Top games for Week 6: Cesar Chavez-Country Day showdown looms
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.