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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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Five For Fighting - Tick, Tick, Tick

There are a few local prep pigskin prospects READY TO ERUPT in the postseason.
Five For Fighting – Top Five Ticking Time Bombs Entering The 2014 Football Playoffs
1 Centrus Williams (Clarkston) – Pure power, guts and determination taking the rock in between the tackles
2 Josh Tanksley (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Budding star at cornerback for TEAM SOFRAN, bulldog tenacity, athletic, active and hard-hitting, etc…
3 Darian Sanders (West Bloomfield) – This junior tailback is picking up steam in the LAKESHOW rushing attack
4 (tie) Joe Newman (South Lyon) – Can hurt opposing teams on offense in the slot and on defense from the secondary…..tough, skilled and a true gamer
4 (tie) Avery Carter (Waterford Mott) – Break out the butter, this young man is TOASTY and quite SMOOTH on both sides of the ball
5 Chauncy Lowman (Oak Park) – The Knights success in the playoffs might rest on the more- than-able-shoulders of this junior gunslinger

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gridders' Stat Check

Some "numbers" news and notes from the Oakland County prep football scene;
With his quarterback and his glitz stat lines continually hogging the spotlight, Clawson's Donovan "The Jolt" Holt has been an underrated SUPERSTUD in the backfield for TEAM SPARKS this year. Holt has 1,265 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on the ground, keeping opposing defenses honest.
Birmingham Brother Rice senior quarterback Alex Malzone (Michigan) and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes junior field general Clay Senerius are in a vicious battle for the OC passing title. Heading into the playoffs, Malzone has thrown for a county-leading 2,394 yards and 26 touchdowns, while Senerius has 2,156 yards through the air and a county-best 28 scoring tosses. It's like the OC's very own BRADY -VS- MANNING and Burney can't get enough of it!!
Waterford Mott senior safety Adam Uplegger is a force to be reckoned with on every play. This kid's a MEGA TROOPER, going to war on the gridiron with his mind and his body like few Burney has seen in the last few years – think old-school ED REED with the Ravens back in the day. Smart as he is hard-hitting, Uplegger has tallied 120 tackles and a county-leading 8 picks already.
All hail the NEW OC Sack King – Royal Oak Shrine's William Arce. The Knight's human A-TEAM has 16 quarterback wrap-ups.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Didn't Take Long

It didn't long for the Big Orange to make a BIG IMPACT in the Ivy League.
When Yale and Columbia face off this Saturday on the college football field, there will be a pair of Birmingham Brother Rice alums in the starting lineup as true freshmen.
Jason Alessi aka THE AMAZING ALESSI will start in the secondary for the 5-1 Yale Bulldogs and Dominic "Dom the DON" Perkovic will start on the defensive line for the 0-6 Lions.
How cool is that?
Man, there will be a lot of BLING on Columbia's Kraft Field this weekend – between my two main Ivy League HOMIES, we're talking a six-pack of state-title rings. Yeah, that's one each for each of the last three years.
All I can say is that I wish I could be there!!
God, I missed writing the AMAZING ALESSI, so I had to do it one more time!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Burney's OC Football Rankings - Last Word

OC Top 10 – Final Edition
1 Birmingham Brother Rice – Destination: Ford Field…'Nuff Said!!
2 Clarkston – Destination: Ford Field….'Nuff Said!!
3 West Bloomfield – Maybe the most dangerous team in the entire state…..YEAH I SAID IT!!
4 OL St. Mary's – Destination: Ford Field…'Nuff Said!!
5 FH Harrison – Beware of the 0-FACTOR aka up-and-coming HawksNATION running back Omary Rogers……he's got a chance to be special
6 (tie) Southfield – If the Bluejays play at full-tilt they will overcome their tough tourney draw, they're THAT talented!!
6 (tie) Oak Park – You can't stop senior Knights tailback Johnny "The Machine Gun" Kelly, you can only hope to contain him…..and that's pretty darn difficult too!!
7 (tie) South Lyon – TEAM THOMAS is ready to make noise in the playoffs……Make a note!!
7 (tie) WL Western – As always, cooler than the other side of my pillow!!
8 WL Central – Fresh to DEATH, I'm talking the Vikings roster & gear!!
9 Farmington – Best junior class in the OC….That's a FACT!!
10 (tie) Waterford Mott – Defense will be the difference heading forward, Avery Carter is an underrated SUPERSTUD!!
10 (tie) Oxford – Don't overlook TEAM ROWLEY!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hunted No More

The hunt has stopped.
Birmingham Detroit Country Day senior football star Justin Hunter has found his home at the next level.
Hunter, the Yellowjackets mammoth 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman, decided to play his college ball this week in the Ivy League, committing to Harvard.
Versatile in the trenches, he can play tackle or guard. He is being projected as a tackle in the collegiate ranks. The consummate hard-worker and leader, he displays classic technique and has an upside that continues to grow.
Before deciding on Harvard, Hunter held over a dozen scholarship offers, many from the IVY League and Mid-American Conference, as well as UMass and Syracuse.
Hunter's current DCD club is 5-4. His future squad, the Harvard Crimson are a perfect 6-0.

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Invitation Only

Kudos to the first-annual Oakland Invitational boys hoops showcase at North Farmington this December for putting together some great match-ups for all us local prep fiends to feast on come Santa Claus time.
Here's a looksee;
Fri Dec 12
North Farmington v WL Western
Might be the best match-up of the weekend right off the bat, tons of talent, athleticism and SIR-GRIND-A-LOT SPECIALS
OL St. Mary's v. GR Cornerstone Academy
The BOZ….'Nuff Said!!
Sat Dec 13.
Oxford v. Southfield-Lathrup
Very intriguing showdown of what are expected to be stellar northern and southern Oakland County squads respectively
Waterford Mott v. Hazel Park
Timmy "Grind 2 Shine" Williams….'Nuff said!!
FH Harrison v. HW Chandler Park
HAWKSNATION HUSTLA Rock'n-Roll Johnny Rexroth might be the top post player in the OC….YEAH I SAID IT!!
North Farmington v. Southfield Christian
Burney's jacked up for this big-school-against-small-school clash of powers
Sun Dec 14
Bloomfield Hills v. Waterford Mott
Who needs a gym? Mad gunner Cameron Dalton will be shooting his 3s for BlackHawksNation directly from 13 Mile Road
Farmington v. Detroit Allen Academy
Junior point guard Malik Williams is a name to know for TEAM PORTER at Farmington
Southfield v. WL Central
The second or third best game on slate, mega tenacity on both rosters….looking forward to the Walter Kelser-Nate Collins (WL Central) v. Amuri Hardy-Mike Flowers (Southfield) backcourt battle

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Great Eight

Lots of great running quarterbacks on the high school football field in Oakland County in 2014
Here are the best…the GREAT EIGHT if you will
1 Javarian Smith (AH Oakland Christian) – Closing in the 2,000-yard mark…..can you say the OC CAM NEWTON!!
2 Nick Krumm (WL Central) – Touchdown machine…'NUFF SAID!!
3 Trishton Jackson (West Bloomfield) – The single most dynamic pigskin prodigy in the OC prep ranks right now under center…..YEAH I SAID IT!!          
4 Jevon Shaw (FH Harrison) – Too hot to handle, too cold to hold….yeah, that about sums it up
5 Glacier Wallington (Oxford) – So slick and slippery should consider wearing a rain coat on the gridiron instead of his O-TOWN uniform
6 Kyle Thomas (WL Western) – The "Kyle Factor" continues in Z-NATION
7 Brendan O'Donnell (WL Northern) – CRAZY GOOD, pure and simple!!
8 Jake Cummings (Berkley) – All guts, savvy and a ton of playmaking ability