Macomb Mashups: Divisional matchups highlight Week 3 slate

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published September 11, 2019

 Mount Clemens High senior Jayden Tillman looks to make a play during an August practice. A Sept. 13 win would move the Bathers to -0 for the first time since 1997.

Mount Clemens High senior Jayden Tillman looks to make a play during an August practice. A Sept. 13 win would move the Bathers to -0 for the first time since 1997.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Every game of a football season is important, but there’s a special importance when it comes to divisional play.

Coaches each offseason set a goal of winning a division title. You battle teams you’re familiar with, and that you’ve built rivalries with, with the hope of finishing at the top of the league standings.

Divisional play begins this week for a lot of football teams — including those in Macomb County. Some Macomb Area Conference teams began league play last week. Every MAC team is in a divisional battle this Friday.

This week’s edition of Macomb Mashups focuses on some of those matchups, along with one non-league battle featuring a surprise 2-0 team.

Last non-league tune up

Detroit University Prep (0-2) at Mount Clemens High (2-0) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

New Mount Clemens coach Marcus Cribbs is sparking what could be a turnaround within the program. The Bathers have outscored opponents 70-0 on their way to starting 2-0 for the first time since 1997. The team has two 3-0 starts in the last 30 years. University Prep has allowed 46.5 points per game this season. For a recap, come back to candgnews.com Friday night.

Big one in the MAC White

Grosse Pointe South (1-1, 1-0 MAC White) at Warren Mott (2-0, 1-0 MAC White) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

When these teams met in Week 4 last season, South routed Mott 38-0 on its way to a 5-0 MAC White finish and a division title. That loss was the first shutout suffered by the Marauders since a 2012 playoff game against Utica Eisenhower. Mott so far this season has outscored opponents by 34 points per game. South through two weeks has put up 26 points per game and allowed 17. The Marauders and Blue Devils have split 10 meetings.

Must-win for Parkway Christian?

Livonia Clarenceville (1-1) at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (0-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13

Parkway Christian has already dropped more games than it did the entire 2018 season. The Eagles have started 0-2 after ending the 2018 regular season undefeated. Parkway Christian has scored just seven points through two games. The Eagles and Trojans, members of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, have faced off just one other time — a 27-6 Clarenceville win in 2006. That was the Eagles' first season as a varsity program. Clarenceville was forced to forfeit four of its last five games in 2018.

Historical information courtesy www.michigan-football.com. 

Schedules courtesy www.mhsaa.com.