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Thursday, October 11, 2012

5 things to watch for on Friday night

Week 8 of the regular seaosn has arrived, and that means it's rivalry week around Oakland County. Yes Kosmo admits that sounds funny too. But regardless, it's reality with so many rivalry games taking place this week due to league crossover games in Week 9. Here are the developments that Kosmo is watching most for Week 8. How distracted will Stoney Creek be? - Needles to say, it's been a week full of distractions for the Cougars in the wake of the incident with West Bloomfield last week. What people might not know is that the Cougars have a good shot at the playoffs with a 4-3 records. Stoney Creek hosts Rochester in not only a rivalry game, but a game that has HUGE playoff implications. If the Cougars can stay focused, they can continue their playoff quest. Can Novi Detroit Catholic Central score against Orchard Lake St. Mary's? - The 4-3 Shamrocks will be a desperate team needing two wins to automatically qualify for the state playoffs, although their brutal schedule could mean a 5-4 record will be good enough. Still, nobody has been able to figure out this St. Mary's defense, so we'll see if Anthony Darkangelo & Co. can do so. Which quarterback in the Clarkston-Lake Orion game will play better? - This could be the key as to who wins this game. Eeah team will run the ball well like they always do. The key will be which QB can keep the opposing defense the most honest and make plays in the passing game. Indeed, it could be a night for Lake Orion QB Derek Delaura and Clarkston QB D.J. Zezula to break out. Can Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett stop RH Lutheran Northwest QB Nathan Drews? - Not many teams in the MIAC have been able to, and Liggett knows it will have to at least slow down Drews if it is to win at Northwest in what is the MIAC championship game. How much more motivated will Farmington be against Harrison this year knowing it could be Harrison's fourth loss? - Very motivated. I'm sure that's been a topic of discussion at some point among Farmington's players. Not only can the Falcons get what's historically a rare win against Harrison, but it can get double-satisfaction in knocking the Hawks out of the playoff picture.


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