But early in the fourth quarter star quarterback Matthew Bills scored from two yards out and later back up quarterback Deric Astrauckas would score a touchdown putting the game away for a homecoming victory.
With the win the Titans clinched the MAC Gold and can complete a perfect regular season with a win at Port Huron next Friday.
Coach Al Gulick said “this was a tremendous battle and Lake Shore was a tough opponent. “Coach Popp does a great job”added Gulick.
“We changed our blocking scheme at the half and we thought that would make the difference and it did, it was a great team effort ” concluded Gulick.
The Panthers scored on a 5 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Hastings to wide receiver Jaden Davis for a 6-0 lead.
Later Hastings would score on a 30 yard scamper to put Center Line up 13-0 before halftime.
“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win the division,beat arch rival Lincoln keeping the Brown Jug and winning six games as well as qualifying for the playoffs” said Torres. CL can win their sixth game and clinch a playoff berth by winning at Marysville next week.
“I’m very proud of these kids” concluded Torres.
Hastings finished the day with 5 of 7 passing for 75 yards and one TD. He would also run the ball for 65 yards on 3 carries and a touchdown.
Diante Taylor carried the ball 10 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panther defense was stifling. George Talley III had five tackles and five sacks. Davon Sears had four tackles to go along with four sacks and a safety.
(Statistics provided by Zach Zimmerman)
Chippewa Valley 41 vs Romeo 34
Dakota 13 vs Eisenhower 21
Anchor Bay 21 vs Stevenson 34
Utica 34 vs LCN 20
GPS 54 vs GPN 0
Utica Ford 7 vs Warren-Mott 35
Fraser 20 vs Cousino 34
Port Huron 33 vs Lakeview 36
Roseville 14 vs PH Northern 26
Fitzgerald 38 vs Eastpointe 50
Sterling Heights 35 vs L’Anse Creuse 12
Lake Shore @ WWT (Saturday)
Marysville 15 vs Marine City 37
St. Clair 35 vs South Lake 21
Madison 38 vs Clintondale 16
Lincoln 20 vs New Haven 0
MH Lamphere @ Center Line (Saturday)
Pontiac Northern 0 vs Clawson 42
MI Collegiate 34 Chandler Park 32 OT
De La Salle @ Catholic Central (Sunday)
Parkway Christian 43 vs Southfield Christian 13
In: Chippewa Valley, G.P. South, W.W.Tower, Madison, Michigan Collegiate,Parkway Christian, De La Salle, Dakota, P.H. Northern, Lake Shore.
One Win and In : Romeo,Warren Mott, Roseville, St.Clair, Marine City.
Needs Two Wins and In: Eisenhower, L.C. North,Lakeview,Marysville, Center Line, Clawson.
Multiple teams are 3-4 and need two wins and help in the race for playoff points.
In the MAC Red Chippewa Valley faces a tough test at Romeo. A victory and the Big Reds win the title outright, but a Bulldog win and they claim a share of the title.
Dakota who defeated Romeo last week in double overtime can also claim a share with a victory against Eisenhower and a Romeo win over Chippewa Valley. The Big Reds close out the season next week against Utica.
A huge matchup looms in the MAC Gold as undefeated W.W.Tower plays host to once beaten Lake Shore. The winner takes the division title.
Grosse Pointe South battles arch rival Grosse Pointe North this Friday and then meets Romeo in a tough week nine crossover.
Madison who is also 7-0 plays at Clintondale and Lamphere where they should be heavy favorites to win both games and finish the year undefeated.
Parkway Christian is favored to win in weeks eight and nine. This week they take on Southfield Christian.
Michigan Collegiate should run the table, but after taking on Chandler Park in week eight they face a 5-2 Millington team to close out the season.
The teams looking to finish with a perfect regular season all have a legitimate shot,but in some cases it won’t be easy.