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Top 25 Michigan HS football teams after Week 3 of 2018 season: Hudsonville enters rankings, while Forest Hills Central drops out

By: Matthew B. Mowery, September 9, 2018, 8:20 pm

Week 3 was sort of a ‘Show me’ week for games, as many teams across the state began conference play with a key matchup, and a few teams played regional non-conference showdowns. Some teams showed they still belonged among the elite, while others showed the opposite — at least for now:

1 Cass Tech (3-0, 1-0 PSL Green) — Last week’s Hail Mary launcher Jalen Graham threw two quick TDs as the Technicians scored on their first three drives, and rolled to a 42-0 win over Detroit Henry Ford. Running back Jaren Mangham tacked on a 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth to finish the scoring. (Last week: 1) Up next: vs. Detroit East English Friday 4 p.m.

2 Muskegon (3-0) — The Big Reds fell behind 14-0 and 21-7 — the first time they’d trailed by two TDs in more than two seasons — before scoring on six of their next seven possessions with big plays, eventually beating East Grand Rapids 49-21. Quarterback Cameron Martinez ran for two touchdowns and threw a TD pass to Quentin Reynolds, while Jeremiah Lock (76 yards), Hyrosha Wilson (35 and 53 yards) and Demario Robinson (78 yards) had long scoring runs. (Last week: 2) Up next: at Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills Friday 7 p.m.

3 Belleville (3-0, 2-0 KLAA East) — Sophomore signal-caller Christian Dhue-Reid continues to show his impressive upside, throwing for 366 yards and three scores, as the Tigers easily handled Dearborn, 51-14. (Last week: 3) Up next: at Westland John Glenn Friday 7 p.m.

4 Detroit King (2-1, 1-0 PSL Black) — An undermanned Detroit Pershing squad reportedly threw in the towel, forfeiting after King built a 27-0 lead in the first quarter. (Last week: 4) Up next: at Detroit Central, Friday 4 p.m.

5 Clarkston (3-0, 2-0 OAA Red) The Wolves kept churning out wins — their 10th straight — beating Troy, 47-7. Max Nicklin had two interceptions and Josh Luther one for the Wolves. Quarterback Jake Jensen threw for one touchdown and ran for two more, and Tristan Mattson kicked a pair of field goals. (Last week: 6) Up next: vs. Rochester Adams Friday 7 p.m.

6 Oak Park (3-0, 2-0 OAA White) — The Knights keep winning close, but they keep winning, this time beating Farmington Hills Harrison, 23-15, to keep themselves in the driver’s seat in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. Dwan Mathis threw TD passes to Michael Bowens and Phillip Stewart, while Stewart added a 65-yard scoring run as part of his third straight 100-yard game to start the season. (Last week: 7) Up next: vs. Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Friday 7 p.m.

7 Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley (3-0, 1-0 MAC Red) — The big-play Big Reds pulled away from a scrappy Utica Eisenhower squad to win 45-24, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Eagles. David Ellis scored on a catch, a run and a kickoff return, while each of Chippewa Valley’s three running backs notched a touchdown run. (Last week: 8) Up next: vs. New Baltimore Anchor Bay Friday 7 p.m.

8 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2-1) — Starting quarterback Marco Genrich threw a touchdown pass before being knocked out of the game on an interception return for a touchdown in a 34-10 loss to Ohio powerhouse Toledo Central Catholic. After starting so well, the Shamrocks have plenty to clean up in practice this week. (Last week: 5) Up next: vs. Detroit U-D Jesuit Friday 7 p.m.

9 Warren De La Salle (2-1) — Pilots beat London St. Thomas Aquinas, 57-0, in a tune-up for next week’s Catholic League Central opener vs. the unbeaten Warriors. (Last week: 9) Up next: vs. Birmingham Brother Rice Friday 7 p.m.

10 West Bloomfield (2-1, 1-1 OAA Red) — The Lakers built a 10-point lead at half, and had to hold on as previously unbeaten Oxford rallied in the third quarter, eventually holding on for a 31-24 win over the Wildcats. Despite eight Oxford defenders in the box to stop the run, Donovan Edwards had a TD run out of the Wildcat, and threw a TD on a halfback option pass. Quarterback C.J. Harris threw TDs to Tyrone Broden and Tre Mosley, but the Wildcats turned a pair of blocked Laker punts into scores. (Last week: 10) Up next: at Bloomfield Hills Friday 7 p.m.

11 Walled Lake Western (2-1, 2-0 LVC) — The Warriors warmed up for next week’s showdown vs. Waterford Mott for the Lakes Valley Conference lead by beating Waterford Kettering, 43-7, on Friday. Abur Raaman Yaseen had 161 yards and a touchdown receiving, while Calvin Brown ran for two scores. (Last week: 11) Up next: at Waterford Mott Friday 7 p.m.

12 River Rouge (2-1) — Daraun McKinney returned a punt and an interception for TDs, while Kamal Hadden had a pick-six in a 70-0 win over Southfield Bradford. Demander Bulley had two rushing scores and R’montaye Caldwell caught a TD pass. (Last week: 12) Up next: vs. Hamtramck Friday 7 p.m.

13 Muskegon Mona Shores (3-0, 1-0 OK Black) — The Sailors needed every bit of offense they could get to beat rival Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, 49-35, in a sloppy, penalty-ridden game. Caden Broersma threw for three touchdowns — all to James Gilbert — and ran for three more, while Sincere Dent ran for 199 yards and a score. Reeths-Puffer QB Evan Moskwa had 302 yards passing and four TDs. (Last week: 14) Up next: at Rockford Friday 7 p.m.

14 Holland West Ottawa (3-0, 1-0 OK Red) — Quarterback Isaac VanDyke ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more as the Panthers beat Rockford for a third straight time, 45-40, their first road win over the Rams in eons. From 1995 to 2016, West Ottawa went 1-22 against Rockford, including two playoff losses, and had never beaten Rockford more than twice in a row in program history. West Ottawa trailed 21-10 before VanDyke — who totaled 335 yards, and scored the game-winner on the ground with 20 seconds left — led the Panthers to 22 straight points. (Last week: 17) Up next: vs. East Kentwood Friday 7 p.m.

15 Macomb Dakota (3-0, 1-0 MAC Red) Mark Tocco threw for 331 yards and four scores as the Cougars beat New Baltimore Anchor Bay 49-27. Dustin Solomon balanced the Dakota attack with 203 yards and a pair of TDs. (Last week: 16) Up next: at Sterling Heights Stevenson Friday 7 p.m.

16 East Kentwood (2-1, 1-0 OK Red) — Kionte Blakely ran for 265 yards and six touchdowns on just 10 carries, as the Falcons beat Caledonia, 56-20. (Last week: 18) Up next: at Holland West Ottawa Friday 7 p.m.

17 Farmington Hills Harrison (2-1, 1-1 OAA White) — The Hawks’ defense finally gave up points, as they lost to Oak Park, 23-15. Rod Heard had a touchdown run and returned a kick for a touchdown in the defeat. If the Hawks want to send John Herrington out with one last league title, they’ll need some help, since Oak Park has already beaten them and last year’s other co-champ, Birmingham Groves. (Last week: 13) Up next: vs. Troy Friday 7 p.m.

18 Saline (2-1) — The Hornets continue to get the ball in their best player’s hands, as M.J. Griffin caught a touchdown pass and had a TD run out of the Wildcat, as Saline beat Ypsilanti Lincoln, 38-7. Brendan Munday added 192 yards and two touchdowns for Saline. (Last week: 19) Up next: vs. Temperance Bedford Friday 7 p.m.

19 Lapeer (3-0, 1-0 SVL South) Stayed unbeaten by thrashing Saginaw Arthur Hill, 49-0, setting up a potential Saginaw Valley League South showdown with either Grand Blanc or Davison down the road. (Last week: 22) Up next: at Flint Southwestern Academy Friday 7 p.m.

20 Utica Eisenhower (1-2, 0-1 MAC Red) — Blake Rastigue was 12-for-23 for 213 yards and a score, and ran in two more in a 45-24 loss to Mt. Clemens Chippewa Valley. The Eagles were within a touchdown until the final eight minutes, but couldn’t keep up with CV’s scoring. (Last week: 15) Up next: at Romeo Friday 7 p.m.

21 Harper Woods (3-0) beat Melvindale ABT, 66-6 (Last week: 23) Up next: at Warren Michigan Collegiate Friday 7 p.m.

22 Canton (2-1, 2-0 KLAA West) — Canton’s Steven Walker ran wild again, racking up 306 yards and four TDs on 24 carries for the Chiefs, who beat Plymouth, 47-26. Nathan Janke had two touchdown catches and a kickoff return for a score for the Wildcats, who took their first loss. (Last week: 24) Up next: vs. Salem Friday 7 p.m.

23 Davison (3-0, 1-0 SVL South) — The Cardinals used a blocked PAT and a muffed punt recovery to set up the game-winning touchdown in a 36-29 nailbiter against Flint Carman-Ainsworth. Davison’s Cannon Hall threw for 151 yards and a TD and ran for 123 and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score late, while FCA’s Dustin Fletcher threw for 272 yards and two scores. (Last week: 25) Up next: vs. Flint Powers Friday 7 p.m.

24 Zeeland East (2-1) — Grand Rapids Catholic Central recovered two Chix fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked a punt in a 17-13 win over Zeeland East. Eric Grabow’s kickoff return for the game-winning touchdown with six minutes left in the fourth came after Josh Fusco’s 45-yard TD run gave East its first lead of the game. (Last week: 21) Up next: at Hamilton Friday 7 p.m.

25 Hudsonville (3-0, 1-0 OK Red) — The Eagles beat Grand Ledge (27-7) and Holt (30-14) before opening OK Red play with a 41-0 win over a previously-unbeaten Grand Haven squad on Friday. Hudsonville held Grand Haven to 124, while racking up 257 yards of their own on the ground, led by Mason Piper’s 172 yards and a TD. Brennan Hayes threw for two TDs. Up next: vs. Caledonia Friday 7 p.m.

Dropped out: Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (1-2)

Ten others to keep an eye on: Traverse City Central (3-0); Saginaw Swan Valley (3-0, 1-0 TVC Central); Grand Rapids Catholic Central (2-1); Jackson Lumen Christi (3-0, 2-0 Interstate-8); Pewamo-Westphalia (3-0, 2-0 CMAC); New Lothrop (3-0, 2-0 MMAC); Grand Blanc (3-0, 1-0 SVL South); Dearborn Fordson (3-0, 2-0 KLAA East); Waterford Mott (3-0, 2-0 LVC); DeWitt (3-0, 1-0 CAAC Blue).


Week 1 Top 25 rankings

Week 2 Top 25 rankings