Well it finally happened….
I got a prediction WRONG!!!
It was bound to happen sometime and last week Cass Tech was dominated at the line of scrimmage in their 13-6 loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary's.
Well with that out of the way, we make our way to week six. By this time of the year division races are taking shape and we are starting to see who the special teams are, in the Metro Detroit area. In a week where there aren't as many matchups of top teams, two games stood out to me as the best.
The first game on the docket is a battle in the OAA, as Lake Orion takes on Rochester High.
Lake Orion comes in to this one a perfect 5-0 and the number one ranked team in Division 1. The Dragons were at home last week and rolled over Troy 38-0. They dominated the Colts at every facet of the game in the lopsided victory. The fierce Lake Orion defense absolutely shut down a very good Troy rushing attack holding them to only 59 yards on 26 carries. The offense wasn't too bad either as running backs Zak Arnold and Corey Ester combined for three touchdowns, including a 70+ yard score for each. The great play on both sides of the ball will have to continue this week as the Dragons look to hold on to that top spot in the rankings.
Rochester High took down a tough Pontiac team last week 30-13. The Falcons played a very sound game and had control of this one from the get go. Running backs James Ward and Jay Shakir were able to get loose on the ground accounting for 213 yards and three scores. Rochester is off to a 4-1 start for only the second time in 15 years. Coach Erik Vermon has started to turn this program around and has got to be pleased with the way his team has played to this point of the season. The Falcons will have to play an almost perfect game this week as Lake Orion seems too focused and talented to be beaten on their home turf.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Lake Orion 31, Rochester 10
The next contest is a showdown for first place in the Western Wayne Red Division as Redford Thurston takes on Dearborn Heights Robichaud.
Redford Thurston looked awfully sharp last week, as they were able to beat up Garden City on the road 41-20. They sported a balanced attack that scored touchdowns through the air and the ground. All-purpose player Shakeer Williams leads this potent attack. He can do it all for Thurston, throwing touchdown passes, and even catching screens and taking them to the house. Coach Bob Snell will look for improvement from his defense this week, as scoring will be much harder to come by against Robichaud.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud comes in to this week with an unblemished record of 5-0. They took on their rivals, Dearborn Heights Crestwood, last week and blanked them 40-0. The Bulldogs outgained Crestwood 427-141 and played stellar defense, only allowing Crestwood to cross the 50-yard line twice. Quarterback Nate Davis leads the Bulldogs offense accounting for three touchdowns last week. Robichaud will need to continue their dominating play if they are to hang with the offensive firepower that Thurston employs.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Redford Thurston 34, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 21
Other Games To Watch: Detroit Central vs. Detroit East Village Prep, Detroit Country Day vs. Hazel Park, and Pontiac vs. Clarkston