1. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
There might not be a better team in the state of Michigan right now, the Eaglets are playing some of the best football that you'll see right now. After squeaking out wins over Cass Tech and Brother Rice, St. Mary's dominanted Warren De La Salle last week as the Eaglets prepare for a showdown with rival Catholic Central.
The Wolves continue to ride one of the best run games in the state behind a dominating offensive line and running back Ian Eriksen. The Clarkston defense, behind Nick Matich, Adam Johns, Tim Cason and Chris Calvano, the Clarkston defense is filled with play makers which makes life tough for just about any offense.
2. Lake Orion
Just how deep is the Lake Orion offense? The Dragons have four (Jacob Miller, Zac Arnold, Chris Leigh, Corey Ester) who have rushed for over 300 yards this season, and all have four or more touchdowns. This is just not an offense that can be stopped, you can only hope to contain them.
3. Birmingham Brother Rice
What more can you say about Brother Rice running back Brian Walker? The junior running back emerged as a true leader on Saturday as he helped lead the Warriors to a come from behind win over rival Catholic Central. With Walker on offense and linebackers Jon Reschke and Lucas Cherrocci leading the defense, the Warriors are in a good position to make it into the "Prep Bowl" in two weeks.
4. Oak Park
The Knights just keep finding ways to win. When it looked like Oak Park would finally suffer its first loss of the season against Farmington Hills Harrison, the Knights came up with a big answer late in the game to preserve their unblemished record. With every win, Oak Park continues to look like more and more of a contender in the state tournament.
With Jordan Degreffenreed back and healthy and Connor Mohr continuing to have an impressive season, the Falcons locked up yet another playoff spot with a win on Friday. The Farmington defense has continued to be quietly dominant throughout the season behind Mohr, Isaiah Gourdine and Curtis Brunson and that should carry into the playoffs.
6. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Is there a more underrated quarterback in Oakland County than Joe Kutil? Kutil has helped pace the Fighting Irish offense all season long, throwing for over 600 yards while tossing nine touchdown passes, and with the help of running back Jermiah Johnson, who just went over the 1,000 yard mark for runsing yards this season, which makes the Irish offense very dangerous on a number of levels.
7. Walled Lake Northern
How about the 'big uglies' along the Northern offensive line? For a Northern offense that has already rushed for 2,000 yards rushing this season, the Knight's O-Line has been simply dominant from the start of the season, because of names like Anthony Camarda, Mitch Curl, Graham Weston, Logan Birnie and Corey Williams who have busted open holes for the Northern backs and have kept quarterback Collin O'Donnell upright all year long.
8. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Yellowjackets running back Richie Wilson just has a nose for the end zone, as he scored five touchdowns for the second straight week on Friday night. Wilson now only trails Clarkston's Ian Eriksen by one touchdown and has over 1,100 yards rushing on the year as well. Don't forget that the 'Jackets also have a dangerous passing attack featuring quarterback Tyler Weigers.
9. Birmingham Seaholm
Everyone knew just how dominant the Seaholm defense was through the first six weeks of the season, but week seven was the offense's turn to show off what they could do as the Maples kept pace with a high scoring Bloomfield Hills Lahser team and eventually edged out the Knights, putting themselves in the driver's seat in the OAA Blue.
10. Walled Lake Western
Western has quietly gotten itself back into a spot where the Warriors could once again find themselves looking for a final four berth in the state playoffs. With an offense filled with speed and playmakers, including junior quarterback Kyle Bambard and a defense that has been one of the most consistent groups throughout the year which is led by safety Josh Jones and linebacker Zach Prokes.