Monday, October 8, 2012

Elite Eight -- Game Changers

8. Emmanuel Jackson, Novi Running Back
Jackson might be the most exciting freshman in the state. The freshman playmaker showed off his blazing speed on Friday night as he carried the ball 20 times for 182 yards, including a game-tying 83 yard touchdown run in Novi's upset bid of Northville.

7. Olivia Paquette, Clawkson Kicker
Can you say clutch? Paquette drilled the game winning field goal in double overtime for the Trojans in a narrow win over Warren Lincoln to keep Clawson's playoff hopes alive. Keep an eye on Paquette, who very well could have another game winner or two left in her this season.

6. Alec Spurlock, Waterford Kettering Running Back
Spurlock was dominant on Saturday afternoon as the senior totaled nearly 200 yards of total offense and accounted for the first two touchdowns of Saturday's game against rival Waterford Mott to help snap a 17 game losing streak for the Captains.

5. Jermiah Johnson, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Running Back
Johnson continues to be one of Oakland County's best kept secrets as the running back rushed for over 200 yards on Friday night on just 16 carries as the Fighting Irish toppled Macomb Lutheran North. Johnson also scored three touchdowns on the night while also having another impressive performance on defense as well.

4. Matt Kosmalski, Walled Lake Northern Defensive Back
Kosmalski was all over the field against in Northern's fifth consecutive win, as the senior recorded two interceptions in the end zone to end two of Lakeland's best scoring drives of the night. Kosmalski also tallied eight tackles on the night and totaled nearly 130 yards of offense and a touchdown as the Knights clinched their first ever KLAA North title.

3. Kyle Bambard, Walled Lake Western Quarterback
Bambard did it all in Friday night's win over rival Walled Lake Central as the junior signal caller finished the game completing 10 of his 16 passes for 265 yards while rushing for nearly 100 yards on the day as the Warriors bested the Vikings for the second straight year.

2. Ian Eriksen, Clarkston Running Back
Eriksen was once again his dominant self on Friday night as ran around, through and over the Troy defense as Clarkston stayed unbeaten on the season. Eriksen finished with nearly 300 yards rushing on the night while finding the end zone on four different occasions for yet another dominant performance this year.

1. Brian Walker, Birmingham Brother Rice Running Back
Walker was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday night as he helped lead the Warriors all of the way back from a 14-3 deficit to a 20-14 win in Catholic League play. Walker finished the night with nearly 200 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns as Brother Rice improved to 4-2.

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