Top 25 HS Football Teams – Six ranked teams lose; Walled Lake Western moves in
~~~~1. Clarkston (3-0): Defensively the Wolves took a step back last week (55-41 victory over WestBloomfield). Quarterback D.J. Zezula continues to post big numbers (241 yards assing; 111 rushing).
2. Muskegon (3-0): Muskegon survived its first road test (24-16 over Grandville). East Grand Rapids is next before the Big Reds’ schedule becomes easier.
3. Birmingham Brother Rice (3-0): The Warriors have won a school record 25 consectuve games. No. 6 Warren De La Salle is next at Wayne State.
4. Rockford (3-0): Like Clarkston, Rockford had its hands full at home last week (10-7 over Muskegon Mona Shores). A date with Hudsonville is next. Hudsonville defeated Rockford 19-14 in the playoffs last season.
5. Detroit Cass Tech (3-0): The off-the-field news surrounding senior Jayru Campbell might cause distractions but expect the Technicians to take a 5-0 record into its game with Detroit East English Prep on Oct. 4.
6. Warren De La Salle (3-0): The wait is nearly over for the Pilots. On Friday they’ll have a chance to avenged last year’s 26-24, last-second loss to Brother Rice.
7. Detroit King (3-0): Not all of King’s league games are expected to be blow outs. On Saturday King plays hosts to Detroit Cody (2-1), a team with speed and a good passing game.
8. DeWitt (2-0): Quarterback Jacob Johnson played last week despite battling flu symptoms. Word is Johnson should be 100 percent on Friday against Lansing Waverly.
9. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (3-0): St. Mary’s had what amounts to a bye week last week (Detroit Consortium forfeited its game). Homecoming is this Friday against U-D Jesuit.
10. Oak Park (2-1): The Knights played an outstanding game on defense last week against Farmington Hills Harrison (27-0). Oak Park next serious test is in two weeks against Rochester Adams.
11. Macomb Dakota (2-1): Not sure any team in the MAC Red can seriously challenge the Cougars. Look for Dakota to take an 8-1 record into the state playoffs.
12. Lowell (3-0): The Red Arrows proved they belong ranked with the best after coming back to defeat East Grand Rapids 30-25 last Friday in the rain. Muskegon Reeths Puffer (2-1) will host Lowell next.
13. Hudsonville (3-0): Mason Opple is one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the state and he’s one of the Eagles top defensive players, too.
14. Northville (3-0): The schedule has been kind to the Mustangs. They had an easy time last week (40-6 over South Lyon East). No reason not to be ready for South Lyon (3-0) this week.
15. Oxford (3-0): Are you wondering how good the Wildcats are this season? You’ll find out the next two weeks as they play Lake Orion and Clarkston.
16. Traverse City Central (3-0): The Trojans don’t have time to celebrate long in the wake of their 20-13 victory over Traverse City West. Detroit Catholic Central is next.
17. Livonia Churchill (3-0): Terrific start for the Chargers. We’ll find out more about them this week as they face Plymouth (3-0).
18. Lansing Sexton (3-0): After outlasting three formidable opponents the Big Reds have a breather this week in Jackson (1-2).
19. Walled Lake Western (3-0): Western survived a scare last week (18-14 over Waterford Kettering). The Warriors should be 5-0 when they face Walled Lake Northern (2-1) in week six.
20. Midland Dow (3-0): Dow is scoring points (153) like a rising blue chip stock. Flint Powers (2-1) should pose a challenge in week five.
21. Lake Orion (2-1): The Dragons’ season will be greatly determined by their next three games (Oxford, West Bloomfield and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek).
22. Lapeer (3-0): The Lightning have allowed just six points but their toughest games will come in the second half of the season.
23. Zeeland West (3-0): The Dux have won 14 straight. This streak could well be at 20 when the state playoffs start.
24. Dearborn Fordson (3-0): This could be the Tractors best team since 2008 when they reached the state semifinals. They’ll be 4-0 when they face rival Dearborn in two weeks.
25. East Kentwood (3-0): The Falcons’ last four games are brutal. This week’s matchup with Grandville (2-1) won’t be a picnic either.