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Stevenson football set for state semi showdown with Davison

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published November 22, 2019

 Sterling Heights Stevenson senior running back Nick Wingfield carries the ball in the team's 9-7 Nov. 15 win over Detroit Cass Tech in a Division 1 regional final. The Titans face Davison High in a state semifinal at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Troy Athens.

Sterling Heights Stevenson senior running back Nick Wingfield carries the ball in the team's 9-7 Nov. 15 win over Detroit Cass Tech in a Division 1 regional final. The Titans face Davison High in a state semifinal at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Troy Athens.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

At one point this season, the Stevenson football dropped three straight games to fall to 2-3. Now the team is two wins away from a state title.

The Titans (8-4) have won five straight contests to put the team in the Division 1 state semifinals, where they meet Davison High (10-2) at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Troy Athens. The winner faces either Brighton High (10-2) or Belleville High (12-0) in the state championship game at 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at Ford Field.

For Stevenson, a win would put the Titans in their fifth state title game, following losses in 2009, 2004, 1994 and 1986. Davison has never played in a state championship game, but this is the program’s fifth state semi appearance.

Stevenson enters averaging 27.3 points per game in the playoffs, up from 18.1 in the regular season. The Cardinals offense has been strong all season. Davison in three playoff games has put up 37.3 points per game after averaging 46.3 points per contest in nine regular season games.

The Titans in the postseason have surrendered 23 points per game — pretty close to the 22.3 points per game the team allowed in the regular season. The Cardinals have given up 16.3 points per game thus far in the playoffs after allowing just 11.8 points per game in the regular season.

Stevenson and Davison shared one common opponent this season — Utica Eisenhower. The Eagles downed the Titans 29-15 in Week 5. The Cardinals clobbered Ike 35-7 in a Nov. 15 regional final. The only other local team Davison faced this season is Warren De La Salle. The Pilots blanked the Cardinals 22-0 in Week 7.

Both programs have been solid throughout their history. Stevenson sports a .635 win percentage since 1967. Davison has won .581% of its games.

For a full recap from the showdown, come back to candgnews.com/sports Nov. 23. Follow @CandGSports on Twitter for live updates.