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Top 25 Michigan HS football teams after Week 7 of 2018 season: Jackson, Grosse Pointe South move in, as upsets shake up rankings

By: Matthew B. Mowery, October 8, 2018, 3:20 am

It was just one of those Fridays where it seems like every score update includes an upset, or at least the threat of one. Three top-10 teams — all in Oakland County — were bitten by the upset bug, and dropped, as did Holland West Ottawa after a second loss, and Davison after its first. Here’s where things stand after an upheaval of a Week 7:

1 Cass Tech (7-0, 4-0 PSL Green) — Jalen Graham threw for two first-half touchdowns, as the Technicians beat Detroit Mumford, 41-7. Jaren Mangham, Arthur Nichols and Jordan Lowe all scored a touchdown on the ground. (Last week: 1) Up next: vs. Renaissance in PSL semifinals, 2:30 p.m.

2 Muskegon (7-0, 4-0 OK Black) — Nine different players scored for the Big Reds — led by Cameron Martinez’s two passing and one rushing touchdowns — as Muskegon beat Grand Rapids Union, 70-6. The win sets up a showdown of unbeatens with Muskegon Mona Shores. (Last week: 2) Up next: vs. Muskegon Mona Shores.

3 Belleville (7-0, 6-0 KLAA East) — Christian Dhue-Reid threw for 271 yards and four scores, and ran for another, as Belleville continued its run through the KLAA East, shutting out Livonia Stevenson, 46-0. Deland McMullen caught three of the TD passes. (Last week: 3) Up next: vs. Livonia Franklin.

4 Detroit King (6-1, 5-0 PSL Black) — T’Shawn Wilkes (112 yards rushing) and Tavion Buck both ran for one touchdown and threw for another, as the Crusaders beat Detroit Denby 27-18. (Last week: 4) Up next: vs. Detroit Western in PSL semifinals, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

5 Oak Park (7-0, 6-0 OAA White) — Beat Rochester, 41-33 to clinch the OAA White title outright. (Last week: 6) Up next: vs. West Bloomfield, 6 p.m. Friday.

6 Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley (7-0, 4-0 MAC Red) — David Ellis had another kick return for a touchdown, and Ja’Von Kimpson had two touchdowns on the ground, as the Big Reds beat Sterling Heights Stevenson, 37-23, to clinch at least a share of their first MAC Red title since 2002. They can win it outright for the first time ever with a win next week. (Last week: 7) Up next: vs. Romeo.

7 Warren De La Salle (6-1, 2-0 CHSL Central) — Nolan Schultz continues to impress after taking over as the Pilots’ … umm … pilot, with the injury to Antony Stepnitz. The backup QB ran for three first-half touchdowns and threw for another, as De La Salle beat previously undefeated, and then-No. 20 Davison, 35-7. Josh DeBerry had 123 yards and a touchdown receiving in the first half, and picked off Davison’s Cannon Hall. Davison’s only score came on an 80-yard fumble return by Ray Cole. (Last week: 9) Up next: at Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 1 p.m. Sunday.

8 Muskegon Mona Shores (7-0, 4-0 OK Black) — Jenison QB Kyle Nott led the Wildcats to 16 points in three minutes to tie it up, but Caden Broersma scored with 17 seconds left, as Mona Shores beat Jenison, 49-42. Sincere Dent missed much of the game with an injury. The win sets up a showdown of unbeatens with Muskegon, for a second straight year. (Last week: 13) Up next: at Musekgon

9 East Kentwood (6-1, 4-0 OK Red) — The Falcons scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the first half, and rolled to a mercy-rule win over Holland, 47-6, wrapping up the program’s first playoff berth since 2015. Kionte Blakely had 184 yards and three rushing touchdowns, while Kyle Dent threw for 236 yards and three scores. (Last week: 14) Up next: vs. Hudsonville.

10 River Rouge (6-1, 4-0 Michigan Metro Blue) — Beat Detroit Voyageur, 64-0. (Last week: 11) Up next: vs. Melvindale AB&T.

11 Clarkston (6-1, 4-1 OAA Red) — All of the Wolves’ points came on special teams in a 20-17 loss to Oxford, as the Wildcats held them to 37 total yards. Clarkston got two kick returns for scores from Josh Luther, but struggled to slow the Wildcats down, defensively. (Last week: 5) Up next: at Lake Orion.

12 Saline (6-1, 4-0 SEC Red) — If not for that pesky comeback by Chippewa Valley in the second half of Week 1, the Hornets might be ranked in the top six at this point. Still, Saline continues motoring along since that loss, beating Ann Arbor Huron, 35-0. Brendan Munday ran for 125 yards and two TDs, as the Hornets finished off their shutout sweep of the Ann Arbor schools, holding Huron to just 66 yards of offense. It sets up a winner-take-all showdown with Monroe for the SEC Red title next week. (Last week: 15) Up next: vs. Monroe

13 Lapeer (7-0, 5-0 SVL South) — Brian Brown’s interception set up a 50-yard Cody Fick field goal at the buzzer to win it, as the Lightning beat Flint Carman Ainsworth 31-28. Brady Apple’s TD pass to Drew Johnson tied the game at 28-28 with 38 seconds left. (Last week: 16) Up next: at White Lake Lakeland.

14 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (5-2, 1-1 CHSL Central) — Ryan Birney had a touchdown catch and a kick return for a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough, as the Shamrocks lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 31-29. The Eaglets returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Tommy Doman kicked the game-winning field goal with five seconds left. (Last week: 8) Up next: vs. Warren De La Salle, 1 p.m. Sunday.

15 West Bloomfield (5-2, 4-2 OAA Red) — Former Laker QB Anthony Romphf did his old team in, throwing for 260 yards and four scores, and running for another 100 in Southfield A&T’s 37-35 win. The Lakers all of a sudden don’t have such an easy path to extend their playoff streak to a fifth straight year. They play the OAA White champion Knights on the road next week, then face a crossover against a Catholic League team that could also be searching for a playoff clinching win in Week 9. The Lakers’ two losses are by a total of five points. (Last week: 10) Up next: at Oak Park, 6 p.m. Friday.

16 Walled Lake Western (5-2, 5-1 LVC) — Aiden Jennings hit two early field goals to keep Western in it, and the Warriors turned their one big play — a 52-yard bomb to Bryce Mosely — into the game’s one offensive touchdown, beating South Lyon East, 12-7, to keep their Lakes Valley Conference title hopes alive. The Warriors will take on LVC leader South Lyon on the road on Friday, and can guarantee themselves a share of the title by winning out. (Last week: 17) Up next: at South Lyon.

17 Macomb Dakota (6-1, 3-1 MAC Red) — The Cougars kept their divisional title hopes alive by beating Romeo, 37-30 in 2 OT. Mark Tocco threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more for Dakota, which needs to handle its own business, and get some help from Romeo vs. Chippewa Valley to work its way back into its first share of the MAC Red title in four seasons. (Last week: 19) Up next: at Utica Eisenhower.

18 Zeeland East (6-1, 4-0 OK Green) — Gabe Taylor and Josh Fusco both scored their second rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the Chix pulled away late to beat Byron Center, 27-13. The win sets up a cross-town battle for the OK Green lead, but the title probably won’t be decided until Week 9, when the Chix finish with Hudsonville Unity Christian (currently 6-1, 4-1). (Last week: 21) Up next: at Zeeland West.

19 DeWitt (7-0, 5-0 CAAC Blue) — Blake Gatfield and Tyler Warren both ran for two scores, as DeWitt beat Grand Ledge, 35-7, knocking off the defending CAAC Blue champ to clinch at least a share of its 13th straight league title. (Last week: 22) Up next: at St. Joseph.

20 Farmington Hills Harrison (5-2, 4-1 OAA White) — The Hawks gained a new quarterback but lost to Rochester Adams, 24-17. Keel Watson, who came over after Detroit Delta closed last month, led the Hawks to a game-tying field goal in the fourth, before the Highlanders finished it with a Carter Farris-to-Jack Bishop scoring pass with 26 seconds left. The Hawks face games against Groves (5-2) and Farmington (6-1) to try to ensure coach John Herrington gets one last playoff berth. (Last week: 14) Up next: at Birmingham Groves.

21 Brighton (6-1, 6-0 KLAA West) — Will Jontz didn’t miss on a single pass, going 7-for-7 passing for 101 yards and a touchdown, passing a rushing touchdown, as the Bulldogs beat Salem, 37-0, clinching at least a share of the KLAA West title, as well as a playoff berth. Chris Sequin added 101 yards rushing and two TDs. (Last week: 23) Up next: at Howell.

22 Mt. Pleasant (7-0, 5-0 SVL Red) — The Oilers held Saginaw to just 26 total yards in the first half, beating the Trojans, 35-2. Mt. Pleasant lost its fourth shutout of the season on a bad punt snap in the fourth quarter. Zach Mogg and Cooper Phillips both ran for two touchdowns in the win, which sets up a SVL Red showdown between the Oilers and Midland Dow. (Last week: 24) Up next: vs. Midland Dow.

23 South Lyon (7-0, 6-0 LVC) — Mitch Komorous scored the go-ahead TD with 4:34 left, as the Lions beat Waterford Mott, 21-14 to stay unbeaten. Ian Goins ran for 110 yards and caught a TD pass, and Connor Fracassi  ran for one score and threw for another. The Lions take on Walled Lake Western in the Jungle next Friday, playing for the LVC crown.  (Last week: 25) Up next: vs. Walled Lake Western.

24 Jackson (7-0, 6-0 SEC White) — Beat Tecumseh, 57-14, to stay unbeaten and clinch the program’s first conference title since the 1940s. If there’s a band playing in the SEC White right now, it’s probably playing the tune the the British Army band played at Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown: “The World Turned Upside Down.” Not only are the Vikings conference champions, but Dexter — fresh off snapping its 42-game losing streak in Week 2 — is tied for second place in the division, one game shy of locking up its first playoff appearance in program history. (Last week: NR) Up next: vs. Pinckney.

25 Grosse Pointe South (7-0, 5-0 MAC White) — Ryan Downey threw for two touchdowns (both to A.J. Benson) and Conor McKenna ran for two scores, as the Blue Devils stayed unbeaten with a 40-13 win over Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, to run their record to 7-0 for the first time since 1984. That 1984 squad posted four shutouts and allowed just 56 points, and this year’s defensive unit isn’t far behind, allowing 43 points through seven weeks, with three shutouts. (Last week: NR) Up next: at Grosse Pointe North.


Dropped out: No. 18 Holland West Ottawa (5-2, 3-2 OK Red); No. 20 Davison (6-1, 4-0 SVL South)


Ten others to keep an eye on: Saginaw Swan Valley (7-0, 5-0 TVC Central); Grand Rapids Catholic Central (6-1, 4-0 OK Blue); Jackson Lumen Christi (7-0, 6-0 Interstate-8); Pewamo-Westphalia (7-0, 6-0 CMAC); New Lothrop (7-0, 6-0 MMAC); Edwardsburg (7-0, 7-0 Wolverine Conf.); Madison Heights Madison (7-0, 4-0 MAC Silver); Traverse City St. Francis (7-0, 5-0 NMFL-Legends); Dearborn Heights Crestwood (7-0, 6-0 Western Wayne); Calumet (7-0, 5-0 West-PAC-Large)


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