A shakeup in the rankings this week as P-W, DeWitt, and Mason were impressive in wins over their rivals.

And a new team makes their debut in the poll with big wins last Friday night.  More big games coming this week with East Lansing hosting Sexton, DeWitt at St. Johns, and Portland at Williamston.

On with the rankings for this week.

  • 1

    Pewamo-Westphalia (6-0, 5-0)

    Last Week: No. 2

    The Pirates make the return to the top spot after blowing out Laingsburg 40-7 behind the Smith boys (Ryan and Jared) on Friday.

    Only Fowler stands in the way of 9-0.  Jared Smith has over 1,200 yards gained in just four full games played.  Amazing.

  • 2

    Portland (6-0, 4-0)

    Last Week: No. 1

    The Red Raiders continue to power their way through the schedule.  A win over Williamston on Friday gives them back-to-back CAAC White titles.

    It looks good for them to finish 9-0.  But it'll get tougher come playoff time.

  • 3

    Grand Ledge (5-1, 4-0)

    Last Week: No. 3

    The only reason that the Comets are ahead of DeWitt is because they beat the Panther by seven in Week 2.

    Other than that, not much difference between the two.  GL has Everett, East Lansing, and Holt to finish the season.  It'll be tough for the Comets to finish 8-1.

  • 4

    DeWitt (5-1, 4-0)

    Last Week: No. 7

    The Panthers are looking great right now.  Blew out arch-rival Haslett 45-0 on Friday.  They go to red-hot St. Johns on Friday for the outright CAAC Red title.

    Rob Zimmerman and his coaching staff deserve boatloads of credit for regrouping his roster after the tough loss to Grand Ledge.

  • 5

    Lakewood (6-0, 4-0)

    Last Week: No. 5

    The Vikings beat Olivet on the road 36-27 to get a share of the GLAC title.  They host winless Leslie this week.

    They should that and then Charlotte in Week 8.  Only an improved Ionia stands in the way of 9-0

  • 6

    Lansing Catholic (5-1, 3-1)

    Last Week: No. 4

    A one point loss to Portland is the only blemish on this season so far for the Cougars.

    They have a tough schedule to finish the season (Eaton Rapids, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, and Monroe St. Mary CC).  But 8-1 is possible.

  • 7

    Ithaca (6-0, 4-0)

    Last Week: No. 6

    The Yellow Jackets slogged their way to a tough 17-6 win over Saginaw MLS at home.  It's 98 wins out of their last 101 games.  9-0 is a near certainty.

  • 8

    Mason (5-1, 3-1)

    Last Week: No. 9

    The Bulldogs continue to surprise.  A very nice win over Waverly on the road moves them up.

    If St. Johns upsets DeWitt on Friday, Mason gets a share of the league title if they knock off Owosso.

    For the Bulldogs to make the playoffs would be a terrific season, considering all the talent they lost.  Another great coaching job by Jerry VanHeuvel.

  • 9

    Laingsburg (5-1, 4-1)

    Last Week: No. 8

    The Wolfpack should not be penalized severely for losing to P-W at home.  I believe (if they finish with a state title), the Pirates will go down as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) teams in CMAC history.

    Laingsburg should finish 8-1, and make a run in the playoffs (likely Division 6).

  • 10

    Sexton (4-2, 3-1)

    Last Week: Unranked

    The Big Reds make their season debut in the rankings.  Their win over Jackson (compared to East Lansing's loss to Jackson) puts them in the poll this week.

    Sexton visits East Lansing this week, if they get that one, they'll be in the playoffs.

    Considering the loss of Michael Lynn III, this is another successful season for the Big Reds.  Another excellent coaching job by Dan Boggan.