Enquirer staffers pick the top 10 teams in high school football in the area, regardless of class:
1. Lakeview (3-0)
Lakeview’s defense took over as it pitched a shutout against Mattawan. Will need same effort against Portage Central – first-place team in SMAC West.
2. Harper Creek (4-0)
Harper Creek earned some love from the state voters this week, coming in at No. 8 in Division 3 in the state rankings.
3. Climax-Scotts (4-0)
Climax-Scotts No. 3 in the state poll in Division 8 and No. 3 in our poll. Stepping out of conference this week to see if it can keep unbeaten streak alive.
4. Coldwater (3-1)
Coldwater has a breather this week against winless Jackson Northwest before it plays Lumen Christi and Harper Creek in back-to-back games.
5. Marshall (2-2)
Dramatic win over Pennfield means a dramatic jump up the polls in the E-10 rankings. But Redhawks need to stay focuced with game vs. Lumen Christi at Albion College this week.
6. Quincy (4-0)
Quincy has a spot in the state rankings in Division 6, sitting at No. 9. Orioles seem to be the favorites to roll to Big 8 title this year.
7. Pennfield (2-2)
Two straight losses has Pennfield tumbling down the E-10 rankings. But a game against Harper Creek is an opportunity to reverse that trend.
8. St. Philip (4-0)
Tigers played their closest regular season game in last couple years in a tight Homecoming victory over Burr Oak. Gets undefeated Camden-Frontier next.
9. Olivet (3-1)
Olivet has put up 105 points combined over the last two weeks which means it could be a bad week for rival Maple Valley to show up on the schedule.
10. Gull Lake (2-2)
Gull Lake has bounced back from some early losses to win two in a row in the SMAC East.
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