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Drive for Detroit: Week 4 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 4 in Review
Monday, September 21, 2015
If Week 4 was an indication, there will be a few new leaders of their packs by the end of this football regular season.  This weekend's highlights included the end of one of the most impressive league winning streaks in the state, a few more headlining upsets and ...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 4

A Game for Every Fan: Week 4
Thursday, September 17, 2015
By a quick count, there are 11 matchups statewide this week of MHSAA football teams entering with 3-0 records. That means that at most only 119 teams will be undefeated after this week – and looking at the rest of the schedule, it wouldn’t be a surprise if ...
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Veteran Coach Shows Wayne the Way

Veteran Coach Shows Wayne the Way
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Donald Anderson watched the Wayne Memorial football program lose game after game after game. As a fan of high school football and a resident of Westland, Anderson, at times, just shook his head. As a former coach, Anderson thought about the possibility of doing somethi...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 3 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 3 in Review
Monday, September 14, 2015
Admittedly, last week's statewide slate of varsity football games didn't appear that intriguing on first glance. Of course, that means we ended up with more noteworthy results than we expected – and some hard decisions picking which had the biggest impacts a...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 3

A Game for Every Fan: Week 3
Thursday, September 10, 2015
League play begins this week for many teams across Michigan – and with favorites facing off immediately in games that eventually could decide who wins those conference titles. Our highlighted matchups this week include a few of those, but mostly some of the last ...
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Honoring Lost Teammate, Jackson Rises

Honoring Lost Teammate, Jackson Rises
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Hollywood producers do not make movies about football teams just two games into a season.  But if they did, Jackson High School would be a good place to start.
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Transformed Shores Continues to Rise

Transformed Shores Continues to Rise
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
This is not your father’s Muskegon Mona Shores football team. Or even your older brother’s. This is not the team that went its first 51 years of football without making the MHSAA playoffs and whose only traffic jams leaving its parking lot occurred early in...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 2 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 2 in Review
Sunday, September 6, 2015
For the second year in a row, storms crashed the second week of Michigan's high school football season. But the rain could only postpone about 70 games and some dramatic early-season finishes that surely will be difference-makers in the standings in weeks to come.
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New Coach Takes Next Step at Escanaba

New Coach Takes Next Step at Escanaba
Thursday, September 3, 2015
When school ended in early June, Dave Howes took a vacation trip to Florida and began thinking about his upcoming fourth season as junior varsity football coach at Escanaba High School. Within a month he had become the school's varsity head coach, a position he had nev...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 2

A Game for Every Fan: Week 2
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Most of this week’s MHSAA varsity football games will again be played over both Thursday and Friday, similar to last week and this time in anticipation of travelers leaving town for an extended Labor Day break.  But unlike last week, there aren’t a ton...
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Football Teams Mourn, Regroup, Remember

Football Teams Mourn, Regroup, Remember
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A rash of deaths of high school football players in Macomb County and elsewhere in the Detroit area has shaken those communities and the football programs within them. Four programs are working through tragic losses of players over the last year, remembering them as th...
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Neighbors Rally, Revive 'Community' Stadium

Neighbors Rally, Revive 'Community' Stadium
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Josh Wheaton stood admiring the Community Memorial Stadium grass a little less than a year ago, and he knew what was coming next – a trampled field that would turn to mud by October. But less than a year later, as Mount Pleasant's football team prepared for its ...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review
Monday, August 31, 2015
Another MHSAA football season began this weekend. Where do we begin ...  The two longest active winning streaks in Michigan came to an end. Three Detroit Public School League teams beat opponents that finished 2014 playing at Ford Field. And that's just the start.
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Friendships Bind Long-Ago Champions

Friendships Bind Long-Ago Champions
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The beauty of high school competition is found in the friendships made that last a lifetime. MHSAA historian Ron Pesch recently caught up with members from "mythical" state champion football teams of the 1940s and 50s who continue to gather regularly today. 
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New Coach, Same Standard for SMCC

New Coach, Same Standard for SMCC
Friday, August 28, 2015
It would be understandable if first-year Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central head football coach Adam Kipf felt like he was taking over for University of Michigan legend Bo Schembechler a year after the Wolverines won the national championship. Kipf, a graduate of SMCC, s...
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#TBT: 600-plus Teams Ready for Kickoff

#TBT: 600-plus Teams Ready for Kickoff
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Football teams have represented Michigan high schools for more than a century, beginning long before the MHSAA was formed during the winter of 1924-25. This weekend, nearly all of the 614 varsity teams scheduled to play this fall will kick off their seasons &ndash...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 1 Preview

A Game for Every Fan: Week 1 Preview
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The first weekend of high school football season always is filled with new beginnings. But that doesn't mean that all making fresh starts are completely unfamiliar.  A pair of grand old stadiums will have new looks. And plenty of stars from last season are back fo...
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Sailors Eye 'Their Turn' after QB Moves On

Sailors Eye 'Their Turn' after QB Moves On
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
With the 2015 season opener against Grand Rapids Christian a few days away, South Christian football coach Mark Tamminga said quarterback isn’t a position that's stressing him out. That statement might be a bit surprising considering Tamminga graduated this spr...
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Kalamazoo Rivals 'United' for Football

Kalamazoo Rivals 'United' for Football
Monday, August 24, 2015
With a big grin, Isaac DeVries said he was relieved a year ago when he heard his Kalamazoo Christian football team was uniting with Hackett Catholic Prep for the next two seasons. One year later, the feeling among the players is more than relief.
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'Coaching Bug' Still Drives St Mary's Porritt

'Coaching Bug' Still Drives St Mary's Porritt
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
George Porritt never seriously considered entering the coaching profession when he graduated from Hillsdale College in 1979 with a degree in both parks and recreation and physical education. At age 14 he had worked part time in the parks and recreation department in In...
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