Well here we have it folks….
The end of the high school football regular season!
While many players will be playing their last high school football game of their career, many teams and players have a lot on the line in this one final week. Some of these teams need that 6th win to guarantee a spot in the state tournament. Other teams are just trying to stay healthy, as they are waiting on their first game of the playoffs. This has all the makings of one crazy final week
Game number one on my list this week is the PSL final that takes place down at Ford Field. The battle will be between East English Village Prep and Detroit Martin Luther King.
East English is one of the more talented teams in the state and come into this one boasting a 7-1 record. The 3rd ranked team in division three won a tough high scoring game, 37-32 over Detroit Cody. Senior running back Desmond King, who has committed to play football at Ball State, ran the ball for 167 yards and three scores. Cody was unable to stop the star running back who wanted the ball in his hands from the opening kickoff. Quarterback Anton Curtis is also a player to watch. Curtis displayed great passing skills last week throwing for three touchdowns. Senior tight end and Michigan commit, Khalid Hill, is a favorite target of Curtis and caught his first touchdown pass. The offensive balance will have to continue this week if they are to succeed against King.
Martin Luther King is as hot as any team in the state and stunned PSL favorite Cass Tech, 44-13 last week. Winners of six straight, King has been rolling and it was apparent in the game against Cass. The offense was nearly unstoppable last week and that unit is led by quarterback Da'Vaun Williams. Williams was making plays all night and accounted for 6 touchdowns. Williams is a player who can do it with his arm and his feet, which makes him so tough to stop. The defense may be just as dominating though as they made Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell look silly. Defensive end LeShawn McGuire was the leader of the defense last week sacking the quarterback three times and forced a fumble. King will look to avenge their last loss of the season as they were downed 34-26 by East English.
While East English may be more talented than King, I just think King is on too much of a roll to be stopped.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Martin Luther King 34, East English Village 31
The other game on my watch list this week is a battle in the OAA, as Oak Park takes on Clarkston.
Coming off last week's shocking loss to Oxford, Oak Park needs a strong showing this week. In the 14-12 loss, Oak Park couldn't get anything going on offense. They did have some chances late though but were stuffed at the goal line by that tough Oxford front. Running back Malik Washington was the only bright spot for Oak Park as he rushed for 83 yards and scored a touchdown on only 12 carries. The defense did play well last week only allowing two touchdowns and very little threw the air. If Oak Park is going to get back on track this week they will need to get the ball in the hands of Washington and Sophomore John Kelly.
Clarkston, who is 8-0, remains unbeaten and one of the favorites to take home the state championship this fall. They were able to defeat rival Lake Orion 21-14 in what may have been the game of the year. It was a tight contest throughout, but Clarkston was able to pull away with 14.3 seconds to play. Running back Ian Eriksen was able to go in for the score, capping his huge day. Eriksen is the offense for Clarkston, carrying the ball 44 times last week. It will be interesting to see if Clarkston plays the starters the whole game as they have very little to play for. I see them going all out in this one and try for the perfect season.
Clarkston should shut the Oak Park offense down in this one, and get to 9-0.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Clarkston 17, Oak Park 6