David Goricki, Rod Beard and James Hawkins make their picks for Week 2. (Detroit News)
Macomb Dakota has been the king of the Macomb Area Conference for the past several years, and that includes a 12-game Red Division winning streak.
Chippewa Valley, however, has come close to knocking Dakota off its perch, losing 21-14 in 2011 and 17-13 in 2012.
But last season, the gap widened as Dakota won 52-7 during the regular season and 34-14 in the postseason.
In fact, it has been nearly 10 years since Chippewa Valley last defeated Dakota, 17-14, on Nov. 1, 2004, at Clinton Township. And that’s where Chippewa Valley will attempt to win again when it hosts Dakota on Friday.
Why should things change?
Well, Chippewa Valley has an explosive offense led by senior quarterback Tyler Kulka, who had an impressive debut — 20-for-30, 274 yards and three touchdowns.
He also has numerous weapons to choose from in receivers Stefan Claiborne, Sean Bunting and Kyle Muller.
Dakota, however, enters the matchup in a nasty mood after wasting several opportunities in a 24-21 loss to defending Division 1 state champion Clarkston.
Pick: Dakota by 9
Other top games
All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless noted.
U-D Jesuit at Detroit Country Day: Country Day allowed 47 points in a loss to Zeeland West. And Jesuit is an explosive team, too. Jesuit by 8
Lake Orion at Troy Athens: This OAA Red matchup showcases Lake Orion’s running game and Athens’ aerial attack. Lake Orion by 10
Marine City vs. St. Clair: You can bet Marine City had this game circled since a 43-33 setback last season, its lone loss of the year. Marine City by 12
Romeo at Grosse Pointe South: When all is said and done, this showdown could decide the MAC White. Paul Hurley can make things happen through the air for Romeo. Romeo by 3
Harper Woods Chandler Park at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s has a strong secondary, and Tyson Smith (Michigan State) will have a test in trying to slow down Chandler Park WR Jalen Martin. St. Mary’s by 12