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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, August 10, 2009

Quick Hits

I was out at Seaholm practice this morning and let me tell you, junior wide receiver Shawn Conway is the real deal holyfield. This kid runs like a gazelle, has hops like Kobe Bryant, and hands the size of King Kong.  On one play, I saw him catch the ball in traffic and then drag three teammates an additional 20 yards before being brought down. Defensive Coordinators, far and wide across the state of Michigan,  - watch out!

I am having the hardest time figuring out which team has the better running back duo, Southfield with Daevon Robinson and Maurice Davenport or Troy with Damon Brown and Chris Wheeler.  What do you guys think?

Former Oak Park QB, Keith Moore, is now at Cass Tech, depriving new head coach Mario Evans and the Oak Park faithful of a premiere talent - Moore would have replaced prolific Brandon Woods, gone due to graduation.  Tough loss for the Knights program.  

West Bloomfield head coach James Thomas will use a multitude of quick and slippery receivers to replace last year's all-stater Chris Hurst (Central State in Ohio).  The multi-headed monster receiving corps will be led by Cameron Fields - the team's second leading receiver from '08 with five TD's and already getting serious interest from numerous Big Ten and MAC schools alike - and will consist of a five receiver rotation. Aaron Foster and Aaron White will be on the ends, while Fields - also slated to see time at tailback this season -, Lawrence Brown, and Alex Long in the slot.  If pre-season performance is any indication and even with a new signal caller in junior Phil Brown, the Lakers' spread offense doesn't seem to have lost any of its steam.

Whoever takes over the Lahser QB spot from departed field general Drew Jackson, who took the Knights to a D2 semi-final in '08, will have a plethora of lethal options on offense to help ease the transition. Running Back/Return Specialist Bernard Tyler, tailback Chris Brown, receivers Jacob Hatchett and Jess Haji-Shiek, can all wreck havoc with opposing defenses. 

Good luck to head coach Gary Ganfield, formerly of Notre Dame Prep, and the inaugural football season of the new Pontiac High School. Ganfield has his work cut out in front of him, but the newly-christened program couldn't have more of a class act at the helm.  


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