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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.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Morning Quarterback - Honor Roll

Wow, were there some outstanding performances on the gridiron this past weekend or what?  And Walled Lake Northern's QB Jason Tucker tops the list. In the Knights historic 50-39 win over Walled Lake Western - the school's first ever over the much-despised Warriors - he threw for over 400 yards, ran for nearly 200, and found the end zone a total of seven times. Who does this kid think he is, Tom Brady?
Rob Feeman of Clawson passed for 375 and scored a total of 6 Td's and teammate Howard Crippen caught 5 balls for 193 yards and three TD's, while running for 106 yards on 12 carries in their team's 54-43 loss to Marine City. Walled Lake Western's Sam Welch passed for 345 yards and five Td's and WR Taylor Porras hauled in 12 catches for 225 yards and 3 Td's  in their team's loss to Tucker's Knights.
Waterford Kettering's Ryan Dingman pulled a Willis Reed by taking the field at the last possible moment prior to kickoff against Waterford Mott on Saturday and leading the Captains to a blow out win. Having sat out the past two games due to an injury suffered in Week 1, Dingman was eager to get to work in20the huddle and did damage to the Corsairs defense early and often in his 160 yard, 3 TD return performance.
Milford's Luke Johnson threw for 267 and 3 TD's in the Mavericks stomping of Pinckney, giving him over 500 yards total in the past two weeks and making him one of the more surprising stories of the year in the OC. Way to go, Luke!
Berkley's Terrell Porter is on a tear. His 105 yards, 3 TD outing in the Bears 42-7 mauling of Bloomfield Hills Andover, gives him a county-leading 14 rushing scores. This 6-4 speed demon is in the mold of former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL all-pro Eddie George. He's big and physical and tough to drag down.
Lake Orion's Mike Nelson took two trips over the goal line in the Dragons 35-0 stomping of previously-unbeaten Southfield-Lathrup and QB's Joe Diamond of Walled Lake Central and Vince Salatino of FH Harrison, each collected another four apiece  -giving them 13 and 14, respectively - in their team's runaway wins as well.
Extra –Props: To CC for their huge win over Rice, Pontiac for making it three in a row and20showing all of Yak-town that miracles can happen, and Oak Park for its impressive handling of Troy.
And on one final note regarding Oak Park: what a tremendous job new head coach Mario Evans is doing with a program that only a few months previous was in shambles. Evans has the '09 Knights playing an inspired brand of football that has been absent of late in the OP. If the '08 Knights would have exerted half as much hard work, drive and determination they could have contended for a state title. Instead a highly-heralded bunch of players (MSU's Rock Baker and all-oaa standouts Brandon Woods and Daryl Flemister) and a arguably too-big-for-his-britches head coach, stumbled to an embarrassing 2-7 record. A win over Troy Athens this coming Friday night could have Evans and his crew talking playoffs.


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