Some big-time blowouts peppered the Week 4 schedule in the area.  DeWitt, St. Johns, P-W, Ithaca, and Portland St. Pat's all had easy wins.

But Portland's thrilling victory over Lansing Catholic (probably the game of the year in the area so far) changes the rankings this week at the very top.

On with this week's rankings:

  • 1

    Portland (4-0, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 2

    Gabe Schrauben's two-point conversion in the final minute against Lansing Catholic shakes up this week's poll.  The Red Raiders never led on Friday night until Schrauben scored.  Their 36-35 win is the game of the year so far in the area.

    The rest of the schedule is tough, but manageable.  9-0 is possible once again this year.

  • 2

    Pewamo-Westphalia (4-0, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 1

    It's hard to figure how P-W got moved down after shutting out an improved Bath team 76-0.  But Portland's win was that good.

    The Pirates have to go to Laingsburg in two weeks.  Them and Fowler are the only obstacles to 9-0.

  • 3

    Lansing Catholic (3-1, 1-1)

    Last Week: No. 3

    An absolute brutal loss for the Cougars last Friday night to Portland.  But junior QB Michael Lynn III has shown that he is the real deal, so is Konnor Maloney.

    Catholic has to recover quickly with a home game against improved Fowlerville.  Perennial power Monroe St. Mary CC is at the end of the year.  We'll find out about this team's mettle real soon.

  • 4

    Grand Ledge (3-1, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 4

    A closer than expected win over Okemos keeps them at number 4 this week.  They go to Jackson on Friday, and they finish with East Lansing and Holt.

    The Comets' road to the CAAC Blue is filled with potential problems, but they're still the favorites at this point.

  • 5

    Lakewood (4-0, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 5

    Lakewood's easy part of the GLAC schedule is over.  Their next two games will determine the league title (Stockbridge, at Olivet).

    If they get through that unscathed, only Ionia will stand in their way to 9-0.

  • 6

    Ithaca (4-0, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 6

    Another week, another easy win (over Pinconning 45-0).  They came very close to getting into the top five this week.

    They play an area opponent for the first time this season in Ovid-Elsie.  The road to Ford Field continues for the Yellow Jackets.

  • 7

    DeWitt (3-1, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 8

    A surprising 47-0 win over Mason moves them up.  QB Will Nagle was sensational against the Bulldogs.

    RB J.D. Ross was out with an injury, and that's a concern.  But their backups played well in his place.

    They are they favorite to win the CAAC Red once again.

  • 8

    Laingsburg (4-0, 2-0)

    Last Week: No. 9

    We'll find out about how good the Wolfpack are in the next two weeks.

    They go to Fowler before they host P-W.  They better not overlook the Eagles this Friday night.

  • 9

    Fowlerville (3-1, 1-1)

    Last Week: Unranked

    Brett Shrader's Gladiators are off to a good start this season.  A 14-0 win over Eaton Rapids puts them in the poll this week.

    It might be short-lived, however.  They go to Lansing Catholic this week, hunker down (as Tim Staudt would say).

  • 10

    Fowler (3-1, 1-1)

    Last Week: Unranked

    Fowler rebounded from the Bath loss with an impressive 44-19 win at Fulton.

    They host Laingsburg this week and then host P-W in Week 8.  Those two games should decide the CMAC title.