Top 50 Michigan high school football teams: Mona Shores makes statement, rankings leap

Noble Horvath

Mona Shores’ 21-14 victory at Muskegon on the Big Reds’ brand-new AstroTurf highlighted Week 2 of the high school football season. What’s in store for Week 3? One matchup with great potential sees West Bloomfield travel to Clarkston this Friday. There will be Division I college talent all over the […]

Mona Shores’ 21-14 victory at Muskegon on the Big Reds’ brand-new AstroTurf highlighted Week 2 of the high school football season.

What’s in store for Week 3? One matchup with great potential sees West Bloomfield travel to Clarkston this Friday. There will be Division I college talent all over the field.

Where do Mona Shores and Muskegon, West Bloomfield and Clarkston, fit in this week’s MLive Top 50 statewide rankings? Continue reading to find out.

50. WALLED LAKE WESTERN (1-1)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Waterford Mott, 45-21

This week’s game: At Waterford Kettering, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 50

49. PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA (2-0)

Division 7

Last week’s result: Beat Potterville, 49-0

This week’s game: Home vs. Dansville, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 49

48. SCHOOLCRAFT (2-0)

Division 7

Last week’s result: Beat Saugatuck, 47-8

This week’s game: At Galesburg-Augusta, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 47

47. MOUNT PLEASANT (2-0)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Beat Bay City Central, 31-8

This week’s game: At Midland, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 48

46. FRANKENMUTH (2-0)

Division 5

Last week’s result: Beat Saginaw Swan Valley, 35-6

This week’s game: At Essexville Garber, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

45. MONTAGUE (2-0)

Division 6

Last week’s result: Beat Oakridge, 42-6

This week’s game: At Ravenna, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

44. EDWARDSBURG (2-0)

Division 4

Last week’s result: Beat Jonesville, 52-16

This week’s game: At Plainwell, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 43

43. MIDLAND (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Saginaw Heritage, 42-20

This week’s game: Home vs. Mount Pleasant, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 41

42. SALINE (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Ann Arbor Huron, 43-19

This week’s game: At Monroe, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 42

41. LIVONIA CHURCHILL (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Dearborn, 21-14

This week’s game: At Livonia Franklin, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 44

40. BIRMINGHAM GROVES (1-1)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Lost to Rochester Adams, 31-21

This week’s game: At North Farmington, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 21

39. LAPEER (2-0)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Flint Powers Catholic, 36-21

Next week’s game: Home vs. Grand Blanc, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 36

38. BRIGHTON (1-1)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Lost to Northville, 24-14

This week’s game: Home vs. Canton, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

37. CANTON (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Novi, 28-25

This week’s game: At Brighton, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 45

36. FENTON (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Flint Kearsley, 50-14

This week’s game: At Linden, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 46

35. PORTAGE NORTHERN (2-0)

Division 2

Friday’s score: Beat Mattawan, 36-6

This week’s game: Home vs. Gull Lake, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 38

34. TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Petoskey, 49-20

This week’s game: At Cadillac, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 33

33. UTICA EISENHOWER (0-2)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Lost to Grosse Pointe South, 17-7

This week’s game: At Romeo, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 26

32. CEDAR SPRINGS (2-0)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Beat Wayland, 28-12

This week’s game: At Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 30

31. GRAND RAPIDS FOREST HILLS CENTRAL (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 28-13

This week’s game: At Byron Center, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 29

30. GROSSE POINTE SOUTH (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Utica Eisenhower, 17-7

This week’s game: Home vs. Macomb Dakota, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 37

29. SOUTHFIELD A&T (0-2)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Lost to West Bloomfield, 17-15

This week’s game: Home vs. Lake Orion, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 27

28. CHELSEA (2-0)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Beat Ypsilanti Lincoln, 37-7

This week’s game: At Adrian, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 28

27. HUDSONVILLE (2-0)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Grand Haven, 53-0

Next week’s game: Home vs. Grandville, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 34

26. ROCHESTER HILLS STONEY CREEK (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat North Farmington, 42-14

This week’s game: Home vs. Farmington, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

25. BYRON CENTER (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Grand Rapids Christian, 41-6

This week’s game: Home vs. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

24. ROCHESTER ADAMS (1-1)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Birmingham Groves, 31-21

Next week’s game: At Birmingham Seaholm, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 32

23. LIVONIA STEVENSON (1-1)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Wayne Memorial, 50-6

This week’s game: At Dearborn, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 23

22. CLINTON TOWNSHIP CHIPPEWA VALLEY (1-1)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Romeo, 37-17

Next week’s game: At Sterling Heights Stevenson, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 22

21. ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY’S (1-1)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Lost to Warren De La Salle, 21-13

This week’s game: At Birmingham Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

20. LAKE ORION (1-0)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Oak Park, 38-6

Next week’s game: At Southfield A&T, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

19. WARREN DE LA SALLE (1-1)

Division 2

Saturday’s game: Beat Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 21-13

Next week’s game: At Detroit Catholic Central, 1 p.m. Sunday

Last week’s ranking: No. 19

18. BIRMINGHAM BROTHER RICE (1-1)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Lost to Detroit Catholic Central, 17-12

Next week’s game: Home vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Last week’s ranking: No. 18

17. ROCKFORD (2-0)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Caledonia, 49-7

Next week’s game: At Holland West Ottawa, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 40

16. DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL (2-0)

Division 1

Saturday’s game: Beat Birmingham Brother Rice, 17-12

Next week’s game: Home vs. Warren De La Salle, 1 p.m. Sunday

Last week’s ranking: No. 39

15. RIVER ROUGE (1-1)

Division 3

Friday’s score: Lost to East Lansing, 21-6

Next week’s game: Open date

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

14. GRANDVILLE (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat East Kentwood, 54-42

This week’s game: At Hudsonville, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 16

13. MACOMB DAKOTA (1-1)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Lost to Sterling Heights Stevenson, 12-7

Next week’s game: At Grosse Pointe South, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 14

12. EAST LANSING (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat River Rouge, 21-6

Next week’s game: Home vs. Lansing Waverly, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 35

11. DEWITT (2-0)

Division 3

Friday’s score: Beat Grand Ledge, 64-38

Next week’s game: Home vs. Okemos, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

10. CLARKSTON (2-0)

Division 1

Friday’s score: Beat Oxford, 35-14

Next week’s game: Home vs. West Bloomfield, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Clarkston cracks the top 10 for the first time this season. So far, so good for the Wolves, who were coming off last year’s uncharacteristic 3-6 season. That was their first losing season since 2002 and worst record since 2001. Huge game at home vs. West Bloomfield this Friday.

9. STERLING HEIGHTS STEVENSON (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Macomb Dakota, 12-7

This week’s game: Home vs. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

The Titans have scored a grand total of 19 points this season and they’re 2-0. That’s because they’ve allowed only 10 points in the two games combined. Another test coming up this Friday against Chippewa Valley.

8. DETROIT MARTIN LUTHER KING (1-1)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Beat Detroit Western, 33-7

This week’s game: Home vs. Detroit Denby, 4 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

The Crusaders regroup from their season-opening loss to Cass Tech with a convincing victory over Western. Sterling Anderson Jr. rushed for 119 yards and a TD on only six carries. Jameel Croft picked off a pass and return it 65 yards for a score.

7. MUSKEGON (1-1)

Division 3

Last week’s result: Lost to Mona Shores, 21-14

This week’s game: Home vs. Reeths-Puffer, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

The Big Reds’ debut on their brand-new AstroTurf did not go as they hoped, but they were right there in the loss to Mona Shores and the mistakes are correctable.

6. GRAND RAPIDS CATHOLIC CENTRAL (2-0)

Division 5

Last This result: Beat Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, 50-7

This week’s game: Home vs. Cedar Springs, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

The Cougars’ top three prospects each made a lot of plays in the win over Thornapple Kellogg: Jace Williams made seven receptions for 141 yards with two TDs, Joey Silveri went 12-of-18 passing for 220 yards and three TDs, and Notre Dame commit Nolan Ziegler notched nine tackles.

5. DETROIT CASS TECH (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Detroit Mumford, 35-0

This week’s game: At Detroit Renaissance, noon Saturday

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

The Technicians did in Week 2 what technicians do: They went to work and took care of business against an inferior opponent. Friday was only the second game for Cass Tech in this shortened regular season, but the Technicians celebrated senior day.

4. MONA SHORES (2-0)

Division 2

Last week’s result: Beat Muskegon, 21-14

This week’s game: Home vs. Holland, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

The reigning Division 2 state champion Sailors leap up five spots in this week’s MLive Top 50 after their impressive 21-14 win at Muskegon’s renovated Hackley Stadium. Add Brady Rose to the group of MLive player of the year finalists right now. His performance vs. the Big Reds was something very seldom seen by an opposing player at Hackley.

3. DAVISON (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Grand Blanc, 46-21

This week’s game: Home vs. Harper Woods, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

The defending Division 1 state champion climbs a spot this week. Everybody talks about QB Brendan Sullivan, and for good reason, but Carter Cryderman is a great complement. Cryderman rushed for 205 yards and five TDs Friday vs. Grand Blanc.

2. WEST BLOOMFIELD (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Southfield A&T, 17-15

This week’s game: At Clarkston, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

West Bloomfield and Belleville are playing a game of leapfrog, and Belleville hopped back in front this week. The Lakers got a bit of a scare from A&T, don’t read too much into that – A&T is a good team despite its 0-2 record. Huge game for West Bloomfield this week as it heads to Clarkston.

1. BELLEVILLE (2-0)

Division 1

Last week’s result: Beat Dearborn Fordson, 69-0

This week’s game: Home vs. Wayne Memorial, 7 p.m. Friday

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

The Tigers jump back into the top spot this week after a throttling of traditionally tough Fordson. In that game Friday, senior QB Christian Dhue-Reid fired seven TD passes as his team kept the foot on the gas pedal. Dhue-Reid has the Michigan High School Athletic Association all-time record for TD passes in his sights.

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