Here is a look ahead at week four for the local high school football teams. All games are at 7 p.m. unless noted.
Huron at Pioneer, Friday, Sept. 14
The Pioneers (2-1 overall) welcome city rival Huron (0-3) to Hollway Field in an SEC Red Division opener for both schools.
The Pioneers went into week three looking for a more consistent offense and the purple and white put up 27 points in an impressive 27-14 win over visiting Tecumseh in an SEC crossover matchup. It’s Pioneer’s second straight game putting up 27 after losing the opener.
Winning the last two has eased the pain of losing the season opener, 16-13, to Anchor Bay on a last second field goal.
With a victory over the winless River Rats, the Pioneers will find themselves half way to a playoff spot. After Huron, the Pioneers face Bedford, who got its first win last week 40-20 over Pinckney. The Pioneers could be 4-1 heading into the Saline game on Sept. 28 – two wins from securing a playoff spot.
But Huron isn’t going to be an easy matchup. First, there is that rivalry thing. Second, the River Rats are not a bad football team.
Huron fell behind Dexter (2-1) 16-0 in the first half last Friday and couldn’t recover before falling 37-14. The River Rats played a much better second half against a very good Dexter team and are just looking to put a complete game together for a shot at the win column.
Up Next: Pioneer at Bedford
Up Next: Huron at Monroe
Monroe at Skyline, Friday, Sept. 14
Like Pioneer, the Eagles have put themselves in good position to take aim at a playoff spot – which would be the first in school history. And like their crosstown rival, Skyline has bounced back with two solid wins after dropping the season opener.
The Eagles (2-1) hit the road and knocked off Adrian 41-12 last Friday. While the Maples (0-3) aren’t what they used to be, winning in Adrian is never easy.
Skyline knocked off Okemos 27-15 in week two following an opening loss to Warren Mott in the Big House.
Monroe comes to Ann Arbor with a 2-1 record after last week’s 27-20 loss to Jackson. The Trojans opened with a 36-18 win over Carleton Airport and a 19-16 win over Elkhart (Ind.) Central.
If Skyline can pick up that third win on Friday, they would need three more to make school history. Saline (2-1) on the road follows in week five and would be a tough matchup. Huron, Bedford, Pioneer and Pinckney follow.
That Pioneer-Skyline game the second last week of the season could potentially make or break a playoff run. But that’s a long way away.
Up Next: Skyline at Saline
Father Gabriel Richard at Clio, Sept. 14 The Irish entered their home opener last week at 0-2 but still learning and improving. And that process continued in week three as they came a few feet away of putting their game with Macomb Lutheran North into the win column.
A fourth-quarter goal line stand by the visitors proved costly in an exciting and well played 13-7 MLN victory.
Clio also comes into Friday’s game looking for its first win. The Mustangs have lost to Flint Kearsley (48-10), Linden (41-14) and Swartz Creek (14-12).
Clio has had a rough go of it over the last few seasons on the football field.
Following four winless seasons, the Mustangs won three games in 2014, three in 2015, one in 2016 and two last season.
Up Next: FGR at University of Detroit Jesuit, Sept. 14