Top five games
All games at 7 p.m. Friday
Lake Orion (0-1) at Troy Athens (1-0):This could be another shootout. Athens gave up 31 points in a victory over L’Anse Creuse North, and Matt Krause ran for a school-record 407 yards for Lake Orion, but in a 38-35 loss to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.
Expect Lake Orion coach Chris Bell to make some corrections on the defensive side of the ball and on the offensive side … he will want for more of the same with Krause using his explosive speed to have another big game.
Macomb Dakota (0-1) at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (1-0):With the passing of Tyler Kulka Chippewa Valley has a chance to prove it will be a factor in the MAC Red, trying to dethrone the perennial division champion.
Dakota can move the ball with quarterback Maurice Moon and running backs Kiser Carleton and Benji Marshall but will be looking to do a better job finishing drives. With an aerial attack of quarterback Tyler Kulka and receivers Stefan Claiborne, Kyle Muller and Sean Bunting, Chippewa Valley has a chance to pull off the upset.There’s no doubt Dakota can move the ball with quarterback Maurice Moon leading the offense with outstanding weapons in running backs Kiser Carleton and Benji Marshall, but Coach Mike Giannone knows they must do a better job of finishing drives.
Marine City (1-0) at St. Clair (1-0):Marine City won the Division 4 state championship last season, but it also came up short during the regular-season against St. Clair, losing 43-33, giving quarterback Alex Merchant & Co. extra motivation.
Marine City quarterback Alex Merchant & Co. will have motivation for this one.
The outcome was the difference between an unbeaten season and a 1-loss one and don’t think Merchant, running back Jarret Mathison and the rest of the players haven’t forgotten.
U-D Jesuit (1-0) at Detroit Country Day (0-1):U-D Jesuit’s Ryan Brand showed he is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the state, passing for three TDs and running for another in a rout last week. Look for Country Day to be much improved after giving up 47 in a loss to Zeeland West. Country Day’s defense will have to tighten up since Brand has a running game behind him, led by Jaren Kirkland who scored 3 TDs in the win over Chandler Park.
Romeo (0-1) at Grosse Pointe South (1-0):Prior to the season, South coach Tim Brandon tabbed South and Romeo for a tie atop the MAC White standings, so it should be interesting to see who takes the upper hand early. South beat Detroit Mumford, 28-0, in its opener, while Romeo losts to Oxford, 28-20.
South had success in its opener, a 28-0 win over Detroit Mumford while Romeo lost to Oxford, 28-20.
Top five games
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 38, Lake Orion 35:Chippewa Valley senior Tyler Kulka, making his first varsity start at quarterback, threw four TD passes, including second-half tosses of 25 yards to Stefan Claiborne, 70 to Kyle Muller and 32 to Sean Bunting. Meanwhile, Lake Orion’s Matt Krause ran for 407 yards and four touchdowns.
Kulka’s fourth-down TD pass to Bunting gave Chippewa Valley a 38-28 lead with just over 5 minutes left in the game.
Lake Orion’s Matt Krause ran wild, rushing for 407 yards and 4 TDs to set a school record. He gained more than 200 yards in the opening quarter alone, then busted loose for a 70-yard TD run with 4 1-2 minutes left in the game.
“Matt was great and our line did an outstanding job, but we still left some points on the field,” Lake Orion coach Chris Bell said.
Detroit Cass Tech 27, Oak Park 26:The showdown between No. 2 Cass Tech and No. 5 Oak Park featured two of the best running backs in the state in Mike Weber of Cass Tech and John Kelly of Oak Park, and they didn’t disappoint. Cass Tech’s Mike Weber rushed for 151 yards and three TDs, and Oak Park’s John Kelly had 217 all-purpose yards and three TDs, and the quarterbacks were also outstanding. In his first start, Cass Tech sophomore Rodney Hall directed his team to three fourth-quarter TDs, while Oak Park junior Chauncey Lowman completed 12 of 25 passes for 290 yards, including an 85-yard TD to Varandre White and a 53-yard TD to Kelly.
Birmingham Brother Rice 40, Chicago Brother Rice 34:Michigan-bound quarterback Alex Malzone threw for four TDs to make sure Dave Sofran had a successful coaching debut for the three-time Division 2 defending state champion. He hit Grant Perry nine times for 91 yards and 2 TDs (69 yards, 80), and Delano Madison caught a 29-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 76 yards for a score.
Malzone, who hooked up with Grant Perry nine times for 91 yards and 2 TDs in the title game win over Muskegon last fall, hooked up with Perry for TD tosses of 69 yards and 80 yards to show which Brother Rice team was the best on Saturday afternoon at Adams Field on Wayne State’s campus.
Delano Madison showed he will be another weapon for Brother Rice, grabbing one of Malzone’s passes for a 29-yard TD and returning a kickoff 76 yards for a score.
Troy Athens 34, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse North 31:Nick Santoni scored on a six-yard run with 36.6 seconds left for the difference. Nick VandeKerkhoff, who had a 29-yard TD reception, intercepted a pass in the final seconds to secure the win for Athens. Trevor Conklin scored two fourth-quarter TDs for North, his second on a 70-yard TD reception to give his team a 24-20 lead.
North actually held a 31-27 lead with just over a minute left when Jacob Mitrak grabbed Mitchell Peer’s pass, which was tipped, for a 40-yard score.
Muskegon Mona Shores 31, Saline 28:DeOntay Moffett made sure Mona Shores had a great road trip, rushing for 148 yards on 27 carries and scoring three TDs.
Mona Shores stayed overnight, then watched the Wolverines run over Appalachian State 52-14 the next day at the Big House.
It was an especially sweet weekend for Moffett who had fought through an assortment of injuries his previous two varsity seasons.