Detroit Catholic Central had a rare sub-.500 season in 2014.
Last season, Birmingham Brother Rice suffered the same fate.
But they’re back — and the Catholic League Central Division is in their hands, with Saturday’s showdown at Brother Rice setting the stage for an exciting finish.
Catholic Central is playing its first in-state team since an opening 42-0 rout of Sterling Heights Stevenson a month ago. No. 3 in The News Super 20, Catholic Central is coming off a 28-21 overtime victory over Cleveland St. Ignatius.
“We’ve had a lot of people playing well,” said coach Tom Mach, whose Catholic Central team has allowed 35 points total. “Blake Bueter has played well on both sides of the ball and Jack Morris has made some key catches at tight end and played well at defensive end, and all three of our linebackers, Tyler Morland, Matt Young and Isaac Darkangelo have done a great job.”
No. 14 Brother Rice played its fourth straight road game, defeating Warren De La Salle in its Catholic League opener.
Catholic Central defeated Brother Rice, 35-7, last year, ending a three-game skid in the series.
Pick: Catholic Central by 6
Other top games
■Romeo (3-1) at Utica Eisenhower (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Romeo is the defending Division 1 state champion. Eisenhower is this year’s version of Romeo — it has a strong shot at making a long postseason run behind QB Max Wittwer. Eisenhower by 8
■Grosse Pointe South (4-0) at Grosse Pointe North (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: South is off to its first 4-0 start since 1984 behind a dynamic passing combination of QB Logan Mico and WR Michael Braker, who have at least one TD in every game. North counters with talented RB Jared Jordan. South by 2
■Detroit East English (3-1) at Detroit Cass Tech (4-0), noon Saturday: Cass Tech has lived up to its billing as the state’s No. 1 team, averaging 52.5 points and blanking its last three opponents. Cass Tech senior QB Rodney Hall is healthy and on a roll, but East English has a strong quarterback of its own in Delvin Washington. Cass Tech has won all four games in the series. Cass Tech by 12