The Detroit News Published 11:06 PM EDT Sep 28, 2018 Harper Woods — Wet conditions from whistle to whistle couldn’t slow down a potent River Rouge offense Friday night. It opened a 6-point halftime lead with three straight scores and went on to take sole possession of first place in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference Blue division with a 35-7 road victory over Harper Woods. River Rouge (5-1, 3-0) easily handled a Harper Woods offense that was missing starting quarterback Corey Graham because of a transfer eligibility issue and wound up committing four turnovers. “Corey Graham can throw the ball vertically, he can throw the ball underneath,” River Rouge head coach Corey Parker said, adding that the he stressed “trying to keep the ball inside and in front of us" while facing an inexperienced quarterback. Instead, River Rouge quarterback Emanuel Ferguson was the star of the show. He carried the ball for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Running back … [Read more...] about Friday’s high school football: River Rouge splashes past Harper Woods
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Glades Central’s defense lines up against American Heritage on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post) The first week of the 2018 high school football regular season is set to get underway, with Forest Hill opening this week’s slate of games against Suncoast at 6 p.m. on Thursday and a trio of Saturday games closing out the week. Highlighted games for Week 1 include Dwyer hosting Park Vista; Palm Beach Central visiting Atlantic; and the aforementioned contest between Forest Hill and Suncoast. All games are Friday at 6 p.m. unless noted. Suncoast at Forest Hill (Thursday, 6 p.m.): It’ll be an early home test for Falcons head coach Jude Blessington and his team, but an effective running game could control the clock and swing the result in Forest Hill’s favor. The Falcons won last year’s matchup 40-28.Ryan: Forest Hill 38-28 Glades Day at Benjamin (Thursday, 7 p.m.): Eric Kresser has his team playing great football, led by big-time recruit … [Read more...] about High school football Week 1 predictions: Which teams will start with a win?
Free Press staff Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 The 2018 high school football season kicks off this week across Michigan. Detroit Free Press special writers Perry A. Farrell, Tom Lang, Wright Wilson and Keith Dunlap make predictions for 12 conferences in the metro Detroit area and why those teams will win its respective conference. Catholic High School League Central Division Predicted finish: 1. Warren De La Salle, 2-tie. Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Birmingham Brother Rice, 4. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Why De La Salle? Picked to finish last in the league in 2017, the Pilots went out and won the Prep Bowl and the Division 2 state championship. The rest of the league is not taking them for granted this year. De La Salle will have a fast, havoc-causing defense led by LB Jacob Dobbs and CB Josh DeBerry. Double-A Division Predicted finish: 1. Dearborn Divine Child, 2. U-D Jesuit, 3-tie. Detroit Loyola, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook, 5. Ann Arbor Fr. … [Read more...] about Michigan high school football: Conference predictions for metro Detroit
Mick McCabe Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 With high school football one week away, it's time to break down the top teams in the state of Michigan. All players are seniors unless noted. (2017 records in parenthesis.) 1. Muskegon (14-0) Top players: OT/DT Anthony Bradford; LB/RB Ali’Vonta Wallace; OG/DT Marquise Cooper; DB/WR Lamarion Sherrill; TE/DE Billie Roberts; DB/Slot Hyrosha Wilson; QB Cameron Martinez. State playoff record: 55-20. Coach: Shane Fairfield, ninth season at Muskegon (87-18). The buzz: The Big Reds have won six state championships, but they have never won two in a row. That could change as Muskegon moves behind what should be an incredible offensive line. Martinez, a transfer from Muskegon Catholic, could be the missing link at QB. There is not a lot of depth here and the Big Reds will have several two-way players. 2. Detroit Cass Tech (9-3) Top players: RB Jaren Mangham; QB/DB Jalen Graham; DB/WR Kyron … [Read more...] about Michigan high school football: Ranking the top 25 teams in the state
By David Goricki The Detroit News Published 9:16 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Here are 10 games to watch in the 2018 Michigan high school football season: OAK PARK VS. UTICA EISENHOWER Thursday, Aug. 23, 3 p.m., at Wayne State What a game to open up the 2018 season with No. 4 Oak Park going up against No. 13 Eisenhower. Both teams made long runs last season with Eisenhower getting beat by West Bloomfield in a Division 1 regional final, while Oak Park was beaten by eventual state champ Warren De La Salle in a Division 2 regional final. This matchup will showcase Oak Park’s explosive offense, led by Ohio State-bound quarterback Dwan Mathis and junior receiver Maliq Carr against Eisenhower, which returns a 1,000-yard rusher in Caleb Oyster. More: Detroit News top teams: No. 1 Belleville loaded for big-game hunting More: Detroit News preseason high school football rankings CHIPPEWA VALLEY AT SALINE Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Chippewa Valley is the top team in Macomb County … [Read more...] about 10 Michigan high school football games to watch