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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, September 29, 2009

Wildcat QB Merry-Go-Around

Its been a wild ride so far for the Novi Wildcats this football season. First, the Wildcats, 7-2 last year, started the campaign 0-2. Then, in the late-second quarter of the team's 20-6 loss at home against Walled Lake Central, starting QB Brandon Rzydnewski went down with a shoulder injury. Jimmy Gurney replaced Rzydnewski calling signals for Novi and the Wildcats proceeded to reel off three straight wins, including last Friday night's 38-6 bombing of South Lyon. The win proved bitter sweet however as Gurney, who passed for 160 yds and 2 TD's in the South Lyon game, went down with a knee injury and will be lost for the remainder of the year. What's so sad is that Gurney was playing so well. His performance in all three wins ignited what had been a somewhat dormant offense in the first 2 weeks of the season. He appeared to have had the team headed towards another playoff berth if he would have stayed healthy. Now, the Wildcats season is up in the air. Its difficult to ask a team to win with a back-up QB, let alone a 3rd-stringer. The Wildcats resilience will indeed be tested. I wish them luck!


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