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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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekend Watchers

A few players I expect to have big games this weekend in the prep football playoffs
Mike Birney (Jr. QB Novi Detroit CC) – The shamrocks junior field general has been a bit quiet as of late, letting his running game do most of the heavy lifting the last couple of weeks, but I think his play with his arm and his feet will be the difference against Plymouth in the regionals this weekend.
Kristian Malaj (DL Sr. FH Harrison) – The centerpiece and leader of the Hawks stout attack in the trenches, this beast of a lineman has been causing havoc in opposing backfields all season long and it will continue this Saturday against Warren De La Salle in Harrison's 15th appearance in a regional championship game (in which it has lost only three)
Keith Stonestreet (WR Sr. OL St. Mary's) – With stud wideout Allen Robinson ailing from some nicks and bruises, I foresee Stonestreet stepping to the forefront and tearing the Redford Thurston secondary up in his stead (although Robinson WILL still be suiting up and playing on Saturday because that's the kind of WARRIOR this kid is)
Devonte Snyder, Dwayne Burrows, Devyn Cayhill (MH Madison linebacking corps) – SEC-bound Valdez Showers (RB-CB committed to Florida) and the Eagles aren't at full-strength on offense because they've lost starting QB Tony Lowry to a broken leg, so as the tourney goes and the comp gets better, this group of defensive gems will have to carry the torch for head coach Drake Wilkins and the Purple and Gold if Madison has any shot at making a run back to Ford Field like it did in '06 – BURNEY SEZ IT STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT VS. MILLINGTON IN THE REGIONALS!!!


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