David Goricki of The Detroit News looks ahead at this week's top games, and looks back at the best from last week.
This week's top games
Detroit Cesar Chavez (4-1) at Detroit Country Day (4-1), 7 p.m. Thursday: Country Day's defense will have a major challenge in trying to slow down Cesar Chavez's five-receiver set and quarterback Omar Salih. Country Day is ranked No. 1 in Division 4 by the AP.
Detroit Loyola (4-1) vs. Warren De La Salle (4-1), 7 p.m. Friday, at Wayne State: De La Salle took care of one state champion in Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 31-8, Friday, and now has another in defending Division 7 champion Loyola. De La Salle's defense will be tested by freshman running back D'Anthony Robinson (502 yards).
Detroit Cass Tech (4-1) vs. Detroit East English Village Prep (4-1), 7 p.m. Friday: Cass Tech doesn't have much time to lick its wounds from a tough 31-28 overtime loss to No. 1 King with another outstanding team in East English awaiting. East English also lost to King, 20-15. Last year, Cass Tech beat East English twice. Cass Tech's secondary will be tested by quarterback Delvin Washington and Lindrell Mitchell.
Romeo (5-0) at Macomb Dakota (4-1), 7 p.m. Friday: Dakota has won the last four meetings between the teams and should test a Romeo defense which has allowed just 13 points this season. Dakota has put up big numbers, averaging 35 points, behind Kaiser Carleton. Romeo has a high-scoring offense of its own, led by veteran quarterback Paul Hurley.
Belleville (4-1) at Redford Thurston, 7 p.m. Friday: Belleville already has surpassed its win total of a year ago under first-year coach Jermain Crowell, including a 23-20 comeback win over Dearborn Heights Robichaud to take over the top spot in the Western Wayne Blue.
Last week's top games
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 34, Warren Mott 30: Patrick Briningstool threw for 315 yards and four TDs, including three TD tosses in the second half to rally Chippewa Valley (4-1, 2-1) against previously unbeaten Mott (4-1, 2-1) in a MAC Red game. Mott quarterback Michael Pond rushed for 86 yards and two TDs and completed 15-of-20 passes for 201 yards and a score.
Lincoln Park 38, Melvindale 35:Steve Glenn (100 yards rushing, 100 passing) rallied Lincoln Park (4-1) — a team that had won just four games the previous eight years — from a 35-22 deficit with five minutes left to earn the Downriver League win. Kolby McGill threw for 175 yards and three TDs for Melvindale (1-4).
Belleville 23, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 20:Freshman Khalid Crawford rushed for 138 yards and a TD to help Belleville (4-1, 3-0) take over first place in the Western Wayne Blue. Jairus Grissom completed 16 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two TDs and rushed for 102 yards and a score for Robichaud (4-1, 2-1).
Farmington Hills Harrison 17, Southfield 14:Alex Bolstrum kicked a winning 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for Harrison (4-1, 4-0), which took over the top spot in the OAA White behind the running of Jared Char (110 yards). Freshman Sam Johnson III was 6-for-6 passing for 79 yards and two TDs for Southfield (3-2, 3-1) in the first half.
Benton Harbor 40, Mattawan 31:Jeremy Burrell rushed for 194 yards and three TDs for Benton Harbor (3-2), which snapped a 10-game skid in this SWAC rivalry at Mattawan.