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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kosmo's postseason football awards

Hopefully everyone has read Sunday's copy of the Oakland Press or looked on and read the unveiling of this year's all-county football team.
Kosmo certainly was glued to it in his cave, and to supplement that, your seer is here to present his own postseason awards for the football season.

Team of the year - That honor would go to Farmington Hills Harrison, the Division 2 state champions. Yes, Lake Orion was probably the best story with the Dragons winning their first ever state title in Division 1, but those in Lake Orion can't argue with the fact that Harrison went 14-0 and beat Lake Orion, 28-6.

Game of the year - Harrison vs. Birmingham Brother Rice in a first-round game. As it turns out, this might have been a de facto state title game. These were the two hottest teams in the state and it was unfortunate they had to play right off of the bat. The game indeed lived up to the hype, and Brother Rice seemed to be in firm control with a 27-22 lead and the ball in Harrison territory with over 2 minutes left. But a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Jake Vento and a subsequent interception return for a touchdown by Aaron Burbridge allowed Harrison to survive and eventually win a state title.

Player of the year - Marques Stevenson, Lake Orion. No player in the state meant more to his team than Stevenson. When starting quarterback Sean Charette suffered a season-ending ankle injury in a regional final against Utica Eisenhower, Stevenson and Lake Orion's offensive line stepped up. Stevenson ran for 190 yards in a state semifinal against Detroit Cass Tech and for 186 yards in the final against Plymouth. He was as clutch as can be.

Coach of the year - Todd Schultz, North Farmington. No debating the choice in the Oakland Press today. Schultz should be coach of the year in the state with how he bravely continued to coach after being diagnosed with cancer right when the season started. He inspired so many and taught more life lessons than one can imagine.


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