Mick McCabe picks the state's top-25 teams. Here are Nos. 6-10 (come back Thursday for Nos. 1-5); all players are seniors unless noted:
Top players: RB Berkley Edwards, 5-9, 185; DT Michael Steinhauer, 6-3, 250; TE Luke Hollandsworth, 6-3, 215; RB Colton Platt, 5-9, 175; DT Jay Szcodronski, 6-2, 220; K Zach Rabbitt, 5-10, 170.
All-time state playoff record: 14-15.
Coach: Brad Bush 120-41, 16th season.
Biggest game: Sept. 21 at Adrian, 7 p.m.
* Related: Teams 11-15
* Related: Teams 16-20
* Related: Players 21-25
Overview: This will be one explosive offense built around Edwards, who gained more than 1,800 yards last season. Platt is a solid complementary back and Hollandsworth is an excellent receiver. The question mark is the defense, but Steinhauer is a tremendous pass rusher.
Warren De La Salle
Top players: QB Shane Morris, 6-3 1/2, 206; OG Andrew DiFranco, 6-1, 235; DB/WR Josh Cox, 6-0, 195; WR Jack Wangler, 6-1, 175; LB Allen Jefferson, 6-3 1/2, 200.
All-time state playoff record: 19-10.
Coach: Paul Verska 187-167; 78-38, 12th season at De La Salle.
Biggest game: Sept. 15 vs. Birmingham Brother Rice at Lake Shore, 7 p.m.
Overview: With Morris, the top player in the state, the Pilots will have a dynamite passing attack. RB Damorria Lilly, a four-year starter, should exceed 1,000 yards on the ground again for a balanced offense. Much will depend on the defense.
Top players: OT Jesse Chadwell, 6-5, 265; junior DT Nick Matich, 6-3, 260; C Craig Columbo, 6-3, 275; LB Chris Calvano, 6-1, 190; LB/TE Nathan Yeloushan, 6-2, 205; OG Matt Azzopardi, 5-10, 240; junior DB/WR Tim Cason, 6-0, 170.
All-time state playoff record: 16-15.
Coach: Kurt Richardson 187-77, 27th season at Clarkston.
Biggest game: Oct. 12 at Lake Orion, 7 p.m.
Overview: This is the biggest Clarkston has ever been. Led by Chadwell, the Wolves should have a terrific offensive line and the defensive line will also be outstanding. Overall, this will be a strong defensive unit and the Wolves will be able to move the ball effectively on the ground.
Top players: QB/DB Kyle Short, 6-2, 182; OG Justin Hopkins, 6-0, 250; RB Connor Darby, 6-0, 190; junior LB Brent Showers, 6-0, 215; junior LB Randy Garvin, 6-0, 208; junior LB Blake McDonald, 6-1, 185; S KC Zenner, 6-1, 195.
All-time state playoff record: 41-15.
Coach: Ralph Munger 271-82; 184-52, 21st season at Rockford.
Biggest game: Sept. 7 vs. Muskegon, 7 p.m.
Overview: The defense will be rugged as usual, featuring an outstanding corps of linebackers. Short was the backup last season, but played well when pressed into service early in the season. Darby is a dangerous back.
Novi Detroit Cath. Central
Top players: TB/LB Anthony Darkangelo, 6-0, 192; OG Derek Edwards, 6-5, 255; FB/DT Wyatt Shallman, 6-3, 250; FB David Houle, 5-11, 230; LB/RB Brandon Malinowski, 6-0, 205; junior DE Dylan Roney, 6-2, 215.
All-time state playoff record: 69-12.
Coach: Tom Mach 324-77, 37th season at CC.
Biggest game: Oct. 6 vs. Birmingham Brother Rice at Berkley, 7 p.m.
Overview: The Shamrocks will once again pound the ball down the field with Darkangelo following Shallman through the line of scrimmage. CC will also play excellent defense as it attempts to reach the Division 1 title game for the third straight year.
Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1.
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