The Detroit News’ top football games: Week 5
Clarkston (4-0) at Oxford (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday
This will be Clarkston’s first trip to play on Oxford’s blue turf.
D.J. Zezula and defending Division 1 state champion Clarkston’s high-scoring offense will be tested by a bend-but-don’t-break Oxford defense in this Oakland Activities Association Red Division game.
Oxford has a quality quarterback as well in senior Glacier Wallington.
Canton (3-1) at Westland John Glenn (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Canton has dominated this series of late, including 55-14 and 52-6 victories the last two years, but John Glenn has proven it can put points on the board this season, averaging 38 points.
Canton’s defense will be tested in this Kensington Lakes Activities Association South Division game by Glenn’s running game, led by Leon Crawford, who is piling up 100-yard games.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (4-0) vs. Warren DeLaSalle (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Wayne State
St. Mary’s is looking for its first 5-0 start since 2010 and it could be tough to duplicate that mark, going up against a strong DeLaSalle defense led by linebackers Eric Rogers, Ryan Smith and Mike Ostrowski.
St. Marys’ secondary has played well all season with Michigan State-bound Tyson Smith leading the way. He will have a challenge while trying to stop the passing combination of Joey Garbarino-Myles Charley.
Grosse Pointe North (2-2) at Grosse Pointe South (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday
South has enjoyed the upperhand in this rivalry for the past several years, but the games have been close, including a 21-10 win last season, a 17-15 victory in 2012, 18-13 in 2011 and 14-6 in 2010.
South’s brother combination of quarterback Sam Blanzy and receiver Brian Blanzy will try to keep the streak going.
Dearborn (2-2) at Dearborn Fordson (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday
This once great rivalry has been dominated by Fordson of late, winning 34-7 and 35-0 the last two years.
Fordson will enter the game on a roll, outscoring its opponents, 96-12, the last three games.
Dearborn is coming off a 40-0 win over Belleville.
Last week’s top games
Birmingham Brother Rice 28, Warren DeLaSalle 21
DeLaSalle (3-1, 0-1) won the battle of the stats — outgaining Rice (4-0, 1-0) by a 367-218 advantage — and put a lot of pressure on quarterback Alex Malzone, but Malzone still made enough plays to help the three-time Division 2 state champions pull out the win in the Catholic League Central Division opener for the teams.
Malzone was 14-for-20 for 203 yards and three TDs, including a perfectly placed ball to the outside where John Garry hauled in a 13-yard TD reception for a 21-14 lead, then found tight end Michael Roney for a 31-yard pass after getting a lot of time from his line to set up the winning score.
Oxford 21, Lake Orion 14
Oxford (4-0, 3-0) forced Lake Orion (2-2, 2-1) to turn the ball over on downs six times in Oxford territory, including twice at the 1 and at the 12 with less than a minute left to earn the Oakland Activities Association Red Division win.
Lake Orion senior running back Matt Krause topped the 1,000-mark for the season, rushing for 199 yards on 35 carries. He now has 1,056 yards on 114 carries and 12 TDs.
Oxford senior quarterback Glacier Wallington engineered a 99-yard drive, scoring on a 6-yard run with 2:14 left in the third for a 14-7 lead. Oxford piled up 445 rushing yards with Scott Stubenrauch accounting for 173 yards on 18 carries, scoring on a 65-yard run for the difference with eight minutes left.
Lansing Everett 42, Holt 41 (OT)
Everett made Trent Stone earn every one of his 180 yards and three TDs, making him carry the ball 47 times. Stone has now rushed for 841 yards on the season.
Everett quarterback Lane Porter was the hero, completing 19 of 38 passes for 316 yards and six TDs, including scoring tosses of 53, 27, 23 and 19 to Rhett Blackman.
Everett (2-2) scored a TD and was successful on the PAT in overtime. Holt (1-3) also scored a TD in OT, but misfired on the 2-point conversion which would have given it the win.
L’Anse Creuse North 44, Roseville 41 (4 OT)
L’Anse Creuse North senior quarterback Mitchell Peer had a huge game, throwing for four TDs and kicking the winning 27-yard field goal in the fourth overtime in the MAC crossover game.
North senior cornerback Jai’Sean Barnes had an interception to end Roseville’s drive in the fourth OT, setting up Peer’s heroics. Peer kicked a 39-yard field goal in the previous week’s 17-16 upset of Utica Eisenhower.
North (2-2) also had to block a field in the first extra possession after Peer threw an interception. Roseville is 2-2.
Rockford 28, Hudsonville 27
No guts, no glory … at least that’s what Hudsonville coach Dave Lidgard was thinking after quarterback Mason Opple found Kaden Kempker for a 64-yard TD pass with less than a minute left to pull within a point of Rockford.
Hudsonville (3-1) went for the win, but the ball was fumbled on the snap, allowing Rockford (4-0) to escape with the victory.
Opple, the dual threat quarterback, had 279 yards, including 125 rushing in the OK Red division showdown.
Rockford quarterback Landen Haney ran for a TD and threw a 53-yard TD pass to Reed Martin with 2:45 left in the game with Quinn Nordin converting the PAT.