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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

No. 1 and No. 2 in ranking only

Get ready Clarkston and Lake Orion fans, because what Kosmo is about to say is likely to rile you all up pretty good. The recent state rankings came out, and with Detroit Cass Tech's loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary's last week, that means Clarkston is ranked No. 1 in the state and Lake Orion No. 2 in Division 1. Both teams are unbeaten and VERY good. But Kosmo just doesn't think either is GREAT and are the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state, although that won't lessen the hype when the two likely meet with those rankings in place in Week 8 of the season at Lake Orion, barring a major upset in between. Here are the three reasons why both shouldn't be ranked that high, even if they both again are VERY good teams. Schedule - Let's face it, the Wolves and Dragons play in a weak league. The OAA Red is nowhere near as strong as the OAA White from top to bottom. Clarkston's five opponents this year are a combined 9-16, while Lake Orion's are 10-16. Lake Orion's best wins are against 3-2 Oxford and 3-2 Troy, while Clarkston's best is a win over a 4-1 Rochester team that hasn't played a tough schedule either. The Wolves struggled to beat 2-3 Stoney Creek last week. Balance on offense - Both the Wolves and Dragons have great running games, but neither has proven they can consistently make plays in the passing game. Let's see what happens later in the season and in the playoffs when better teams gear up for the running game and dare the opposing quarterbacks/receivers to beat them. Division I college players - Besides Clarkston senior offensive lineman Jesse Chadwell (committed to Illinois), there aren't any players on either team that have committed to play big-time college football. Meanwhile, seemingly half of Cass Tech's roster has been offered college scholarships and Catholic Central has a few players who have also, just to name two teams. Those things start to matter in the playoffs. There are some other prospects on each team, but it's not like either is brimming with Division I talent. Sorry to burst the bubble of the Clarkston and Lake Orion fans, which are among the best in the state. The Wolves and Dragons have VERY good teams as always and it should be a lot of fun when No. 1 and No. 2 meet in a couple of weeks at Lake Orion. But are they really the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state? In Kosmo's estimation, no.


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