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High school football season in Michigan is just around the corner.

Teams can begin practicing on Aug. 6 and games will kick off on Aug. 23.

With that in mind, The Detroit News presents an early look at our top 20 football players in Michigan in this gallery, with analysis by David Goricki. (Go here if you hare having trouble viewing the gallery.)

We’ll update this list just before the start of the season, after players have gone through fall camp.

But for now, enjoy this first taste of the 2018 high school football season.

KEY DATES

Aug. 6: Practices can begin

Aug. 23: Games can begin

Oct. 26-27: Predistricts

Nov. 2-3: District finals

Nov. 9-10: Regionals

Nov. 17: State semifinals

Nov. 23-24: State finals

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'Excited' Belleville 5-star OT Devontae Dobbs says 'yes' to MSU

Farmington Hills Harrison star Rod Heard in mix at quarterback

New high school football coaches have big shoes to fill in Metro Detroit

PREP KICKOFF CLASSIC

All games at Wayne State University

Aug. 23

Oak Park vs. Utica Eisenhower, 4 p.m.

Detroit Catholic Central vs. Walled Lake Western, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24

Allen Park vs. Trenton, 4 p.m.

Davison vs. Southfield A&T, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25

Center Line vs. Madison Heights Madison, noon

Detroit Cass Tech vs. River Rouge, 3 p.m.

Detroit King vs. East St. Louis (Ill.), 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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