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WISE GUY: For the record, Macomb's pride is on the line

Whenever the Wise Guy visits The Macomb Daily office, he strolls past a mural that honors Gen. Alexander Macomb, the man for whom our county was named.

Gen. Macomb was a hero of the War of 1812, and before that he was part of the first graduating class at West Point.

Wise Guy doesn’t know whether Gen. Macomb would have been an all-county-caliber football player, but the image in the mural suggests someone who would have looked right in a leather helmet.

Anyone with the stuff to tackle the Brits would have been in a comfort zone at linebacker, breathing fire as he chased down running backs.

Since his name is on the county, Gen. Macomb certainly would have been a county football fan, perhaps as fervent a rooter as the Wise One himself.

So it follows that games matching county teams against out-county schools would have piqued the general’s interest.

During Week 1 of the season, when Chippewa Valley beat Dearborn, and Clintondale knocked off Lamphere, Gen. Macomb would have had reason to smile.

In Week 2, when Port Huron Northern upended Fraser, and Grosse Pointe North toppled L’Anse Creuse, the general’s countenance would have changed.

This season has not been stellar for county teams against out-county competition.

In two weeks of play, Macomb County schools have gone 14-25 against teams from the likes of St. Clair, Wayne and Oakland counties.

Lutheran North is 2-0 against out-county clubs. So is Parkway Christian, which has a forfeit win over Saginaw Buena Vista to its credit.

The Mustangs, Eagles, Chippewa Valley, Clintondale, Dakota, L’Anse Creuse North, Warren-Mott and Warren Woods-Tower are a combined 11-0 against out-county teams.

At the other end of the spectrum, Armada, Center Line, Fitzgerald, Lakeview, Merritt Academy, Sterling Heights and Utica are all 0-2 against out-county competition.

De La Salle, Eisenhower, Ford, L’Anse Creuse, Lake Shore, Memphis, Mount Clemens and Stevenson are 0-1 in such games.

Fraser, Michigan Collegiate and Richmond are 1-1.

The Week 3 schedule has the county’s 34 teams playing 18 games against out-county opponents.

There’s an opportunity for the teams from Gen. Macomb’s namesake to improve their standing. That’s something the general could salute.

Here are this week’s predictions:

FRIDAY

PORT HURON (1-1) at ANCHOR BAY (1-1): Anchor Bay played a competitive game last week against Warren-Mott, which spanked the Tars 49-0 in 2012. Now, along comes Port Huron, which beat AB 47-7 last year. It’s another chance for the Tars to show how far they’ve progressed. Prediction: Port Huron by 5.

CHIPPEWA VALLEY (2-0) at EISENHOWER (1-1): Chippewa Valley beat the Eagles 21-7 on the way to the state playoffs last year. Prediction: Chippewa Valley by 2.

UTICA (0-2) at COUSINO (1-1): Cousino scored 85 points in its first two games this season. The Patriots have won two consecutive games against the Chieftains. Prediction: Cousino by 6.

DAKOTA (2-0) at ROMEO (1-1): Dakota has won back-to-back games against the Bulldogs after Romeo won in 2010. The Cougars are Macomb County’s top-ranked Tier 1 team in The Macomb Daily. Prediction: Dakota by 6.

STEVENSON (0-2) at FORD (0-2): These Utica school district rivals have played every year since 1992, and they met twice in 1994 when both made the playoffs. Falcons and Titans split their last six meetings. Prediction: Stevenson by 4.

GROSSE POINTE SOUTH (0-2) at FRASER (1-1): Loser of this game will fall to 0-2 in the MAC Blue. Grosse Pointe South has won five in a row in this series. Blue Devils’ losses this year were against U-D Jesuit and L’Anse Creuse North. Prediction: GP South by 3.

L’ANSE CREUSE NORTH (2-0) at GROSSE POINTE NORTH (1-1): L’Anse Creuse North won 7-6 last year, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the series. Prediction: LC North by 3.

LUTHERAN NORTH (2-0) at CLARENCEVILLE (2-0): Former rivals from the defunct Metro Conference meet in a non-league game. The Mustangs won 10-8 last year, and they’ve won three in a row in the series. Prediction: Lutheran North by 2.

SOUTH LAKE (2-0) at FITZGERALD (0-2): South Lake won 36-13 last year, only the Cavaliers’ second win in a series that has been run off and on since 1967. Prediction: South Lake by 6.

WARREN WOODS-TOWER (2-0) at MADISON (2-0): Madison defeated the Titans 24-18 last year, and is 2-0 all-time against the Titans. Prediction: Madison by 4.

Also, Algonac by 1 over host Armada; Lamphere by 2 over host East Detroit; Port Huron Northern by 4 over visiting L’Anse Creuse; Marine City by 8 over host Lake Shore; Marysville by 7 over host Lakeview; Mount Clemens by 2 over host Lincoln; Ubly by 6 over host Memphis; Owendale-Gagetown by 16 over visiting Merritt Academy; Summit Academy by 1 over visiting Michigan Collegiate; Clawson by 3 over host New Haven; Richmond by 8 over visiting Imlay City; Warren-Mott by 15 over visiting Roseville, and St. Clair by 13 over visiting Sterling Heights.

SATURDAY

CLINTONDALE (2-0) at CENTER LINE (0-2): Clintondale takes the county’s No. 1 ranking in Tier 2 against Center Line in a MAC Bronze afternoon game. Prediction: Clintondale by 11.

CHANDLER PARK ACADEMY (2-0) at DE LA SALLE (0-1): The Pilots, who play their home games at Lake Shore, are coming off an open week. They beat Chandler Park 44-6 last year. Prediction: De La Salle by 8.

Also, Lutheran Westland by 2 over visiting Parkway Christian.

This week, the Wise Guy and other members of the prediction panel match wits with Bob Lantzy, the former Eisenhower coach. See all of the predictions at www.MIPrepZone.com/Macomb.

Wise Guy last week -- 23-2 (.920); season -- 39-7 (.847).





Last Updated: 9/12/2013 8:12:00 PM EST

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