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  • 1-0 Roosevelt will face off against 0-1 Lincoln Park this week at home. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After a big win last week, Huron will welcome in rival Grosse Ile this Friday night to open Huron League play. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Grosse Ile is set to travel to New Boston Friday night and face the rival Huron Chiefs. Photo by Jake Newby
  • Trenton will head to Allen Park on Friday night and try to even up its record at 1-1. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Allen Park knocked off Melvindale last week and will look to keep up its winning ways this week with a home game against Trenton. Photo by Samantha Elliott
  • Melvindale will welcome in Kennedy this Friday, following a loss to Allen Park at the Kickoff Classic last week. Photo by Samantha Elliott
  • Riverview came away with a big win last week, but to go 2-0 will have to get by Huron League heavyweight Milan this Friday night, on the road. Photo by Terry Jacoby
  • Summit Academy suffered a tough loss to Huron last week and this Friday night is up against one of Macomb County's best teams in Warren Michigan Collegiate. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski

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Truman (0-1) at Carlson (1-0) – After dealing with an injury-plagued 2013, Carlson running back Marvin Franklin was a man on a mission in Week 1. The senior scored six rushing touchdowns and piled up 368 yards on the ground in a 50-14 win against Kennedy. A rebuilding Truman squad fell 44-7 to Woodhaven last week. While the Cougars may put a better fight this week, they’re going to find it difficult to slow down Franklin and the Marauders.

Frank: Carlson

Sam: Carlson

Jake: Carlson*

Lincoln Park (0-1) at Roosevelt (1-0) – With several new faces in key spots, Roosevelt looked strong last week against an improved Trenton team. The player who made the biggest splash in his debut as a Bears’ starter was Tyler Thorington, who caught five passes for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Lincoln Park was down only 20-14 at the half last week against Southgate, but ended up losing 40-14. Led by quarterback Steve Glenn, the Railsplitters have some tremendous athletes, but it looks like they still have some work to do.

Frank: Roosevelt

Sam: Roosevelt

Jake: Roosevelt

Kennedy (0-1) at Melvindale (0-1) – Despite a tough loss in Week 1, Melvindale was able to keep things close for awhile against Allen Park, a team which is favored by some to win the Downriver League. Receiver Anthony Fitzgerald and quarterback Cam Perryman form what could be a dangerous duo all season for the Cardinals. Last week, Kennedy went into the half tied 14-14 with Carlson, but was completely steamrolled by running back Marvin Franklin and the Marauders in the second half and fell 50-14.

Frank: Melvindale

Sam: Melvindale

Jake: Melvindale

Trenton (0-1) at Allen Park (1-0) – Led by Manny Andrade’s 154 yards and three touchdowns, Allen Park opened 2014 with a 43-23 win against Melvindale. Although Trenton didn’t face a back quite like Andrade last week against Roosevelt, the squad only gave up 101 yards on the ground total. If the Trojans can stop the run, new Jaguars’ quarterback Colton Clapper could be put to the test. Offensively, Trenton took a big hit last week, as it lost athletic quarterback Christian Mercure, who broke his fibula. Patrick Czarnecki stepped in under center and looked comfortable in the role that he may have to take on for the near future.

Frank: Allen Park

Sam: Allen Park

Jake: Allen Park

Grosse Ile (1-0) at Huron (1-0) - Both teams easily took care of business in Week 1, as Huron beat Summit 49-8 and Grosse Ile knocked off Annapolis 47-0. Heading into this Friday night, the Chiefs will be out to avenge last year’s 28-3 loss to the Red Devils. To get it done, Huron must stop standout quarterback Andrew Mitroka, who looked strong last week in his first game back since suffering an injury in Week 4 of 2013. Mitroka also has talented players around him, such as Derek Judd and Neil Smorch. As for the Chiefs, their offense looks better equipped for this battle than it did in 2013, with experienced and talented players like quarterback Matt Hartwick, running back Ian Robinson and receiver Devin Collins leading the way. Chances are this game will be close and could be decided in the finals seconds.

Frank: Grosse Ile

Sam: Grosse Ile

Jake: Huron

Riverview (1-0) at Milan (1-0) – Last week Riverview got out to a sluggish start at Garden City, but a big third quarter led to a 41-15 victory for the Pirates. While Josh Smith and Marcus Samuels are gone this year for Riverview, players such as Tyler Chase and Eric Gant look capable of carrying the load in 2014. Milan hasn’t lost a regular-season game in two years and in 2013 handed the Bucs one of their two league defeats. To stop the Big Reds this week, it looks Riverview will have the tall task of trying to slow down new quarterback EJ Medvecz, who ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns last week in a victory against Marshall.

Frank: Milan

Sam: Milan

Jake: Milan

Flat Rock (0-1) at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (1-0) – Flat Rock is already off to a better start than last year, as they lost only 28-21 to a tough Richard team in Week 1. Last season, the game was a 49-12 loss for the Rams. However, Monroe SMCC looks primed for yet another big year, following a 35-13 defeat of Tecumseh in Week 1, led by returning star running back Justin Carrabino.

Frank: Monroe SMCC

Sam: Monroe SMCC

Jake: Monroe SMCC

Detroit Loyola (1-0) at Cabrini (0-1) - (Saturday 1 p.m.) Cabrini fell behind 22-0 at Everest Academy last week, but managed two late touchdowns and left Clarkston with only an eight-point defeat. This week, however, the Monarchs are up against one of the state’s best programs as Loyola comes to town for a Saturday afternoon contest. The Bulldogs have reached the Division 7 state championship game in each of the last two years and last week opened the season by hammering Zeeland East 42-14.

Frank: Loyola

Sam: Loyola

Jake: Loyola

Marion Local (Ohio) at Richard – In Week 1 Richard was able to hold off an improved Flat Rock team and came away with a 28-21 non-league victory, led by three total touchdowns from junior Jake Lipetzky. Making a three-hour drive up from Ohio this week is a Marion Local team that has won state championships in each of the last three seasons.

Frank: Marion Local

Sam: Marion Local

Jake: Marion Local

Summit (0-1) at Warren Michigan Collegiate (1-0) – While Summit got roughed up by Huron in Week 1, the Dragons are a team with some talent and will continue to get better. At the same, however, Michigan Collegiate is one the best teams in Macomb County and last week handed Catholic League powerhouse Waterford our Lady of the Lakes a 26-24 defeat.

Frank: Michigan Collegiate

Sam: Michigan Collegiate

Jake: Michigan Collegiate

Last Week Staff Pick Results:

Frank: 9-1

Sam: 9-1

*Week 2 is the first set of predictions from News-Herald/Press & Guide freelancer Jake Newby.

Last Updated: 9/5/2014 4:27:31 PM EST