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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Steady As They Come

Will Smith had Steady Rock C as his rap partner back in the day.
These days in the OC, Clarkston has boys hoop standout Steady Rock D aka Drew Myers, C-Town's rock-steady senior point guard.
Well, in a few short months, he'll be property of the Madonna University men's basketball program.
After helping lead Clarkston to a league and district title and a trip into the Class A regional finals (Sweet 16)last winter, Myers recently committed to Madonna U to continue his cage career.
This season he'll be one of the top backcourt threats in the area, yet another fearsome floor general in the long line of Dan Fife protégés dating back to the late 1970s.
What a player.
What a competitor.
What a young man.
STEADY ROCK D: starring for one more year on the hardwood in WOLFPACKVILLE. Be sure to check him out, before it's too late. Fundamentals at their finest.....that's a BURNEY CERTIFIED GUARANTEE.....I SEE YOU, D, Get your game on in 2015!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Iron-Casted 'Cats

The Oxford backfield bleeds nails. That's how tough these guys are.
They all ooze grit, personify SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL. In other words: Bud Rowley football. The kind they've played in O-TOWN since the 1970s.
Stubenrauch had a breakout performance with a game and career-high 127 yards to go along with a back-breaking 34-yard touchdown run in the Wildcats win over Romeo in Week 1. He's a perfect combination of shifty, slippery and fearless. He's wants contact, loves to go up the middle in between the tackles.
And who's clearing the way in front of him? You guessed it, TEAM ROWLEY powerbacks Harris and Patrick, two MEGA SIR-GRIND-A-LOTS that , play like they're made of granite and steel instead of flesh and bone.
I've has decided to nickname Harris "Thunder&Lighting" because of his sick-quick closing speed and punishing tackling skills while playing linebacker on defense. He competes at the fullback spot on offense with the same relentless tenacity.
Man, if I was a coach in the OAA this season, these guys would really spook me…..with O-TOWN and DA CREEK, no more two-team race, guys.
Burney's loving it!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bo Knows Football

Bo became THE MAN today. It was really only a matter of time. Being THE MAN is in his genes ya know! Yeah, Baby Pick aka Bo Pickens, the youngest of the PRICELESS Pickens clan that has produced three all-staters on the gridiron for Birmingham Brother Rice (Matt, Doug, and Jimmy), finally broke out of his siblings' quite sizable collective shadow Saturday in the Warriors' exciting 40-34 triumph over their sister school in the Windy City, Chicago Brother Rice at the annual PKC. After spending the past few years battling injury and an overload of elite talent in the classes in front of him, Baby Pick earned a spot in the secondary for his senior campaign wearing the Orange&Black and was all over the field in nickel-and-dime duty against ChiTown Rice Saturday in a game played at Wayne State. He looked like.....yep, you guessed it....a Pickens brother. Eviscerating everything in his vicinity and leading by example in the heat of competition and in the locker room runs in the family. That's what Bo did on Saturday and I expect to see much more of it as the season progresses for the TEAM SOFRAN 4-PEAT PARADE. MAD WARRIORSNATION Shout Outs to Mama AND Papa Pick for raising such great children and blessing us, the OC PREP PUBLIC, with their varied skill-sets and consummate class.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Burney's 2014 OC Football Preview

Top 20 Players in Oakland County
1 Alex Malzone (Birmingham Brother Rice QB)
2 Johnny Kelly (Oak Park RB)
3 Josh Holloman (AH Avondale RB)
4 Josh Ross (OL St. Mary's LB)
5 Tyson Smith (OL St. Mary's DB-WR)
6 Dior Johnson (Southfield S)
7 Matt Falcon (Southfield RB)
8 Ray Buford (Southfield CB-WR)
9 Desmond Fitzpatrick (Farmington WR)
10 (tie) Junior McMullen (Oak Park LB)
10 (tie) Shahid Bellamy (Oak Park DL)
11 Adam Matich (Clarkston OL)
12 (tie) Ja'Mar Antwine-Davontae Ginwright (Southfield DB)
13 Jevon Shaw (FH Harrison QB)
14 Grant Perry (Birmingham Brother Rice WR-CB)
15 (tie) D.J. Zezula (Clarkston QB)
15 (tie) Cole Chewins (Clarkston TE-DE)
16 David Reese (Farmington LB)
17 Bobby Banks (Southfield Christian RB-LB)
18 Glacier Wallington (Oxford QB)
19 Delano Madison (Birmingham Brother Rice WR)
20 Jordan Jenkins (Novi Detroit CC LB)
Top 10 Teams in Oakland County
1 Birmingham Brother Rice - BEAST MODE 24/7.....again!!....WAR TEAM SOFRAN!!
2 Clarkston - Can you say repeat?
3 Southfield - Simply stacked and hungry to make amends for last year's playoff flameout
4 OL St. Mary's - The LAKE is about to RAKE in 2014
5 (tie) Novi Detroit CC - Don't look past ROCKNATION this fall......remember Burney told you this come Thanksgiving
5 (tie) Oak Park - Mad, bad and dangerous to know....yeah, that about sums it up for The Coach Carter Contingent
6 FH Harrison
7 Farmington
8 RH Adams
9 WL Western
10 Lake Orion

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who's Got The Power? - Small School

Small School 2014 Football Player Rankings
1 Bobby Banks (Southfield Christian RB) – The type of ball-toting menace that is speedy, gritty and smart
2 Justin Hunter (Birmingham DCD OL) – Just a MEGA MAULER in the trenches, prototypical road-grader at the point of attack
3 Kameron Garner (Southfield Christian CB-WR) – THER-A-FLU ALERT: PURE SICKNESS on both sides of the pigskin
4 (tie) Nick Robak (Waterford Lakes WR) – Whether we're talking football or hoops, ROBOTRON is the equivalent of Christopher Columbus and everyone who tries to stop him are the Pilgrims……Yeah, I just said that!!!
4 (tie) Antonio Capaldi (MH Bishop Foley WR) – Big-play specialist and difference-maker on the edge, athletic, tough, leadership qualities, durable, etc…
5 Javarian Smith (AH Oakland Christian QB) – Ready to RAZZLE-DAZZLE for another fall, think an OC version of Cam (I GO HAM ALL THE TIME) Newton
6 Sal Mastromateo (Clarkston Everest QB) – One of the steadiest, most consistent signal-callers in the entire county……TAKE IT 2 THA BANK!!
7 Tim Niehaus-Chris Kelly (RO Shrine QB-RB) – Plain and simple , TENACITY PERSONIFIED
8 Kone Bowman (Birmingham DCD S) – The next great 'JACKETSNATION Gridiron SUPERSTUD Part I
9 Larry Penson (Birmingham DCD RB) – The next great 'JACKETSNATION Gridiron SUPERSTUD Part II
10 Luke Neme-Benny Bellestri (Clarkston Everest RB) – These are two are like a runaway locomotive, gaining power and momentum on every carry

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who's Got The Power? - METRO-MAC

Flint-Metro/MAC 2014 football player power rankings for Oakland County
1 Juan Johnson (MH Madison RB)The OC's Don Juan of the Prep Pigskin is ready to roll over the comp for the fourth straight year
2 Ty Sparks (Clawson QB) – This CLAWVILLE gunslinger is so cash money under center the Trojans should consider holding all of their home games in the local Comerica Bank branch
3 Davyion Jones (MH Madison DE/TE) – Under-the-radar GAME CHANGER!!!
4 Matt Crews (MH Madison QB) – CRAZY GOOD, SUPER SMART dual-threat signal caller for the PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS, can hurt opposing defenses in so many ways it downright scary
5 Jaylin Golson (MH Madison WR) – Over the summer, this TEAM WILKINS primetime wonder of a wideout reached SWAGGER LEVEL FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND TRILLION
6 Adam Tooley (Holly WR) – Straight terror on the edge, one of North OC's top deep threats and red zone exploiters
7 Landon Hooper-Jimmy Gray-Avery Bishop (Holly D) – The THREE HORSEMEN of the Holly D, riding rough, kicking butt and taking no prisoners…coming to a field near you soon!!
8 Wyatt Wilson-Nate Everett (Ortonville Brandon WR) – These two Blackhawks are so cool, when they go to sleep instead of them counting sheep the sheep count them!!!
9 Dayquan O'Neal (MH Lamphere LB) – The DAY in this kid's name stands for OUTworking the opposition all DAY and NIGHT  
10 Javon Barr (Holly RB) – Look for a breakout campaign from this little BALL'n BRONCHO ball of energy

Monday, August 25, 2014

Who's Got The Power? - OAA Red

OAA Red 2014 Football Player Power Rankings
1 D.J. Zezula (Clarkston QB) – The C-Town Gunslinger rides again, simply a WINNER in everything he does, the definition of the expression 'gamer'……repeat anyone?
2 Adam Matich (Clarkston OL) – All heart and soul in the trenches, a Wolfpack SIR-GRIND-A-LOT Special!!!
3 Glacier Wallington (Oxford QB) – Call him THE ICE MAN or Mr. FREEZE, no matter what this O-TOWN grid stud is ready to hit the POLAR VORTEX in terms of coolness in the huddle this fall…..that's a BURNEY CERTIFIED GUARANTEE!!
4 Eddy Wilson (West Bloomfield DL) – Ready to get CRAZY BUSY at the point of attack, commence ERUPTION on all opposing blockers Bowling Green University commit
5 Andrew Price (Stoney Creek LB) – Probably the most underrated linebacker in the entire OAA, this kid is in Ricky Bobby/CAL Naughton SHAKE&BAKE MODE all four quarters of play
6 Matt Krause (Lake Orion RB) – We can start calling this PRIMETIME DRAGON PIGSKIN PROWLER the Magic Man….'cuz 'Now you see him, now you don't' on practically every touch
7 Trishton Jackson (West Bloomfield QB) – It's official; Trishton "ACTION" Jackson has a LICENSE TO THRILL… two sport athlete in the OC!!
8 Jalen Wiggins-Keith Fields (Lake Orion SB/DB) – These two will become household names in the OC when discussing PREMIER PLAYMAKERS by season's end…….TAKE IT 2 THA BANK!!
9 (tie) Obbie Jackson (West Bloomfield WR/CB) – The WB'S O-FACTOR is oh so good and oh so sweet on the gridiron, the Dunkin Donuts on Orchard Lake Rd should consider creating a special donut and calling it the OJ in honor of his play on the field in the TEAM BELLAMY GREEN & WHITE
9 (tie) Joe Platz (Stoney Creek LB-TE) – Smack-to-you-in-the-mouth type on both sides of the ball
10 (tie) Michael King (West Bloomfield RB)-Nate Emery (Bloomfield Hills) – Another pair of MUST-SEE talents appearing Friday nights this fall in the prospect-rich OC