With four games complete and five more weeks to go in the 2021 regular season, teams are still trying to figure out what their identities are.
Here are four questions to ponder ahead of the start of the fifth week of the campaign.
Will CC beat Brother Rice again?
Brother Rice hasn't beaten Detroit Catholic Central since 2014, a season in which the Warriors advanced all the way to the regional final and lost by a score to De La Salle.
This reign of success in the rivalry for the Shamrocks has mirrored the team's overall play, making at least the regional final in four out of the last six seasons, including a state final appearance in 2016.
That same expectation followed Catholic Central into the 2021 season, with an experienced quarterback and veteran weapons on both sides of the ball. But after a massive loss to Chippewa Valley in Week 1, those expectations have seemed to taper off a bit.
Brother Rice suffered its first loss of the season in Week 4 against De La Salle, losing to the Pilots for the second-straight season by a touchdown or less.
Like it seemingly does every season, this matchup has huge implications for how the Catholic High School League will shake out. Who will have the upper hand heading into the back half of the regular season?
Can Lakeland get over the hump in the LVC?
Lakeland technically won the Lakes Valley Conference title: finishing the 2020 season undefeated in league play. But in a shortened season, the Eagles got a bit lucky.
Their first three games of the year were against the big dogs of the LVC: Walled Lake Western, Waterford Mott and South Lyon. Since the league's emergence, the Eagles have never beaten all three teams in one season. In 2020, Lakeland finished the regular season undefeated, but faced only teams with either .500 or losing records.
Lakeland didn't get a chance to face Walled Lake Western in 2021. The Eagles' game against the Warriors was a forfeit after Walled Lake Western was short-handed in its Week 2 win against Walled Lake Northern.
Lakeland's win streak is still intact, beating Waterford Mott at home. But South Lyon dominated, scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to blast past Detroit Country Day.
How will Lakeland respond against South Lyon? The Eagles have the experience with Tate Farquhar and Dillon Gacki knowing what it's like to face high-level opponents. But this game against the Lions will be key if Lakeland wants a district title.
Can Cole Shires carry Novi's run game?
Novi made a statement at home against Brighton in Week 4.
The Wildcats pounded the running game against the Bulldogs, recording 273 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, averaging nearly six yards per carry.
Cole Shires has been a big part of that success, especially over the past two weeks. Facing Brighton and Salem combined, the running back scored five touchdowns, recording 252 yards on 36 carries, averaging exactly seven yards per carry.
Quarterback Luke Aurilia has been an important cog in Novi's offensive machine too, recording two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in each of the past two weeks. But Novi's bread and butter seems to be Shires four weeks into the season.
Is Canton back?
Canton's offense seems to be back in the swing of things.
One season after winning the KLAA West, Canton struggled out of the gate, scoring 44 points combined against Dearborn Fordson and Howell in the first two games of the season.
But the Chiefs seemed to have turned something on in the past two weeks, scoring at least 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2016. Led by running backs Josiah West and Wesley Faulkner, the Canton offense only seems to be gaining steam ahead of its Week 5 meeting with Novi.
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