Belleville wants to win for the third time in a row in Michigan’s Division 1. They have Bryce Underwood, the best junior player in the country, leading the way. People believe the Tigers, who are ranked as the top team before the season, will do it. Some even think Underwood will finish high school with four championship rings.
In the national rankings, Belleville starts at No. 64 in the 300, which is about the best high school teams. The Tigers could be ranked higher, but their schedule isn’t very tough. They don’t have any games against teams in the Top 300 during the regular season.
Belleville will start their season against River Rouge in the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic on Friday.
The second-ranked team, Detroit King, also wants to win three times in a row when the season starts this weekend in the Xenith event. On Saturday, they will play against Ohio’s Archbishop Moeller, who is ranked 132nd in the country. This game will be the last one in the six-game event.
There are also two more important games in the Xenith event: No. 3 Cass Tech and No. 6 West Bloomfield. Cass Tech will play Southfield A&T on Saturday. West Bloomfield will play Chippewa Valley on Thursday.
Another big event in the state is the Battle at the Big House in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. The ninth-ranked team, Clarkston, will play in the final game of the six-game event.
Top 10 High School Football America Michigan
|Ranking/Team||2022 Record||HSFA 300 Preseason Ranking|
|No. 1 Belleville||(14-0)||64|
|No. 2 Detroit MLK||(10-3)||132|
|No. 3 Cass Tech||(9-4)||230|
|No. 4 De La Salle Collegiate||(13-1)||242|
|No. 5 Detroit Catholic Central||(8-3)||NR|
|No. 6 West Bloomfield||(8-2)||NR|
|No. 7 Adams||(10-2)||NR|
|No. 8 Davison||(9-2)||NR|
|No. 9 Clarkston||(10-3)||NR|
|No. 10 Saline||(8-3)||NR|