Lansing-Area High School Football Power Rankings After Week 7
Congratulations to DeWitt, Portland, and Olivet for clinching outright league titles last Friday night. They occupy three of the top four spots in this week's poll. There are a few changes in the bottom five of this week's poll with Haslett and Ovid-Elsie falling.
RELATED: See last week's rankings
Some big games this week with East Lansing at Sexton, Holt at Okemos, Haslett at Willimston, and the annual P-W-Fowler tilt.
OK, on with this week's rankings:
DeWitt (6-1)Last Week: 1
The Panthers shut out arch-rival Haslett 28-0 to win the CAAC Red outright for the seventh year in a row. They are getting great performances from Blake Gatfield, Noah Koenigsknecht, and Darron Weber this season.
They have a tough Week 8 task, though. They visit 6-1 Linden on Friday. But it will be a great playoff primer for the Panthers.
Grand Ledge (6-1)Last Week: 2
The Comets took care of Eastern easily, 42-0 to stay unbeaten in CAAC Blue play. Nolan Bird and Jacob Umholtz have been stellar all season long.
They will clinch a share of the Blue championship if they win at home against Everett, but can get it outright if they win and Sexton knocks off East Lansing.
Olivet (7-0)Last Week: 3
The Eagles clinched the outright GLAC title with a strong second half against Stockbridge. Bradley Sinclair has looked really good recently at QB. Heath Flowers has been terrific all season, too.
Like DeWitt, they have a tough non-conference opponent in Week 8 as the Eagles host 6-1 Berrien Springs on Friday.
Portland (6-1)Last Week: 4
The Red Raiders shut out Eaton Rapids 38-0 to win their third straight CAAC White championship. Austin Allison and Brock Gross have carried the team all season long.
They get a great playoff primer on Friday when they host Pontiac Notre Dame on Friday.
Ithaca (7-0)Last Week: 5
The Yellow Jackets got a tougher than expected fight from Ovid-Elsie early on. But Ithaca prevailed for the 71st straight time in the regular season with a 51-16 win over the Marauders.
Joey Bentley accounted for seven TD's for Ithaca (5 passing, two running) and almost 400 total yards himself. The road to 9-0 continues with a matchup at 5-2 Hemlock on Friday.
Lansing Catholic (6-1)Last Week: 6
The Cougars had a tough time with a vastly improved Ionia squad. But they rode Michael Lynn III and Michael Whitney to a 33-18 win at Cougar Stadium.
Lansing Catholic hosts Detroit Country Day in Week 8. 8-1 and a 1st round home playoff game is very likely.
P-W (6-1)Last Week: 7
The Pirates didn't pay after Potterville forfeited their game earlier in the week.
P-W will clinch the outright CMAC title if they win at home against arch-rival Fowler on Friday.
Lakewood (6-1)Last Week: 8
The Vikings rebounded from getting crushed by Olivet with a 57-28 win at improved Leslie. Backup QB Jacob Elenbaas rushed for two TD's and threw for two others.
They head to Charlotte to face the Orioles in Week 8. Then they host Ionia in Week 9. Not an easy close to the season.
Williamston (5-2)Last Week: Unranked
The Hornets make their way back into the poll with three impressive wins in a row. Jackson Pollak has been one of the best players in the area this year.
They host Haslett on Friday, not easy for either squad. The winner gets an automatic bid to the MHSAA Playoffs.
East Lansing (5-2)Last Week: Unranked
Bill Feraco's squad still has a chance at a share of the CAAC Blue title if they win their last two versus Sexton and Okemos. Blake Underwood and Kobe Heyward have been consistent for the Trojans all year.
One win in their last two puts EL in the playoffs once again.