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Marine City ready to renew rivalry with Madison Heights

By Joseph Hayes

It feels like deja vu all over again.

The past three years, the Marine City High School football team has entered Week 4 of the regular season with a 3-0 record with only Madison Heights in its way.

The past two seasons, the Mariners dropped closely contested games to come up just short of improving to 4-0.

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Last year, Marine City lost 21-15; a year after falling 28-24 in 2017. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Friday night at East China Stadium.

“I’m expecting the same, physical team,” Marine City senior offensive tackle and linebacker Joshua Headlee said. We have to come hitting on the first play. I know it’s going to be a very physical game.

“It gives me a chip on my shoulder. I don’t want to lose to them three times in a row.
We have scouting reports and every week there is a key to victory. There is usually six or seven things and this week on there it says cause three turnovers to win the game.”

That hasn’t been an issue for the Mariners the first three weeks of the season. They have been nearly flawless in victories over Sterling Heights (42-7), South Lake (47-14) and in last week’s win over Hazel Park (55-8).

Madison Heights (0-2) meanwhile is off to a slow start after finishing the last two seasons 13-1 and 12-1, respectively.

The Eagles lost to Marysville, 14-13, last week.

“Against them last year, I’m pretty sure we threw a pick-6,” Marine City senior wide receiver and defensive back Angelo Patsalis said. “We lost by less than a touchdown. Maybe if we don’t have that turnover we win the game. We just have to cause more turnovers than them and continue to take it game-by-game.”

Joseph Hayes is the new Managing Editor at Blue Water Healthy Living. Hayes was previously at the Port Huron Times Herald and hosted a show on Power 88.3. He has additional experience at The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Jackson Citizen Patriot and WDFN 1130. Contact Hayes at

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