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Teams show fight with backs against the wall | USA Today High School Sports

Desperation is a funny thing.

Without getting into a philosophical discussion about how it affects humans and makes them do either great or horrible things, let’s just say that in sports, desperation can be a major motivator.

We saw that this past week as some area teams entered the week with two or three losses and played, essentially, must-win games. While not all of them came out on top, the effort they gave was commendable.

So that being said, here’s what we learned in Week 6:

•That Port Huron football team will be tough to deal with down the stretch, even if it’s only playing for pride. The 18-13 loss against Warren Mott showed the fight of this team, and it was only a matter of time before the Big Reds inexperienced roster started clicking. Winning at Romeo is a tall task, but so was winning at Mott, and the Big Reds came awfully close to doing it. There may be no conference title or postseason ahead of this team, but there is an opportunity to build some momentum heading into the offseason.

•The Port Huron Northern win against St. Clair was a great example of teams playing with their backs up against a wall, even though both entered the game on a win streak. St. Clair needed to avoid a fourth loss, and the Saints played like a team that needed a win. Northern did, too, even though the Huskies technically had wiggle room entering the game with two losses. In the end, we got a great football game that wound up with Northern still chasing its playoff dreams and St. Clair looking to finish 5-4 and give itself a shot. That should mean more inspired football from both teams down the stretch.

What will we learn?

•The outright Blue Water Area Conference title won’t be decided this week, but after this week, one team will have clinched at least a share. Algonac and Almont are the only unbeaten teams remaining in the league, and whichever one comes out on top Friday will head into Week 8 with a chance to claim the title as their own. Neither one has it easy in Week 8, however, as Almont plays Croswell-Lexington and Algonac plays Richmond. It should be a very fun final two weeks in the league.

•The Macomb Area Conference Gold Division won’t be decided this week, either, but it could get real messy. If Sterling Heights defeats Marysville, the Stallions will clinch a share of the title, and could clinch outright with a win in Week 8 against Northern. A Marysville win against Sterling Heights puts the Vikings, Stallions and the winner of Northern/Marine City all at 3-1 with one week to go.

Paul’s top 10

1. Algonac, 6-0

2. Richmond, 5-1

3. Sandusky, 6-0

4. Croswell-Lexington, 4-2

5. Marine City, 3-3

6. Marysville, 4-2

7. Port Huron Northern, 4-2: I’ll stop here and start explaining. Marine City has a head-to-head win against Marysville, and Marysville has a head-to-head win against Northern, hence the order, despite the Mariners’ 3-3 record. Marysville defeating Sterling Heights, or Northern defeating Marine City could mix things up after this week, however.

8. Port Huron, 2-4

9. St. Clair, 2-4

10. Brown City, 2-4

Contact Paul Costanzo at (810) 989-6251 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PaulCostanzo.

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