Top 25 HS football teams after Week 2 of 2018 season: Davison, West Ottawa enter rankings, Muskegon up to 2
Week 2 had a number of high-profile games, which helped further separate the wheat from the chaff, and the top two teams in this week’s Top 25 rankings both pulled out fourth-quarter wins over very, very good opponents.
1 Detroit Cass Tech (2-0) — After Michigan commit Quintel Kent put Lakewood (OH) St. Edward ahead with an 83-yard kick return for a touchdown, the Technicians needed a 40-yard Hail Mary on fourth-and-27 from Jalen Graham to Noah Stamps-Freeman to win 21-20. (Last week: 1) Up next: at Detroit Henry Ford 4 p.m. Friday.
2 Muskegon (2-0) — Cameron Martinez had 154 yards and two touchdowns — including the game-winning 2-yarder with 1:22 left — on the ground, and Carlos Sias-Hernandez had a 47-yard field goal that provided the margin of victory, as Muskegon beat Detroit King, 24-21. (Last week: 4) Up next: at East Grand Rapids Friday.
3 Belleville (2-0, 1-0 KLAA East) — Fell behind Livonia Churchill 14-0, but used three interceptions by Andre Seldon to help outscore Churchill 27-0 in the second half for a 48-24 win to open divisional play. (Last week: 2) Up next: at Dearborn Friday.
4 Detroit King (1-1) — Dequan Finn threw for a TD and ran for two more against Muskegon — the last a go-ahead score with 5:03 to play — but the Crusaders fumbled away a chance to answer the Big Reds’ subsequent score, turning it over at Muskegon’s 30 with 30 seconds left, and lost, 24-21. Finn had 264 yards passing, 99 rushing. (Last week: 3) Up next: vs. Detroit Pershing 4 p.m. Friday.
5 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2-0) — The Shamrocks’ defense dominated Toledo Whitmer in a 35-7 win, as Ryan Birney scored twice on defense — an 84-yard interception return and a 46-yard fumble return a matter of seconds apart — and Samih Beydoun had three sacks. Keegan Koehler had two touchdowns on the ground and another through the air. (Last week: 8) Up next: vs. Toledo (OH) Central Catholic Friday.
6 Clarkston (2-0, 1-0 OAA Red) — Jake Billette scored on runs of 16 and 50 yards and a 16-yard reception, as the Wolves beat West Bloomfield 28-25 in a rematch of last year’s Division 1 title-game upset. Zach Reid had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown to provide the go-ahead score at 21-17. (Last week: 9) Up next: at Troy Friday.
7 Oak Park (2-0, 1-0 OAA White) — The Knights played it close to the vest, relying on backup RB Phillip Stewart (24 carries, 138 yards, two TDs) and a stout defense to get a 13-7 win over a pesky Birmingham Groves squad that gave West Bloomfield fits in Week 1. Stewart scored the game-winner with 2:32 to play. (Last week: 6) Up next: vs. Farmington Hills Harrison 6 p.m. Friday
8 Mt. Clemens Chippewa Valley (2-0) — The Big Reds scored five times in the first half to blow out Roseville, 42-0, in their home opener. Quarterback Tommy Schuster threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to David Ellis, who also ran for a score. (Last week: 10) Up next: at Utica Eisenhower Friday.
9 Warren De La Salle (1-1) — Rebounded from the Week 1 loss to Muskegon to beat a very solid Grandville squad, 28-7. Anthony Stepnitz threw for TDs of 56 and 7 yards, and Evan Vaillancourt had two TD runs and a 2-point conversion for the Pilots. (Last week: 7) Up next: at London (Ont.) St. Thomas Aquinas Friday
10 West Bloomfield (1-1, 0-1 OAA Red) — First-year quarterback C.J. Harris was a dual threat — running for 115 yards and two TDs, and passing for 135 yards — in the rematch of last year’s D1 title game vs. Clarkston, while Donovan Edwards’ 110 yards on the ground included a 54-yard score. The Lakers were down just a field goal, and got the ball on their own 35 with 1:57 left, but couldn’t score the equalizer. (Last week: 5) Up next: vs. Oxford 7 p.m. Friday.
11 Walled Lake Western (1-1, 1-0 LVC) — Sam Johnson threw three touchdowns and ran for another in just one half of play, as Western rebounded from the Week 1 loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central, by rolling over Milford, 35-0. Western’s defense held Milford to 138 total yards, forcing two fumbles and picking off two passes. (Last week: 11) Up next: at Waterford Kettering Friday.
12 River Rouge (1-1) — East English Village won last year’s matchup at the Kickoff Classic, 38-29, but River Rouge repaid a depleted East English with a 60-0 loss on Thursday. (Last week: 13) Up next: vs. Southfield Bradford Friday.
13 Farmington Hills Harrison (2-0, 1-0 OAA White) — Roderick Heard had 156 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, while Vincent Rawls had two TD catches in Harrison’s 41-0 win over Troy Athens. Max Martin threw four TD passes in all for Harrison, which has yet to allow a point on the season. It gets tougher from here, though, as the Hawks face what could be in essence the OAA White title game next, facing Oak Park on the road. (Last week: 15) Up next: at Oak Park 6 p.m. Friday.
14 Muskegon Mona Shores (2-0) — Sincere Dent added three rushing touchdowns to his five from Week 1, as the Sailors beat up on Bay City Central, 35-0, in their home opener. Caden Broersma had 187 yards passing and one score, and ran for 76 yards and another TD. (Last week: 16) Up next: at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Friday.
15 Utica Eisenhower (1-1) — Bounced back from a lopsided Week 1 loss to Oak Park to crush Warren Cousino, 67-0, in a MAC crossover. Top dog status in the MAC Red will be on the line on Friday, as the Eagles host Chippewa Valley. (Last week: 17) Up next: vs. Mt. Clemens Chippewa Valley Friday.
16 Macomb Dakota (2-0) — The Cougars led Fraser 31-7 at the half, and won, 45-15. (Last week: 20) Up next: vs. New Baltimore Anchor Bay Friday.
17 Holland West Ottawa (2-0) — Sniffed out a fake PAT attempt at a potential game-winning 2-point conversion to beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 42-41, in double overtime. West Ottawa’s Isaac VanDyke ran for five scores and 138 yards, and passed for 183 more, while Jason Fairfield picked off three passes. The Panthers have lost twice in their last 15 games — by a touchdown to eventual D1 champ Clarkston in the regional finals, and by a field goal to Forest Hills Central in last year’s Week 2 meeting — going 13-2 in that span. (Last week: NR) Up next: Open OK Red play at Rockford Friday.
18 East Kentwood (1-1) — Kionte Blakely rushed for 16 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-44 win over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, while passers Kyle Dent and Maurice Williams combined for 266 yards and three TD passes. (Last week: 18) Up next: at Caledonia Friday.
19 Saline (1-1) — A 77-yard Wildcat run for a score by M.J. Griffin sparked the Hornets to a 17-7 win over two-dime defending Division 4 champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Friday, ending the Cougars’ 21-game winning streak. (Last week: 19) Up next: at Ypsilanti Lincoln Friday.
20 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (1-1) — Lost a wild one at home to Holland West Ottawa, 42-41 in double overtime, falling when a fake PAT attempt was sniffed out. Tate Hallock returned a kick 85 yards for a score, and Luke Majick threw for a touchdown and ran for three (Last week: 12) Up next: vs. Grandville Friday.
21 Zeeland East (2-0) — The Chix recorded four defensive touchdowns in a 56-12 win over Detroit Douglass. Ryan Bellis and Boone Bonnema recovered fumbles in the end zone, oh Folkers returned one 30 yards for a TD, and Josh Fusco had an interception return for a TD, a rushing TD, and eight PATs. Alex Stockdale had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, as well. Up next are the two-time defending D4 champion Cougars, coming off a win-streak-snapping loss to Saline. (Last week: 22) Up next: at Grand Rapids Catholic Central Friday.
22 Lapeer (2-0) — The Lightning racked up 231 yards rushing as a team, but still haven’t totally gotten going stud Jalen Kirkland — who had 43 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury early in the second half. Brandon Lilly (102 yards) and Phoenix Dixon (45 yards) filled in the gap, while quarterback Brady Apple ran for a score. (Last week: 23) Up next: vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill Friday.
23 Harper Woods (2-0) — The Pioneers racked up 55 points in a shutout of Detroit Voyageur for their first on-field conference win in two seasons in the Michi-Metro-Blue (the only other win was a 50-14 loss to Hamtramck last year that was later forfeited). Harper Woods has outscored its first two opponents 101-7, and now faces an opponent that has yet to score this season. (Last week: 24) Up next: vs. Melvindale Academy for Business & Tech Friday.
24 Canton (1-1, 1-0 KLAA West) — Steven Walker had 299 yards and three first-half touchdowns in a 39-0 win over Northville to open divisional play. Northville had less than 160 yards and just five first downs in what was the first shutout in eight seasons for the Chiefs, who were a bit peeved after a Week 1 loss to Livonia Churchill. (Last week: 25) Up next: at Plymouth Friday.
25 Davison (2-0) — The Cardinals have outscored their first two opponents — Southfield A&T and Bay City Western — by a 77-7 margin. The aptly-named Cannon Hall threw for 144 yards and ran for 178 as Davison led Western 35-0 at the half of an eventual 49-0 win. Michael Jamerson had 105 yards on the ground, and the Davison defense held Western to 75 total yards. (Last week: NR) Up next: at Flint Carman Ainsworth Friday.
Dropped out: Grandville (0-2), Livonia Churchill (1-1, 0-1 KLAA East)
Ten others to keep an eye on: Flint Carman-Ainsworth (2-0), Traverse City Central (2-0), Saginaw Swan Valley (2-0), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (1-1), Jackson Lumen Christi (2-0, 1-0 Interstate-8), Pewamo-Westphalia (2-0, 1-0 CMAC), New Lothrop (2-0, 1-0 MMAC), Grand Blanc (2-0), Warren Mott (2-0, 1-0 MAC White), Hudsonville (2-0).