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Top 25 Michigan HS football teams after Week 5 of 2018 season: Three drop out, making room for Mt. Pleasant, Brighton, Fordson

By: Matthew B. Mowery, September 24, 2018, 12:35 am

Week 5 of the MHSAA regular season saw a few divisional races — the Saginaw Valley League South, the Kensington Lakes Activities Association’s West Division, the Macomb Area Conference’s Red Division and the Catholic League Central Division — get some clarity, while others have showdowns between contenders coming up next week. Hudsonville, Canton and Grand Blanc dropped out of the top 25 after losses, replaced by a pair of unbeatens in Mt. Pleasant and Dearborn Fordson, along with a Brighton team whose only loss came in the final seconds of Week 1 against No. 3 Belleville.


1 Cass Tech (5-0, 2-0 PSL Green) — The Technicians posted their third straight shutout, beating Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, 42-0, and have outscored in-state opponents 180-7. (Last week: 1) Up next: at Detroit Cody, 4 p.m. Friday

2 Muskegon (5-0, 2-0 OK Black) — The Big Reds led 28-0 after one quarter, and 49-0 at the half, as they beat Fruitport 63-6 on the road. Jeremiah Lockhart (117 yards, three TDs), Demario Robinson(108) and Cam Martinez (92) combined for 317 rushing yards, while Martinez passed for two more scores(Last week: 2) Up next: vs. Jenison

3 Belleville (5-0, 4-0 KLAA East) — Christian Dhue-Reid threw for four touchdowns and Julian Barnett, Dayvon Young, Michael Jenkins Jr. and Deon Selma all had a rushing touchdown as Belleville beat Wayne Memorial 54-6. Wayne Memorial’s only points came on a first-quarter pick-six by Caleb Bradley. (Last week: 3) Up next: vs. Dearborn Fordson.

4 Detroit King (4-1, 3-0 PSL Black) —  Dequan Finn had a hand in the Crusaders’ first seven touchdowns, compiling 389 total yards, as King beat Detroit Renaissance 59-14. The Crusaders have topped the 50-point plateau in three of five games so far this season. (Last week: 4) Up next: at Detroit Douglass, 4 p.m. Friday.

5 Clarkston (5-0, 3-0 OAA Red) — The Wolves a game on their hands, but they still prevailed, beating Southfield A&T, 30-21, on the road. The twosome of Jake Billette (152 yards) and Jacob Honstetter (118) both went over 100 yards, and Tristan Mattson kicked three field goals for the Wolves. Anthony Romphf threw for three scores and had a combined 334 yards in the loss.(Last week: 5) Up next: at Bloomfield Hills

6 Oak Park (5-0, 4-0 OAA White) — Phillip Stewart and Torriano Richardson both had a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Dwan Mathis threw for another, as Oak Park beat Troy Athens, 33-14. (Last week: 6) Up next: at Troy

7 Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley (5-0, 3-0 MAC Red) — The Big Reds led 24-7 but had to hold on, using a late defensive stand to beat then-No. 14 Macomb Dakota, 24-17. It’s a fourth straight win over the Cougars for Chippewa Valley. Marcel Lewis had a 22-yard TD catch, while RBs Andre Chennault and Ja’Von Kimpson both scored on the ground. (Last week: 7) Up next: vs. Warren-Mott

8 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (4-1, 1-0 CHSL Central) Posted a 21-0 shutout of Birmingham Brother Rice, the first time they’ve shut the Warriors out since 1990, winning their fourth straight in the rivalry for the first time since the early 1990s. Keegan Koehler topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in five games, adding two rushing scores. (Last week: 8) Up next: vs. Columbus (Ohio) COF Academy.

9 Warren De La Salle (4-1, 2-0 CHSL Central) — Nolan Schultz ran for two TDs and threw for another, as the Pilots beat Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 31-7. Schultz’s TD pass went to Mike McGinnity, while Josh DeBerry added a rushing touchdown, as the Pilots rushed for 199 yards, and  had a 30:55-17:05 advantage in time of possession. (Last week: 9) Up next: vs. Detroit U-D Jesuit

10 West Bloomfield (4-1, 3-1 OAA Red) — The Lakes fell behind 14-6 early in the second quarter, but scored TDs on its next four possessions (and all six in the first half) to beat Lake Orion, 42-21. True Mosley had a pair of long TD catches and Donovan Edwards ran for two scores for West Bloomfield. (Last week: 10) Up next: at Rochester Adams.

11 Walled Lake Western (4-1, 4-0 LVC) — C.J. Brown continued his hot roll, running for 172 yards and two touchdowns, as the Warriors held off an attempt by Walled Lake Northern to play spoiler, winning 38-24. Sam Johnson threw for 177 yards and a score, as well. (Last week: 11) Up next: at White Lake Lakeland.

12 River Rouge (4-1, 2-0 Michi-Metro Blue) — Beat Detroit University Prep, 45-0. (Last week: 12) Up next: at Harper Woods.

13 Muskegon Mona Shores (5-0, 2-0 OK Black) — The Sailors posted their second home shutout of the season, as they held Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills to 136 total yards in a 41-0 win. Mona Shores rolled up 423 yards of total offense, led by Sincere Dent’s 90 yards and three rushing touchdowns. (Last week: 13) Up next: vs. Grand Rapids Union.

14 East Kentwood (4-1, 3-0 OK Red) — The Falcons fell behind Grandville, 16-0, but rallied to beat the Bulldogs 37-30 in a shootout. Quarterback Kyle Dent ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, while Kionte Blakely scored the go-ahead rushing TD for the Falcons with 1:55 left. Shane Baker had four rushing scores for Grandville. (Last week: 15) Up next: at Grand Haven

15 Farmington Hills Harrison (4-1, 3-1 OAA White) — Beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 39-7, in the last-ever homecoming game at Harrison, as Rod Heard ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns, and Vincent Rawls had 153 yards and two TDs. The duo averaged 11.6 yards per carry. (Last week: 16) Up next: at Rochester

16 Saline (4-1, 2-0 SEC Red) — Saline’s defense was stifling, recovering three fumbles, as the Hornets beat Ann Arbor Skyline, 31-6. Brendan Munday had two rushing touchdowns, while M.J. Griffin and Hayden Scott both ran for a score. (Last week: 17) Up next: at Ann Arbor Pioneer.

17 Lapeer (5-0, 3-0 SVL South) — Brady Apple was 10-for-15 passing for 111 yards and two TDs, as Lapeer scored 23 second-quarter points to beat Flint Powers 37-7. Brandon Pretty had two touchdowns and 64 yards on just four carries, while Carson Currie had two TD catches. (Last week: 18) Up next: vs. Grand Blanc

18 Holland West Ottawa (4-1, 2-1 OK Red) — Matt Cox had 124 yards and three touchdowns receiving, and Alijah Wood returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown, as West Ottawa bounced back with a 41-26 win over Caledonia. Isaac VanDyke threw for 193 yards and four TDs, and Max Voet had 118 yards rushing and a TD. (Last week: 19) Up next: at Wyoming.

19 Macomb Dakota (4-1, 2-1 MAC Red) — After falling behind 24-7, Dakota rallied to score 10 points in the final minutes, but couldn’t catch all the way up, losing 24-17 to No. 7 Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley. Mark Tocco threw for 208 yards and ran for 59, while Dustin Solomon had a touchdown run before leaving the game with an injury. (Last week: 14) Up next: vs. Utica Ford

20 Davison (5-0, 3-0 SVL South) — Cannon Hall went off — again — putting up 215 yards and  four touchdowns, as the Cardinals beat then-No. 25 Grand Blanc 49-7 on the road. Grand Blanc opened with a first-play TD for the second straight week, but it was all Davison after that. Michael Jamerson finished with 161 yards and two TDs on the ground. (Last week: 21) Up next: vs. Flint Southwestern

21 Zeeland East (4-1, 2-0 OK Green) — The Chix’s Gabe Taylor and Josh Fusco combined for 519 rushing yards, as Zeeland East beat Holland Christian in a shootout, 56-35. Taylor had 298 yards and five scores, while Fusco had three TDs. (Last week: 22) Up next: vs. Holland

22 DeWitt (5-0, 3-0 CAAC Blue) — The Panthers still haven’t given up a point in CAAC Blue play, as they handed East Lansing its first loss, 37-0, holding the Trojans to 108 yards of offense, and forcing four turnovers. David Locher ran for two touchdowns and Drew Schorfhaar ran for one, while quarterback Blake Gatfield ran for one and threw for another. (Last week: 24) Up next: vs. Lansing Everett

23 Dearborn Fordson (5-0, 4-0 KAA East) — Quarterback Hussein Ajami threw for 236 yards and three TDs, as the Tractors built a 29-7 halftime lead, and held on to beat Westland John Glenn, 49-28, setting up a huge game for the KLAA East lead next week. Abe Jaafar and James Wheeler both had a rushing touchdown and a TD catch. (Last week: NR) Up next: at No. 3 Belleville.

24 Brighton (4-1, 4-0 KLAA West) — The Bulldogs haven’t lost since a last-second defeat in Week 1 against Belleville, and that roll continued in Friday’s showdown for the KLAA West Division lead, as they beat then-No. 20 Canton, 23-17 in overtime. Canton tied the game as time expired in regulation, but Zach Hopman picked off his second pass in overtime, ending Canton’s possession, and Will Jontz scored on the next play to win it for Brighton. (Last week: NR) Up next: at Northville

25 Mt. Pleasant (5-0, 3-0 SVL North) — The Oilers beat Bay City Western 41-0 to start 5-0 for the first time since 2011. Mt. Pleasant’s defense held the Warriors to 77 total yards (with most of that coming on the last Western drive), and has posted three shutouts, and allowed 22 points in five games. Jackson Ostrowsky was 14-for-20 passing for 241 yards and a TD, while Zachary Mogg had 130 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. (Last week: NR) Up next: at Midland


Dropped out: No. 20 Canton (3-2, 3-1 KLAA West); No. 22 Hudsonville (4-1, 2-1 OK Red); No. 25 Grand Blanc (4-1, 2-1 SVL South);


Ten others to keep an eye on: South Lyon (5-0, 4-0 LVC), Jackson (5-0, 4-0 SEC White), Saginaw Swan Valley (5-0, 3-0 TVC Central), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (4-1, 2-0 OK Blue), Jackson Lumen Christi (5-0, 4-0 Interstate-8), Pewamo-Westphalia (5-0, 4-0 CMAC), New Lothrop (5-0, 4-0 MMAC), Edwardsburg (5-0, 5-0 Wolverine Conf.), Jenison (4-1, 2-0 OK Black); Grosse Pointe South (5-0, 3-0 MAC White).


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