Clinton Township — Scott Merchant wasn’t at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley when its 13-game losing streak to Macomb Dakota began.
But he wants to be a part of its ending.
“When you’re losing, there is some doubt,” said Merchant, who took over the program in 2009 and is 0-6 against Dakota. “They have a good football program and we’re not the only team they’ve had success against.
“When I first got here, the kids wanted to win, but I’m not sure they believed they could win.”
That has changed.
Chippewa Valley is 7-0 (4-0 in the Macomb Arrea Conference Red), and a victory over Dakota at 7 tonight would go a long way in not only ending its skid, but giving it a boost into the postseason.
Chippewa Valley is led by senior quarterback Brendan Rohlfs, one of seven returning starters on offense. Rohlfs threw four touchdowns in the second quarter during last week 35-14 victory over Sterling Heights Stevenson.
Dakota’s strength is its defense, which has allowed 35 points.
The pick: Dakota by 7
Games to watch
All games 7 tonight unless noted
Detroit Mumford (6-1) vs. Detroit King (6-0), 5 p.m. at Detroit Northwestern: Mumford’s confidence might have taken a hit after last week’s 41-6 loss to Detroit Cass Tech. King by 14
Taylor Truman (6-1) at Wyandotte Roosevelt (7-0): Wyandotte has finished 9-0 once in school history. Truman’s ground-oriented offense is good enough to take the crowd out of it. Wyandotte by 1
Grosse Ile (4-3) at Riverview (5-2): Riverview can clinch its second playoff appearance in the last nine years with a victory. Riverview by 5
Northville (6-1) at Canton (7-0): Northville played well last week, but Canton is the best team it’s faced. Canton by 7
Livonia Stevenson (3-4) at Livonia Churchill (2-5): Pride is at stake. Too bad neither will make the playoffs. Churchill by 5
Warren Mott (7-0) at Port Huron (5-2): Mott has smoked its opponents by an average score of 45-9. This is for the MAC White title. Mott by 18
Birmingham Groves (7-0) at Birmingham Seaholm (7-0): Groves’ last undefeated regular season came in 1978. Seaholm has won three of the last four in the series. Seaholm by 2
Lake Orion (6-1) at Clarkston (6-1): Clarkston can win the OAA Red title with a victory. Clarkston has won the last two and four of five in the series. Clarkston by 4
Detroit Catholic Central (6-1) vs. Warren DeLaSalle (5-2), 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore: The winner plays Birmingham Brother Rice for the Catholic League title next Saturday at Ford Field. DeLaSalle by 3
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