High-SchoolMichigan: FOOTBALL Weekly Rankings

POWERADE Michigan Rankings (Final)

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
3:28
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After games ending Sunday, Nov. 27

NOTE: With the playoffs having ended, this will be the last Michigan weekly ranking of the season.

The Michigan state football finals were a coronation of teams that had at one time or another been cast aside as afterthoughts. Cass Tech had been counted out as early as October but rallied when the postseason approached and steamrolled the competition to avenge last year's frustrating semifinal loss and win a state title. Brother Rice, which needed an invitation to even get into the playoffs, never looked back from a frustrating 5-4 regular season and won the D-2 crown. Those are just two of the incredible storylines in Michigan this season after what was an exciting season from start to finish.

1. St. Mary's Prep — defeated Mt. Pleasant, 45-7 (final regular season rank: NR)

2. Cass Tech — defeated Detroit Catholic Central, 49-13 (final regular season rank: NR)

3. Brother Rice — defeated Lowell, 24-14 (final regular season rank: NR)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 9

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
8:22
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After games ending Sunday, Oct. 23

NOTE: With the playoffs beginning, this will be the last Michigan weekly ranking until the end of the season.

The rematch between Detroit Catholic Central and St. Mary's Prep didn't go quite as planned for the Eaglets. Just one week after beating the Shamrocks, St. Mary's fell by a 21-7 margin, and the team's second loss pushed them out of the top 10. Detroit CC, meanwhile, moved back into the top three following a revenge win coupled with a loss to previous No. 2 Plymouth. In a big shakeup, four teams in the top 10 suffered losses this past weekend.

1. Harrison — defeated Farmington, 56-13 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central — defeated St. Mary's Prep, 21-7 (last week: No. 5)
3. Grand Rapids Christian — defeated East Grand Rapids, 50-49 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 8

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
8:37
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 15

This past weekend featured a battle between last year's state champs; Division 1 power Lake Orion and Division 2 juggernaut Harrison. But the D-2 Hawks, ranked No. 9 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50, prevailed in a 28-7 victory to hold on to the top spot in our state ranks as well. But that wasn't the only big game of the weekend. St. Mary's Prep, which has suffered only one loss to a top Ohio school, toppled previous No. 2 Detroit Catholic Central in just one of many games that shook up the rankings this week.

1. Harrison — defeated Lake Orion, 28-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Plymouth — defeated Northville, 24-20 (last week: No. 3)
3. Grand Rapids Christian — defeated Creston, 50-0 (last week: No. 4)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 7

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
8:56
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 8

Is any team feeling more snakebitten than Brother Rice? The Warriors have lost three teams by a combined four points to teams ranked in the POWERADE Weekly Rankings. Brother Rice had yet another chance this week to knock off a top team but fell in a thrilling contest against No. 2 Detroit Catholic Central, and so the Shamrocks will maintain their high rank. Another highly ranked team, Plymouth, needed a last-second comeback to topple Canton, 31-30. Grand Ledge fall by the wayside after losing to Lansing Everett, 14-7, while De La Salle dropped out after a second loss to St. Mary's Prep.

1. Harrison — defeated Rochester Adams, 48-21 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central — defeated Brother Rice, 21-19 (last week: No. 2)
3. Plymouth — defeated Canton, 31-30 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 6

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
10:48
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 1

It was a tough week to be a team in the top 10 of the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. The state's top two teams survived some close contests, the third and fourth teams lost and one team survived a one-point nail-biter to make a triumphant return to the rankings. Other teams, such as De La Salle and Mount Pleasant, got back on track or proved the team is here to stay.

1. Harrison — defeated Oak Park, 48-35 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central — defeated U-D Jesuit, 20-13 (last week: No. 2)
3. Plymouth — defeated Glenn, 42-14 (last week: No. 5)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 5

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
12:06
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After games ending Saturday, Sept. 24

Three teams in the top 10 suffered losses this week but only two have fallen from the top of the leaderboard. Lowell and Muskegon fell to strong opponents (with Lowell losing to a ranked squad, Grand Rapids Christian) and were bumped by talented teams from Grand Ledge and Roosevelt. De La Salle, meanwhile, held a late lead against No. 2-ranked Detroit Catholic Central but couldn't hold on. The Pilots dropped to No. 7 in the rankings.

1. Harrison — defeated Southfield-Lathrup, 43-0 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central — defeated Warren De La Salle, 14-10 (last week: No. 2)
3. Canton — defeated Glenn, 63-13 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Michigan Rankings: Week 4

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
2:25
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Controversy rules the day in this week's POWERADE Michigan Rankings. While the top teams remained largely intact save for a frustrating loss for Eisenhower, former No. 8 Clarkston was forced to forfeit two of its victories after the use of an ineligible player. The losses give the Wolves little margin for error in the playoff hunt, but the Wolves were dominant at 3-0 before the news, and another solid win this week keeps them in the rankings with the final spot. New squad Grand Rapids Christian joins the ranks after a blistering 62-point outburst this week.

1. Harrison — defeated Oxford, 34-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central — defeated Highland Park, 42-6 (last week: No. 2)
3. Canton — defeated Wayne, 47-14 (last week: No. 4)

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Michigan Week 3 Rankings: Brother Rice rises quickly

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
6:10
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There's no major rankings changes in Michigan as all teams took care of business this week. But an impressive win by Brother Rice over an out-of-state foe helps the Warriors inch up the standings into a more firm position. Solid wins by Harrison, Detroit Catholic Central and Eisenhower were all expected. But a 42-9 victory for Brother Rice over St. Francis-DeSales of Ohio catapulted the team up two spots.

1. Harrison (Farmington Hills) — defeated Stoney Creek, 37-0 (last week: No. 1)
2. Detroit Catholic Central (Novi) — defeated Inkster, 48-0 (last week: No. 2)
3. Eisenhower (Shelby Township) — defeated Romeo, 26-14 (last week: No. 3)

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Michigan Football Rankings: Week 2

September, 6, 2011
9/06/11
3:11
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It's been suggested that this could be Harrison's best team ever. It's only two weeks into the season, but the Hawks have done nothing to suggest otherwise. After trouncing highly-regarded Cass Tech in Week 1, Harrison played a tough Southfield team but never trailed in a 28-14 victory. Don't expect coach John Herrington's squad to lose anytime soon.

WEEK 2 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
(Previous rankings in parentheses)

1. Harrison (Farmington Hills), 2-0 (1)
Continues to look good against tough foes after 28-14 win over Southfield

2. Detroit Catholic Central (Novi), 2-0 (2)
Squeaked out a victory over St. John’s (Delphos, Ohio), 14-7

3. Utica Eisenhower (Shelby Township), 2-0 (9)
Eagles have scored 30+ in both contests so far

4. Canton (Plymouth), 2-0 (3)
Hard-fought win over Grand Blanc keeps Chiefs perfect

5. Lowell, 2-0 (4)
Scored 35 points in first half of 49-7 win over Kenowa Hills

6. De La Salle (Warren), 2-0 (7)
Offense is clicking early with 77 points in the first two games

7. Clarkston, 2-0 (NR)
Wolves in command early following 34-7 win over West Bloomfield

8. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills), 2-0 (8)
Big test for Warriors this week against St. Francis-DeSales (Toledo, Ohio)

9. Cass Tech (Detroit), 1-1 (10)
Technicians back on track after 62-6 win over Detroit Central

10. Muskegon, 2-0 (NR)
Big Reds have scored 50+ in both games this season

Dropped out: Previous No. 4 East Grand Rapids, No. 6 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

On the Bubble: Bay City Western 2-0, DeWitt 2-0, East Grand Rapids (1-1), Grand Haven 2-0, Grand Ledge 2-0, Grand Rapids Christian 2-0, Harper Creek (Bay City), 2-0, Hudsonville 1-0, Ithaca 2-0, Lansing Catholic Central 2-0, Marine City 2-0, Mount Pleasant 2-0, Oxford 2-0, O.L. St. Mary’s 1-1, Plymouth 2-0

Michigan Football Rankings: Week 1

August, 29, 2011
8/29/11
4:00
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There's not much shakeup after the first week of rankings, as highly touted Harrison stands atop the state. The Hawks moved up to No. 14 in the POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings after steamrolling Cass Tech, 43-7. Harrison held a 29-0 lead at halftime.

WEEK 1 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. Harrison (Farmington Hills), 1-0 (1)

2. Detroit Catholic Central (Novi), 1-0 (2)

3. Canton (Plymouth), 1-0 (3)

4. East Grand Rapids, 1-0 (4)

5. Lowell, 1-0 (9)

6. Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 1-0 (6)

7. De La Salle (Warren), 1-0 (7)

8. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills), 1-0 (8)

9. Eisenhower (Utica), 1-0 (NR)

10. Cass Tech (Detroit), 0-1 (5)

Dropped Out: Previous No. 10 Grand Blanc

On the Bubble: Carlson (Rockwood) 1-0, Clarkston 1-0, Crockett Tech (Detroit) 1-0, DeWitt 1-0, Grand Haven 1-0, Grand Rapids Catholic Central 1-0, Grand Rapids Christian 1-0, Grosse Pointe South 1-0, Marine City 1-0, Muskegon 1-0, Oxford 1-0, Plymouth 1-0, Romeo 1-0, Southfield 1-0, Temperance Bedford 1-0

Reigning D-2 state champ Harrison tops preseason football rankings

August, 22, 2011
8/22/11
12:46
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Following a perfect 14-0 record, a Division 2 state championship and a string of high-profile college commitments, it's little surprise that Harrison opens as our No. 1 team in Michigan to start the 2011 football season, not to mention as the nation's No. 19 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings.

That's not the only accolade the Hawks have garnered this season, though. The team's three senior stars (Aaron Burbridge, Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia) graced the cover of the September 2011 Michigan edition of ESPNHS.

Harrison may start the year at the top, but there's plenty of talent across the state that is sure to make a run at the No. 1 spot before it's all said and done.

Here's the rundown...
  1. Harrison (Farmington Hills)
  2. Detroit Catholic Central (Novi)
  3. Canton (Plymouth)
  4. East Grand Rapids
  5. Cass Tech (Detroit)
  6. O.L. St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake Village)
  7. De La Salle (Warren)
  8. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills)
  9. Lowell
  10. Grand Blanc
On the Bubble: Carlson (Rockwood), Crockett Tech (Detroit), DeWitt, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Grosse Pointe South, Lake Orion, Muskegon, Pioneer (Ann Arbor), Rockford, Southfield, Temperance Bedford, Walled Lake Central

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