Five For Friday: Macomb County Football matchups (Oct. 11)
October 10, 2013
We have hit the home stretch.
Each Macomb County high school football team has three games remaining in the regular season. Squads will either set themselves up for trips to the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs or play themselves out of the playoff picture.
Each of the teams featured in this week's Five For Friday have either locked up playoff spots or are still live in the race for postseason berths.
We start this week's look with a matchup of Macomb Area Conference Red Division teams that could be a trap game for one of the county's seven unbeatens.
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (6-0, 3-0 MAC Red) at Sterling Heights Stevenson (3-3, 1-2 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
The Big Reds have been running roughshod over MAC Red competition. Going into week seven, Chippewa Valley had out-scored league opponents 35.0-12.7 in three division contests. The Big Reds haven't had much success against Stevenson of late, though. The Titans have taken four of the last five from Chippewa Valley, including a 24-7 win last year at Chippewa Valley. Stevenson needs a win here if it hopes to continue to have a shot at the playoffs.
University of Detroit Jesuit (4-2, 0-2 Catholic High School League Central Division) at Warren De La Salle (4-2, 1-1 CHSL Central) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12 (at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore)
In two league games, De La Salle has out-scored its opponents by five points, while U-D Jesuit has been out-scored 83-10 in its two league games. The Pilots have only allowed 61 points through six games, while the Cubs have tallied 131 on the season. Something's gotta give in this matchup of teams still alive for playoff berths. De La Salle has bested U-D in 15 of the last 20 matchups, including the last seven, which the Pilots have won by an average of 24.5 points per game.
Warren Michigan Collegiate (4-2, 3-1 Charter School Conference) at Detroit Old Redford Academy (5-1, 3-1 Charter School Conference) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
A win for Michigan Collegiate puts the Cougars on the doorstep of a fifth straight playoff berth. A victory for Old Redford Academy would lock up the first playoff berth for the Ravens since 2010. Both teams are also trying to keep pace with Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, which is undefeated in the Charter School League at 5-0. Michigan Collegiate has won the last three matchups by a combined score of 105-36.
Clinton Township Clintondale (6-0, 3-0 MAC Bronze) at Mount Clemens (3-3, 3-0 MAC Bronze) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
This is a battle of the two squads that are unbeaten in divisional play. A win for Mount Clemens would double its win total from last season, while also ending Clintondale's 16-game, regular-season win streak in the process. Both teams have exhibited strong defenses in league play. The Dragons have allowed 6.3 points per game in three MAC Bronze contests, while the Bathers have given up just 4.3 points in three league games.
Grosse Pointe North (4-2, 2-1 MAC Blue) at Grosse Pointe South (3-3, 2-1 MAC Blue) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
The Norsemen and Blue Devils Oct. 11 will hit the field for the 45th time in this matchup. Each team is a part of a four-way tie for first place in the MAC Blue with Macomb L'Anse Creuse North and Port Huron Northern, which also square off Oct. 11 at LCN. A win gives either North or South a leg up in the divisional race. North has won seven of the last 10 in the matchup, but South has won the last three, which have been decided by an average of five points.
Historical information courtesy www.michigan-football.com.