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Michigan’s Top 50 high school football teams entering Week 3

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 9/9/2019 By Scott DeCamp,

(MLive illustration by Milt Klingensmith)

If you’re looking for a lot of movement and new teams entering the MLive Top 50, then you’ve come to the right place.

The preseason No. 1 team, West Bloomfield, was dumped by Birmingham Groves in Week 2. Meanwhile, Muskegon crushed Detroit King after it hammered Warren De La Salle in the opener.

And don’t overlook Lake Orion’s wins in the first two weeks.

Which teams made the biggest moves? Which ones are Top 50 newcomers this season, or for the first time ever?

Check out the MLive Top 50 entering Week 3 of the Michigan high school football season.

50. Flint Powers Catholic (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 50

Week 2 result: Beat Saginaw, 38-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Kalamazoo Central, 7 p.m. Friday

The Chargers enter a nasty stretch of games, starting with a dangerous Kalamazoo Central squad in Week 3. Davison and Lapeer are waiting in Weeks 4 and 5.

49. Chelsea (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 49

Week 2 result: Beat Pinckney, 28-7

Week 3 game: Home vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer

Ho-hum victory over Pinckney in Week 2. The Bulldogs should be fine vs. Pioneer, then it gets tougher in Weeks 4 and 5 vs. Ypsi Lincoln and Jackson.

New Lothrop players, from left, Avery Moore, Austin Barnette, Julius Garza and Jacob Graves show off their 2018 state championship rings during the third day of the Flint-area high school football media day on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at Mainsail Collective in downtown Flint. (Jake May 5/8

48. New Lothrop (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 48

Week 2 result: Beat Mount Morris, 52-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Byron, 7 p.m. Friday

The Hornets can’t get caught looking ahead to the Montrose game in Week 4. Or maybe they can.

47. Montague (2-0)

Last week's ranking: Unranked

Week 2 result: Beat Mason County Central, 62-0

Week 3 game: At North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

The Wildcats might be low on roster numbers, but many of their players are major contributors. Most of them on both sides of the football. They’ve outscored opponents a combined 104-0.

46. Portland (2-0)

Last week's ranking: Unranked

Week 2 result: Beat DeWitt, 29-27

Week 3 game: At Lansing Sexton, 7 p.m. Friday

The Red Raiders move into the Top 50 after a very nice win over DeWitt. Last year’s Division 5 state runner-up is looking strong again.

45. Jackson Lumen Christi (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 46

Week 2 result: Beat Parma Western, 22-7

Week 3 game: Home vs. Coldwater, 7 p.m. Friday

The mastery of Parma Western continues for Lumen Christi. Not expecting the Titans to be tested again in the regular season. Will they be tested again in the 2019 season?

Hudsonville Unity Christian quarterback Isaac TeSlaa (10) stands under center during a Division 5 regional final game against Kalamazoo United on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Vicksburg High School. (Patrick Nothaft 5/8 MLive file photo)

44. Hudsonville Unity Christian (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 45

Week 2 result: Beat Wyoming Godwin Heights, 36-0

Week 3 game: At Holland Christian, 7 p.m. Friday

The defending Division 5 state champions enter the Holland section of their schedule, playing Holland Christian in Week 3 and Holland in Week 4.

43. Mount Pleasant (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 44

Week 2 result: Beat Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, 38-8

Week 3 game: At Bay City John Glenn, 7 p.m. Friday

The Oilers have posted two impressive wins to start the season, outscoring their opponents by a combined 73-22 count.

42. Grand Rapids Northview (2-0)

Last week's ranking: Unranked

Week 2 result: Beat Wyoming, 49-21

Week 3 game: At Cedar Springs, 7 p.m. Friday

Welcome to the MLive Top 50, Wildcats. Pressure’s on now, with a tough Week 3 game at Cedar Springs.

41. Hudsonville (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 20

Week 2 result: Lost to Holt, 22-20

Week 3 game: Home vs. Grand Haven, 7 p.m. Friday

The Eagles slide down in the Top 50 after a tight loss to Holt. A run at the OK Red Conference title begins in Week 3.

Hudsonville's Owen Boonie (55), Bryce Ouding (1), Josh Hoekstra (8) and Sam Wolters (73) pose for photos during The Grand Rapids Press High School Football Media Day at the Gilda's Club on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Brian Hayes 5/8

40. Holt (2-0)

Last week's ranking: Unranked

Week 2 result: Beat Hudsonville, 22-20

Week 3 game: At Traverse City West, 5 p.m. Saturday

The Rams make their MLive Top 50 debut – maybe for the first time ever. They’re off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2007. The win over Hudsonville turned some heads.

39. South Lyon (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 39

Week 2 result: Beat Trenton, 29-21

Week 3 game: At White Lake Lakeland, 7 p.m. Friday

The Lions have won 11 straight regular-season games entering the Week 3 challenge at Lakeland, which gave them some fits last season.

38. Midland (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 41

Week 2 result: Beat Flint Carman Ainsworth, 45-0

Week 3 game: At Bay City Western, 7 p.m. Friday

The Chemics rode a wave to the Division 2 state semifinals last year, and they have not skipped a beat at the start of this season.

37. Lapeer (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 25

Week 2 result: Beat Midland Dow, 43-6

Week 3 game: At Saginaw Arthur Hill, 7 p.m. Friday

The Lightning’s 17-7 season-opening loss to Lake Orion is not looking so bad, after Lake Orion throttled Southfield A&T in Week 2.

Lapeer players, from left, Phoenix Dickson, Brian Brown, Bobby Opalewski and Kyle Sahr joke around with fun hats during the third day of the Flint-area high school football media day on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at Mainsail Collective in downtown Flint. (Jake May 5/8

36. Detroit Cass Tech (0-2)

Last week's ranking: No. 16

Week 2 game: Lost to Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, 41-20

Week 3 game: At Detroit Western, 4 p.m. Friday

Still not quite sure what the Technicians’ 0-2 start means, given the fact that their losses are to quality out-of-state opponents.

35. Zeeland East (1-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 36

Week 2 result: No game

Week 3 game: Home vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday

Truthfully, the Chix get more of an “incomplete” grade at this point, just because they beat up on an inferior opponent in Week 1 and did not play in Week 2. Their track record is good, though.

34. Rochester Adams (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 34

Week 2 result: Beat Oxford, 31-7

Week 3 game: At Lake Orion, 7 p.m. Friday

The Highlanders have a golden opportunity to make some noise with their Week 3 game at Lake Orion, which has been one of the more impressive teams in the state in the first two weeks.

33. Southfield A&T (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 7

Week 2 result: Lost to Lake Orion, 37-7

Week 3 game: Home vs. West Bloomfield, 7 p.m. Friday

The Warriors’ loss to Lake Orion was not so stunning, but the margin was. Doesn’t get any easier in Week 3.

Southfield A&T players, from left, Bryce Austin, Jeremiah Piper, Jeff Bowes, Arron Foulkes, Robert Arny, Cardiea Haris and Anthony Romphf at MLive's High School Football Media Day at Lawrence Technological University's Don Ridler Field House in Southfield on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Tanya Moutzalias 5/8

32. Plymouth (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 32

Week 2 result: Beat Howell, 38-7

Week 3 game: At Canton, 7 p.m. Friday

The Wildcats enter a tough stretch, taking on Canton this week and Brighton in Week 4. Good chance to make a statement.

31. Brighton (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 30

Week 2 result: Beat Novi, 28-20

Week 3 game: Home vs. Hartland, 7 p.m. Friday

The Bulldogs just keep winning. They got a challenge in their KLAA West opener vs. Novi. The conference race should be interesting.

30. Grandville (2-0)

Last week's ranking: Unranked

Week 2 result: Beat East Lansing, 59-20

Week 3 game: Home vs. Forest Hills Central, 7 p.m. Friday

Four Bulldogs cracked the 100-yard rushing mark in the Week 2 win over East Lansing. That’s an impressive feat, especially against an opponent with the tradition of East Lansing.

29. East Kentwood (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 29

Week 2 result: Beat Grand Ledge, 39-6

Week 3 game: Home vs. Caledonia, 7 p.m. Friday

The Falcons bounced back nicely in Week 2 after the season-opening loss to Mona Shores. The OK Red Conference title defense begins in Week 3.

East Kentwood's Christian Tanner (11) passes the ball during a season-opening game at Mona Shores in Muskegon on Aug. 30, 2019. (Kayla Renie 5/8

28. River Rouge (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 27

Week 2 result: Beat Detroit East English Village, 58-0

Week 3 game: At Hamtramck, 7 p.m. Friday

Taking a closer look at the Panthers’ schedule, that thing is all over the place. You’ve got a little bit of everything on that slate.

27. Birmingham Brother Rice (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 33

Week 2 result: Beat Windsor (Ontario) Holy Names, 53-3

Week 3 game: Home vs. Detroit U-D Jesuit, 7:30 p.m. Friday

The Warriors got a little breather in Week 2, but now they dive into the tough stretch of the schedule.

26. Davison (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 31

Week 2 result: Beat Bay City Western, 69-13

Week 3 game: Home vs. Flint Carman Ainsworth, 7 p.m. Friday

How good can the Cardinals be this season? Well, looks like they can score – 123 points through their first two games.

25. East Grand Rapids (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 42

Week 2 result: Beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 49-13

Week 3 game: At Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

The seasoned Pioneers make a big leap in the Top 50 in Week 3, not because of their win over Forest Hills Northern but because their Week 1 loss to Zeeland West is looking a lot better.

East Grand Rapids' John Shelton (22) tries to elude Zeeland West's defense during season-opening game at East Grand Rapids High School on Aug. 29, 2019. (Kayla Renie 5/8

24. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 24

Week 2 result: Lost to Notre Dame Prep (Ill.), 21-14

Week 3 game: At Zeeland East, 7 p.m. Friday

No shame in losing to Notre Dame Prep out of Illinois. It was a rare home loss for the Cougars, who went on the road in the opener and beat River Rouge.

23. Saline (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 23

Week 2 result: Beat Brantford (Ontario) Assumption College, 61-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Adrian, 7 p.m. Friday

The Hornets have another confidence-booster in Week 3 before they jump into SEC Red play.

22. Macomb Dakota (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 21

Week 2 result: Beat Fraser, 49-14

Week 3 game: At New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 7 p.m. Friday

It’s tough to figure out exactly where the Cougars belong in this poll. You can’t really dock them for the loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary.

21. Romeo (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 22

Week 2 result: Beat Port Huron Northern, 37-6

Week 3 game: At Sterling Heights Stevenson, 7 p.m. Friday

The Bulldogs are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2015 and for only the second time in 10 years.

Detroit King players take the field to warm up against Muskegon at Detroit King on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Muskegon won, 41-18. (Cory Morse 5/8

20. Detroit King (0-2)

Last week's ranking: No. 4

Week 2 result: Lost to Muskegon, 41-18

Week 3 game: At Detroit Osborn, 4 p.m. Friday

The impulse is to drop the Crusaders lower than they are at No. 20, but you have to look closer at their losses – tight one to Detroit Catholic Central and then against a very good Muskegon squad.

19. Walled Lake Western (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 13

Week 2 result: Beat South Lyon East, 54-21

Week 3 game: At Milford, 7 p.m. Friday

It’s been a challenge finding the right spot in the Top 50 for the Warriors. They’ve been all over the place. We’ll get it right one of these weeks.

18. Edwardsburg (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 37

Week 2 result: Beat Otsego, 48-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Sturgis, 7 p.m. Friday

The Eddies are sometimes a forgotten team, in a media “black hole,” as one reader described it. But they just keep that machine rolling.

17. Portage Northern (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 18

Week 2 result: Beat Stevensville Lakeshore, 14-6

Week 3 game: At Portage Central, 7 p.m. Friday

The Huskies are coming off a grinder of a win over Stevensville Lakeshore. They will be favored in Week 3 over rival Portage Central, but do not underestimate the challenge that game will be on the Mustangs’ new field.

Portage Northern head coach Pete Schermerhorn talks to his players during the first day of football practice at Portage Northern High School in Portage, Michigan, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Emil Lippe 5/8

16. Zeeland West (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 28

Week 2 result: Beat Grand Rapids Christian, 48-27

Week 3 game: At Holland, 7 p.m. Friday at Hope College

The Dux put together two really nice wins to start to start the season. They get a bit of a scheduling break in Week 3, then they dive back into a tough schedule.

15. Rockford (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 10

Week 2 result: Beat Lowell, 24-7

Week 3 game: At Holland West Ottawa, 7 p.m. Friday

Are the Rams the best team in the Grand Rapids area (Muskegon is not considered part of Grand Rapids)? You can make that argument.

14. Warren De La Salle (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 17

Week 2 result: Beat London (Ontario) St. Thomas Aquinas, 64-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Detroit Old Redford, 7 p.m. Friday

Another cupcake in Week 3 for the Pilots, then stuff gets real again as they enter the Catholic League gauntlet.

13. Dearborn Fordson (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 15

Week 2 result: Beat Wayne Memorial, 60-0

Week 3 game: Home vs. Livonia Stevenson, 7 p.m. Friday

The Tractors could get a little push in Week 3 vs. Livonia Stevenson. Their biggest challenges will come later in the season.

Dearborn Fordson competes against Chippewa Valley in a Division 1 regional finals game on Nov. 9, 2018, at Chippewa Valley High School. (Tanya Moutzalias 5/8 MLive file photo)

12. Livonia Franklin (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 14

Week 2 result: Beat Dearborn, 42-20

Week 3 game: Home vs. Wayne Memorial, 7 p.m. Friday

The Patriots have shown to be able to score, averaging 50 points per game in their first two contests. The 42-spot against Dearborn was impressive.

11. Clarkston (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 12

Week 2 result: Beat Bloomfield Hills, 51-7

Week 3 game: Home vs. Oak Park, 7 p.m. Friday

The Wolves rebounded nicely from their season-opening loss to Southfield A&T. Another big game in Week 3 vs. Oak Park.

10. Oak Park (1-1)

Last week: No. 8

Week 2 result: Beat Rochester, 53-0

Week 3 game: At Clarkston, 7 p.m. Friday

The Knights caught a breather in Week 2, but now it’s back to the grind in Week 3 against Clarkston.

9. Lake Orion (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 35

Week 2 result: Beat Southfield A&T, 37-7

Week 3 game: Home vs. Rochester Adams, 7 p.m. Friday

The Dragons make an enormous jump, but next to Muskegon, they may have the most impressive two-week body of work. They’ve taken down Top 50 Lapeer and Southfield A&T.

Detroit Catholic Central celebrates after scoring a touchdown during its season opener against Detroit King Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Wayne State's Tom Adams Field. (Jenna Kieser 5/8

8. Detroit Catholic Central (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 3

Week 2 result: Lost to Toledo Whitmer, 14-7

Week 3 game: At Toledo Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday

The Shamrocks lost a tight one to Toledo Whitmer in Week 2, and they make a road trip to Toledo for Week 3.

7. West Bloomfield (1-1)

Last week's ranking: No. 1

Week 2 result: Lost to Birmingham Groves, 24-17

Week 3 game: At Southfield A&T, 7 p.m. Friday

The Lakers tumble from the top spot after the loss to Groves. Another big test against Southfield A&T, which got thumped in Week 2 but is talented.

6. Mona Shores (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 9

Week 2 result: Beat Bay City Central, 43-6

Week 3 game: Home vs. Reeths-Puffer, 7 p.m. Friday

It’s probably premature to say this, but are the Sailors better than last year’s Division 2 state finals team? Will be interesting to see how things shake out.

5. Birmingham Groves (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 19

Week 2 result: Beat West Bloomfield, 24-17

Week 3 game: Home vs. Rochester, 7 p.m. Friday

The Falcons have been really coming on in recent seasons, but their Week 2 win over a loaded, previously top-ranked West Bloomfield squad turned a lot of heads.

Birmingham Groves quarterback Markis Alexander passes the ball in the second quarter against Farmington Hills Harrison at Birmingham Groves High School Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Tanya Moutzalias 5/8 MLive file photo)

4. Orchard Lake St. Mary (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 11

Week 2 result: Beat Angola (Ind.), 40-3

Week 3 game: Home vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, 7 p.m. Friday

Hearing that the Eaglets are “back” this, and it certainly has looked that way in the early part of this eason.

3. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 6

Week 2 result: Beat Roseville, 54-6

Week 3 game: Home vs. Utica Eisenhower, 7 p.m. Friday

So far, so good for the reigning Division 1 state champions. The Big Reds make another nice leap in the Week 3 poll.

Belleville's Myles Rowser celebrates during last year's game between Belleville and Livonia Churchill at Belleville High School on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith 5/8 MLive file photo)

2. Belleville (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 5

Week 2 result: Beat Livonia Churchill, 35-14

Week 3 game: Home vs. Dearborn, 7 p.m. Friday

Some may argue that the Tigers should be ranked No. 1. They’re certainly talented and off to a strong start, but not nearly as impressive a resume as Muskegon’s.

Muskegon's Robert Gee Jr. (22) shows the Muskegon "M" after Muskegon defeated Detroit King 41-18 at Detroit King on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (Cory Morse 5/8

1. Muskegon (2-0)

Last week's ranking: No. 2

Week 2 result: Beat Detroit King, 41-18

Week 3 game: Home vs. East Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Friday

The Big Reds blasted defending state champions Warren De La Salle and Detroit King in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively, and accomplished those feats traveling across the state both times. Nobody has a more impressive resume through the first two weeks.


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