Around the OAA: Football Shortcomings

Around the OAA: Football Shortcomings

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Football Shortcomings.

Written Saturday November 19th at 4:30 PM

Here are the shortcomings to the end of the OAA football season for 2022.

West Bloomfield: It was a very disappointing year for the Lakers this season which saw a first round exit to Detroit Cass Tech. West Bloomfield loses a ton of talent from this season but they have several talented returners coming back. The Lakers have Requan Nance at quarterback along with Jaiden Allios at running and wide receivers Jamir Benjamin and Bryce Rowe coming back. The lines should be solid with Brandon Davis-Swan and Zander Davis also coming back. The defense should be solid again with Benjamin and Rowe in the defensive secondary along with linebackers Kari Jackson, Reginald Hayes, and Josh Tate coming back for Coach Tyrice Grice. Program strength is a major concern this offseason for West Bloomfield. The Lakers have the talent but questions remain this offseason.

Adams: The Highlanders have had a ton of success in the last two years but they lose a ton from their senior class this season. Program strength will be very interesting in describing Adams this offseason. The Highlanders have Brady Prieskorn, Drew Heppner, and Matteo Humbert coming back at the skill positions and Brendan Watters and Nicholas Lakian coming back for Coach Tony Patritto. Adams could be in line to take a step back with all the experience they lost but Patritto has built this program and kept the veer intact. The Highlanders will be a team to watch this offseason.

Clarkston: The Wolves have had a really good season under first year Coach Justin Pintar but they had a really tough loss to Caledonia in the Division One State Semifinals. Clarkston loses a ton of proven talent but they also have some proven talent coming back for Pintar. The Wolves have playmaker Desman Stephens, tight end Brody Kosin, and Cooper Collins coming back at wide receiver. Watch for Graysen Clark and the Bowman twins next season. The Bowman twins are likely to make an impact on both sides of the football while Clark could likely replace his older brother Ethan at running back. Quarterback will be a question mark this offseason for Pintar. Clarkston should be a force to watch next season.

Lake Orion: The Dragons made some strides this season but had some tough losses to good teams along with the way but did make the postseason. Coach Chris Bell has really stabilized this program. Lake Orion has the balk of their skill players coming back with quarterback Triston Hill, running backs Darrin Jones and Billy Robertson and wide receivers Raymond Payne and Dominic Novak. The lines will need to be addressed somewhat but there are options in Kyle Purdy and Sam Blakeley coming back. The defense will be the biggest question that Bell needs to address this offseason. They have Kaydon Degraffenreid at linebacker and Korbin Smith, Andrew Parker, along with Trey Pochamara in the defensive secondary. They have the talent and program strength to compete with the best in the State. Lake Orion should be a force to be a recon with next season.

Stoney Creek: There were a ton of ups and downs with the Cougars this season. The ups were getting into the postseason and getting a big win over New Baltimore Anchor Bay. The downs were the upset loss to Rochester in the first round. Stoney Creek loses a ton of proven experience from this season. The Cougars have lineman Jacob Krobchak along with linebackers Adam Battizi and Wes Cyrulnick and kicker Quentin Ubaydi coming back for Coach Nick Merlo. Stoney Creek will need to find a quarterback and rushing attack for next season, there are several options out there and program strength is solid for Merlo. The Cougars should be fine heading into next season.

Oxford: It was a very tough season for the Wildcats. Oxford was very young and went through a lot of adversity. The Wildcats have Dominic Cassisee at quarterback, Sean Wilson on the offensive and defensive lines, Luke Johnson at running back, tight end and kicker Jay Cady, and Jake Champagne at wide receiver along with Owen Pavlock, Keegan Wynn, and Domonte Travis in the defensive secondary for Coach Zach Line. Program strength is a concern for Line. Oxford should be better with the young players seeing a ton of playing time and gaining the experience from this season’s struggle. They should be a team to watch next season.

Southfield Arts and Tech: It’s next season or bust with the Warriors. Southfield Arts and Tech made the postseason but fell to Detroit Cass Tech in the district finals. The offense wasn’t the issue and they have a ton of proven offensive players in quarterback Isisah Marshall, running back Davier Burt, lineman Reggie Gardner, and wide receivers Tashi Braceful, Xavier Bowman, Jawon Jarrett, and Parker Kennedy coming back. The defense is the biggest concern for Coach Aaron Marshall this offseason especially the linebackers and the defensive secondary even though they have Maurico Clayton and Mathias Davis at linebacker and Aaron Todd in the defensive secondary coming back. Program strength is also a major concern for Marshall. The Warriors have the offense figured out but defense and special teams will be key if Southfield Arts and Tech wants to make the next step and have a deep postseason run and live up to the expectations.

Rochester: The Falcons had a ton of success this season. They made the postseason and won their first ever playoff game over Stoney Creek. Rochester loses a ton of skill players which could be very tough to replace They have the proven linemen in Casey Burke, Issac Putuus, and Josh Harman along with linebacker Bodie Therkildsen and wide receiver/defensive secondary Jacob Vancollie coming back for Coach Eric Vernon. Program strength is a concern for the Falcons as they have to replace their quarterback and rushing attack this offseason. Rochester should be an interesting team to watch this offseason.

Groves: The Falcons had an incredible season making it to the Division Two State Semifinals falling to Warren DeLaSalle. Groves has a ton of proven experience to look forward to next season. The offense should be very good with Cayden Hardy at quarterback, Mario Lovasco at running back, wide receiver Zach Rogers, Brayden Hall and Avery Gach coming back on the offensive and defensive lines. The back end of the defense should be solid with linebacker Ivan Belew, and Chris Little, Jalen Brooks, and Aiden Leuing coming back in the defensive secondary for Coach Brendan Flaherty. Program strength is a major concern for Flaherty this offseason. The Falcons should be one of the favorites in the White next season and they could if things go right make another deep postseason run.

Harper Woods: It was a very rough transitional year for the Pioneers being their first year in the OAA this season. Harper Woods had some really tough losses to very good teams. Coach Rob Oden will look to have a bounce back year next season with a ton of proven experience. The Pioneers back end of the defense should be solid. They have a very talented secondary in Jacob Oden, Johnny Nelson, Jaylen Wilkerson, Brandon Houston, and Jacob Sims along with Caitlin Scott, Willy Powell, and Matthew McGraw at linebacker and linemen Elron Beaman, Jessten Johnson, and Trevon Mendanhall coming back. Oden will have Ramonty House and Oden coming back at wide receiver. The quarterback is the question mark for Oden and is something to watch this offseason. Harper Woods could be back with a vengeance next season.

Bloomfield Hills: The Blackhawks had a tough season this year but they closed the season out strong with two wins. Bloomfield Hills loses a ton of talent but they have several players that could help out next season. The Blackhawks have Kierran Crossley. He was the backup this season and could replace CJ Jackson at quarterback. They also have Gavin Cote at running back, Jonah Zekman at wide receiver, and lineman Jack Holton coming back for Coach Dan Loria. They need to find out their defense this offseason and build upon their program strength which is a concern this offseason. Bloomfield Hills should be a team to watch this offseason.

Oak Park: It was a very tough season for Coach Greg Carter and the Knights. Oak Park struggled in games but did improve despite the outcomes. Program strength is a serious concern for Carter this offseason. They have A’Jaylen King and Candice Fityoumouth coming back in the defensive secondary along with Arytell Guyton and Austin Smith at wide receiver. Carter has to replace his quarterback, rushing attack, and find some proven linemen and linebackers. It’s going to be a very tough task for Carter this offseason with the Knights.

Farmington: The Falcons had a ton of great moments this season which included sharing the Blue title with Seaholm, making the postseason, and getting the Farmington Cup back from North Farmington after a three year vacation. Coach Jason Albrecht needs to replace his quarterback this offseason but he has the proven playmakers in running back Cam Pettaway and Michael Woods coming back. The back end of the defense should be very talented next season. They have linebackers Trenton Dardon, Josh Walker, and Cooper Williams along with Cam Hughes and Owen Mattison in the defensive secondary and linemen Jacob Braswell and Steven Krager. Farmington could be a sleeper next season. They will need to find who their quarterback will be and if they do then they could be a team to watch.

Seaholm: The Maples had a bounce back season which saw a ton of success but they have had issues with Groves which cost them big time and a tough loss to Farmington which saw them share the Blue. Seaholm has a ton of proven talent coming back even though they could be thin up front. The Maples have the Kinnie brothers Colton and Grayden coming back. Colton will be back at quarterback and Grayden at linebacker and could play some at running back for Coach Jim DeWald despite having Kyle Robbins coming back at running back and Jack Lewis in the defensive secondary. The Maples have the talent to make another run but depth and program strength will be question marks this offseason.

Troy: The Colts made the postseason for the second straight year but was blown out by Southfield Arts and Tech. Bottom line is that Troy needs to play tougher competition so this doesn’t happen on a consistent basis. The Colts have the majority of their offense coming back led by quarterback Parker Brandenburg and running back Nolan Block. Jalen Peacock leads the defense which was very good all season. Program strength is a concern for Coach Chris Fraiser heading into next season. If there is a team that could take a step back it’s the Colts.

North Farmington: The Raiders had a very rough season this year. North Farmington loses a ton of talent from this senior class and program strength is a serious concern going forward for Coach Jon Herstein. The Raiders have Brandon Rice coming on the offensive and defensive lines along with Thomas Thakady at linebacker, Duke Blanch in the defensive secondary, and wide receiver Will Coleman coming back. Coleman did see some time at quarterback in their 9-0 win over Troy. It’s unknown if Herstein will turn to him to play quarterback next season. North Farmington has some serious questions this offseason to address if they want to make some noise.

Troy Athens: It was a very interesting first season for Coach Tom Cook and the Red Hawks. Troy Athens saw their ups and downs this season. The program is back on the rise after having three teams this year. The Red Hawks should be young again but it’s a very good young. Troy Athens has Anthony Ashor and Charles Robinson coming back at running back and Evan Watson in the defensive secondary. Cook has a good quarterback in Patrick Ciuria also coming back. If the Red Hawks can find some proven linemen and build depth on both sides of the football then they could make some noise next season for sure.

Ferndale: The Eagles had a resurgence this season despite barely getting into the postseason. Ferndale lost a ton of proven experience which they will need to replace next season. Coach Erik Royal will have Leander Neal coming back at wide receiver and also in the defensive secondary, Lavar Cronton on the offensive and defensive lines, Gary Maxwell in the defensive secondary, Bryce Ferguson at linebacker, and Jacoby Young at linebacker and running back. Program strength is a concern for Royal next season. If Royal can keep this program at a high level like he has been doing then there is no reason why the Eagles should be back in this conversation again.

Avondale: It was a much better season for Coach Corey Bell and the Yellow Jackets. Avondale was very competitive this season. They have a proven nucleus coming back in quarterback Tyler Herzog along with Cooper Voeffray and Justin Sykes at wide receiver. The defense should be solid with Matthew Lloyd and Myles Moore at linebacker along with punter Hunter Petras and Alfonso Merritt in the defensive secondary. The offensive and defensive lines has Dhruv Thakur, Charlie Killian, and Cameron Washington coming back. Program strength looks to be on the way up for Bell and his program. The Yellow Jackets need to find a running back for next season but other than that they look ready to make the next step.

Royal Oak: It was a disastrous year for the Ravens which saw their Coach Dustyn Truitt placed on administrative leave. Royal Oak really struggled on the field where they weren’t competitive in most games. The Ravens lose a ton of proven experience. They have running back Nathan Benton and wide receiver Owen Louwers at the skill positions along with Aiden Tesch and Sam Klonke on the offensive and defensive lines and linebackers in Elijah Lyons, Michael Herman, and Steven Johnson coming back. Mindset needs to change if they want to turn this around. If there is a program that needs a complete reboot it’s the Ravens.

Berkley: It was a very disappointing season for the Bears and Coach Sean Shields. Berkley took a major step back as mentioned. The Bears lose a lot of size and talent up front. They have John Passon coming back up front along with quarterback Sunny Kadlicz and defensive back Alex Papadelious. If the Bears want to get back to where they were at last season they have to build on both sides of the football and get back to what Berkley football was all about.

Pontiac:  It has been a really rough 12 years for the Phoenix going 5-82 in that span but there is hope and optimism for next season. Pontiac does have their quarterback Kayne Donaldson coming back along with running back Davieon Hall, Bryce Brown on the offensive and defensive lines, and Debon Johnson in the defensive secondary. The Phoenix will have a new coach next season as Ken Wade stepped down a few weeks ago so there could be a transition period with the new coach. It’s only a matter of time until Pontiac starts getting back in the win column.

Around the OAA: Football Shortcomings

Around the OAA: Week Eleven Recap

Week Eleven Recap

Written Saturday November 5th at 10:30 AM

ADAMS 28, ROCHESTER 14. This was a very odd game on Friday night in Rochester which almost saw an upset occur for the first time since 1996. The Falcons controlled the first half by playing time possession football. Alex Bueno had a one yard quarterback keeper for the Falcons in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead to the half. Adams would respond in the third behind a fake punt to tie the game but Rochester responded with Grant Calcagno scoring a three yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-7 lead. The Highlanders answered with 21 unanswered points starting with a 68 yard rushing touchdown from Parker Picot tying the game at 14-14. Picot would then find Demarcus Rouse for a 20 yard passing touchdown for a 21-14 Adams lead. Picot would add another touchdown from five yards to give the Highlanders a 28-14 lead in which that would wrap up the scoring. Adams would hold off Rochester winning their 25th straight game over the Falcons and getting to the regional finals for the second straight year. The Highlanders will travel to Clarkston next week for the regionals.

CLARKSTON 49, Davison 40. Ethan Clark has went nuts for the Wolves. He had over 400 yards of total offense, 336 rushing yards, and six touchdowns. Clark had a 12 yard rushing score along with a 26 yard rushing score, a 50 yard touchdown run, and a 65 yard touchdown run for Clarkston. The offensive line should get the most credit. They have done very well for the Wolves to give Clark the holes he needed against a very good Cardinals defense. The Saginaw Valley League player of the year Carter Herriman had a one yard score to start the home team’s scoring on the night while Jaylen Flowers added a 12 yard score for Davison. The Cardinals added a kickoff touchdown in the third quarter but the Wolves responded with Mike Hein scoring a 35 yard rushing score off a quarterback keeper. Davison added a touchdown to make it 35-27 but Clark struck for his fifth rushing touchdown from two yards to increase the Wolves lead to 42-27. The Cardinals responded with another touchdown from 70 yards off a trick play keeping within striking distance at 42-34. Flowers added his second touchdown of the night but Davison failed on the two point conversion attempt to tie the game keeping the score 42-40 Wolves. Clark would add his sixth rushing touchdown going 67 yards to make the score 49-40 Clarkston. The Wolves defense would then rise to the occasion and stop the Cardinals on fourth down keeping the score at 49-40 Clarkston. The Wolves moves onto the regional finals where they will play Adams next week.

GROVES 26, SEAHOLM 12. A ton of missed opportunities and rough breaks for both teams but it was the Falcons that beat the Maples for the second time this season and 11th of the last 13 times these two rivals have played. Seaholm scored first with Colton Kinnie He had a six yard touchdown run to give the Maples a 6-0 lead. Kyle Robbins added a 51 yard touchdown off the pitch option from Kinnie to make it 12-0 Maples. Groves would score 26 unanswered points. The Falcons started their comeback with a Josh Woods four yard rushing touchdown and added a 26 yard touchdown pass from Cayden Hardy to Jailen Samuel to take the lead. Woods would then go 80 yards for a touchdown in the third to give the Falcons a seven point lead. Groves would then add a 95 yard touchdown from Elias Kendra off the misdirection to increase their lead. The Falcons stopped the Maples veer attack and is now moving onto the regional finals to play Livonia Franklin next week.

Detroit Cass Tech 25, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 14. It was going to be a very interesting matchup with the weather conditions not favoring the passing game with the wind. The game started fast when Isiah Marshall started the game with almost throwing a pick six but instead had a 22 yard rushing touchdown to put the Warriors up 7-0 early. The Technicians responded with quarterback Leeshaun Mumpfield rushing from five yards out on their first drive but missed the extra point to make it 7-6 Southfield Arts and Tech. Detroit Cass Tech would take the lead as they scored a passing touchdown from Mumpfield to Elijah Jordan from 30 yards to make it 13-7 Technicians. The Warriors responded with a five yard rushing score from Marshall and a tough extra point making the score 14-13 Southfield Arts and Tech. The Warriors started with the football but the Detroit Cass Tech defense held firm and went down and scored a 15 yard touchdown run from Mumpfield but missed the two point try for a 19-14 Technicians lead in the third quarter. Detroit Cass Tech would recover the onside kick, very similar strategy against West Bloomfield from last week. It allowed the Technicians to score on a two yard rushing touchdown from Sean Hodges increasing the Detroit Cass Tech lead to 25-14 in the fourth. The Technicians would shut down Southfield Arts and Tech’s high octane offense the rest of the way earning their second win over a top ten team and a measure of revenge from week one. Detroit Cass Tech will head to Macomb Dakota to play the Cougars next week. Another difficult loss for the Warriors. They will be a force next season with a ton of proven experience coming back.

Around the OAA: Football Shortcomings

Around the OAA: Postseason Thoughts

Postseason Thoughts.

Written Sunday October 23rd at 7:40 PM

Here are my thoughts on the postseason matchups that were announced this evening. I will have more coverage on the podcast and more during the week so stay tuned everyone.

Birmingham Brother Rice at AVONDALE: There are some differences from last season compared to this season. This is a rematch of a 58-0 Warriors blowout win over the Yellow Jackets at Wisner Stadium last season. Avondale should be more prepared for Birmingham Brother Rice this time despite being a very tough matchup. This was expected with the winner likely to see Walled Lake Western in the next round.

FARMINGTON at Temperance Bedford: This is an awful matchup for Farmington. They have to travel south on I-275 to I-75 in Monroe County. The Mules are coming off a stunning 7-0 win over Saline two weeks ago. The Falcons have a solid quarterback in Dominic Peshi and running back Cam Pettaway. Either way this is a brutal matchup for Farmington.

FERNDALE at SEAHOLM: This is a very interesting matchup. The Eagles were the last team to get into the postseason in Division Two after winning 54-21 over St. Clair Shores South Lake last week. Seaholm has won five of the last six meetings over Ferndale. The Maples have lost two straight games to close the season. It’s a tough matchup for Ferndale going up against the veer but it’s an opportunity for the Eagles to see if they can matchup against a very good team.

Warren Mott at GROVES: The Falcons earned a big 14-7 win over Seaholm last week not only just to get into the postseason but they get a home game out of this. Groves couldn’t play Warren Mott in the postseason a few years ago because they played an ineligible player and had to forfeit that game. The Marauders really haven’t played the competition that the Falcons have so this is a great matchup for Groves in Beverly Hills.

TROY at SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH: The Warriors got a great first round matchup with the Colts. Southfield Arts and Tech is riding with a ton of confidence heading into the postseason and is coming off a huge 28-21 win over River Rouge last week. Troy has not seen the competition or the quarterback like they will in Isiah Marshall. Expect their defense will be tested. It could be a long night for the Colts in this matchup.

Detroit Cass Tech at WEST BLOOMFIELD: I’m in absolute shock and in horror that the MHSAA unless this is media related which I think it is that they would send Detroit Cass Tech northwest to the Swamp to take on the Lakers. This game ended up being the “Ballys Sports Game of the Week.” The good news for West Bloomfield is that they should have Requan Nance and Semaj Morgan coming back but this is not the matchup that I expected them to get. At least the game is in the Swamp and not on the road.

ROCHESTER at STONEY CREEK: The Falcons have had their problems against their city rivals in Adams and Stoney Creek. They will get one of them in Stoney Creek. It is also a rematch of a 43-22 Cougars win over Rochester two weeks ago that game was also at Stoney Creek. There are a ton of storylines in this game as well especially with Coach Nick Merlo going up against alum school. Rochester needs to exercise their city demons. This could be a start.

LAKE ORION at ADAMS: This is a very interesting matchup and a rematch of two Red rivals. Not to mention that the Dragons and Highlanders met a few weeks ago in Lake Orion with Adams coming out on top 42-21. The Highlanders have been rolling on all cylinders ever since their loss to Clarkston. The Dragons really struggled against Saline. Lake Orion is a team that is playing with nothing to lose.

Lapeer at CLARKSTON: The Lightning have had a Wolves problem in the last seven meetings. This is  a rematch of a 48-13 Clarkston rout of Lapeer two weeks ago. Ethan Clark had four touchdowns in that game. This game is at the Wolves Den which they have only played three games on their home field this season. If I’m the Lightning I am absolutely sick and tired of playing the Wolves and they get them again. If Clarkston wins this game then they could play Davison in the district finals.

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Today’s edition includes coverage from all eight of our Lower Peninsula Girls Golf and Boys Tennis Finals, plus a look back at Week 8 of the football regular season. Check out as well plenty of coverage from our partner State Champs! Sports Network.

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1st & Goal: 2022 Week 8 Review

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Many Michigan football league play right through the end of the regular season, although often league championships are decided by power-packed matchups in Weeks 6, 7 or 8. This Week 6 is shaping up as perhaps the week that may most shape the 2022 regular season.

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This Week in High School Sports: 9/28/22

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Boys Cross Country (UP) · Finals: Oct. 22
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Boys Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 5
Girls Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 5
Boys Soccer · Finals: Nov. 5
Girls Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Nov. 18-19
Girls Volleyball · Finals: Nov. 19
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Saline’s Williams-Hoak Named National Coach of the Year by LPGA Professionals

The LPGA Professionals have named Saline High School golf coach Debbie Williams-Hoak as its national Coach of the Year. Williams-Hoak was among national award winners who were selected by the LPGA Professionals’ executive committee from a pool of Section Award winners, which were voted on by officers of those regional sections.

MHSAA Tournament Attendance Rebounds to Top 1.3 Million Spectators in 2021-22

After two school years requiring limited tournament attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 school year saw a total of 1,327,633 fans attend Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason competitions for which attendance is recorded.

Be the Referee: Soccer Timing

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials. Here is this week’s segment – Soccer Timing – Listen

SAC Members Team Up with Bally Sport Detroit to Celebrate Title IX at 50

 

MHSAA Title IX at 50 (Full version)

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Unforgettable 5ive: 2022 Football Week 4

 

MHSAA Football Week 4 Unforgettable 5ive

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State Champs! Michigan: High School Sports Show – 9-16-22

 

Episode 3 | High School Sports Show | 9-16-22 | State Champs! Michigan

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Football Friday’s OT Powered by State Champs! – 9/16/22

 

Football Friday’s OT Powered by State Champs! | 9-16-2022

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Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule

Girls Tennis (UP) · Finals: Sept. 28-Oct. 1
Boys Tennis (LP) · Finals: Oct. 14-15
Girls Golf (LP) · Finals: Oct. 14-15
Boys Cross Country (UP) · Finals: Oct. 22
Girls Cross Country (UP) · Finals: Oct. 22
Boys Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 5
Girls Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 5
Boys Soccer · Finals: Nov. 5
Girls Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Nov. 18-19
Girls Volleyball · Finals: Nov. 19
Football 8-Player · Finals: 18-19
Football 11-Player · Finals: 25-26

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