News, notes and things to watch out for in all OAA sports this school year.
3 football stars for Week 3 3rd star Cam Buford, Stoney Creek - The junior running back rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a victory for the Cougars. 2nd star Earle Weaver, Royal Oak - In helping lead the Ravens to their first win of the season, Weaver ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. 1st star Frank Black, Oak Park - A senior quarterback for the Knights, Black passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in Oak Park’s second win of the season.
5 best football games for Week 3 The best matchups in the OAA for Week 3, according to guest prognosticator Sammy Taormina, author of the "Inside the OAA."
Adams (2-0) at Lake Orion (2-0): The Dragons have been on fire posting two big wins over Southfield A&T and Lapeer. The Highlanders are also rolling as well with wins over Rochester and Oxford on their way to 2-0. Both teams have two proven quarterbacks in Blaze Lauer of Lake Orion and Carter Farris of Adams. The Dragons won 28-24 last season at Adams. The Highlanders went into Lake Orion behind two touchdown passes from Farris in a stunning 32-8 victory two years ago.
West Bloomfield (1-1) at Southfield A&T (1-1): Both of these teams suffered tough losses last week. The Lakers lost 24-17 to Groves after a muffed punt led to a touchdown with 36 seconds to go in the game. The Warriors lost at Lake Orion. Southfield A&T went into West Bloomfield and beat the Lakers 37-35 behind quarterback Anthony Romphf, who played two years at West Bloomfield before transferring to Southfield A&T. West Bloomfield has a ton of of playmakers as well led by quarterback CJ Harris and running back Donovan Edwards.
Royal Oak (0-2) at Berkley (0-2): The Curb is always an interesting trophy, but both the Ravens and the Bears need a victory heading into this matchup at Hurley Field. Royal Oak lost to St. Clair Shores Lakeview two weeks ago and to Farmington last week. Berkley to Brandon two weeks ago last week to North Farmington. The Ravens blew out the Bears 37-0. No one wants to start 0-3 here.
Troy Athens (2-0) at Stoney Creek (1-1): This maybe the most interesting matchup in the White this week. The Red Hawks are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 with wins over Detroit Old Redford Academy (33-6) and Troy (42-0.) The Cougars lost a tough one last week to Seaholm (20-13) after beating Utica Ford II (35-0) two weeks ago.
Oak Park (1-1) at Clarkston (1-1): This is a huge game for both teams as neither team wants to get that second loss. The Wolves lost 28-14 to Southfield A&T two weeks ago knocked off Bloomfield Hills last week. The Knights lost 20-14 to West Bloomfield two weeks ago but bounced back with a win over Rochester (53-0). Oak Park has won the last two meetings over Clarkston, including last season’s 21-14 victory. 3 football stars for Week 2 3rd star Keion Shaw/Max Martin, Farmington The running back duo for the Falcons gets a combined star for their performance in a win. Shaw ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns, while Martin ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns. 2nd star Jacob Bousamra, North Farmington A junior quarterback for the Raiders, Bousamra went 10 of 12 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns. 1st star Blaze Lauer, Lake Orion The senior quarterback got it done with his feet and arm in a win, having touchdown runs of 39 and 28 yards and tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half that gave Lake Orion a 24-7 lead.
3 best football games for Week 1 Oak Park at West Bloomfield, 7 p.m. Friday - This might technically be a non-league game, but its significance lies in the amount of future Division I college players that will be littered all over the field. You'll be hard-pressed to find a Week 1 game around the state that will feature more speed and playmakers all over. Clarkston vs. Southfield A & T at West Bloomfield, 3 p.m. Friday - In an unusual scheduling quirk, this will be the first of two meetings between the teams this year. Everyone knows about how good Clarkston should be, but this is a chance for Southfield A & T to make a statement that it is ready to return to the playoffs after two losing seasons. Rochester at Adams, 7 p.m. Friday - This has been a one-sided rivalry, with Adams winning every matchup between the teams since 1996. However, the game itself always gets the Rochester community buzzing, and it being the season-opener should make for a packed stadium and loud atmosphere once again. Is this the year the Falcons break the drought?