Warren De La Salle senior running back Evan Valliancourt runs the ball during a Week 2 win over Grandville High. The Pilots meet rival Birmingham Brother Rice at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Wayne State University.

Warren De La Salle senior running back Evan Valliancourt runs the ball during a Week 2 win over Grandville High. The Pilots meet rival Birmingham Brother Rice at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Wayne State University.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Macomb Mashups: Previewing Week 4 around Macomb County

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published September 12, 2018

 Clinton Township Clintondale senior defensive lineman Josh Warlick runs a drill during a regular season practice. The Dragons meet St. Clair Shores South Lake at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at home in a big MAC Silver battle.

Clinton Township Clintondale senior defensive lineman Josh Warlick runs a drill during a regular season practice. The Dragons meet St. Clair Shores South Lake at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at home in a big MAC Silver battle.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Divisional play is in full swing in all the conferences in Macomb County.

Most coaches at the outset of the season set a goal of winning a division title. That often leads to a playoff berth.

In this week’s edition of Macomb Mashups, we take a look at some big league matchups in the Macomb Area Conference and the Catholic High School League.

St. Clair Shores South Lake (2-1, 1-1 MAC Silver) at Clinton Township Clintondale (1-2, 0-2 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

This is a big game for the host Dragons, who haven’t started divisional play 0-3 since 2009. The Cavaliers have already matched last season’s win total and are looking to return to the playoffs after missing the 2017 postseason. Clintondale has dominated the series with South Lake, taking 30 of 35 meetings. The Cavs, though, have won two of the last three meetings. The Dragons last season beat the Cavs 28-14 in Week 6. Check www.candgnews.com Sept. 14 for a full recap. Follow @CandGSports on Twitter for live in-game updates.

Eastpointe High (2-1, 1-0 MAC Gold) at Warren Woods Tower (3-0, 1-0 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

A division title win would be a long time coming for either of these teams. Tower last won a division title in 2001. Eastpointe’s last league championship came in 1999. The Shamrocks and Titans meet in Week 4 in what will be the eighth matchup between the programs and first since 2013. The series between Eastpointe and Tower began in 1993, with Eastpointe holding a 4-3 edge. The Titans have yet to be tested this season, with an average margin of victory of 42.7 points per game. If it holds, the Shamrocks 28.7 points per game would be their best since 2010.

Macomb Dakota (3-0, 1-0 MAC Red) at Sterling Heights Stevenson (2-1, 0-1 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Stevenson

The Titans, under new coach Justin Newcomb, hope to stay in the race for a MAC Red title. Stevenson’s last division championship came in 2009. Dakota, which has finished above .500 every season since 2001, has nine MAC Red titles to Stevenson’s eight. The Week 4 matchup marks the 21st meeting between two of the larger schools in the state. Dakota leads the series 12-8 and has won three straight and seven of the last eight contest. The Cougars knocked off the Titans 38-19 in 2017. Dakota over the last five meetings has outscored Stevenson by an average of 18.4 points per contest.

Birmingham Brother Rice (3-0, 0-0 CHSL Central) at Warren De La Salle (2-1, 0-0 CHSL Central) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Wayne State University

The defenses of both teams have stood out early. Rice has allowed  a shade more than 9 points per game through Week 3. De La Salle after surrendering 36 points to Muskegon High in Week 1 have allowed just 7 points in two games since. De La Salle beat Brother Rice 36-14 in Week 4 in 2017. The Warriors still lead the series 44-14. The Pilots allowed 14 points or less 12 times last season on their way to the Division 2 state championship. Check www.candgnews.com Sept. 14 for a full recap. Follow @CandGSports on Twitter for live in-game updates.

Schedule information courtesy www.mhsaa.com.
Historical data courtesy www.michigan-football.com.