1.Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Many counted the Eaglets out after their season opening loss to Muskegon, considering that they have arguably the toughest schedule in the state. But in the past two weeks the Eaglets have knocked off two state powers in Cass Tech and Brother Rice in convincing. St. Mary’s has made a bit of a statement in the past two weeks and now they’re without a doubt the favorite to repeat as D-3 state champions.
2. (Tie) Clarkston
Aside from a minor bump in the road against Stoney Creek, the Wolves have been nearly unstoppable in 2012 and showed just that in last week’s throttling of Pontiac. With the offense firing on all cylinders, and the defense putting forth dominant performances all year long, the Wolves just might run the table in the regular season.
2. (Tie) Lake Orion
The Dragons, much like Clarkston, have looked almost unbeatable so far this year and there’s no reason to think that Lake Orion can’t finish the regular season unbeaten as well. The two teams are setting up for what will no doubt be a big time showdown at the end of the season.
3. Birmingham Brother Rice
The Warriors ran into the buzz saw that is Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Saturday night, but make no mistake that the Warriors are still the team to beat in Division 2 this season. With running backs Brian Walker and Shon Powell, along with one of the most improved aerial attacks, the Warriors are still one of the top teams in the state.
4. Oak Park
The Knights have made winning look easy in the second year under coach Carter and have won in a number of different ways so far. The defense looks to be one of the best in the area, while the offense continues to ride the hot hand from week to week regardless of position.
Farmington continues to prove a point week after week that they are for real, regardless of injuries on either side of the ball and once again came up with a win over Rochester Adams on Friday night. Aside from the loss to Oak Park, Farmington has been nearly perfect all season long.
6. Novi Detroit Catholic Central
The Shamrocks once again flexed their muscle against U-D Jesuit to set up for this Saturday’s showdown against Brother Rice on Saturday. Saturday and the following Saturday against St. Mary’s will prove to be the ultimate test for the Shamrocks down the stretch.
7. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
The Yellowjackets have been quietly dominant on both sides of the football this season. Offensively, there aren’t many teams that can match the type of firepower that Country Day has to offer, while their defense has kept some of the better offenses that you’ll find pretty quiet for the most part.
8. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
The Irish continue to impress behind an offense and a defense that may not be filled with stars, but are some of the deeper units you will find in Oakland County. Not many expected the Irish to be this dominant once again this season, but Notre Dame Prep is proving plenty of people wrong once again.
9. Birmingham Seaholm
The Maples made one of the more impressive statements of Friday night as they shut down a high powered Avondale offense and held the Yellow Jackets to just two points through three and a half quarters on the night. Seaholm has now put itself in the driver’s seat as the team to beat in the OAA Blue.
The second half comeback win for the Blue Jays over Farmington Hills Harrison proved to be the turning point of the season as Southfield looked almost unstoppable in their huge blowout win over Oxford on Friday. With Tre Walton continuing to become more and more comfortable at his new quarterback position and more receivers stepping up, Southfield is going to put up some serious points in these next few weeks.