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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, November 19, 2009

The Great Burnzini - State Semi-Finals

2009 Prep Football Final Four - OC REPRESENT (4 teams left)
Holt v. Novi Detroit Catholic Central (at Lansing Everett) – There's just way too much Niko Palazeti, Anthony Capatina, and the Shamrocks' big play defense for the "Holt-sters" to handle. Senior QB Sam Landry comes up big too, passing for a pair of TD's in the CC win.
CC 34 Holt 21
Clarkston v. Sterling Heights Stevenson (Troy Athens) – It will be a battle for the ages at the QB spot when Tyler Scarlett and C-Town and Jason Fracassa and Stevenson lock horns on Saturday night under the lights at Athens. This game will be a Metro-Detroit version of last Sunday's Brady-Manning showdown that produced over 60 points of vertically-charged action. Expect the same when Scarlett and Fracassa face-off. Scarlett scrambled for the winning score in OT and the Wolves punch their ticket to Ford Field and the DI state finals.
Clarkston 37-34 (OT)
Birmingham Brother Rice v. Lowell (Howell) – The Warriors offense is peaking at the exact right time – the receiving duo of Kevonte Martin-Manley and Nate Saldivar Garcia could be the best pair of pass catchers playing together in the state. The Rice defense, led by senior all-state tackling machine Justin Cherocchi, and hard-hitting juniors Jumbo Hamilton and Jimmy Pickens (also the team's top rusher), has been bringing relentless pressure to opposing offenses all post-season long. I'm going to nickname the Rice defensive unit, "The Juice Crew," because these guys play with an electric spirit and light up the competition. Nothing changes Saturday afternoon and the Warriors roll.
Rice 35 Lowell 27
Orchard Lake St. Mary's v. DeWitt (Fenton) – Plain and simple, you can't stop St. Mary's Ernest Thomas, you can only hope to contain him! Watch my main man, Ernie, get busy for another trifecta of TD's (he's got 9 already this post-season) and lead an Eaglet team that was a mere 4-4 in the regular season and had to sweat out a last-second at large playoff bid back into Ford Field for the second time in the last three years.
OLSM 28 De Witt 24


Anonymous mike said...

The number of private schools remaining in the tournament points to the fact that the M.H.S.A.A. should split all tournaments between private and public schools. The playing field is not level. How fair would it be if MSU could only enroll players from Michigan and U.M. could recruit out of state? Brother Rice and the other private schools will deny it But they do give athletic scholarships!

November 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM 

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