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October 6, 2012
Friday Night Surprises & Wrap Up
Week 7 Surprises
FLINT POWERS CATHOLIC 32, Flint Carman-Ainsworth 7 - Hey, wasn't Carman-Ainsworth supposed to be incredible? They were undefeated and ranked #13 in the state. Somehow, Powers beat the brakes off of them, proving they are the most dominant team in the area. It looks like C-A better figure out how to play against a good team because the playoffs are coming and their schedule has been weak.
Walled Lake Northern 51, WHITE LAKE LAKELAND 6 - Northern is for real this season. This win clinched their first-ever division title, the same year they win their first-ever city championship by beating both Western and Central.
Plymouth 28, CANTON 21 - This on-campus clash was the most highly anticipated game of the season for both teams, and the win clinches a playoff spot for Plymouth. Canton, on the other hand, still needs a win, but this loss will probably make next week's cross-over game a little more interesting. It appears as though they will have to play on-campus rival #2 Salem two weeks in a row, and they each need to win at least one of them to get into the playoffs. Salem is having their best season in years, but having to face Canton two weeks in a row is kind of a kick in the teeth when you need a win.
Mattawan 35, PORTAGE CENTRAL 34 - This was a huge win for Mattawan to set up a battle of undefeated team when they face Stevensville-Lakeshore for what will be the SMAC-West title game. Central has been on a role, so it meant a lot for Mattawan to get this one a week before they play Lakeshore.
LANSING EVERETT 22, Grand Ledge 21 - This OT win pretty much solidifies Everett's CAAC-Blue title. They are undefeated and play lesser teams in Jackson and Sexton the next two weeks. Unless they have a complete let-down, Everett should clinch home field advantage for the playoffs. Alex Cambric punched in a 2-point conversion in OT to give the Vikings the win. A gutsy call that paid off.
TRAVERSE CITY ST FRANCIS 13, Saginaw Nouvel 7 - This was a huge win for TCSF. If they dropped it, they would have missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989. They still need to win their next two games, but at least they're keeping the dream alive. A loss would be devastating to this proud program.
Teams That Look STRONG Going Into the Playoffs
BEAL CITY 41, McBain 29 - Undefeated and ready for action.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP CHIPPEWA VALLEY 24, Sterling Heights Stevenson 7 - This is the strongest Chippewa Valley has looked since Scott Merchant took the program over a few years ago.
Detroit Country Day 48, FLUSHING 27 - After dropping a crazy one to U-D Jesuit, the Yellow Jackets have rattled off five straight wins and have several wins against D1 teams which should give them huge playoff points.
HARTLAND 34, Grand Blanc 22 - Brian Savage has turned this program around, and this win solidifies a division title.
JACKSON LUMEN CHRISTI 34, Lansing Waverly 7 - Dominating.
LIVONIA CHURCHILL 38, Livonia Franklin 10 - Churchill is the surprise team of the year and this win earns them a Division Title.
MUSKEGON 53, Grand Rapids Union 0 - 'Nuff said.
CLARKSTON 28, Troy 0 - 'Nuff said
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 40, MACOMB LUTHERAN NORTH 18 - NDP still hasn't played any real tough teams, but they look primed for a big playoff run.
STEVENSVILLE LAKESHORE 28, St Joseph 24 - Enormous win that keeps Lakeshore undefeated and sets up a Title game against Mattawan next week.
ITHACA 52, St Charles 0 - No one can touch Ithaca .again.
OAK PARK 26, Farmington Hills Harrison 21 - Coach Carter is a wizard, and this win proves it. This could be the year he gets another State Championship, something that has eluded him for several years.