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Canton opened the football season 0-2, although the losses came to state powers Dearborn Fordson and Walled Lake Western.

But over Weeks 3-5, Canton rebounded with victories over Hartland, Livonia Franklin and Plymouth to put itself in prime position as it heads into Friday’s 7 p.m. showdown at Livonia Churchill.

Canton (3-2) and Churchill (4-1) are 2-0 in the KLAA South Division.

It also helps that Canton has a healthy Markus Sanders back.

“He’s feeling better, playing better,” Canton coach Tim Baechler said of Sanders, who sat out the second half against Western with a knee injury.

Sanders, who rushed for a combined 4,500 yards his sophomore and junior years, had 189 yards against Plymouth last week.

But the difference could be Churchill’s defense, led by Jamal Allen.

Pick: Canton by 6

Other top games

Birmingham Groves (5-0) at Farmington Hills Harrison (3-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Groves, which beat Harrison in the district final last season, is coming off consecutive shutouts and has allowed seven points the last three weeks. With victories over White Division powers Oak Park and Southfield A&T, Groves could take control tonight. Groves by 1

Trenton (4-1) at Allen Park (5-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Allen Park can open a two-game lead with three left in the Downriver League with a victory. Allen Park has allowed 13 points all season. Allen Park by 6

Detroit King (5-0) at Detroit Cass Tech (5-0), noon Saturday: King won both games last season, including the Public School League title. Cass Tech is loaded with Power Five recruits and a dual-threat quarterback, Rodney Hall. Cass Tech by 8

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