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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week 4 observations

Catholic League comebacks
It was an exciting week in the Central Division of the Catholic League. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s scored 16 unanswered points after trailing 28-12 in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Warren DeLaSalle. But the Eaglets couldn’t score on their possession in overtime and fell, 34-28, after the Pilots’ Josh Sinagoga scored on fourth-and-goal.

Not to be outdone Birmingham Brother Rice mounted a comeback of its own against Novi Detroit Catholic Central. The Warriors trailed 24-10 in the fourth quarter and rallied to win the game, 27-24 on a 50-yard field goal as time expired by senior Ryan Kelly.

It will be hard to match Week 4, but Week 5 should also be exciting with Brother Rice hosting St. Mary’s and Catholic Central hosting DeLaSalle. The Eaglets need a win over Brother Rice or they will fall to 2-3 and need to run the table in its final four games to be guaranteed a playoff spot.

Southfield is for real
I predicted Stoney Creek would defeat Southfield, but I thought it would be a close game either way. I was wrong about both. The Bluejays rolled to a 24-0 win. Tim Keith led Southfield with 180 yards and two touchdowns. Southfield (4-0) will face Rochester Adams (4-0) in a showdown of OAA White unbeatens. I fully expect the Highlanders to win this game, but I’m interested to see how Southfield does. Some people claim the OAA White is weak this year, but there is nothing weak about Adams so this will be a good measuring stick for the Bluejays.

Quick hits
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest continued its best start in school history with a 29-13 win over Livonia Clarenceville. The Crusaders are now clearly in the driver seat in the Metro League.

The two preseason favorites in the KLAA North were Lakeland and Walled Lake Western. The two teams will collide this week with first place in the league on the line. The Eagles have already defeated the other two Walled Lake schools, but the Warriors will provide a much tougher test.

Southfield Christian put up quite a fight against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian before falling, 52-41. The 2-2 Eagles have a solid shot of making the playoffs in just their third year as a program.



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