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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, November 8, 2011

Prep Primer - 8 Won't Be Enough For Long

2011 Football Regional Primer
Division 1
Walled Lake Central (8-3) v. Utica Eisenhower (10-1) 7 pm Friday
Last time they appeared in regionals – 2010, beat Fenton 39-13
Fun fact – Central has only been to the final four one time in school history and it was last year
Player to watch – Factorback Curtis Booth is back from injury and doing LOTS of damage
AA Pioneer (9-2) v. Novi Detroit Catholic Central (10-1) 1 pm Saturday
Las time they appeared in regionals – 2010, lost to Plymouth 9-7
Fun fact – Head coach Tom Mach and the Shamrocks are in search of their fifth state title this decade and the program's 17th overall regional crown
Player to watch – Dave Racey (WR/CB) has been relatively quiet this postseason….NOT FOR LONG!!
Division 2
Walled Lake Western (10-1) v. Port Huron (10-1) 7 pm Friday
Last time they appeared in regionals – 2001, beat Detroit Pershing 50-12
Fun fact; Coach Zdebski career record at Western is 93-43. He has the best winning percentage of any coach in school history. The Men of Z won a state championship in 1999 and before he took the reins, Zdebski was the offensive coordinator on the Warriors' 1996 state title squad.
Player to watch – Cam Vieux, the Warriors slippery WR is a superior athlete and – Burney's about to call his own shot – he will catch the game-winning TD from Kyle Bambard on Friday to send TEAM ZDEBSKI to its first final four since 2001
Birmingham Brother Rice (7-4) v. Southfield (8-3) 1 pm Saturday
Last time they appeared in regionals – Rice in 2009, beat Midland 49-27; Southfield 2009, lost to Warren De La Salle 27-6
Fun fact – The last time Rice and Southfield faced off on the gridiron was 10 years ago in a district final which saw the Warriors prevail convincingly 24-0
Player to watch – Rice; Alex Oles, the Warriors beefy offensive lineman had his best game of the season leading the way for his team's ravenous rushing assault up front last week against Harrison, so expect more of the same against the Bluejays
Southfield; Cedrick Hill, the 'Jays senior safety has been doing a great job under the radar this whole year (he can cover and hit with the best DB's around the area) captaining the Southfield secondary and he will show his stuff against the rugged Rice running attack
Division 3
Linden (7-4) v. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (9-2) 1 pm Saturday
Last time they appeared in regionals – 2010, beat Redford Thurston 45-7
Fun fact – Part 1; St. Mary's played the first game in school history in the fall of 1913, a losing effort to Pontiac HS. Part 2; Eaglets head coach George Porritt is one of the only coaches in state history to raise state championship banners in both football and basketball
Player to Watch – Jalen Watts-Jackson (WR/CB), the Eaglets STUD SOPH is getting better every game, think Allen Robinson before he broke out


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