Top games for Week 8: Novi, Northville vie for title
David Goricki of The Detroit News looks ahead at this week’s top games, and looks back at the best from last week.
Top games next week
Warren Mott (6-1) at Utica Eisenhower (7-0), Friday, 7: Eisenhower is averaging 39 points and has scored 70 and 42 the last two weeks, looking to win its first MAC Red title since 2011 when it advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals. Junior Max Wittwer has played well at quarterback for Eisenhower and will be going up against a Mott defense that allowed 31 points last Friday in its lone loss of the season, 31-8 to defending Division 1 state champion Romeo.
Novi (4-3) at Northville (6-1), Friday, 7: This game is for first place in the KLAA Central and the right to play in the Central-South title game Oct. 21 more than likely against Canton. Novi is still fighting for a state playoff spot and has a quality passing attack in quarterback Alec Bageris and receiver Anthony D’Annibale. Northville has a strong passing game itself in Jack Burke and receiver A.J. Abbott.
U-D Jesuit (5-1) at Detroit Country Day (7-0), Saturday, 1: U-D is coming off a 49-35 win over Warren De La Salle, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the rivalry. U-D has a strong 1-2 punch in quarterback Scotty Nelson and running back Elijah Collins. Collins scored on an 80-yard kickoff return against De La Salle, rushing for 150 yards. Country Day’s defense has been outstanding, led by junior linebacker Kolin Demens and safety Chris Bergin.
Top games last week
Birmingham Groves 15, Rochester Adams 8: Groves (7-0, 5-0) used an 80-yard drive, capped by a 38-yard run by Nate Higley on a reverse with 3:59 left for the difference to clinch at least a share of the OAA White Division championship, after winning the Blue Division title last year. Groves senior Ryan Flaherty had his second interception in as many weeks, picking off a pass early in the third quarter that led to a touchdown and an 8-0 lead. The play was one of many big plays for a Groves’ defense facing an Adams team averaging 39 points.
Northville 30, Livonia Stevenson 24: Jack Burke completed 17-of-28 passes for 266 yards and two TDs, also rushing for 110 yards and two TDs to help Northville (6-1, 4-0) take a step closer to clinching the KLAA Central. Northville scored 13 unanswered points to start the second half. Chris Tanderys was 21-of-30 for 200 yards for Stevenson (3-4, 1-3), but did not throw a TD pass for the first time this season.
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 40, Macomb Dakota 38: Chippewa Valley (4-3, 1-3) blocked a pair of PATs to pull out the MAC Red win over four-time defending division champion Dakota (4-3, 1-3), which was driving late in the fourth quarter when Jalen Jennings intercepted Brett Droski’s pass to end a 12-game regular-season losing streak in the series. Tommy Schuster threw for 208 yards and two TDs, also scoring on a 2-yard run to help Chippewa Valley take a 27-12 halftime lead.