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1. RIVERVIEW GABRIEL RICHARD (7-5, 3-0)

Gabriel Richard won its first division title in 20 years, defeating Lutheran North 57-54 in a 4OT game, then advanced to the Division 7 regional finals, but lost 20 seniors from that team. Coach Thomas Michalsen will be looking for big production from RB/DL Nathan Palumbo, and two-way linemen Kenneth Esquible and Alex Mastrogiacomo.

2. MACOMB LUTHERAN NORTH (7-3, 2-1)

Second-year coach Garrett Wenzelburger has an outstanding QB in Angelo Basilisco, who transferred in from Macomb Dakota last year, then led Lutheran North to its first state playoff appearance since 2010. He has a weapon in WR/LB Matthew Drdul and will operate behind a line anchored by Jacob Kukuk.

3. GROSSE POINTE LIGGETT (4-5, 1-2)

Liggett showed improvement last year, going from 1-8 in 2017 to 4-5, but now will try to have a winning season, something it did seven straight years (2010-16). QB/LB Ian Narva, WR/LB Drew Zelenak and two-way linemen Giorgio Malkoun are key players.

4. ALLEN PARK CABRINI (6-5, 0-3)

Brian Obrycki takes over … again as head coach at Cabrini, replacing Ken Briere. Obrycki was head man at Cabrini from 1996-2009, guiding Cabrini to five straight state playoff appearances (2004-08). TE/LB Jackson Stanley, TB/LB Logan Heath and T/LB Jonas Raiha are among the senior leaders.