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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Compelling questions for Round 2

Halloween is over, the World Series is over and the Presidential election isn't until Tuesday, so thank goodness there's some high school football playoff action going on Friday and Saturday. It's the district final round of the playoffs, and as Kosmo wrote about earlier this week, he can't recall a better week of matchups involving Oakland County teams in this second round. There are lots of things Kosmo is going to keep an eye out on, but here are his most compelling questions. Who will win the battle up front, Clarkston's offensive line or Grand Blanc's defensive line? - This is going to be one GREAT battle. Almost like a tug-of-war match between Hercules and He-Man. Clarkston's strength is its great offensive line, led by Illinois recruit Jesse Chadwell and junior Division 1 prospect Nick Matich, while Grand Blanc has two defensive ends who'll be playing Division I college football in Luke MacLean, who has committed to Pittsburgh, and Dan Davis, who will play at Toledo. Whichever unit has its way the most will likely determine which team wins. Can Catholic Central slow down Walled Lake Northern's offense? - Catholic Central is usually as intimidating as it gets on defense, and the Shamrocks have a likely all-state player in linebacker Anthony Darkangelo, not to mention Michigan-bound Wyatt Shallman at defensive end, just to name a few defensive standouts. But Walled Lake Northern hasn't been slowed down at all this year. The Knights have been scoring at will and could even give CC's vaunted defense problems. How healthy is Country Day junior running back Richie Wilson? - He's missed the past couple games due to injury, but is supposed to be back for a Division 4 district final at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Saturday night. If he's healthy, Country Day should win. If not, Notre Dame Prep could easily take advantage. Will the rematch between Southfield and Oak Park be just as good as the first one? - It's hard to imagine it being any better since the first game earlier in the season at Southfield was won in overtime by Oak Park, but Kosmo feels the rematch could top it. These teams couldn't be more even. Does Lake Orion have any reason to be worried against Utica Eisenhower? Absolutely. The Eagles are a team with size up front, led by David Curle, that can slow down Lake Orion's terrific ground game. Eisenhower also has a 3-year starter at quarterback in Joe Zerafa. The K-Man still thinks Lake Orion can win, but Eisenhower matches up well with the Dragons.


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