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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Three reasons why Southfield can beat Harrison

We're only a day of the way from arguably the state's Game of the Week for the second week of the prep football season, as Farmington Hills Harrison will play at Southfield on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Of course, many think Harrison is too good for anybody, and they might be right. The Hawks are one of the top teams in the nation and destroyed a good Detroit Cass Tech team in the season opener last week.
But Kosmo has a feeling that Southfield can win this game, and here's three reasons why.
1. Southfield can match Harrison's speed. There aren't many teams around the state that can say that, and there's definitely no team in the OAA White that can say that. But the Bluejays are pretty fast of their own and can keep up with the Hawks athleticism. Keep in mind, Ron Thompson, Leviticus Payne and Brandon Watkins are all going to play college football for Division I programs as well.
2. Southfield has beaten Harrison in the past. The Bluejays won't be intimidated because they've had success against the Hawks in recent years. Most notably, Southfield beat Harrison two years ago in the Division 2 state playoffs after Harrison won the regular season game.
3. Timing of the game. This could definitely work in Southfield's favor. For one, the game is on Thursday, so Harrison had only four days to prepare after beating Cass Tech last Saturday. Southfield had a normal full week. Second, the game is at 4 p.m. instead of the normal 7 p.m. time, and Southfield is much more used to early start times than Harrison. We'll see if that plays a factor.


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