All players are seniors unless noted (2015 records in parentheses).
11. Saline (11-1)
Top players: TE Bryce Wolma, RB Connor Hibbard, DE Sean O’Keefe, DB Robbie Felton, junior OT Dimitri Douglas, junior LBs C.J. Gildersleeve and Ethan Collick.
Coach: Joe Palka, 21st season as head coach, fifth at Saline (42-7).
Overview: This team might be flying under the radar a bit, especially compared to the past few Saline teams. But the Hornets will compete for the SEC title again. Wolma (Arizona) is faster than most tight ends, and he can outjump defenders. Hibbard gained nearly 1,000 yards in a reserve role last fall. The defensive front seven should be able to compete with anyone.
12. Detroit King (14-0)
Top players: DB/WR Ambry Thomas, RB Kevin Willis, LB Cepeda Phillips, junior C/OG Josh Mayberry, junior WR/DB Jaeveyon Morton.
Coach: Tyrone Spencer, first year.
Overview: The defending Division 2 state champs will have to overcome the sudden death of coach Dale Harvel less than a month ago. In Harvel’s image, the Crusaders will be strong defensively, with seven returning starters from the championship team. Thomas is a big-time player on both sides of the ball.
13. Southfield Arts and Technology (0-0)
Top players: Sophomore QB Sam Johnson, LB Lorenzo
McCaskill, OG Eric Eldridge, DE Torey Barclay, DB Marquise Thorns, junior DE Andre Carter, junior RB Eric McArn, junior WR Brandon Gray.
Coach: Tim Conley, 11 seasons at Southfield (75-43).
Overview: This is the merged version of Southfield High and Southfield-Lathrup. Southfield had a lot of returners to begin with, and the players from Lathrup have provided amazing depth. Johnson is one of the highest-ranked QBs in his class. McCaskill will be the leader of what should be an excellent defense.
14. Lowell (12-2)
Top players: LB Nate Stephens, OG John Rogalke, DB/WR Hayden Barry.
Coach: Noel Dean, 26th year as head coach (223-63), 21st at Lowell (201-48).
Overview: Only three starters remain from the team that lost the Division 2 state championship on the final play of the game. Though there is not much experience, there are talented players who will rely on the same work ethic that made Lowell one of the premier programs in the state. With opening games against powerhouses Warren De La Salle, Rockford and East Grand Rapids, the Red Arrows won’t have an opportunity to ease into the season as they seek their 18th consecutive playoff berth.
15. River Rouge (12-2)
Top players: Junior LB Eric Chenault, junior DB Reggie Pearson, DE Darrel Latham, sophomore DB Corry Thomas, junior TE Lee Payton, junior WR Giavonni Turner, QB Jairus
Grissom, junior RBs Jalen Jackson and Alex Carter, C Kenneth Joyce.
Coach: Corey Parker, eighth year at River Rouge (55-21).
Overview: This is a young team, but many underclassmen were starters a year ago, when the Panthers advanced to the Division 5 title game. The key addition that could put the Panthers over the top is Grissom, who had an outstanding season leading Dearborn Heights Robichaud last year. The defense should be better with an outstanding secondary.
Come back through Thursday for teams 1-2, 6-10.