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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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

High-Wattage Talent

There's been a J.J. Watt sighting in Oakland County.
Oh, wait, that's not the NFL sack king, it's local prep football SUPERSTUD Khalid Kareem.
The Farmington Hills Harrison junior defensive lineman is on a tear. He's demolishing the competition, feasting on the OC signal-caller crop. Entering Week 9, Kareem has an area-best 12 quarterback sacks, another 11 hurries and 55 tackles.  
Last year, Kareem played at West Bloomfield. In the past few weeks, while devouring field generals at a generous clip, he's picked up college scholarship offers from Northwestern and Bowling Green. Burney's positive there will be more to come. Man, is this kid a MONSTER or what? No wonder Halloween is on its way. My man Kahlid doesn't even have to buy a costume next week.
And he's ultra- versatile, too. If need be, he can switch it up on you, and show off his wheels, going sideline-to-sideline as an outside linebacker.
In case you didn't know, this HawksNation HEAVY HITTER is the TRUTH!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Non-Stop Action

I used to think Trishton Jackson was a basketball player playing football.
I am having second thoughts.
This kid's future could be as a big-time DI quarterback, not a point guard and hero of the hardwood.
Right now, outside of Birmingham Brother Rice's Alex Malzone (Michigan), there are no better prep field generals in Oakland County, maybe all of Metro Detroit……YEAH I SAID IT!!
The LakeShow's Action Jackson can do it all. He has size, he has smarts, he oozes 'IT Factor.' The touch on his throws is butter soft, the tread on his cleats scorched by his speed and elusiveness. In other words, the end zone is his best friend (he had 7 TDS in a Week 8 DUB vs. Stoney Creek)and he lives for the moment.
West Bloomfield is a head-turning 8-1 and threatening for a primetime run in the upcoming state tourney. Ford Field is a legitimate possibility. And the straw that stirs the drink for TEAM BELLAMY is Trishton Jackson; Clutch is his middle name, excitement personified in every way possible with a pigskin in his hands.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome Wagon....Kind Of

It's like he never left
He barely did.
This past week Terrance Porter returned to the bench for the Farmington Falcons boys basketball program. In August, Porter left his post to accept the job at Detroit Northwestern. But things didn't work out and boy is Burney happy to welcome his main man TP back to the OC.
Porter played and coached at the college level locally down at U-D Mercy. Before landing at Farmington, he was pacing the sidelines w/ Birmingham Groves in the late 2000s.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Burney's OC Football Rankings - Week 8

OC Top 10
1 Birmingham Brother Rice – Warriors' cornerbacks Brendan Smith and Josh Tanksley are in eternal lockdown mode, qb's beware, spread the word
2 Clarkston – Pure poise, purpose & PEFECTION….junior tailback Nolan Eriksen showing flashes of big bro Ian!!
3 Oak Park – Might have the best defense in the whole county...YEAH I SAID IT!
4 West Bloomfield – Mike King is the KING OF THE GRIDIRON whenever the LEAN, MEAN GREEN MACHINE takes the field these days
5 OL St. Mary's – Jared Mosely is a MAJOR-LEAGUE PLAYMAKER on the defensive line, always active, causing havoc
6 FH Harrison – Another heavenly fall in HERRINGTONLAND in 2014.....Love these guys!!
7  Southfield – Best No. 7 team of ALL-TIME!!....make a note!!
8 (tie) WL Western – All Hail the Champs!!
8 (tie) Waterford Mott – All Hail the Champs!!
9 Farmington – The Falcons are a like a cashier at the mall or the IRS, they're always going to make you pay!!
10 South Lyon – Anyone who crosses this freight train of a prep pigskin squad is CRUISING for a BRUISING!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soldier Of Fortin

From second-string to scholarship.
That's just the kind of BALLER Brian Fortin is.
That's the backstory on fast-rising Class of 2015 football recruit and 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end out of Birmingham Brother Rice.
Fortin began the season on the bench. Now, he's starting. And he just earned his first college scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan University. It's probably the first of a handful or more, that's the kind of natural skill at the position we're talking about with this Orange and Black Pigskin SOLDIER OF FORTUNE. What makes this story even more amazing is that he hasn't played since his freshman year.
Expect Fortin to be a major part of the undefeated Warriors quest for a fourth-consecutive state championship in D2, helping block on the line and stretching the field with his pass-catching ability.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northside Equation

The Zach Attack is moving up in this world.
Up as in North of Metro Detroit and LAKENATION.
West Bloomfield two-sport standout Zach Allread has committed to play basketball in college at Northwood University in Midland.
Allread, a 6-foot-4 southpaw is gritty in the post and sports a velvety touch around the rim and with his midrange game. There is no question in Burney's mind that he is one of the most underappreciated multi-sport studs in Oakland County. During the spring season, Allread is the starting first baseman on the defending district-champion WB baseball squad.
Come this winter, he'll be a lighting the hardwood on fire when he joins with junior floor general Trishton Jackson to form a NASTY inside-outside attack for TEAM DENHA

Monday, October 13, 2014

Arizona Ice-T

The Oakland County prep hoops reunion down in Arizona is an all-out, burn-down-the-house rager and it just got a little injection of in ICE COLD!!
Former OL St. Mary's all-league boys basketball player Teddy McCree, a 6-foot-3 swingman, is at Westwind Prep in Phoenix for his senior season on the high school hardwood. This comes on the heels of for former Birmingham Detroit Country Day head coach Kurt Keener heading to CACTUSLAND last year and former Southfield Christian all-state point guard Bakari Evelyn getting their this summer.
McCree transferred out of St. Mary's last March during the final week of the regular season, the day after the Eaglets lost to U-D Jesuit at Calihan Hall in the Catholic League Finals, landing at Detroit Renaissance.
Playing for Renaissance over the summer, McCree departed for Arizona the day before the first day of school at DPS.
After leading Southfield Christian to three straight Class D state championships, Evelyn spent the summer down in Scottsdale, AZ playing for Gilbert Christian, concluding a tumultuous final-part of his tenure in the Michigan prep ranks where he took a mysterious six-week absence in the middle of the 2013 season.
Keener left the state in the summer of 2013 after three and a half decades on the sidelines turning the Country Day program into a national powerhouse, accepting the head-coaching position at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School. Enduring a turmoil-filled 2014 season himself on the bench at Desert Mountain (15-14 record), Keener aka THE OC ZEN MASTER stepped down in March and quickly resurfaced at nearby Gilbert Christian as head coach and athletic director (a post he held at DCD). Gilbert Christian is a perennial small-school contender in the Arizona, claiming back-to-back state crowns in 2011 and 2012.