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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Compelling questions for regional round

We're down to the state quarterfinals for the high school football playoffs, and Kosmo isn't sure why it's not just called the quarterfinals instead of regional finals. But no matter what it's called, it should be an intense weekend filled with great games. Here are Kosmo's most compelling questions going into Friday and Saturday's games. Can Clarkston rise to the occasion against playoff-tested Rockford? - Clarkston definitely has a lot going for it heading into its home game on Saturday against the Rams, namely home-field advantage, its powerful running game and an unbeaten record. But Rockford definitely has an edge in playoff experience and is more used to being in big games. Can the Wolves be as poised in the moment as Rockford? We will see. If so, Clarkston is going to win. Will Lake Orion's offense rebound against Macomb Dakota? - The Dragons were really stymied last week against Utica Eisenhower, but were bailed out by a tremendous defensive performance. Just in case that doesn't happen again on Friday, Kosmo hopes the Lake Orion offense and get back on track and be more consistent against a fast Dakota defense. How can Walled Lake Western beat Brother Rice? - Good question and Kosmo isn't sure how it can happen because he's not a football mind, but here's a best-educated fan guess. For starters, Western has to somehow slow down the Brother Rice running game and force Brother Rice to throw more. Second, Western has to control the clock, meaning Kyle Bambard and Josh Jones have to be getting four and five yards a carry to keep possession of the ball. Won't be easy with Jon Reschke & Co. on the other side for Brother Rice, but if Western can have a big edge in possession time, an upset is possible. Does Novi Detroit Catholic Central have revenge on its mind against Plymouth? - Two years ago, Plymouth upset Catholic Central in a regional final on a last-second field goal. The Shamrocks probably don't need any more motivation than they don't already have, but if they remember that game, they'll be an even more fired-up bunch, which would be bad news for Plymouth. How can Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes slow down Harbor Beach? - Another good question. Harbor Beach racks up points the way a pinball wizard does on a pinball machine, given it has scored 40 or more points in eight games this season. WOLL does have some size up front, so we'll see if it can win the battle at the line of scrimmage. It might be the only hope for the Lakers.


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