Flint-area high school football Power Rankings entering Week 3

FLINT – With two weeks of the high school football season in the books, we’ve got a good idea of ​​who the strongest teams are.

But that can obviously change.

Until then, let’s take a look at the MLive-Flint Journal Power Rankings entering week 3.

Lapeer’s Zak Olejniczak (1) gets ready to pass the ball off to Brayden McKenna (34) in a game against Midland on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

1. Lapeer (2-0)

There’s no doubt the Lightning deserve to be at the top after beating two very good teams, Ann Arbor Huron 32-2 and Traverse City Central 46-48. Sounds like the Lapeer offense led by junior quarterback Zak Olejniczak might be a powerhouse eh?

This week: Saginaw United (0-2)

Detroit Catholic Central at Davison High School

Davison High School football players raise their helmets and cheer after a high school football game at Davison High School on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Detroit Catholic Central won against Davison High School with a final score of 44-34.Zachary Clingenpeel | [email protected]

2. Davison (1-1)

After posting a big victory over perennial state power Clarkston in Week 1, Davison fell 44-34 to No. 9 Division 1 Detroit Catholic Central last week. One parent said “so sad” near the end of the game. Close. It was only one game and the Cardinals have a brutal schedule. But they’re going to have to bounce back this week.

This week: Traverse City Central (1-1)

The Flint Journal High School Football Media Day 2022

From left, Dominic Casciano, Jack Kulhanek, Jaden Curry, Grayson Orr and Nick Barnette of the New Lothrop Hornets football team pose for a portrait at The Flint Journal high school football media day on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.Zachary Clingenpeel | [email protected]

3. New Lothrop (2-0)

The Hornets opened the season with an impressive 12-7 victory over perennial small-school powerhouse Jackson Lumen Christi before beating Chesaning 40-14 last week. Coach Clint Galvas said before the season his team was among the five best in Division 7. The coaches association rankings see it differently. The Hornets are No. 1 in that poll. Hard to argue.

This week: Clarkston Everest Collegiate (1-1)

Durand football 2022

The 19 returning starters for Durand’s football team include (from left) Gabe Lynn, Austin Kelley, Dylan McDonald, Alex Bruni and Tyler Cesar. (Brendan Savage | MLive.com)

4. Durand (2-0)

With 19 returning starters, big things were expected from the Railroaders after they went 6-4 last season. So far, they’ve delivered, ringing up at least 50 points in each of the first two games. Gabe Lynn has been unstoppable with nine touchdowns already this season.

This week: at Ovid-Elsie (1-1)

Bay City Central football hosts Ortonville Brandon in week one of season

Ortonville Brandon’s Jake Difalco (33) stands in front before the ball is kicked back into place during a high school football game at Bay City Central High School on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Ortonville Brandon won the game over Bay City Central, 49 -35. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

5. Ortonville Brandon (2-0)

Behind quarterback Lance Briolat and jack-of-all-trades Drew Hickmott, the Blackhawks are loaded offensively. They knocked off Bay City Central 49-35 in the season opener and Flint 61-22 last week. Now, they’ll be facing a team this week that they beat 48-40 last season.

This week: Lake Fenton (0-2)

Grandville, Grand Blanc face off in 2022 football season opener

Grand Blanc senior quarterback Owen Szczembara scrambles away from pressure to throw a pass in the first half as Grand Blanc and Grandville face off during the first game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium in Flint. (Jake May | MLive.com)

6. Grand Blanc (1-1)

The Bobcats got beat up in their season opener, losing 49-25 to Grandville, which is No. 10 in the coaches’ Division 1 rankings. Last week’s 48-14 win over Carman-Ainsworth didn’t tell us a whole lot since the Cavaliers are 0-2 and have been outscored 69-16. Still, the Bobcats have got a lot of talent from back from last year’s D1 state semifinalist.

This week: at Saginaw Heritage (1-1)

Swartz Creek plays Flint in third game of Vehicle City Gridiron Classic

Swartz Creek High School’s Dragons football team lines up with their hands on their chest for the national anthem during a Vehicle City Gridiron Classic high school football game at Atwood Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Swartz Creek won the game over Flint, 62 -0.Zachary Clingenpeel | [email protected]

7. Swartz Creek (2-0)

The Dragons are off to their best start since going 4-0 in 2018 after beating Flint 62-0 and defending Metro League champion Lake Fenton 36-14. The win over Flint didn’t tell us much since the Jaguars have allowed at least 60 points in each of their first two games. But Lake Fenton is expected to be strong despite its 0-2 record so keep an eye on Swartz Creek this season. The dragons are going to be a force.

This week: at Holly (2-0)

The Flint Journal High School Football Media Day 2022

From left, Lucas Schapman, Griffin Mabery, Head Coach Jeremy Ferman and Dylan Schmidt from the North Branch football team pose for a portrait at The Flint Journal high school football media day on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.Zachary Clingenpeel | [email protected]

8. North Branch (2-0)

We don’t know much about the Broncos since they haven’t reported any information from their first two games. But scores don’t lie and they’ve had two blowout victories, beating Redford Thurston 56-0 and Imlay City 60-7. No Flint-area team has more returning starters than North Branch’s 20.

This week: Yale (1-1)

Corona football 2022

Corunna coach Steve Herrick is flanked by (from left) Wyatt Bower, Xavier Anderson, Collin Thompson and Tarick Bower. (Brendan Savage | MLive.com)

9. Corunna (2-0)

The Cavaliers were expected to be one of the Metro League’s top teams after going 7-5 last year, their best season since posting a 9-3 record in 2016. So far, so good after beating Fowlerville 36-13 and Pinckney 35-28 . Next up: Their arch-rival.

This week: Owosso (1-1)

Holly football 2022

New Holly football coach Billy Keenist is flanked by senior captains (from left) Ashton DeHart, Deshawn Willis, Joe Irvin and Lance Xiong. (Brendan Savage | MLive.com)

10. Holly (2-0)

It’s been five years since the Bronchos last won their first two games. Now, they’re looking at being 3-0 for the first time since 1984 with a victory this week. But it’s not going to be easy. Nice start for first-year coach Billy Keenist and his troops.

This week: Swartz Creek (2-0)


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