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Friday, November 16, 2012

Compelling questions for semifinals

It's Friday, which means there is.... no football? Yep this is the first Friday since the middle of August without football games, which must mean it's the semifinal round. All games are Saturday afternoon and Kosmo is here to offer his most compelling questions for the semifinal round. Can Lake Orion run the ball against Cass Tech? - In Kosmo's opinion, this is going to be the sole determining factor in who wins this Division 1 semifinal. Nobody has been able to stop Lake Orion's diverse and powerful running attack, but the Dragons haven't run up against a defense as big and as fast as Cass Tech. If Lake Orion can run the ball, it can control the tempo of the game, the clock and thus keep Cass Tech's offensive playmakers on the bench. Will Catholic Central be able to finish drives against Rockford? - Last week, Clarkston was able to move the ball against what's always a good Rockford defense. The problem was the Wolves couldn't finish drives with points, whether they ended with turnovers or missed field goals. Catholic Central likewise has the ability to move the ball. If it finishes drives with points, the Shamrocks will be back at Ford Field. Can Wyandotte Roosevelt give Brother Rice a game? No. Next question. Can Saginaw Swan Valley stop Tyler Weigers, Richie Wilson and a potent Country Day offense? No. Next question. How attentive will Orchard Lake St. Mary's be against Harper Creek? Very attentive, given Harper Creek nearly beat the Eaglets in last year's state semifinals. St. Mary's needed a last minute touchdown to prevail, and Kosmo has a feeling that maybe the Eaglets took Harper Creek a bit lightly last year. That won't be the case this year. If Harper Creek wins, it'll be because it played a fantastic game, not because St. Mary's overlooked it.


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