Log jam for grid title in Downriver League


Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Wyandotte Roosevelt takes the field before a recent game. The Bears were 6-1 heading into last weekend’s game and were tied with Taylor Truman and Woodhaven for the Downriver League lead.


With the regular season of local high school football coming to a close in the next week, a three-way tie has created a log jam in the rough and tumble Downriver League this fall.

Wyandotte Roosevelt, Taylor Truman and Woodhaven all were even and tied for first place heading into action last week. Going into the final weeks of scheduled league play, each of the three front runners own matching 6-1 records.

Chances are good that whoever wins the Downriver League championship will remain a mystery until the last down of the last game is played. In the end, it could remain a three-way finish, winding up with a tri-champion scenario. Or, one or two of the leading teams could falter during the final game of the season and fall out of title contention.

All three teams at the top may win the rest of their games. It all depends on a few things. Will Wyandotte beat Allen Park and Southgate Anderson to once again stake a claim to the Downriver League title? They more than likely would share it with either Truman or Woodhaven, providing the Cougars and Warriors keep winning their grid tilts.

“We have been doing quite well this season,” Roosevelt Athletic Director Tom DeSana said. “But remember, your only as good as your last game.”

The remark by “Mr. Papa Bear” takes a common sense approach to the existing league scenario.

Truman needed to get past Gibraltar Carlson and Woodhaven may find Trenton on the tough side as the league rivalries continue heading into the final week before state playoffs begin.

Poor Lincoln Park. The Railsplitters have gone winless again this year. Thus far, in their first seven games, they have an 0-7 record. The Railsplitters anchor the bottom of the Downriver circuit with little hope of breaking out of their continued slump.

A possible upset of one of the leading teams could change the current standings as the Downriver League continues to battle to the finish. May the best team, or teams, finish at the top.

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