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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.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Great Gridiron Gangs

Burney's Top Oakland County Prep Football Teams of the Last Decade
1 2000-2001 FH Harrison – Can you say LOADED? The Hawks back-to-back state championship squads that kicked off the New Millennium were stacked with D1 talent, led by the likes of QB Drew Stanton and skill-position studs Agim Shabaj, Marcus Woods, Terrill Mayberry and Charles Pickett
2 2003 Novi Detroit CC – Can you say THREEPEAT? Senior RB Derek Brooks capped his outstanding three-year varsity career by taking the Shamrocks to their third straight state crown
3 2009 Novi Detroit CC – Definition of Dominant, routing its way to a WOODEN MITTEN aka a state title….the legend of Niko Palazeti LIVES!!!
4 2010 FH Harrison – Definition of Dominant part 2, routing its way to a WOODEN MITTEN aka a state title……Tommy Vento could have been the best one-year starting quarterback in Oakland County history
5 2005 Birmingham Brother Rice – The '05 Warriors were deep on both sides of the ball, with QB Mike Cappetto, Kaunda Hancock, Darris Sawtelle, John Goebel, Charlie Gannt and Joey Henry holding things down on offense and Chris Colasanti and Matt Pickens headlining the 'D'
6 2000 Orchard Lake St. Mary's – Coming directly off the Jermaine Gonzales and Maurice Seawright era, the Eaglets didn't miss a beat in 2000 and claimed another state championship for the school's trophy case, sparked by field general Ryan Ferguson, running backs Anthony Sherrill and Keyvon Barbee and WR/DB Grant Mason
7 2003 RH Adams – Marcus McNamara, Alan Guy and Ryan Copacia co. set the tone for the entire forthcoming Tony Partrito era by grabbing the state title in TP's first year at the helm
8 2006 MH Madison – The Eagles under then-coach Ryan Culloty, now at Holly, ran roughshod over the comp in '06 to the tune of a perfect 13-0 record before falling in the state championship game
9 2006 FH Harrison – The aerial antics of quarterback Craig Sacha and his top deep threat Mark Dell had a season that easily places them as one of the best pass-and-catch combos in the illustrious gridiron history of the Hawks
10 2007 Troy – The Colts senior captain and starting quarterback who led the program to a D1 final four was named Bronco (actually Branko, but whose counting)…….ENOUGH SAID!! 


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