With one week left of the regular season, the MLive top 25 football rankings continue to change. There has been a change in the top five as Warren De La Salle slipped after its loss to Detroit Catholic Central.
Four new teams make appearances this week while Catholic Central made the biggest jump, up six places.
MLive.com High School Football Top 25
Ranking (previous) Team (record)
1. (1) Detroit Martin Luther King (8-0): The rematch that everyone anticipated is happening as King will face Detroit Cass Tech at Ford Field on Friday in the Detroit Public School League championship. King escaped with an overtime win the last time it faced Cass Tech. It should once again be a tough go for the Crusaders the second time around.
Saline made easy work of a resurgent Ypsilanti team, notching a 48-18 win last week. The Hornets will look to capture its first undefeated regular season since 1990 when it hosts Newmarket Huron Heights (Ontario) this week.
3. (3) Detroit Cass Tech (7-1): There probably no one else that Cass Tech would want another chance to play than Detroit King. The two-time defending PSL champion, you can bet that Cass Tech will head into Friday's match up with a chip on its shoulder after losing to King in overtime in Week 5.
After a 35-0 win against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, the Lakers are one win away from the program's first ever undefeated regular season. However, it will need to get through Oakland Activities Association White Division champion Farmington Hills Harrison to get it.
St. Mary's had a bye week this last week. Although the Eaglets would have rather played, a bye week at this point may be a good thing, giving more time to heal up any nagging issues without having to risk more injuries. You can bet the Eaglets want to rectify its homecoming loss to De La Salle.
A 21-18 loss to Muskegon Mona Shores was tough to swallow and became the first time that the Big Reds lost two in a row to the Sailors since losing three in a row between the 1980-82 seasons. Muskegon should be able to work out some frustration against lowly Grand Rapids Union this week.
The Warriors cruised to a KLAA Lakes Conference title by beating Hartland, 28-3. The Warriors should head into the playoffs undefeated for the first time since 1999 as it faces Detroit Delta Prep this week. In 1999, Western went on to win the Division 1 state title.
The roll that Romeo has been on has been quite unbelievable. Beating New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 54-0, this last week, all that stands between Romeo and a 9-0 regular season is Utica Eisenhower of the Macomb Area Conference Red. Considering that Romeo defeated MAC Red champion Macomb Dakota, Romeo has plenty of confidence heading into the finale.
If Mona Shores isn't once again a favorite in the Division 2 state title race, no one is. A tough 21-18 win over rival Muskegon gives the opportunity for Mona Shores to head into the playoffs undefeated if it can take care of business against Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills this week.
10. (16) Detroit Catholic Central (6-2): Well, although Catholic Central beat Warren De La Salle, 21-14, it has to be frustrated that De La Salle will be the team facing Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Catholic League A-B Championship. Catholic Central will face Detroit Western International instead, which is quite a down grade.
The 21-14 loss to Detroit Catholic Central was a tough one but, thanks to point total tie-breakers, De La Salle is in the Catholic League A-B title game against Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Saturday. Although De La Salle easily beat St. Mary's, 31-8, in Week 5, it is rarely ever as easy the second time around.