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Top 50 Michigan high school football teams: Rockford, Muskegon rise in new-look top 10 for Week 8

We’re seven weeks into Michigan’s 2021 high school football season, and by now, the state’s best teams have established themselves as Ford Field contenders.

Several elite teams bolstered their playoff résumés in Week 7, including Rockford, which came back to beat Caledonia in a 17-14 thriller, Muskegon, which rolled past rival Mona Shores, Detroit Catholic Central, which shut out Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, and Romeo which blanked Sterling Heights Stevenson.

There were also some teams that pulled off surprising upsets, including Grand Rapids Christian’s victory over Byron Center and Holt’s narrow win over East Lansing.

Follow along to see where the state’s top teams stand after seven weeks.

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Addison, Cadillac, Davison, Detroit Country Day, Freeland, Grand Ledge, Grand Rapids South Christian, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Holt, Howell, Hudson, Jackson Lumen Christi, Kingsley, Lawton, Marine City, Michigan Center, Millington, Montague, Muskegon Oakridge, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Portage Central, Riverview, Stevensville Lakeshore, Temperance Bedford, Traverse City St. Francis, Traverse City West, Whitehall

50. HOLT (5-2)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: Unranked

Week 7 score: Beat East Lansing, 26-21

Week 8 game: At Portage Northern, 7 p.m. Friday

49. BLOOMFIELD HILLS (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 49

Week 7 score: Beat Ferndale, 37-6

Week 8 game: At Royal Oak, 7 p.m. Friday

48. GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN (4-3)

Division: 4

Previous ranking: Honorable mention

Week 7 score: Beat Byron Center, 24-10

Week 8 game: at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 7 p.m. Friday

47. ZEELAND WEST (4-2)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 46

Week 7 score: Beat Grand Rapids Union, 52-6

Week 8 game: At Zeeland East, 7 p.m. Friday

46. SPRING LAKE (6-1)

Division: 4

Previous ranking: No. 48

Week 7 score: Beat Coopersville, 27-20

Week 8 game: At Grand Rapids West Catholic, 7 p.m. Friday

45. WOODHAVEN (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 45

Week 7 score: Beat Wyandotte Roosevelt, 50-0

Week 8 game: Home vs. Southgate Anderson, 7 p.m. Friday

44. HARTLAND (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 44

Week 7 score: Beat Northville, 38-19

Week 8 game: Home vs. Canton, 7 p.m. Friday

43. GROSSE POINTE SOUTH (3-4)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 39

Week 7 score: Lost to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, 49-37

Week 8 game: At Warren Mott, 7 p.m. Friday

42. CEDAR SPRINGS (6-1)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 43

Week 7 score: Beat Wayland, 62-22

Week 8 game: Home vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday

41. DEXTER (5-2)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 41

Week 7 score: Beat Monroe, 56-27

Week 8 game: At Saline, 7 p.m. Friday

40. PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA (7-0)

Division: 7

Previous ranking: No. 40

Week 7 score: Beat Saranac, 27-0

Week 8 game: At Bath, 7 p.m. Friday

39. ANN ARBOR HURON (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 38

Week 7 score: Beat Ann Arbor Skyline (forfeit)

Week 8 game: At Ypsilanti Lincoln, 7 p.m. Friday

38. BYRON CENTER (6-1)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 31

Week 7 score: Lost to Grand Rapids Christian, 24-10

Week 8 game: At Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 7 p.m. Friday

37. HARPER WOODS (6-1)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 42

Week 7 score: Beat Allen Park, 32-21

Week 8 game: At Warren De La Salle, 7 p.m. Friday at Wayne State

36. PORTLAND (6-1)

Division: 5

Previous ranking: No. 37

Week 7 score: Beat Eaton Rapids, 37-0

Week 8 game: Home vs. Cadillac, 7 p.m. Friday

35. ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY’S (4-3)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 32

Week 7 score: Lost to Detroit Catholic Central, 21-0

Week 8 game: At Mentor Lake Catholic (OH), 7 p.m. Friday

34. LANSING CATHOLIC (7-0)

Division: 6

Previous ranking: No. 36

Week 7 score: Beat Charlotte, 56-21

Week 8 game: Home vs. Fowlerville, 7 p.m. Friday

33. MACOMB DAKOTA (4-3)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 35

Week 7 score: Beat Utica Eisenhower, 35-3

Week 8 game: At Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, 7 p.m. Friday

32. FRANKENMUTH (7-0)

Division: 5

Previous ranking: No. 34

Week 7 score: Beat Alma, 22-7

Week 8 game: Home vs. Essexville Garber, 7 p.m. Friday

31. EAST LANSING (4-3)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 22

Week 7 score: Lost to Holt, 26-21

Week 8 game: At Grand Ledge, 7 p.m. Friday

30. HUDSONVILLE (4-3)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 33

Week 7 score: Beat Grand Haven, 49-14

Week 8 game: At Grandville, 7 p.m. Friday

29. CHELSEA (7-0)

Division: 4

Previous ranking: No. 30

Week 7 score: Beat Tecumseh, 58-21

Week 8 game: Home vs. St. Joseph, 7 p.m. Friday

28. LIVONIA CHURCHILL (6-1)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 21

Week 7 score: Lost to Dearborn Fordson, 38-33

Week 8 game: At Livonia Stevenson, 7 p.m. Friday

27. BLOOMFIELD HILLS BROTHER RICE (5-2)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 29

Week 7 score: Beat Chicago Christ the King Jesuit, 56-14

Week 8 game: At Traverse City Central, 7 p.m. Friday

26. SOUTH LYON (7-0)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 25

Week 7 score: Beat Walled Lake Northern, 42-0

Week 8 game: At Waterford Mott, 7 p.m. Friday

25. EDWARDSBURG (7-0)

Division: 4

Previous ranking: No. 24

Week 7 score: Beat Otsego, 64-8

Week 8 game: Home vs. Dowagiac, 7 p.m. Friday

24. HUDSONVILLE UNITY CHRISTIAN (7-0)

Division: 4

Previous ranking: No. 27

Week 7 score: Beat Grand Rapids West Catholic, 40-14

Week 8 game: Home vs. Coopersville, 7 p.m. Friday

23. GRAND RAPIDS FOREST HILLS CENTRAL (6-1)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 20

Week 7 score: Beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 35-7

Week 8 game: Home vs. Byron Center, 7 p.m. Friday

22. SALINE (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 23

Week 7 score: Beat Temperance Bedford, 35-21

Week 8 game: Home vs. Dexter, 7 p.m. Friday

21. RIVER ROUGE (5-2)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 19

Week 7 score: Beat Detroit University Prep, 71-0

Week 8 game: OPEN

20. CALEDONIA (6-1)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 18

Week 7 score: Lost to Rockford, 17-14

Week 8 game: Home vs. Jenison, 7 p.m. Friday

19. MONA SHORES (5-2)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 13

Week 7 score: Lost to Muskegon, 49-28

Week 8 game: At Holland, 7 p.m. Friday

18. DEARBORN FORDSON (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 26

Week 7 score: Beat Livonia Churchill, 38-33

Week 8 game: At Dearborn, 7 p.m. Friday

17. ROMEO (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 28

Week 7 score: Beat Sterling Heights Stevenson, 7-0

Week 8 game: Home vs. Port Huron Northern, 7 p.m. Friday

16. STERLING HEIGHTS STEVENSON (5-2)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 9

Week 7 score: Lost to Romeo, 7-0

Week 8 game: At Utica Ford, 7 p.m. Friday

15. TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL (6-1)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 15

Week 7 score: Beat Alpena, 56-7

Week 8 game: Home vs. Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, 7 p.m. Friday

14. CLINTON TOWNSHIP CHIPPEWA VALLEY (5-2)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 16

Week 7 score: Beat Grosse Pointe South, 49-37

Week 8 game: Home vs. Utica, 7 p.m. Friday

13. DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL (5-2)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 17

Week 7 score: Beat Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 21-0

Week 8 game: Home vs. Newmarket Huron Heights (CN), 7 p.m. Friday

12. BELLEVILLE (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 12

Week 7 score: Beat Westland John Glenn, 47-14

Week 8 game: At Livonia Franklin, 7 p.m. Friday

11. CLARKSTON (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 11

Week 7 score: Beat Lake Orion, 50-22

Week 8 game: Home vs. Birmingham Groves, 7 p.m. Friday

10. ROCHESTER ADAMS (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 10

Week 7 score: Beat Birmingham Groves, 24-7

Week 8 game: At Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, 7 p.m. Friday

Adams’ defense continued its stellar run by allowing just seven points to a talented Groves team that features Michigan State commit Jaden Mangham. The Highlanders are off to their best start since 2008 and have allowed 10 points or fewer in five of seven games this year against a tough schedule. The gauntlet continues in Week 8, when Adams visits Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

9. MUSKEGON (6-1)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 14

Week 7 score: Beat Muskegon Mona Shores, 49-28

Week 8 game: At Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, 7 p.m. Friday

The Big Reds came away with a big win in Week 7, as Muskegon used an 80-yard fumble return touchdown to spark a 21-point victory over rival Mona Shores. Sophomore Jakob Price got his first start and left quite the impression by tallying 217 yards on just six carries, including a state-record-tying 99-yard touchdown run. Muskegon now has wins in five of its last six games against Mona Shores, and they should be able to carry some momentum into the final two regular season games against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer and Zeeland East.

8. WEST BLOOMFIELD (6-1)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 8

Week 7 score: Beat Southfield A&T, 56-27

Week 8 game: Home vs. North Farmington, 7 p.m. Friday

There was no let down for West Bloomfield coming off its overtime win over Clarkston, as the Lakers rolled a talented Southfield A&T team in Week 7. West Bloomfield will be heavy favorites in its last two games, but shouldn’t take North Farmington for granted in Week 8 because the Raiders will be playing for their playoff lives after dropping four in a row to some very good teams.

7. DETROIT CASS TECH (5-2)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 6

Week 7 score: Beat Detroit Western (forfeit)

Week 8 game: Vs. Detroit King, 7 p.m. at Detroit Collegiate Prep

Cass Tech claimed its second forfeit win in three weeks, giving the Technicians ample to time to heal up and get ready for this week’s showdown against rival Detroit King, which won the teams’ first matchup, 41-34 in Week 3. A Detroit Public School League championship will be on the line this time, and anything other than another thriller would be a shock.

6. GRAND RAPIDS CATHOLIC CENTRAL (7-0)

Division: 5

Previous ranking: No. 5

Week 7 score: Beat Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, 51-0

Week 8 game: At Cedar Springs, 7 p.m. Friday

It appears Catholic Central will be without starting quarterback Joey Silveri for a while due to a knee injury sustained in Week 4, but once again, senior backup John Passinault came through with another stellar performance against Thornapple Kellogg, completing 11 of 20 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars’ first real test without Silveri under center is this week’s matchup with Cedar Spring, and if they’re able to roll past the Red Hawks, Catholic Central has to be considered the heavy favorite to win its fourth state title in five years.

5. GRAND BLANC (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 4

Week 7 score: Beat Saginaw Heritage, 41-7

Week 8 game: Home vs. Lapeer, 7 p.m. Friday

Grand Blanc continued its impressive season with a big win over Heritage, marking the program’s first 7-0 start since 2009. Quarterback Hunter Ames completed 7 of 13 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns, and the Bobcats will need another big game from the senior signal caller when they host 6-1 Lapeer for a share of the Saginaw Valley League Red Division title.

4. DEWITT (6-1)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 3

Week 7 score: Beat Lansing Everett, 49-21

Week 8 game: Home vs. Lansing Waverly, 7 p.m. Friday

The Panthers completed their first goal of the season by wrapping up the CAAC Blue title with a win over Everett, as star quarterback Tyler Holtz completed 15 of 26 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns. DeWitt wraps up conference play this week, then visits Stevensville Lakeshore in what should be a good playoff tune-up for Holtz and company, as they aim to repeat as state champions.

3. ROCKFORD (7-0)

Division: 1

Previous ranking: No. 7

Week 7 score: Beat Caledonia, 17-14

Week 8 game: Home vs. Holland West Ottawa, 7 p.m. Friday

Rockford picked up one of the biggest wins of Week 7, as senior quarterback Zak Ahern tossed the game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass to Mac VandenHout to convert third-and-17 in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 17-14 victory over Caledonia. The Rams appear to be a team on a mission this year, boasting wins over Sterling Heights Stevenson, Cedar Springs, Hudsonville and now Caledonia, and now the team should be able to give some valuable minutes to its reserves in the next two weeks against sub-.500 squads Holland West Ottawa and Grand Haven.

2. WARREN DE LA SALLE (6-0)

Division: 2

Previous ranking: No. 2

Week 7 score: Beat Detroit U-D Jesuit, 44-7

Week 8 game: Home vs. Harper Woods, 7 p.m. Friday at Wayne State

De La Salle has wins over four top-50 teams, and although U-D Jesuit isn’t one of them, the Pilots have another matchup with one of the state’s top teams when they play Harper Woods this week. With standout junior quarterback Brady Drogosh leading the way, De La Salle is on track for its fourth trip to Ford Field in five seasons, and at this point, the Pilots have to be the favorites to win the whole thing.

1. DETROIT KING (6-1)

Division: 3

Previous ranking: No. 1

Week 7 score: Beat Detroit Renaissance, 57-7

Week 8 game: Vs. Detroit Cass Tech, 7 p.m. Friday at Detroit Collegiate Prep

After picking up forfeit wins in weeks 5 and 6, King looked like a well-rested group, as it cruised to a 50-point win over Detroit Renaissance. The Crusaders play rival Cass Tech this week in the Detroit Public School League championship game, so that extra time to get healthy and prepare for the Technicians should come on handy in the rematch of King’s 41-34 Week 3 win.

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