A few weeks ago it might have been a surprise to find Algonac on top of the Times Herald Football Poll.
But after several more dominant performances, it is now a given that the Muskrats deserve the top spot. However, that doesn’t mean their work is done. They will face a big test Friday at Richmond in a game that will decide the Blue Water Area Conference champion.
The Muskrats (6-0, 7-0) clinched a share of the league title with a 21-7 victory over Almont last week. That put them in position to claim the outright championship this week, as well as their first undefeated BWAC season in school history.
To accomplish the feat, they will have to defeat the No. 2 team in the Times Herald poll. Richmond is coming off of back-to-back victories after losing to Almont 30-29 in Week five.
Richmond will have a chance to make amends if it can defeat Algonac. The win would give Richmond a share of the conference championship.
Sandusky (4-0, 7-0) remains No. 3 in the poll, despite downing rival Brown City 34-12 last week. Sandusky is in position for an unbeaten season with Memphis (1-6) and Capac (1-6) on its schedule the next two weeks.
Croswell-Lexington (5-2) comes in at No. 4 in the poll. The Pioneers bounced back from their loss to Algonac with a 56-14 romp of Imlay City. The Pioneers will face a difficult test on Friday when it plays host to Almont (5-1, 6-1).
Marine City (3-1, 4-3) is still aiming for a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship and a playoff spot. The Mariners don’t have much of a margin for error and will need to be perfect the next two weeks. That begins at home Friday against Warren Woods Tower (0-4, 1-6).
Marysville (3-1, 5-2), the sixth team in the poll, is tied with the Mariners for first place in the MAC Gold Division. The Vikings have won four straight games since losing to Marine City in Week 3. The Vikings will return home against rival St. Clair (1-3, 3-4), which is No. 9 in the poll.
Despite falling to Marine City 41-13, the Huskies moved up in the poll, bypassing rival Port Huron. The Huskies can still qualify for the post-season if they win their final two games against Sterling Heights (5-2) and Port Huron (2-5).
Speaking of the Big Reds, they will have to play the role of spoiler the next week weeks. Port Huron will face Utica Friday in a MAC White Division game and then will face the Huskies the final week of the season.
Yale meanwhile comes in at No. 10 in the poll after breaking a three-game losing streak and defeating Armada 48-0. The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-5) hope to build on the performance from Friday when they travel to Imlay City (1-5, 2-5).
Top 10 Poll
1. Algonac (3), 7-0, 30 points
2. Richmond 6-1, 27 points
3. Sandusky 7-0, 24 points
4. Croswell-Lexington, 5-2, 21 points
5. Marine City, 4-3, 18 points
6. Marysville, 5-2, 15 points
7. Port Huron Northern, 4-3, 11 points
8. Port Huron, 2-5, 10 points
9. St. Clair, 3-4, six points
10. Yale, 2-5, three points