Macomb Mashups: Division titles, playoff positioning on the line in MAC Gold, Bronze

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published October 16, 2019

 Sterling Heights High's Adarian Gamage looks to shed off a tackler in a Oct. 11 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. The Stallions meet Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 win the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title on the line.

Sterling Heights High's Adarian Gamage looks to shed off a tackler in a Oct. 11 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. The Stallions meet Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 win the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title on the line.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

It’s the last week of divisional play in the Macomb Area Conference, and outright and shares of league titles in all six MAC divisions will be up for grabs this Friday night.

In this edition of Macomb Mashups, we’ll take a look at de facto league title games in the MAC Gold and MAC Bronze.

We start with two squads that are both in the midst of renaissance runs.

Gold rush

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (4-3, 3-1 MAC Gold) at Sterling Heights High (5-2, 4-0 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

What a difference a year makes. 

This time last season, both the Lancers and Stallions were playing out the string of what would end as 1-8 campaigns. L’Anse Creuse with two weeks left already has its most wins since 2012. If Sterling Heights wins its last two games (against L’Anse Creuse and Warren Cousino), it will equal its 2015 total. 

A Lancers win in this matchup means they share the division title with the Stallions. If Sterling Heights comes out on top, the Stallions would have their first outright division title since 2008, along with locking up their first playoff spot since 2015. The Lancers' last division title came in 2000, which is also the first season that saw the team earn a playoff spot. 

L’Anse Creuse has lost two of three after winning three straight. Sterling Heights has won two straight and five of six. The Stallions last season beat the Lancers 32-12 in for their only win of the season. Those 32 points were the most the Stallions scored in any game in 2018. Sterling Heights now leads the series 6-5.

For a full recap, come back to candgnews.com/sports following the game. For live updates, follow along on Twitter @CandGSports.

Battle for the Bronze

Clawson High (4-3, 4-0 MAC Bronze) at Clinton Township Clintondale (5-2, 4-0 MAC Bronze) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

This game is big for a couple of reasons.

Not only is a division title on the line, the game is also important as it relates to the playoffs.

Clawson needs to win its final two regular-season games to punch its ticket to the playoffs. Clintondale with a victory accomplishes two goals: capturing a division title and securing a playoff spot.

The Trojans' last division title came in 2015, when the team won a second straight MAC Bronze crown. The Dragons last won the MAC Bronze in 2016.

Clawson has rebounded nicely after a 0-2 start and is allowing just 6.2 points per game in wins. Clintondale has put up at least 30 points in five games, including a two-game stretch that saw the team average 57 points per game.

The Dragons and Trojans have faced off four times since the start of the 2012 season and Clintondale has won each time. The Dragons average margin of victory in those contests is 28 points.

Historical information courtesy www.michigan-football.com. Schedules courtesy www.mhsaa.com.