Port Huron Northern and St. Clair enter Friday night’s Macomb Area Conference Gold Division game with plenty of momentum, as they’ve combined for five straight wins.
And that’s not even the biggest league game this week.
Here’s a look at what the MAC Gold has to offer in Week 6:
•St. Clair at Northern, 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium
Port Huron Northern has won three straight games – something coach Larry Roelens told his players they could do when they were in a 0-2 hole to start the season. But just because that has been accomplished doesn’t mean Roelens and the Huskies are at all satisfied.
“There’s things that we have to improve on each week,” Roelens said. “That’s the message that we’ve been preaching, is to never be satisfied.”
The Huskies (1-1, 3-2) will be playing a team that is nearly equally as hot in St. Clair (0-2, 2-3), as the Saints have won their last two after starting out the year 0-3. That also makes the Saints a bit desperate, as they look to avoid a fourth loss which would end their dream of clinching a playoff berth.
“They’re going to be a tough team, and it’s a rivalry game with it being a local team,” Roelens said. “They’re a well-coached team that’s finding their stride offensively.”
Riley Gleason has led that stride for St. Clair in the past two weeks, as he’s run for eight touchdowns behind a veteran offensive line that appears to be finding its form. He’ll be running at a Northern defense that has recorded two straight shutouts.
“The biggest thing we’re going to try to do is play contain and not let him get to the edge – funnel everything inside,” Roelens said. “We need to win the scrimmage. I think that if we do that, we’ll be OK.”
Offensively, Northern is coming off its best output of the season, as it put 42 on the board against East Detroit. St. Clair figures to be a more difficult task, however.
•Sterling Heights at Marine City, 7 p.m. Friday at East China Stadium
While Northern/St. Clair has more local bragging rights at stake, the one MAC Gold game between league unbeaten will be played at East China Stadium.
Marine City (2-0, 3-2) owns wins against St. Clair and Marysville in MAC Gold play, which in most years would be enough to declare a champion. This season, however, Sterling Heights has risen from the bottom of the league to competing for the top spot, as it enters the game 2-0 in league play and 4-1 overall.
Both teams enter the game following MAC crossover losses, with Marine City losing 54-49 against South Lake and Sterling Heights losing 48-34 against Utica Ford.
They have just one common opponent through five games: St. Clair. The Mariners defeated the Saints 45-14 in Week 2, while Sterling Heights defeated them 13-10 in Week 3.
•Marysville at Warren Woods-Tower, 1 p.m. Saturday
The Vikings will look to extend their win streak to three games when they travel to Tower for a rare Saturday afternoon game.
Marysville (1-1, 3-2) rolled past New Haven and Warren Fitzgerald in Weeks 4 and 5, while Tower (0-2, 1-4) split games against Center Line and Madison Heights Madison.
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