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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bonus Bytes - Rapid Fire

Heading into Week 3, the OC is home to three of the top 5 quarterbacks in the state of Michigan  - stats wise that is. Clawson's Rob Feeman is number 3, with 561 yds passing and 6 tds, Ortonville-Brandon's Shane Mahaffey is number 4, with 521 yds passing and 6 tds, and Harrison's Vince Salatino is number 5, with a county-best 7 tds through the air. Props goes out from Burney to these first-rate field generals.
Wow, how good has Salatino been this year so far! If i didn't know better this past weekend, I would have thought head coach John Herrington brought back Hawks legend and current Detroit Lion Drew Stanton and put him under center. That's the level Herrington's Italian Stallion QB is playing at. Congrats, Vince....keep it up, buddy!
I'm starting to fall in love with Harrison's receiving corps too. Aaron Burbridge, Sidney Coleman, David Evans, and Jalen Kelly, have been all over the field the first two weeks, catching virtually everything thrown their way by Salatino. I'm going to nickname them "The Posse" after the 1987 Super Bowl champs Redskins receiving trio of Gary Clark, Art Monk, Ricky Sanders of the same moniker.   
I thank my lucky starts everyday that the OC is home to two of the most epic coaching figures in the history of the state of Michigan. I'm talking about the aforementioned Herrington and Brother Rice's Al Fracassa. How lucky are the kids that get the opportunity to play for them? Deciding whose better between this pair of sideline titans is like trying to figure what tastes better, a hot fudge sundae or a piece of homemade apple pie.
Here's hoping MSU-bound Taylor Calero, Southfield Christian's mega-defensive lineman and tight end, makes it back soon from a hamstring injury.
I love the fact that Troy's Chris Wheeler and West Bloomfield's Cameron Fields are doing double duty on offense, splitting time between the running back and receiver positions. Last year, Fields was striclty a wide out and Wheeler strictly a tailback. This season, their respective coaches, James Thomas and Gary Griffith, want to maximize their stud players versatility and are mixing it up. Now, that's the kind of out-of-the-box type of thinking I like to see from our area's coaches. And, make no mistake about it, Thomas and Griffith are two of the best.


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