This week’s top games: U-D Jesuit faces St. Mary’s test
David Goricki of The Detroit News looks ahead at this week’s top games, and looks back at the best from last week.
Top five games this week (all games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted)
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (3-0) at U-D Jesuit (3-0): Jesuit is the surprise of the Catholic League at 3-0 after finishing 2-7 in 2014. But the challenge is St. Mary’s, the defending Division 3 state champion ranked No. 3 in The News’ Super 20 poll. St. Mary’s boasts a top running game, but displayed an outstanding passing game behind Brendan Tabone.
Redford Thurston (2-1) at Dearborn Heights Robichaud (3-0): Robichaud ended a four-game losing streak in the last game played in the series in 2012. Robichaud QB Jairus Grissom and WR Traivon Clayton will test Thurston CB Alonzo McCoy.
Warren Cousino (3-0) at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-1): Cousino, the defending MAC Blue champion, has averaged 43 points in a 3-0 start. Chippewa Valley, however, is among the premier teams in Macomb County. Cousino’s offense will be challenged by Chippewa Valley DB Stefan Claiborne and its defense will have a challenge trying to slow Chippewa Valley QB Patrick Briningstool (800+ yards, nine TDs).
Oxford (1-2) at Lake Orion (1-2): Toss the records aside in this OAA Red division games with the teams separated by only a few miles. Lake Orion has won three of the last five meetings, but Oxford had the upper hand in last year’s game, 21-14.
Warren De La Salle (2-1) at Birmingham Brother Rice (1-2), 7 p.m. Saturday: Brother Rice defeated De La Salle in Week 4 last season before De La Salle avenged the loss in the Division 2 regional final, ending Brother Rice’s 33-game winning streak and eventually winning the state title. This is the Catholic League Central Division opener for the teams.
Last week’s top five games
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 32, Sterling Heights Stevenson 28: QB Patrick Briningstool threw four TDs, including two in the final five minutes to rally Chippewa Valley. Briningstool found Reed Adams for the 42-yard winner. Frank D’Ascenzo threw for a TD and ran for another for Stevenson.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 24, Mishawaka (Indiana) Penn 21: St. Mary’s flexed its muscles against one of Indiana’s best, ending Penn’s 26-game regular-season winning streak. Justin Myrick rushed for 133 yards and scored two TDs, and Brendan Tabone was 9-for-10 for 138 yards and a TD.
Warren Mott 32, Macomb Dakota 27: Mott led 20-0 at halftime to upset the three-time MAC Red champion. QB Mike Pond accounted for three TDs for Mott, scoring on a 35-yard run and finding Maurice Allen for TD passes of 38 and 48 yards. Allen also had a 51-yard INT return for a TD, one of four INTs for Mott’s defense.
Canton 27, Livonia Franklin 17: Markus Sanders rushed for 177 yards and three TDs for Canton. Franklin QB Denzel Adams ran for 185 yards and threw for 100, and had a 65-yard rushing TD.
Zeeland East 39, Hudsonville 33: Caleb Viening ran for 205 yards and four TDs for Zeeland East, including the 7-yard winner with 1:11 left. CJ Otteman finished 14-for-24 for 288 yards and two TDs for East, and Bryce Elliott was 11-for-17 for 275 yards and two TDs for Hudsonville.