Evidently some people in Monroe think they know more than the Son of Swami.
Some St. Mary Catholic Central fans have taken umbrage with SOS’s Division 6 rankings, which have Ithaca ranked No. 1 and St. Mary CC, the team that ended the state’s second-longest winning streak when it beat Ithaca in last year’s state finals, all the way down at No. 2.
One of SOS’s twitter followers — @The RedKing77 — tweeted to SOS: “Rankings shouldn’t be based on what you believe they should be, they should be based on what you know about this year’s teams.”
Exactly what SOS knows is open for interpretation — especially by Mrs. SOS.
SOS is never one to brag, so should he tell @TheRedKing77 that SOS reportedly finished runner-up for this year’s MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant to Mike (No-Show) Dempsey?
Naw. Instead, SOS is taking the high road — obviously one rarely traveled by SOS, who has faith that Ithaca coach Terry Hessbrook will have the Yellowjackets back in the state finals, where they will be able to decide which team really is the No. 1 team in Division 6.
But that is still six weeks away, so until then the best we’ve got are SOS’s rankings, his picks for this week’s top games and his game-day tweets and retweets @MickMcCabe1.
Week 8 high school football schedule
Muskegon (6-1) at Muskegon Mona Shores (7-0), 7 Friday. This will decide the OK Black, but also carries more importance since Mona Shores drilled the Big Reds, 48-27, last season. Mona will have to keep Muskegon QB Kalil Pimpleton from running up and down the field. The Big Reds secondary will have to be at its best to defend the passing of Tyler Trovinger to Hunter Broersma, which can be a lethal combination. Mona Lisa 33, Muskie’s Gone 28.
Sterling Heights Stevenson (6-1) at Macomb Dakota (5-2), 7 Friday. The winner claims the MAC Red title, the most competitive league in the state this fall. Dakota’s offense relies on the running of Kaiser Carleton to open up the field for QB Brett Droski. Stevenson QB Frankie D’Ascenzo does a little bit of everything for the Titans and has the benefit of a humongous line in front of him. Dakota Fanning 21, Steve ’N Sons 17.
Northville (7-0) at Plymouth (6-1), 6:30 Friday. This is the KLAA’s Kensington Conference championship and the surprise is that Northville is a participant. But QB Justin Zimbo has been sensational and the Mustangs’ Central Division title is no fluke. Plymouth’s Cameron Stella is an excellent back and Chris Walls provides a passing threat. Northville will have difficulty dealing with tackle Michael Jordan, a one-man run-stopper. Ply Mouth 30, Northville Downs 25.
St. Clair Shores South Lake (7-0) at Madison Heights Madison (6-1), 7 Friday. The MAC Silver title is on the line, and it could be a shootout. South Lake is averaging over 40 points a game and Madison over 50 points a game in league contests. South Lake’s Jerrod Vines and Tyler Maize are dynamite running backs. Madison has proven that it makes little difference who is carrying the ball as long as its terrific offensive line is in place. North Lake 36, Madison Williams 32.
Hartland (5-2) at Walled Lake Western (7-0), 7 Friday. After beginning the season 1-2, Hartland has rallied to win four straight, including impressive tight victories over Brighton and Grand Blanc the last two weeks, to make the KLAA’s Lakes Conference title game. QB Noah Marshall has proven to be a dual threat who can beat teams running or passing. The same could be said for Western QB Kyle Thomas, who has been outstanding all season. The difference-maker could be Western kicker John Camilleri, who is clutch in pressure situations. Best Western 28, Heartless 21.
Mick McCabe’s week 7 high school football rankings