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Michigan top 25 ranking after Week 5 of the 2021 season: No upsets among top 15 teams; Woodhaven claims lone open spot in rankings

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, September 27, 2021, 5:26 am

Well, finally a week where the No. 1 team in the SC! Top 25 was safe from upset — even if it was by the default of a forfeit win. The No. 1-ranked King Crusaders weren’t the only ones safe from upset, though, as just a trio of top-25 teams were handed losses in Week 5 — with Dearborn Fordson losing to Belleville, Romeo falling to Chippewa Valley and River Rouge falling to Ohio powerhouse Cleveland St. Ignatius. That left just one spot open for a new team in the top 25, with Woodhaven claiming it off a comeback win in its Downriver League showdown with Allen Park. Week 6 will be much more of a clarifying marker, with league showdowns looming in the OAA Red (No. 11 Clarkston at No. 7 West Bloomfield), MAC Red (No. 15 Sterling Heights Stevenson at No. 6 Chippewa Valley) and CHSL Central (No. 8 Detroit Catholic Central at No. 4 Warren De La Salle). 

Here is the SC! Top 25, headed into Week 6: 

1 Detroit King (4-1, 3-0 PSL-1) — D3 — Forfeit win over Detroit Western

(Last ranking: 1) Up next: at Detroit Henry Ford

2 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (5-0, 3-0 OK Gold) — D5 — Beat Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, 47-7

(Last ranking: 2) Up next: Home vs. Wayland

3 Rockford (5-0, 3-0 OK Red) — D1 — Beat Hudsonville, 21-16

(Last ranking: 4) Up next: at Jenison

4 Warren De La Salle (4-0, 2-0 CHSL Central) — D2 — Beat Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 49-25

(Last ranking: 4) Up next: Home vs. No. 8 Detroit Catholic Central

5 Belleville (4-1, 3-1 KLAA East) — D1 — Beat No. 15 Dearborn Fordson, 21-19

(Last ranking: 5) Up next: at Wayne Memorial

6 Chippewa Valley (4-1, 2-1 MAC Red) — D1 — Beat No. 24 Romeo, 37-34

(Last ranking: 6) Up next: Home vs. No. 15 Sterling Heights Stevenson

7 West Bloomfield (4-1, 3-0 OAA Red) — D1 — Beat Lake Orion, 28-21

(Last ranking: 7) Up next: Home vs. No. 11 Clarkston

8 Detroit Catholic Central (4-1, 1-0 CHSL Central) — D1 — Beat Birmingham Brother Rice, 30-7

(Last ranking: 8) Up next: at No. 4 Warren De La Salle

9 Livonia Churchill (5-0, 4-0 KLAA East) — D2 — Beat Dearborn, 56-21

(Last ranking: 9) Up next: Home vs. Livonia Franklin

10 DeWitt (4-1, 3-0 CAAC Blue) — D3 — Beat Grand Ledge, 57-15

(Last ranking: 10) Up next: at Okemos

11 Clarkston (5-0, 3-0 OAA Red) — D1 — Beat Oxford, 20-17

(Last ranking: 11) Up next: at No. 7 West Bloomfield

12 Muskegon Mona Shores (4-1, 3-0 OK Green) — D2 — Beat Zeeland East, 49-30

(Last ranking: 12) Up next: Home vs. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer

13 Traverse City Central (4-1, 3-0 BNC) — D2 — Beat Petoskey, 56-0

(Last ranking: 13) Up next: Home vs. Cadillac

14 Saline (5-0, 4-0 SEC Red) — D1 — Beat Ann Arbor Skyline, 53-7

(Last ranking: 14) Up next: Home vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer

15 Sterling Heights Stevenson (4-1, 3-0 MAC Red) — D1 — Beat Macomb Dakota, 31-16

(Last ranking: 17) Up next: at No. 6 Chippewa Valley

16 Detroit Cass Tech (3-2, 1-2 PSL-1) — D1 — Forfeit win over Detroit East English

(Last ranking: 16) Up next: at Detroit Mumford

17 Grand Blanc (5-0, 2-0 SVL Red) — D1 — Beat Flint Powers, 48-7

(Last ranking: 19) Up next: At Flint Carman-Ainsworth

18 Muskegon (4-1, 3-0 OK Green) — D3 — Beat Wyoming, 62-0

(Last ranking: 20) Up next: Home vs. Holland

19 Rochester Adams (5-0, 3-0 OAA White) — D1 —Beat Birmingham Seaholm, 35-0

(Last ranking: 21) Up next: at North Farmington

20 Dearborn Fordson (4-1, 3-1 KLAA East) — D1 — Lost to No. 5 Belleville, 21-19

(Last ranking: 15) Up next: at Westland John Glenn

21 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (4-1, 3-0 OK White) — D2 — Beat Greenville, 42-6

(Last ranking: 22) Up next: at Grand Rapids Christian

22 South Lyon (5-0, 4-0 LVC) — D2 — Beat Lakeland, 49-35

(Last ranking: 23) Up next: Home vs. Waterford Kettering

23 River Rouge (3-2) — D3 — Lost to Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, 24-12

(Last ranking: 18) Up next: at Portage Northern

24 Mt. Pleasant (5-0, 3-0 SVL Blue) — D3 — Beat Midland, 26-19

(Last Ranking: 25) Up next: Home vs. Bay City Central

25 Woodhaven (5-0, 4-0 Downriver — D1 — Beat Allen Park, 33-28

(Last ranking: HM) Up next: Home vs. Trenton

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Dropped out: No. 24 Romeo (4-1, 2-1 MAC Red)

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Honorable Mentions: 

Division 1: Howell (5-0), Bloomfield Hills (5-0), Lapeer (4-1), Troy (5-0), Ann Arbor Huron (4-1)

Division 2: Byron Center (5-0), Caledonia (5-0), Roseville (5-0), Port Huron Northern (5-0), Dexter (4-1)

Division 3: St. Joseph (5-0), Riverview (5-0), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (4-1), Harper Woods (4-1), Coopersville (5-0)

Division 4: Chelsea (5-0), Edwardsburg (5-0), Ortonville Brandon (5-0), Hudsonville Unity Christian (5-0), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (4-1)

Division 5: Portland (5-0), Marine City (5-0), Frankenmuth (5-0), Kingsley (5-0), Grand Rapids West Catholic (5-0)

Division 6: Lansing Catholic (5-0), Millington (5-0), Montague (4-1), Jonesville (5-0), Constantine (5-0)

Division 7: Jackson Lumen Christi (5-0), Pewamo-Westphalia (5-0), Traverse City St. Francis (5-0), Reese (5-0), Detroit Central (5-0)

Division 8: Hudson (5-0), Ubly (5-0), Carson City-Crystal (5-0), Addison (5-0), Clarkston Everest Collegiate (5-1), Beal City (4-1)

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Previous rankings:

• Preseason Top 25

• Top 25 after Week 1

• Top 25 after Week 2

Top 25 after Week 3

Top 25 after Week 4