Top five games this week
Chippewa Valley (1-0) at Macomb Dakota (1-0), 7 p.m. Thursday: The last time the teams met, Chippewa Valley ended a 10-year, 16-game losing streak in the rivalry with a thrilling 28-27 win in the Division 1 district title game. Stefan Claiborne blocked a PAT with three minutes left, and also blocked a field goal and score a touchdown off a blocked punt.
Allen Park (1-0) at Wyandotte (1-0), 7 p.m. Thursday: The teams had one-sided victories in their openers: Allen Park, 54-0 over Taylor Kennedy, and Wyandotte, 31-7 over Gibraltar Carlson. Allen Park got the better hand, 34-14 a year ago, ending a six-game losing streak in the series.
Canton at Hartland, 7 p.m. Thursday: Canton (42-25 over Dearborn Fordson) and Hartland (34-12 over Grosse Pointe North) had impressive wins to open the season. Canton piled up 396 yards on the ground and junior quarterback Joel Foster showed his ability to roll out and make things happen, throwing for two TDs. Hartland defeated Canton in Week 2 last year, 24-21, and went on to earn a playoff spot.
Sterling Heights Stevenson at Utica Eisenhower, 7 p.m. Thursday: Eisenhower grinded out a 12-6 win over Stevenson last season and each team came away with impressive season-opening wins: Stevenson, 34-3 over Troy, and Eisenhower, 38-24 over No. 19 Plymouth. Both were playoff teams a year ago.
Detroit Renaissance at Detroit East English Village Prep, 4 p.m. Friday: East English showed why it was ranked No. 10 in The News’ preseason poll, dominating Walled Lake Central in the opener, 56-20. Renaissance helped the PSL flex its muscles and could be the surprise in the league this season, defeating Division 4 state runner-up Lansing Sexton, 22-14
Top five games last week
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 35, Lake Orion 28: Senior quarterback Patrick Briningstool had a big opener for Chippewa Valley, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more, including a 1-yarder on four-and-goal with 3:37 left for the difference. Briningstool completed 15 of 22 passes for 249 yards, including a 55-yard TD pass to Stefan Claiborne and a 42-yard toss to Jimmy Czarnik.
Walled Lake Western 42, Lowell 40: Kyle Thomas gave Western great senior leadership, completing 22 of 38 passes for 345 yards and three TDs in a thrilling win to hand Lowell its first season-opening loss since 1993. Thomas also ran for 46 yards and a score. Thomas found tailback Jake Prokes for a 14-yard TD with less than three minutes remaining for the difference.
Detroit Catholic Central 15, Muskegon 12: Catholic Central came back from a 12-0 deficit to pull off the upset against three-time state runner-up Muskegon. Sophomore quarterback Theo Day threw two TD passes, starting the comeback with a 28-yard TD toss to Alex Bock on a fourth-and-10 play. He later found Michael Edwards for a 10-yard TD, followed by a two-point conversion throw to Bock with just under 12 minutes remaining.
East Kentwood 35, Farmington Hills Harrison 28: East Kentwood did most of its work through the air with Evan Maday completing 17 of 34 passes for 264 yards and three TDs, including a 65-yard TD reception by Andre Welch, a 10-yard TD catch by DaJuan Thomas and a 10-yard TD grab by Joseph Gomez with less than a minute remaining to break a 28-28 tie. Jamison Scarber scored three TDs for Harrison, including a 40-yard TD reception with 3:38 left to even the score.
Detroit King 12, Warren De La Salle 10: In a hard-hitting opener, King — The News’ No. 1 team — came back from a 10-0 second-half deficit to defeat De La Salle, the defending Division 2 state champion. Four-star defensive back/receiver Ambry Thomas started the comeback with a 50-yard TD reception to pull King within 10-6. Later, quarterback Martinez Adams Calloway scored on a 14-yard run. De La Salle had two chances to pull the game out in the final minutes, but King cornerback and Penn State commit LaVert Hill intercepted his second pass of the game to end one threat and a 47-yard field goal in the final seconds was short.