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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.

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

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.