Michigan high school football: 10 can't-miss games for 2017 season

Mark your calendars in advance. These games are worth the price of admission.

High school football season begins in less than two weeks across Michigan. Free Press special writer Keith Dunlap looks at 10 can't-miss games for the 2017 season:

Walled Lake Western vs. West Bloomfield (at Wayne State)

Week 1 (Aug. 24)

The season couldn't start better than this 4 p.m. tilt on opening night between two of the state’s most prospect-heavy teams. It will be the first meeting between the programs since 1981.

Lowell at Rockford

Week 2 (Sept. 1)

These west Michigan powerhouses are state title contenders seemingly every year in their divisions, and Rockford no doubt will be the place to be Labor Day weekend.

Utica Eisenhower at Macomb Dakota

Week 2 (Sept. 1)

There's always hype when these Macomb Area Conference Red Division contenders collide, and once again it should be one of the most anticipated Labor Day weekend games around the state. Eisenhower ended a four-game skid in the series last season, 26-13.

 

Clarkston at West Bloomfield

Week 4 (Sept. 15)

This game could decide the winner of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division and is a matchup of two squads that have the talent to go far come playoff time. Clarkston should have physical running game led by senior back Michael Fluegel, and West Bloomfield’s passing attack might be second to none behind Bowling Green quarterback commit Bryce Veasley and wideouts Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott, who both are committed to Wisconsin.

Eisenhower at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley

Week 4 (Sept. 15)

The MAC Red might be the toughest league in the state this year, and this showdown could very well determine who wins the league and gets an edge on hosting playoff games in October and November.

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 (Photo: Julian H. Gonzalez Detroit Free Press)

Birmingham Brother Rice at Novi Detroit Catholic Central

Week 5 (Sept. 24)

For the first time in nearly 50 years, neither Al Fracassa nor Tom Mach won't be on the sidelines for one of the state’s most historic and decorated rivalries. Mach joined Fracassa in retirement during the off-season. Still, get there early on this Sunday afternoon.

Lapeer at Davison

Week 7 (Oct. 6)

Lapeer has gone 27-5 since the school was formed out of consolidation in 2014. Davison, meanwhile, is a fast-rising program under Kyle Zimmerman that went 10-1 last year and has one of the state’s top running backs in Tariq Reid. This could decide the Saginaw Valley League Blue title.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at Novi DCC

Week 7 (Oct. 7)

St. Mary's, the three-time Division 3 state champion, and Catholic Central, last year’s Division 1 state runner-up, will meet in a showdown of Catholic League Central powers. 

Brighton at Canton

Week 8 (Oct. 13)

The Kensington Lakes Activities Association went from 24 to 14 teams over the off-season, leaving these two as the favorites in the newly formed KLAA Black. Brighton has gone 16-5 over the last two seasons, and Canton hasn’t lost more than three games in a season since 2007.

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 (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell DFP)

Detroit Public School League Championship

Week 9 (Oct. 20)

Expect Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit King to play in a matchup the entire city can look forward to. With re-alignment in the PSL, the Technicians and Crusaders won’t play during the regular season.

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