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October 17, 2013

Five For Friday: Macomb County Football matchups (Oct. 18)

Division titles on the line this in week eight

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Warren Mott football team will look to clinch the MAC White title and avenge a loss from last season when it takes on Port Huron High at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Port Huron. Pictured is Marauders sophomore wide receiver Tylen Redding during an early season win over Utica High.

With just two weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season going into games set to be played Oct. 18, several division titles are still up for grabs.

Most of the divisional races have come down to two teams, and those squads will square off in week eight to decide league supremacy. We will detail four of those matchups here, along with a Catholic High School League showdown.

We start this week's look with a matchup that will decide the Macomb Area Conference Red Division title. We will also detail league title showdowns in the MAC White, MAC Gold and Charter School League.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (7-0, 4-0 MAC Red) at Macomb Dakota (7-0, 4-0 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18

This matchup has been lopsided of late, with Dakota taking nine of the last 10 from Chippewa Valley. In the last five matchups, the Cougars have gone 5-0 and outscored the Big Reds by 104 points. Both teams have been solid on both sides of the ball this season. Chippewa Valley enters the Oct. 18 matchup averaging more than 35 points per game, while Dakota has tallied a shade more than 33 per contest. The Big Reds have surrended about 14 points per game, while the Cougars' stingy defense has yielded an average of 5 points per contest.

Warren Mott (7-0, 4-0 MAC White) at Port Huron High (5-2, 4-0 MAC White) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Port Huron

Port Huron won the MAC White in 2012 by one game. That one game was a 28-25 win over Mott Oct. 12, 2012, that was the Marauders' only regular-season setback last season. On paper, this looks like somewhat of a mismatch, with Mott beating its opponents by an average score of 45.6-9.1. Port Huron's contests have been a bit closer, with the Big Reds besting their first seven opponents by an average score of 29.1-20.9. This has been a tight matchup, with Port Huron holding a 6-4 edge in the teams' last 10 meetings.

St. Clair High (7-0, 4-0 MAC Gold) at Marine City (7-0, 4-0 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Marine City

Both teams have put up an average of about 50 points per contest in four divisional matchups. Marine City's defense has been a touch stronger than St. Clair's, allowing 11 points in league games versus the 20.5 St. Clair has surrendered. Marine City has owned this series, winning 19 of the last 20 matchups. That includes three shutouts and 11 games where St. Clair scored seven points or less. St. Clair's last win in the series came in 2005.

Warren Michigan Collegiate (5-2, 4-1 Charter School League) at Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (6-1, 5-0 Charter School League) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Chandler Park Academy

Teams in the Charter School League play six division games. Michigan Collegiate and Chandler Park Academy are the only squads in the seven-team league with less than two losses in divisional play. The Eagles have taken three of the last five matchups from the Cougars. Three of those battles have been decided by more than a touchdown.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central (6-1, 2-1 Catholic High School League Central Division) at Warren De La Salle (5-2, 2-1 CHSL Central) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore

Both teams are a game behind Birmingham Brother Rice in the league standings. This is the final CHSL regular- season matchup before the Prep Bowl, set for Oct. 25 at Ford Field in Detroit. Both teams with a win would somewhat keep pace with Rice in the league standings, but De La Salle needs the win to ensure it earns a spot in the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs. The Shamrocks have taken eight of 10 from the Pilots, but seven of those 10 matchups have been decided by a touchdown or less. In league play this season, though, the teams have similar statistics. In league play, De La Salle has scored just three more points (80-77) than Catholic Central. The Pilots have allowed four less points than the Shamrocks, too (37-33).

Historical data courtesy www.michigan-football.com.