Written Saturday September 30th at 5:10 PM
West Bloomfield (4-2): The Lakers have some serious concerns on defense and the stats prove it. They have allowed over 30 points in three of the last four weeks including a 44-36 loss to Clarkston on Friday night and were down 37-14 at one point in the fourth quarter. Rick Nance had a really rough game but the defense as mentioned has some serious concerns. They have allowed 166 points this season (27.6 ppg) which is un Laker like. Bryce Rowe did not play and Kari Jackson and Montelle Johnson are out for the season with ACL and MCL injuries. They have Oxford looming next week.
Lake Orion (6-0): The Dragons defense was just incredible in their 35-0 win over Adams on Friday night. They had six sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble return for a touchdown. Lake Orion was solid offensively as well with Raymond Payne’s two scores, Billy Roberson and Tristian Hill each had a score as well. The Dragons are rolling right now. They have a big one looming with Clarkston for the Red next week.
Clarkston (4-2): The Wolves were very impressive especially offensively in their 44-36 win over West Bloomfield on Friday night. Clarkston had a 37-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The game really wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Griffin Bowman had three rushing touchdowns while Brody Kosin had two touchdown catches while Desman Stephens had a touchdown pass, an interception, and a touchdown score in the game. Lukas Bowman was also very good as well. The defense was solid all night including a big fourth down stop at the two yard line. The Bowman twins have been very good as had Brady Collins along with Stephens and Kosin as well. Clarkston has Lake Orion looming for the Red next week.
Adams (3-3): The Highlanders had a rough night in their 35-0 loss to Lake Orion on Friday night. Adams was dominated everywhere in the game. I know they are a very young team but Coach Tony Patritto has to be very disappointed with the performance. The postseason could be very interesting to watch for the Highlanders with what’s ahead. They have Stoney Creek looming next week.
Oxford (2-4): The Wildcats needed a big win like this and they got it by winning 38-28 over Stoney Creek. This could be the turning point that Coach Zach Line talked about during the preview show and the podcast. Oxford still has a shot to get into the postseason with their very tough schedule. Jack Hendrix and Luke Johnson were huge for the Wildcats in the game. Johnson had two touchdowns including a 50 yard rushing score while Hendrix had three passing scores including a 51 yard catch by Liam O’Neil, a 47 yard catch by Dean Rice, and a one yard catch by Ian Jones. They have West Bloomfield looming next week.
Stoney Creek (1-5): The Cougars postseason hopes took a huge hit with a 38-28 loss to Oxford on Friday night. Stoney Creek was leading most of the game but let Oxford come back and seal the win. Jayden McCarthy had all four rushing touchdowns on the night. The Cougars have a tough stretch ahead of them. They have Adams looming next week.
Southfield Arts and Tech (6-0): The Warriors rolled in their 40-0 win over Bloomfield Hills on Friday night. Southfield Arts and Tech rested their starters in the second half for the second week in a row. It’s also great to keep them healthy as they get ready for the final stretch. They have Rochester looming next week.
Harper Woods (3-3): The Pioneers had a very tough loss to Groves on Friday night falling 20-12. Harper Woods will be fine in the postseason with three losses to three really good teams. They have Farmington looming next week.
Groves (4-2): The Falcons went into Wayne County and beat Harper Woods 20-12 on Friday night. Chris Little had a big night. He caught an interception and threw for a touchdown in the game. Groves is rolling right now. They have Bloomfield Hills looming next week.
Farmington (2-4): The Falcons have really struggled since Cam Pettaway went down. They fell 33-7 to Rochester on Friday night. Farmington has been outscored 79-7 in the last two weeks and it won’t get any easier. They have Harper Woods looming next week.
Bloomfield Hills (0-6): The Blackhawks have had a rough two weeks. They fell 40-0 to Southfield Arts and Tech on Friday night. Bloomfield Hills has been outscored 89-0 in the last two weeks. They have a tough one looming with Groves next week.
Rochester (2-4): The Falcons earned a surprising 33-7 win on their homecoming over Farmington on Friday night at Rochester Stadium. Jack Lower had a solid game for Rochester. The defense was also solid all night for Rochester. They have a tough one with Southfield Arts and Tech looming next week.
Seaholm (5-1): The Maples spread the wealth in their domination of Troy on Friday night. Seaholm has outscored the Colts 94-6 in their last two meetings including a 42-6 blowout. The Maples have scored 198 points in the last four weeks which is really impressive and have allowed 20 points in three weeks. The Kinnie boys are the Kinnie Boys along with Kyle Robbins and Jack Lewis. They had a great night all around and have all been playing really well down the stretch. The Maples have a big one with Avondale looming next week.
North Farmington (3-3): The Raiders have started to turn things around which is a great sign for them in their 9-6 win over Oak Park on Friday night. Duke Blanch had a three yard touchdown run but he got hurt in the game. The defense shut down a good Knights offense all night. They also got a field goal as well. The Raiders sit in a great spot right now. They have Pontiac looming next week.
Oak Park (2-4): The Knights had another tough loss falling 9-6 to North Farmington on Friday night. They lost their last two games by a combined eight points. The defense was solid all night for Oak Park but the offense including Artelle Guyton who had a 15 yard rushing touchdown also struggled and that’s a credit to the Raiders defense and their coaching staff. The Knights have Ferndale looming next week.
Troy (3-3): The Colts could be in some trouble after a 42-6 loss to Seaholm on Friday night. The schedule has clearly hurt them and it’s showing in their losses. Troy has scored 12 points in two games and allowed 94 points in the last three weeks which were all losses (31.3 ppg) in that stretch. The schedule looks very manageable going forward for the Colts with Berkley looming next week.
Troy Athens (2-4): The Red Hawks bounced back after two really tough weeks with a 35-15 win over Pontiac on Saturday afternoon. Troy Athens took advantage in the middle quarters and built a 28-7 lead at one point to get the win. They have Royal Oak looming next week.
Ferndale (3-3): The Eagles are starting to put it together after winning 61-8 over Berkley at Hurley Field. Ferndale has scored 94 points in the last two weeks. Cullen Hock had five touchdowns in the game. He has started to turn things around. They have Oak Park looming next week.
Avondale (6-0): The Yellow Jackets had no problem with Royal Oak winning 42-0 on Friday night. Avondale has been dominant in the division and they are well on their way to clinching the crown. They have a big one looming with Seaholm next week.
Berkley (0-6): The Bears were blown out 61-8 by Ferndale at Hurley Field on their homecoming Friday night. That is five losses at Hurley Field which is unheard off for Berkley. They have Troy looming next week.
Royal Oak (2-4): The Ravens had a ton of trouble with Avondale on Friday night falling 42-0. Royal Oak really struggled moving the football against a very good Avondale defense. They have Troy Athens looming next week.
Pontiac (3-3): The Phoenix had a rough homecoming on Saturday afternoon falling to Troy Athens 35-15. Pontiac had a tough time with mistakes against the Red Hawks. They have another tough matchup with North Farmington looming next week.