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This week's Game of the Week is the annual battle between Lincoln and Center Line, which the Panthers will host at noon on Saturday. (PHOTO/DAVID DALTON)


GAME OF THE WEEK For Week 2 is Lincoln at Center Line

The teams began meeting in 1947 and play for the Brown Jug

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The Macomb Daily and MIPrepZone/Macomb Game of the Week for Week 2 is Lincoln at Center Line, Saturday at noon.

The annual meeting between the teams began in 1947 with the winner receiving the Brown Jug.

The rivalry has endured over four conference changes – Bi-County, Warren, Macomb-Oakland, Macomb Area.

The game between these longtime rivals ran away from the other two meetings rivals vying for the Game of the Week, totaling 63-percent (622 votes) of the vote.

Eisenhower at Stevenson (179 votes) was a distant second in voting, followed by Dakota at Chippewa Valley (144).

The first MAC Red Division meeting between Warren-Mott and L’Anse Creuse North was fourth in the voting (48).

Both teams compete in the MAC Bronze Division and began the 2014 season with losses.

Lincoln fell to Clintondale, 14-4, while Center Line dropped the season opener to Dearborn Heights Crestwood, 22-12.

The Panthers have lost 19 games in a row dating back to 2011. Their last win was coincidently over the Abes, 41-34 on Oct. 14.

This is the earliest the rivals will meet since meeting in Week 3 in 2005, which Lincoln won 19-18.

The Abes have held the edge series with the Panthers, winning two in a row and coming out on top in five of the last six meetings.

The closest game in the last 10 years was a Center Line 19-18 win in 2005.

Here’s a look at games between the teams over the last few decades.

Ten years ago: 2004, Lincoln won 29-7

Twenty years ago: 1994, Center Line won, 16-14

Thirty years ago: 1984, Lincoln won 12-3

Forty years ago: 1974, Lincoln won 9-3

Fifty years ago: 1964, Center Line won 32-6

Here are their capsules for the 2014 season.

Center Line – Panthers

Coach: Jim Carlisle

2014 League: MAC Bronze

2013 Record: 0-5 (MAC Bronze); 0-9 overall

2013 Playoffs: Didn’t qualify

Outlook: Third-year coach Jim Carlisle says there’s nowhere to go but up for his squad, who are riding a 19-game losing streak into the 2014 season. Jacob Brooklier leads a solid-receiving corps that also consists of junior Paul Kessler. The Panthers will be focusing on a two-minute offense model behind quarterback Ryan Walker and running backs Jon Cox, David Lee and Steven Lucas.

Lincoln – Abes

Coach: Darrius Alexander

2014 League: MAC Bronze

2013 Record: 2-3 (MAC Bronze); 4-5 overall

2013 Playoffs: Didn’t qualify

Outlook: In his second season, Abes coach Darrius Alexander says that a third consecutive four-win season won’t cut it. Alexander has established nine team objectives to encourage his team, which will be led on offense this season by running back Daniel Stewart. Jadin Gibbs, Delvon Hawkins and Sean Russaw are also expected to bolster Lincoln’s offense, but it’s the defense that has allowed almost 30 points per game last season. This year’s defense will be anchored by DE Lucious Frazier, DE Santonyo Murray, CB Nigel Watkins and OLB Corey Wilhoite.

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 12:01:46 PM EST