As crazy as this sounds there are only two weeks of the high school football regular season left. These last two weeks are crucial to a lot of teams. Some may be cursing to the finish line with an unblemished record just trying to stay healthy for the playoffs. While others are fighting for their league title, and in some cases trying to get that last win to qualify for the state tournament.
This week is jam packed with many big matchups, but I didn't think I could leave these two crucial games out of my predictions.
The first prime time matchup features two unbeaten teams from the OAA Red, who happen to be ranked as the top two teams in division 1, Lake Orion and Clarkston.
Coach Chris Bell's Lake Orion Dragons have cruised to a 7-0 record. The Dragons were able to pound Pontiac 49-13 last week. Pontiac didn't stand a chance in that one as they were down 42-0 at halftime. Lake Orion had a dominant rushing attack in that one piling up 300 yards and five touchdowns. The Dragons don't mind giving it to any of their fiver running backs, which makes them so tough to stop. Their defense may be just as good as the offense though. This is a unit that has only given up an average of 10 points per game to this point of the season.
Clarkston has been just as good this season winning their first seven games. Their defense was on point last week blanking Troy 28-0. The Colts weren't able to get anything going as the Wolves defense was just too stingy. The performance of the night was on the opposite side of the ball though, as Ian Eriksen ran for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Eriksen is a back who can score from anywhere on the field, with long touchdown runs of 93 and 81 yards last week.
This one is so evenly matched that whoever has creates a crucial turnover late in the ball game will probably win this one.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Lake Orion 24, Clarkston 21
The other standout matchup to me is one of the two semi-finals of the PSL playoffs. That matchup is a battle of two perennial Detroit powers Cass Tech and Martin Luther King.
Cass Tech, the number seven team in the state, boasts a 6-1 record and is perfect against PSL teams. The Technicians blanked Mumford last week 49-0 and put a show in the rout. Quarterback Jayru Campbell did his thing like he always seems to do, accounting for a touchdown through the air and on the ground. Campbell is a freak athlete who only seems to get better with each game he plays. The defense isn't too shabby either, as sophomore defensive lineman Keith Jones blocked a punt and returned it for six last week. Cass Tech has been very consistent shutting out their opponent four times this year.
Detroit Martin Luther King seems to be in this game every year as they have won eight of the last ten PSL East titles. While King may not be as talented as years past, they have still played well enough to sport a 5-2 record. The Crusaders could do nothing but score last week, winning 61-26 over Denby. They come into this one red hot, winners of five straight. In those five wins King's offense was nearly unstoppable scoring 47.8 points per game.
While King has been on fire, I just don't see their talent stacking up with the Technicians.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Cass Tech 21, King 6
Other games to watch: Macomb Dakota at Chippewa Valley, Farmington Hills Harrison at Farmington, Livonia Churchill at Northville.