2017 Football Preview: Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Posted August 4, 2017
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
2016 Record: 10-4
vs. Macomb Dakota (7-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24
This one was a classic last year, with Dakota winning 35-28. The season opener is the second meeting ever between these two programs.
vs. East Kentwood High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 1
East Kentwood reached the state playoffs three years in a row — and made the 2014 Division 1 semifinals — before going 4-5 last fall. The Falcons are expecting a bounce-back year.
at Mishawaka Penn (Indiana) (12-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 8
The first road game of the season will be a tough one, as St. Mary’s takes on a Penn team that didn’t lose until its state playoffs last year and defeated the Eaglets 10-7 in Week 3.
at University of Detroit Jesuit (6-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 16
This Catholic High School League rivalry has been one-sided, with the Eaglets owning a 20-2 all-time record. The Cubs’ last win was in 2003.
vs. Warren De La Salle (4-5) — 1 p.m. Sept. 22
The Eaglets won a 14-7 decision over the Pilots in 2016. St. Mary’s is 17-5 all-time against DLS.
vs. Birmingham Brother Rice (7-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 29
Some teams don’t play opponents that reached a state final the previous season for years. But for Rice, it will play two in two weeks after facing Novi Detroit Catholic Central in Week 5. St. Mary’s hasn’t allowed a point against Rice in two years and leads the all-time series 16-13.
at Novi Detroit Catholic Central (13-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 6
Half of St. Mary’s losses last fall came to the Shamrocks, who won 28-7 in Week 7 and then 17-14 in the Prep Bowl. The Shamrocks went on to lose in the D-1 final to Detroit Cass Tech.
at Opponent to be named — TBD Oct. 20
St. Mary’s opponent to close out the regular season will be announced at a later date.
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