season. The Lancers have never had three straight one-win campaigns.

L’Anse Creuse took on Roseville High Oct. 16 and ends the season with a rivalry game against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at LCN.

Bathers looking for positives
Under first-year head coach and alum Quentin Hines, Mount Clemens High has had its struggles this season. The team at press time sat at 0-7, 0-4 MAC Bronze. The Bathers early on had trouble fielding a team, Hines said, and were forced to forfeit a Week 2 game against New Haven High due to lack of personnel. Mount Clemens hopes to avoid its first winless season since going 0-9 in 2007.

Hines said this season has been tough, but he’s looking toward the future too.

“Everything is a process,” Hines said. “And we only have a few seniors, so I have to work to retain players and put in a strong offseason program. I believe things will be much better by year two.”

The Bathers took on Center Line High Oct. 16 and end the season against Clintondale Oct. 23.

Mustangs still alive in playoff race
The Macomb Lutheran North football team still had a chance at a postseason berth at press time.

The Mustangs sat at 3-4, 2-3 Catholic High School League Intersectional Division. Lutheran North has to win out to have a shot at the playoffs. The team could get in with five wins because of its schedule. To put that into perspective, the four teams that Lutheran North lost to this season are a combined 23-5.

The Mustangs played Allen Park Cabrini Oct. 17 and end the regular season against Richmond High at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Lutheran North.