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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, November 20, 2011

Five For Fighting - Down To The Wire

Five For Fighting – Best Football Final Four Outings on Saturday
1 Grant Niemiec (OL St. Mary's) – The Eaglets' junior FACTOR BACK was a straight menace against upstart Battle Creek Harper Creek, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with less than 50 seconds to play, and making eight tackles on defense
2 (tie) James Ross (OL St. Mary's) – One word; DEVASTATING. St. Mary's All-American linebacker showed off his Blue Chip status by absolutely destroying everything in his vicinity, racking up a game-high 18 tackles in only three quarters of play in the Eaglets 14-10 come from behind victory over Harper Creek.
2 (tie) Devin Church (Birmingham Brother Rice) – The leader of the Warriors' PRIMETIME POSSEE backfield busted up the Detroit King 'D' for 225 yards on the ground and one touchdown in Brother Rice's 27-26 nail-biter of a win.
3 Luke Cherocchi & Sergio Perkovic (Birmingham Brother Rice) – This tenacious Rice defensive tandem joined forces late in the Warriors' victory to snuff out a potentially game-winning 2-point conversion attempt by King star Dennis Norfleet.
4 Kyle Cooper (Novi Detroit Catholic Center) – Once again showing off his big-play ability under center, my boy KC tossed two COOP-A-LOOPS aka touchdowns, including the contest-clinching 8-yard scoring connection with junior tailback Anthony Darkangelo in OT of the Shamrocks 23-20 defeat of fellow state powerhouse Rockford.
5 Kyle Bambard (WL Western) – Continued to show why he's one of the top playmakers in the state's Class of 2014, throwing for a career-high 341 yards and 4 TDS in Western's heartbreaking 42-35 overtime loss at the hands of Lowell. Also an ace placekicker - one of the best in the NATION for his age grade - banged home a 47-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to force the extra session.


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