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Monday, September 24, 2012

Oakland County Football Rankings - Rising to the Top

1. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
The Eaglets proved just about everybody wrong on Friday night as they knocked off nationally ranked Cass Tech with a convincing showing from the defense. The St. Mary's defensive squad allowed just six points on the night while the offense continued to feature one of the best rushing attacks.

2. Birmingham Brother Rice
The Brother Rice defense once again proved to be at its best on Saturday as the Warriors held U-D Jesuit to just three points after shutting out the Warred De La Sale offense. With an offense capable of scoring its fair share of points, the Warriors are going to be a tough team to beat in the final four games of the regular season.

3. (Tie) Clarkston
The Wolves just barely survived the upset bid from Stoney Creek on Friday night, but they still remain as one of the most dangerous teams around because of the overpowering run game and the shutdown defense that has limited teams all season long.

3. (Tie) Lake Orion
The Dragons made quite a statement on Friday night as Lake Orion cruised past a previously unbeaten Troy team behind another strong performance from the high-powered offense. But don't overlook the Lake Orion defense, which has continued to quietly shut opposing offenses down so far this season.

4. Oak Park
The Knights keep finding ways to win and have been able to top two of the OAA White's best squads, Southfield and Farmington in recent weeks. With Oak Park showing the ability to overcome test after test so far this season behind an impressive defense and big time performances from running back Malik Washington and Dellonte Johnson.

5. Farmington 
The Falcons have dealt with the injury bug all season long, but Farmington has been able to overcome those injuries and had stayed perfect on the year until last week as the Falcons lost narrowly to Oak Park. But as the Falcons get healthier as the season goes on, there's no doubt that the Falcons will be a serious contender in the OAA White and the playoffs.

6. Novi Detroit Catholic Central
The Shamrocks just barely survived on Sunday against Warren De La Salle, but seem to be slowly bouncing back from the tough losses in weeks two and three and should continue that trend this week against Detroit Jesuit before the showdown with Brother Rice in week seven.

7. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Just how good is Country Day running back Richie Wilson? The junior continues to impress with his third game in as many weeks where he has nearly gone over the 200 yard mark on around 20 carries. With a strong passing game as well as a dominant defense, the Yellowjackets are looking like serious contenders come playoff time.

8. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
The Fighting Irish have been dominant so far this season with a defense that has shut teams down all year long and did once again against a dangerous Bloomfield Hills Lahser team. As the season goes on, look for Notre Dame Prep to continue its regular season dominance behind one of the area's best two-way players in Jermaih Johnson.

9. Auburn Hills Avondale
The Yellow Jackets just keep firing on all cylinders this season, as quarterback Spencer Smith and one of the most impressive rushing attacks in the county continue to find the end zone at an impressive rate. Friday's game against a tough Seaholm defense will be a chance for the Avondale offense to show that it's for real.

10. Southfield
The Blue Jays bounced back from a couple of tough losses to Farmington and Oak Park with an impressive come from behind win over Farmington Hills Harrison where Southfield was trailing 17-0 at one point. Don't be surprised if the Blue Jays win their final four games this year.


Honorable Mention (No Order): Troy, Oxford, Rochester, Farmington Hills Harrison, Walled Lake Northern, Walled Lake Western, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, Royal Oak Shrine, Bloomfield Hills Lahser


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