Here we are in Week 6, and the Son of Swami finally had an original thought:
The Macomb Area Conference Red Division might be the best league in the state.
SOS understands that the Detroit Catholic League is its usual brutal self, and the OK Red, not to mention the OK White, is a meat grinder.
But the MAC Red appears to have set itself apart. Macomb Dakota, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Sterling Heights Stevenson and Warren Mott are 4-1 — and each team’s loss has been a divisional loss.
Throw in 3-2 Utica Eisenhower and 2-3 Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, and no team in the division has lost outside of the MAC Red.
That could change this week when Dakota hosts Romeo in a crossover. Romeo is in the MAC White, but until last season it spent the previous six years banging heads in the MAC Red. So this should be a terrific game.
To keep up with the MAC games and the top games in the state, follow SOS’s Twitter account @MickMcCabe1.
Week 6 high school football schedule
■Northville (5-0) at Livonia Stevenson (5-0), 7 Friday. Tyler Hudson and the Stevenson defense will have to handle whomever is running the Northville offense, Justin Zimbo or Jack Burke, who are both capable of getting the Mustangs in the end zone running the ball or throwing it. Northville must contend with the passing of Chris Tanderys, who has some exceptional receivers. Northville Downs 21, Steve ’N Sons 20.
■Traverse City Central (5-0) at Petoskey (4-1), 7 Friday. Central better be finished celebrating last week’s big win over Gaylord, because Petoskey would like to make a move on the Big North title. Central must find a way to stop running back Brent Murray, one of the best in the state. Petoskey’s defense will have to try to limit Reagan Cotton’s ability to get the ball to the dangerous Devante Walker without letting Dylan Liggett have a big game. Suzy Merchant Central 35, Petoskey Stones 21.
■Romeo (5-0) at Macomb Dakota (4-1), 7 Friday. This is the best game in Macomb County this week and might let us know what to expect come state playoff time. Romeo always plays dynamite defense and will have to stop Kaiser Carleton, no easy task. Dakota’s defense will have to keep an eye on Brad Tanner, and the Cougars can’t forget about QB Paul Hurley. Wherefore Art Thou 27, Dakota Fanning 24.
■Walled Lake Northern (4-1) at Walled Lake Western (5-0), 7 Friday. Northern has beaten Western only twice in school history. If it wants victory No. 3 and control of the KLAA North, it will need quarterback Mike Towns to have a big day passing and Miller Carlock to grind it out on the ground. Western quarterback Kyle Thomas is giving every defense headaches this fall. Western’s X-factor is John Camilleri, one of the best kickers in the state. Best Western 29, Walled Luck North 20.
■Ann Arbor Pioneer (5-0) at Saline (5-0), 7 Friday. SOS doesn’t need his crystal ball to know that the Saline defense will be centered on stopping Pioneer running back Antjuan Simmons, one of the top backs in the class of 2017. Even less a secret is that Pioneer’s defense will be geared to stop Saline quarterback Josh Jackson, who is proving to be just as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing it. Saline Solution 32, Pie High 22.