Some more changes in this week's poll after Grand Ledge's big road victory over Sexton last Friday night. There are only six unbeaten teams in the Mid-Michigan after the fourth week with Maple Valley, Sexton, and Portland St. Pats falling.

Two big games stand above all the rest in Week 5:  Okemos at Grand Ledge and Portland at Lansing Catholic.  Both games will help decide the CAAC Blue and White, respectively, in 2017.

OK, on with the rankings.

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    Okemos (4-0)

    Last Week: 1

    The Chiefs drubbed Everett 37-0 on Friday to get to 4-0.  Drew McGaughey had another rushing touchdown and added a Pick-6.

    But the tough part of their schedule begins this week with a trip to Grand Ledge.  We'll find out how good this year's squad is starting this week.

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    DeWitt (3-1)

    Last Week: 5

    The Panthers continue to roll through the CAAC Red schedule with an easy victory over Charlotte.  Blake Gatfield threw three TD passes and rushed for another.

    Rob Zimmerman's crew looks very strong right now.  But tough games remain for DeWitt.

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    Lansing Catholic (4-0)

    Last Week: 3

    The Cougars escaped Williamston with a 35-34 win on Friday to stay unbeaten.  Michael Whitney had over 200 all-purpose yards to lead Catholic to the win.

    The annual tilt with Portland is this Friday.  Expect another classic between these two arch-rivals.

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    Ithaca (4-0)

    Last Week: 4

    Make it 109-4 for the Yellow Jackets in their last 113 games after another pasting.  This time it was 42-7 over Saginaw MLS.

    It could be Ithaca against Ovid-Elsie for the Tri-Valley West title when they meet in Week 7.

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    Grand Ledge (3-1)

    Last Week: 6

    The Comets are riding running back Jacob Umholtz to a 3-1 record so far.  They got a large win at previously unbeaten Sexton that puts them at the top of the CAAC Blue standings.

    The schedule doesn't get any easier with a much-improved Okemos squad invading GL on Friday.


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    Sexton (3-1)

    Last Week: 2

    The Big Reds dropped their first game of the year, losing 27-14 to Grand Ledge last Friday.

    They should rebound this week against winless Jackson.  But Okemos awaits in Week 6.  That will be tough.

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    Lakewood (4-0)

    Last Week: 7

    The Vikings continue to lead the GLAC after an impressive 36-7 win over previously unbeaten Maple Valley.

    QB Parker Smith ran for three scores and threw for another against the Lions.  He is a candidate for area Player of the Year.  He's been that good this year.

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    Olivet (4-0)

    Last Week: 8

    The Eagles took care of an improved Perry team 43-8 on Friday.  They rushed for almost 250 yards against the Ramblers.

    They go to Maple Valley this week before the showdown with Lakewood in Week 6.  A big couple of weeks for the Eagles coming up.

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    Portland (3-1)

    Last Week: 9

    The Red Raiders thumped Fowlerville 42-7 on the road to stay unbeaten in the CAAC White.

    The big one at Lansing Catholic awaits this Friday, last year was a one point classic.  This one could have the same result.

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    P-W (3-1)

    Last Week: 10

    The Pirates are laying waste to the CMAC once again.  Jimmy Lehman scored four TD's against Bath to stay undefeated in league play.

    They've got Fulton at home this week before they host Laingsburg for the league lead (and likely the league title) in Week 6.

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