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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.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Great Burnzini - Friday's Picks

Top Games in Oakland County - Friday
Highland Park v. Birmingham Detroit Country Day – After scratching and clawing to remain undefeated last Saturday in their OT showdown in Muskegon against Muskegon Catholic Central, the Yellowjackets will be tested once again. HP is for real. The Polar Bears are easily one of the best teams in the city of Detroit and they scared the living daylights out of Brother Rice in Week 3. The deciding factor is simple and he wears uniform number 8.  Simply put, DCD has Josh Harris. HP does not. Done and done. Harris is so money, he bleeds cold hard cash!!  
DCD 24 HP 20
Ferndale v. Pontiac – Coming off two in a row in the win column, the Phoenix will have the opportunity to prove if they are for real or not this year when they entertain a more-than solid Ferndale team Friday night.  Hopefully, all of the city of Pontiac will be out there to support Greg Ganfield and his new brand of exciting Yak-town pigskin. Despite being the road team and considering the Phoenix's "hot fac tor", I still think Ferndale is the favorite. That said, I predict a Pontiac upset. Get busy my main man Jonathon McKnight!!!  
Pontiac 21 Ferndale 18
Oak Park v. Troy – Gary Griffith's Colts will take their anger from last week's heartbreaking loss to Clarkston out on the visiting Knights. First year head coach Mario Evans has OP playing their hearts out and that's commendable, but Troy's too good for the Knights to keep up with. OP keeps it close early, however Bobby Wunderlich makes amends for his late-game pick last week by throwing for 250 yds and 3 TD's, and leads the stampeding Colts to the runaway victory.
Troy  35 OP 10
Southfield v. Stoney Creek – You  cannot stop Dae'von Robinson, you can only hope to contain him! Harrison is in the rear-view mirror and Tim Conley will have his troops on-point going on the road to face a struggling Stoney Creek squad. Robinson scoots for 200 yards and three scores, while Brandon Watkins finally settles in behind center, tossing a p air of Td's to Kalen Willis and William Lyons. Blue Jays fly past the Cougars in relatively-easy fashion.
Southfield 41 Stoney Creek 24
Southfield Christian v. Sterling Heights Parkway Christian – Eagles QB Connor Michaels is sometimes overshadowed by more highly-vaunted teammates Taylor Calero (Michigan State) and Devon Bailey.  But make no mistake, Michaels is the motor that makes head coach Tim Fracassi's ship run. With both Calero and Bailey nursing injuries, Michaels standout play under center and in the return game is a major reason why SC is 3-0. The high-quality performances continue against Parkway -Michaels throws for two and runs for two more as the Eagles slide past PC and stay unbeaten.
Southfield Christian 33 Parkway Christian 27 
Southfield-Lathrup v. Lake Orion – The Chargers, who have started out the year 3-0, will come down to earth with a resounding thud on Friday night when they travel into the Dragons' Den to face a gladiator-esque Lake Orion squad. Kim Bruce and Marques Stevenson will run over, through, and20around S-Lathrup for a pair of scores each and expect at least one, maybe two, in the air from sophomore slinger Sean Charrette.
LO  42 S-Lathrup 21
NOTICE: Read Tomorrow for my CC/RICE pick. This one is going to be a duzy! 


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