FLINT — Three weeks remain in the regular season and our top three teams show no signs of slowing down. They continue to post one-sided victories.
In fact, Nos. 1 and 2 are heading toward a showdown in the regular-season finale that could not only be a dandy but might even be a preview of a first-round playoff match-up.
How much fun would that be?
Our top three teams from last week remain unchanged but there was plenty of movement in the rest of the top 10.
1. DAVISON (6-0)
Last week: No 1
The Davison Express continues to steamroll opponents as the Cardinals walloped Grand Ledge 63-21 last week.
The 21 points were more than the Cards had allowed in the previous four weeks combined yet they still won by six touchdowns. That’s dominance.
Is it any wonder Davison is No. 4 in The Associated Press Division 1 poll?
Up next: at Warren DeLaSalle
2. LAPEER (5-1)
Last week: No. 2
The Lightning haven’t been challenged since losing 17-7 to Lake Orion (5-1) during the first week of the season. They’re coming off a 52-20 victory at Grand Blanc but finish the season with two tough games against Birmingham Brother Rice and Davison.
If nothing else, those two games will have Lapeer battle tested when the playoffs begin.
Up next: Carman-Ainsworth
3. NEW LOTHROP (6-0)
Last week: No. 3
The Hornets played without All-State quarterback Avery Moore yet managed to squeak out of a 57-14 win over Durand as backup quarterback Cam Orr set a school record by scoring seven touchdowns.
How’s that for replacing a big gun?
New Lothrop has outscored opponents 287-42 and expect the big wins to continue until the season finale vs. unbeaten Frankenmuth.
Up next: Chesaning
4. FENTON (5-1)
Last week: No. 5
The Tigers continue to climb after winning their fifth straight game.
Last week’s 24-21 victory was their closest game during the winning streak but it came against a Linden team that is playing better after a slow start and it was also a rivalry game.
Fenton can clinch a spot in the inaugural Metro League championship game with a win this week.
Up next: Flushing
5. GOODRICH (5-1)
Last week: No. 6
The Martians are also riding a five-game winning streak and two-time All-Stater Tyson Davis is playing as well as ever after scoring three TDs and intercepting three passes last week. (Did he cook the Martians’ pre-game meal, too?)
Throw in a strong supporting cast and Goodrich is going to be a dangerous team when the playoffs begin in a couple of weeks.
Up next: Clio
6. KEARSLEY (5-1)
Last week: No. 7
The Hornets weren’t exactly overpowering in a 27-7 win over Holly (1-5) but they did what it took to get back on the winning track after losing their first game of the season two weeks ago to Fenton.
Expect them to clinch their first playoff berth since 1998 this week, when a victory will keep them in the hunt for a spot in the Metro League title game next week.
Up next: at Swartz Creek
7. BRANDON (5-1)
Last week: No. 8
The Blackhawks’ explosive offense has produced all five of its victories, the latest being 54-21 over Corunna.
They’ve outscored opponents 272-87 this season but have allowed at least 21 points in three straight games after pitching back-to-back shutouts.
They’ll get a stiff test from Richmond (6-0) in the regular-season finale before heading to the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
Up next: at Lake Fenton
8. MONTROSE (5-1)
Last week: No. 10
The Rams didn’t play last week yet they still moved up. How so?
Well, we can’t penalize Montrose because LakeVille forfeited and the two teams beneath them had to pay a price for losing last week.
If nothing else, the week off was a nice break and gave the Rams an opportunity to let some bumps and bruises heal before what they hope will be a lengthy postseason run.
Up next: Durand
9. HAMADY (5-1)
Last week: No. 4
The Hawks’ 36-12 loss at Morley-Stanwood was a bit of a surprise given the Mohawks opened the season with two losses and are below Hamady when it comes to Division 6 playoff points.
Was the loss a fluke? Perhaps.
But the Hawks won’t have time to lick their wounds as they face another solid team Friday before getting Week 8 off because they weren’t able to line up an opponent.
Up next: Detroit Community
10. GRAND BLANC (4-2)
Last week: No. 9
For the third time in four years, the Bobcats have suffered back-to-back losses after starting 4-0. Yet they’ve managed to make the playoffs three times in that stretch.
Will they do it again?
That’s a good question. They should right the proverbial ship this week but they finish the season against Powers Catholic (4-2) and Saline (5-1), two teams that aren’t pushovers by any stretch.
Up next: at Saginaw Arthur Hill