We have only four unbeaten teams in area high school football with four weeks remaining in the regular season.  Okemos and Lansing Catholic both suffered their first losses of the season last Friday night.

A couple of games that will decide the league lead will be contested this Friday night with Olivet at Lakewood in the GLAC, and Laingsburg at Pewamo-Westphalia in the CMAC.

There's a shakeup in the rankings with a number of teams in the Top Ten losing.  On with this week's rankings:

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    DeWitt (4-1)

    Last Week: 2

    The Panthers are looking great after a close Week 1 loss to Grand Rapids Christian.  Blake Gatfield has played outstanding at QB for the injured Anthony Joseph.

    Other guys have stepped up for coach Rob Zimmerman, too.  DeWitt will face 4-1 Haslett in Week 7 and that will likely decide the CAAC Red title.

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    Grand Ledge (4-1)

    Last Week: 5

    The Comets remained unbeaten in CAAC Blue play with a tight 28-20 victory over previously unbeaten Okemos.

    GL has probably the deepest body of talent in the area.  So, why aren't they ranked number 1?  They lost to DeWitt 14-7 in Week 2.

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    Ithaca (5-0)

    Last Week: 4

    Make it 110-4 in their last 114 games for Terry Hessbrook's Yellow Jackets after a 63-0 pasting of Saginaw Valley Lutheran.

    The road to 9-0 continues this week against St. Charles.

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    Okemos (4-1)

    Last Week: 1

    The Chiefs barely lost to Grand Ledge 28-20 last Friday night.  But they showed that they belonged on the field with an excellent team and earned a lot of respect in the process.

    They go to Sexton (who has lost two in a row) this Friday night.

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    Lakewood (5-0)

    Last Week: 7

    The Vikings continue to impress in the GLAC behind QB Parker Smith, who is a legit candidate for area player of the year.

    They'll host fellow unbeaten Olivet this Friday for the GLAC lead ,and likely the GLAC title.

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    Olivet (5-0)

    Last Week: 8

    The Eagles thumped arch-rival Maple Valley 35-12 to stay unbeaten.  They'll visit two-time defending GLAC champion Lakewood for the league lead this Friday.

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    Portland (4-1)

    Last Week: 9

    Brock Gross scored five TD's in the Red Raiders 35-6 wipeout of Lansing Catholic on the road.  This looks like another vintage Portland squad.

    They can clinch a share of the CAAC White title if they win at home at Ionia this Friday.

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    Lansing Catholic (4-1)

    Last Week: 3

    The Cougars suffered their first loss of the season last Friday at the hands of Portland, 35-6.

    Josh Kramer is having a great year defensively for Coach Jim Ahearn.  They'll try to rebound this week when they visit Fowlerville.

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    P-W (4-1)

    Last Week: 10

    Another easy win for the Pirates in Week 5 (48-7 over Fulton).

    Jeremy Miller's squad looks almost as good as least year's state champs.  They'll host fellow league unbeaten Laingsburg this Friday night for the CMAC lead.

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    Haslett (4-1)

    Last Week: Unranked

    The Vikings have won three in a row after losing in Week 2 to Ortonville-Brandon.

    They look to remain undefeated in the CAAC Red when they visit Waverly.  If they take that, they'll face DeWitt for the outright league title in Week 7.

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