Saturday, September 14, 2019

Week Three Recap.

Written Saturday September 14th at 11:05 PM

INSIDE THE OAA TOP 10.

1. Groves
2. Oak Park
3. West Bloomfield
4. Lake Orion
5. Adams
6. Seaholm
7. North Farmington
8. Farmington
9. Stoney Creek
10. Avondale

Week Three Scores.

GROVES 42, ROCHESTER 0.
AVONDALE 52, PONTIAC 0.
OAK PARK 64, CLARKSTON 41.
STONEY CREEK 42, TROY ATHENS 7.
WEST BLOOMFIELD 17, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 8.
OXFORD 42, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 21.
SEAHOLM 44, TROY 0.
LAKE ORION 36, ADAMS 31
ROYAL OAK 17, BERKLEY 7.
FARMINGTON 35, Ypsilanti Lincoln 14.
NORTH FARMINGTON 22, FERNDALE 0.

BIG WIN: Stoney Creek: The Cougars made a statement on Friday night against Troy Athens in a shocking 42-7. Stoney Creek is light years ahead of schedule under second year coach Nick Merlo. The Cougars will look to continue their winning ways next week when they head to Troy to take on the Colts.

TOUGH LOSS: Ferndale: It looks like playoffs could be a tough chore for the Eagles after the team’s 22-0 loss to North Farmington on Friday night. The schedule doesn’t get any easier especially with Avondale, Farmington, Allen Park, and Birmingham Detroit Country Day. Ferndale has Farmington this week.

WHAT HAPPENED: Clarkston: The Wolves scored 41 points which normally wins game but the Clarkston defense allowed 64 points in a shocking 64-41 blowout to Oak Park. The Wolves have been burned by the big play in both their losses to Southfield Arts and Tech and the Knights. Clarkston has to go to the Swamp next week to play West Bloomfield.

TEAM THAT NEED A HUG: Adams: The Highlanders lost a tough one to Lake Orion 36-31 on Saturday night. Adams had Anthony Patritto back after suffering an injury last week in a 31-7 victory against Oxford. I wouldn’t press the panic button on the Highlanders, I think they are fine moving forward.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Berkley: It’s time to press the panic button on the Bears after Berkley lost 17-7 to Royal Oak at Hurley Field last week. I thought that the Bears were ready to take that next step but right now they are not and they could be in some serious trouble if things don’t turn around and quick.

TEAM THAT ME SHAKE MY HEAD: Southfield Arts and Tech: The Warriors sit at 1-2 despite playing a tough schedule but personal mistakes have hurt them. Southfield Arts and Tech took way too many penalties and had a ton of costly personal fouls. The penalties have hurt them in their losses including this week’s 17-8 loss to West Bloomfield. The Warriors have Troy Athens next week.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Week Three Picks.

Written Wednesday September 11th at 1:30 PM

Welcome to the 2019 football season. This season will feature picks throughout the season. This season will be different, each win will be worth 10 points however if you get the exact score it would be an extra five points.

Most are familiar with doing picks. Here are the pickers.

Sammy Taormina-host of OAA Now, writer of Inside the OAA, and one of the hosts of Between Taorminas on Orion Neighborhood Television.

Keith Dunlap-Freelance writer at the Detroit Free Press.

Scott Burnstein-Writer at the Oakland Press and State Champs.

Dan Stickradt-Writer for North Oakland Sports.

Sean Cotter-Former Farmington Scouter.

Matt Mowery-State Champs Writer.

Tim English-Website designer.

Jeff Corrin-D-Zone blogger and recruit insider.

SANDY DUNES: 21-6        210
DUNLAP: 18-9                    180
BURNEY: 20-7                     200
STICK: 19-8                          190
COTTER: 22-5                     220
FULL COURT: 12-15          120
TIM: 20-7                             200
D-ZONE: 19-8                     190

Rochester at 1. Groves: The battle of the Falcons is this week in Beverly Hills but these two sets of birds are heading on opposite directions. Rochester has been outscored 113-24 in two weeks including last week’s 53-0 home loss to Oak Park. Groves shocked sports writers and the State when they beat West Bloomfield 24-17 in the Swamp.

SANDY DUNES PICK: GROVES 56, ROCHESTER 0.
DUNLAP PICK: GROVES 42, ROCHESTER 0.
BURNEY PICK: GROVES 33, ROCHESTER 23.
STICK PICK: GROVES 28, ROCHESTER 14.
COTTER PICK: GROVES 49, ROCHESTER 7.
FULL COURT PICK: GROVES 35, ROCHESTER 0.
TIM PICK: GROVES 49, ROCHESTER 0.
D-ZONE PICK: GROVES 42, ROCHESTER 10.

2. Oak Park at 7. Clarkston: The Knights have won the last two meetings over the Wolves including last season’s 21-14 victory. Oak Park destroyed Rochester 53-0 while Clarkston hammered Bloomfield Hills 51-7 last week. Playmakers could be key in this game.

SANDY DUNES PICK: OAK PARK 28, CLARKSTON 7.
DUNLAP PICK: CLARKSTON 28, OAK PARK 17.
BURNEY PICK: OAK PARK 34, CLARKSTON 24.
STICK PICK: CLARKSTON 21, OAK PARK 20.
COTTER PICK: OAK PARK 20, CLARKSTON 14.
FULL COURT PICK: OAK PARK 35, CLARKSTON 30.
TIM PICK: CLARKSTON 21, OAK PARK 7.
D-ZONE PICK: CLARKSTON 10, OAK PARK 7.

3. West Bloomfield at Southfield Arts and Tech: Both of these teams are coming off tough losses (The Lakers to Groves 24-17 and the Warriors 37-7 to Lake Orion) last week. Southfield Arts and Tech stunned West Bloomfield 37-35 last year at the Swamp but the last time the Lakers went into Southfield they put up 62 two years ago in a 62-35 blowout. Wonder if a repeat performance is in store???

SANDY DUNES PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 56, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 7.
DUNLAP PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 24, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 21.
BURNEY PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 31, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 21.
STICK PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 28, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 20.
COTTER PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 24, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 14.
FULL COURT PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 37, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 35.
TIM PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 35, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 14.
D-ZONE PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 42, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 21.

5. Adams at 4. Lake Orion: This is going to be interesting with both teams off to strong starts and both squads bring different styles of play into this game. This was Carter Farris breakout game two years ago when he threw for two touchdowns in a 32-8 blowout at Lake Orion. The Dragons went to Adams and won 28-24 last season which was huge in their turnaround that year. The Highlanders beat Oxford 31-7 while Lake Orion beat Southfield Arts and Tech 37-7 last week. This game is shaping up to be one of the best matchups in Oakland County this week.

SANDY DUNES PICK: LAKE ORION 27, ADAMS 14.
DUNLAP PICK: ADAMS 17, LAKE ORION 14.
BURNEY PICK: LAKE ORION 28, ADAMS 27.
STICK PICK: LAKE ORION 28, ADAMS 24.
COTTER PICK: LAKE ORION 24, ADAMS 7.
FULL COURT PICK: LAKE ORION 17, ADAMS 14.
TIM PICK: ADAMS 28, LAKE ORION 14.
D-ZONE PICK: LAKE ORION 17, ADAMS 14.

Ferndale at 6. North Farmington: This is a huge game for the Eagles if they want to get back into the playoff discussion. The Raiders are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and look to be in a good place right now. North Farmington beat Berkley 42-6 while Ferndale beat Pontiac 44-6 last week. This should be interesting but as mentioned if the Eagles want to make the playoffs they need to win this game.

SANDY DUNES PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 24, FERNDALE 22.
DUNLAP PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 21, FERNDALE 20.
BURNEY PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 32, FERNDALE 16.
STICK PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 21, FERNDALE 14.
COTTER PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 35, FERNDALE 6.
FULL COURT PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 28, FERNDALE 21.
TIM PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 35, FERNDALE 21.
D-ZONE PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 35, FERNDALE 21.

8. Seaholm at Troy: The Maples won their first White league game since 2016 with a 20-13 victory over Stoney Creek last week. Seaholm is rolling heading to Troy to take on a Colts team that has been outscored 64-0 in two weeks including a 42-0 loss last week to arch rival Troy Athens. This is Troy’s homecoming which is very odd to have a homecoming during your home opener. This could get ugly real quick.

SANDY DUNES PICK: SEAHOLM 42, TROY 0.
DUNLAP PICK: SEAHOLM 28, TROY 7.
BURNEY PICK: SEAHOLM 27, TROY 17.
STICK PICK: SEAHOLM 35, TROY 14.
COTTER PICK: SEAHOLM 42, TROY 0.
FULL COURT PICK: SEAHOLM 35, TROY 6.
TIM PICK: SEAHOLM 49, TROY 0.
D-ZONE PICK: SEAHOLM 42, TROY 0.

9. Farmington at Ypsilanti Lincoln: This could be an interesting test in the first meeting ever between the Falcons and the Railsplitters on the new gray turf. Ypsilanti Lincoln beat Tecumseh 35-12 last week prior to beating Adrian 41-20 two weeks ago. Farmington has blown out their two respective opponents (Royal Oak and Detroit Henry Ford) by a combined 82-16 including last week’s 49-10 over Royal Oak. This will be an interesting matchup in Ypsilanti.

SANDY DUNES PICK: FARMINGTON 28, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 24.
DUNLAP PICK: FARMINGTON 31, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 7.
BURNEY PICK: FARMINGTON 28, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 21.
STICK PICK: FARMINGTON 35, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 34.
COTTER PICK: FARMINGTON 28, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 21.
FULL COURT PICK: FARMINGTON 28, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 7.
TIM PICK: FARMINGTON 35, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 7.
D-ZONE PICK: FARMINGTON 32, YPSILANTI LINCOLN 13.

10. Troy Athens at Stoney Creek: The Red Hawks have been starting fast which is what coach Billy Keenest and his team wanted. Troy Athens won 42-0 over arch rival Troy last week and have been riding a ton of momentum. This will be a test for the Red Hawks as they head to Rochester to take on a Cougars team that lost a tough one 20-13 to Seaholm last week. Troy Athens lost at home 34-14 to Stoney Creek last season. This will be an interesting game to say the least.

SANDY DUNES PICK: STONEY CREEK 27, TROY ATHENS 20.
DUNLAP PICK: STONEY CREEK 24, TROY ATHENS 17.
BURNEY PICK: TROY ATHENS 35, STONEY CREEK 25.
STICK PICK: STONEY CREEK 28, TROY ATHENS 21.
COTTER PICK: STONEY CREEK 27, TROY ATHENS 14.
FULL COURT PICK: TROY ATHENS 35, STONEY CREEK 28.
TIM PICK: TROY ATHENS 28, STONEY CREEK 14.
D-ZONE PICK: STONEY CREEK 35, TROY ATHENS 14.

Oxford at Bloomfield Hills: The Wildcats have been struggling lately. I’m not sure if it’s the white pants. Oxford lost 31-7 to Adams last week and will have another road test this week at Bloomfield Hills. The Blackhawks were pounded by Clarkston 51-7 last week. The Wildcats won 56-17 last season but lost 26-14 the last time they went to Bloomfield Hills. This matchup looks to be a mismatch on paper but that’s why they play the game.

SANDY DUNES PICK: OXFORD 35, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 21.
DUNLAP PICK: OXFORD 21, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 17.
BURNEY PICK: BLOOMFIELD HILLS 22, OXFORD 20.
STICK PICK: OXFORD 28, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 21.
COTTER PICK: OXFORD 35, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 14.
FULL COURT PICK: OXFORD 45, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 10.
TIM PICK: OXFORD 42, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 6.
D-ZONE PICK: OXFORD 35, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 14.

Pontiac at Avondale: The Phoenix made some progress against Ferndale scoring a touchdown in a 44-6 loss last week. The Yellow Jackets were not happy after losing 20-14 to Detroit Renaissance last week. Avondale humiliated Pontiac 67-0 at Wisner Stadium last season and has been really dominant against them. It will be interesting to see what happens.

SANDY DUNES PICK: AVONDALE 49, PONTIAC 0.
DUNLAP PICK: AVONDALE 28, PONTIAC 6.
BURNEY PICK: AVONDALE 31, PONTIAC 12.
STICK PICK: AVONDALE 28, PONTIAC 7.
COTTER PICK: AVONDALE 49, PONTIAC 8.
FULL COURT PICK: AVONDALE 35, PONTIAC 14.
TIM PICK: AVONDALE 63, PONTIAC 0.
D-ZONE PICK: AVONDALE 56, PONTIAC 0.

Royal Oak at Berkley: “The Curb” is on the line at Hurley Field. The Bears were humiliated 37-0 last season at Royal Oak. Berkley has played a tough schedule to their defense even though they lost 42-6 to North Farmington last week. The Ravens are a team that I’m shaking my head lately. Royal Oak lost 49-10 to Farmington last week. This will be a very interesting matchup but someone will be 0-3.

SANDY DUNES PICK: BERKLEY 28, ROYAL OAK 17.
DUNLAP PICK: ROYAL OAK 24, BERKLEY 23.
BURNEY PICK: BERKLEY 24, ROYAL OAK 22.
STICK PICK: ROYAL OAK 14, BERKLEY 10.
COTTER PICK: ROYAL OAK 14, BERKLEY 13.
FULL COURT PICK: ROYAL OAK 19, BERKLEY 10.
TIM PICK: BERKLEY 21, ROYAL OAK 17.
D-ZONE PICK: BERKLEY 16, ROYAL OAK 13.

Podcast for this week.
https://soundcloud.com/user-539915961/oaa-now-090919

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Sammy Top Ten. Fall Sports.

Written Monday September 9th at 12:05 AM

These are my top ten rankings for each of the fall sports that are going on right now around the OAA. It has been really tough trying to get information on teams but here is my top ten for each of the sports besides football.

The rankings are always open to debate so here are my top ten in each thus far.

Volleyball

1. Stoney Creek

2. Clarkston

3. Lake Orion

4. Oxford

5. Troy

6. Bloomfield Hills

7. Adams

8. West Bloomfield

9. Seaholm

10. Groves


Girls Golf

1. Adams

2. Bloomfield Hills

3. Troy

4. Stoney Creek

5. Clarkston

6. Seaholm

7. Groves

8. Rochester

9. Lake Orion

10. Oxford


Boys Tennis

1. Bloomfield Hills

2. Clarkston

3. Groves

4. Seaholm

5. Troy

6. Troy Athens

7. Clarkston

8. Stoney Creek

9. Rochester

10. Lake Orion


Girls Swimming and Diving

1. Adams

2. Seaholm

3. Farmington

4. Stoney Creek

5. Groves

6. Lake Orion

7. Clarkston

8. Bloomfield Hills

9. Oxford

10. North Farmington


Boys Cross Country

1. Clarkston

2.  Adams

3. Stoney Creek

4. Royal Oak

5. Lake Orion

6. Groves

7. Oak Park

8. West Bloomfield

9. Berkley

10. Avondale


Girls Cross Country

1. Troy

2. Seaholm

3. Clarkston

4. Bloomfield Hills

5. Adams

6. Lake Orion

7. Farmington

8. Groves

9. Berkley

10. Avondale


Soccer

1. West Bloomfield

2. Troy Athens

3. Bloomfield Hills

4. Seaholm

5. Berkley

6. Troy/Lake Orion

7. North Farmington

8. Stoney Creek

9. Oxford

10. Clarkston

Football Thoughts.

Written Sunday September 8th at 9:00 PM

The OAA Football Season is well underway and in full swing. Here are my thoughts before heading to the Podcast room on Monday to analyze what has happened in two weeks around the league.

Adams: The Highlanders have been rolling lately but suffered a setback to one of their best players last week in a 31-7 win over Oxford. Adams has a very interesting game coming up at Lake Orion this week. The Highlanders have a lot to prove themselves especially with the young talent that coach Tony Patritto has but they are 2-0. I feel that Adams is in a good place right now but they will be tested for sure.

Lake Orion: The Dragons have been the most impressive of the last two weeks beating Lapeer 17-7 two weeks ago and Southfield Arts and Tech 37-7 last week on their way to 2-0. Lake Orion still has a lot to prove as long as they stay healthy and humble. The Dragons have a tough schedule looming but coach John Blackstock’s team is in a very good place right now. There is no need to panic.

West Bloomfield: The Lakers basically gave the Groves game away last week losing 24-17 in the Swamp. West Bloomfield should be fine despite sitting at 1-1 after beating Oak Park two weeks ago. They will go on the road for the first time this season this week. There should be no sense of panic with this team.

Clarkston: The Wolves were shell shocked week one by Southfield Arts and Tech losing 28-14 but they bounced back in a big way by destroying Bloomfield Hills 51-7 last week. Clarkston has a big one this week with Oak Park at home. The Knights have won the last two meetings over the Wolves. I wouldn’t press the panic button on coach Kurt Richardson's team but if they go 1-3 then it may be time to worry.

Oxford: Maybe it’s time to ditch the white pants for the Wildcats (They are 0-3 when wearing white pants instead of the traditional yellow pants.) Oxford had been outscored 72-21 in their last two weeks given it was against Romeo and Adams (both good teams.) I wouldn’t press the panic button just yet on the Wildcats but they need to win this week against Bloomfield Hills to gain some confidence especially with the schedule that is looming.

Southfield Arts and Tech: This is a tale of two teams in weeks when it comes to the Warriors. They soundly beat Clarkston 28-14 two weeks ago and look like world beaters and then last week came when Southfield Arts and Tech was scorched in the Dragons Lair 37-7 by Lake Orion. The Warriors are at a crossroads with their season at 1-1. Coach Tim Conley’s team has a tough schedule looming. A lot will tell this week when they host West Bloomfield. If they lose that game to the Lakers then it's time to panic.

Bloomfield Hills: The Blackhawks have struggled especially on the defensive side of the football. Bloomfield Hills allowed 37 points to Utica two weeks ago and 51 points last week in a 51-7 loss to Clarkston. The Blackhawks have their home opener this week against Oxford. They are going to need a lot to go right if coach Dan Loria’s team wants to have a successful year despite sitting at 0-2. This week is must win game for Bloomfield Hills if they want to make some noise this season.

Groves: The Falcons are riding on cloud nine after beating West Bloomfield 24-17 last week in the Swamp. Groves who is off to a 2-0 start for the fifth time in six years has a ton of experience and should be a huge factor in Division Two once they get to the postseason for coach Brendan Flaherty. The Falcons do have a big one at Knight Valley next week which could decide the White title.

Oak Park: The Knights bounced back in a big way from their heartbreaking 20-14 loss in the Swamp two weeks ago by destroying Rochester 53-0 at Rochester on Friday night. The Knights are riding on all cylinders right now despite being 1-1. They have Clarkston this week and Groves the following week in their home opener in the next two weeks. Coach Greg Carter’s team has the makings of a long postseason run looming. Oak Park should be fine going forward but this team can’t afford to be 1-3 but if they go 3-1 they should in great shape.

Seaholm: The Maples are off to a strong start after beating two very good teams in Ferndale two weeks ago and Stoney Creek last week for their first White win since 2016. Seaholm coach Jim DeWald has this team rolling at 2-0. There is no need for panic with the Maples despite having a tough schedule looming.

Stoney Creek: The Cougars suffered a tough 20-13 loss to Seaholm last week but Stoney Creek is leaps and bounds better than they were this season for second year coach Nick Merlo. There is no reason for the Cougars to panic even though a tough schedule looms. Stoney Creek is 1-1 right now but feel they should be 2-0. I like the direction where Merlo has this team going so they should be fine moving forward.

Troy Athens: The Red Hawks are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011 which was also the last time that they made the playoffs. Troy Athens has a tough schedule looming but the confidence gained from the past two weeks should have this team ready for the rest of the season. This is a huge game for coach Billy Keenest and his team this week when they go to Stoney Creek. The Cougars beat the Red Hawks 34-14 last season. I like the direction where Keenest has this program going but this week is huge.

Rochester: What has happened to the Falcons??? They gave up 60 to Adams two weeks ago and 53 last week to Oak Park. Rochester has huge problems on the defensive side of the football being outscored 113-24 in two weeks. I knew that 0-2 would be a strong possibility and likely 0-3 but giving up a ton of points like this is insane. I think that coach Eric Vernon’s team is in some trouble with that defense right now.

Troy: The Colts have really struggled in the last two weeks being outscored 64-0 which included losses to Avondale two weeks ago and arch rival Troy Athens last week. The schedule will only get tougher from here for coach Chris Frasier and his team. Troy has their homecoming this week with Seaholm who is hot right now. I think this team is in deep-deep trouble right now.

North Farmington: The Raiders are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 after destroying Berkley 42-6 last week. They have seemed to turn things around after having to survive Waterford Kettering 35-30 two weeks ago. I think coach Jon Herstein’s team is heading in the right direction but I’m very concerned about North Farmington’s schedule going forward. If the Raiders get to the playoffs, the schedule could hurt them especially if they have to play in Division Two against the likes of Warren De LaSalle and Oak Park. It could be a challenge going forward but right now this team is on the right path.

Farmington: The Falcons are also 2-0 but they have not played the toughest of schedules with blowout wins over Royal Oak and Detroit Henry Ford. I like the direction that coach Kory Cicroch has this team going but there are a few questions when they play tougher competition. Just like their rivals to the north I’m very concerned about Farmington’s schedule especially with going to Division Two for the postseason

Avondale: The Yellow Jackets are coming off a tough 20-14 loss to Detroit Renaissance on Friday night falling to 1-1 on the season. Avondale should be fine going forward for first year coach Corey Bell but the schedule will only get tougher from here but I’m not panicking on this team not at all.

Ferndale: The Eagles are an interesting team to keep an eye on with a 1-1 record after getting blown out by Seaholm two weeks ago but beat Pontiac last week. They have a must win game this week at North Farmington not to mention with the tough schedule they have looming. If Ferndale goes 1-2 then it’s time to panic but if coach Eric Royal’s team goes 2-1 then it would be a huge step but Friday is a must win game for the Eagles.

Berkley: I knew when looking at the Bears schedule that being 0-2 was a real possibility especially with two tough games they played against Brandon and North Farmington. I like the direction that coach Sean Shields has this program going. I think a big step for this program would be is if they can get “The Curb” back from Royal Oak this week which is a strong possibility. I like where Berkley is at despite the record, they have the biggest upside in the Blue.

Royal Oak: I have been very disappointed with the Ravens thus far sitting at 0-2 and getting outscored 66-10 in those games. They have a big one this week at Hurley Field defending “the Curb.” I haven’t been impressed with the teams they had played either in St. Clair Shores Lakeview and Farmington. I thought this team would be better than they have showed but I guess I was wrong.

Pontiac: It’s been a tough road for the Phoenix sitting at 0-2 and getting outscored 85-6 thus far. It could get much worse with a trip to Avondale this week. Pontiac is slowly taking each game and learning from every play. It’s a long and painful process but this program will get better in time.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Week Two Recap.

Written Friday September 6th at 11:40 PM

INSIDE THE OAA TOP 10.

1. Groves
2. Oak Park
3. West Bloomfield
4. Lake Orion
5. Adams
6. North Farmington
7. Clarkston
8. Seaholm
9. Farmington
10. Troy Athens

Last Week Scores.

OAK PARK 53, ROCHESTER 0.
SEAHOLM 20, STONEY CREEK 13.
TROY ATHENS 42, TROY 0.
GROVES 24, WEST BLOOMFIELD 17.
LAKE ORION 37, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 7.
ADAMS 31, OXFORD 7.
CLARKSTON 51, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 7.
NORTH FARMINGTON 42, BERKLEY 6.
FARMINGTON 49, ROYAL OAK 10.
FERNDALE 44, PONTIAC 6
Detroit Renaissance 20, AVONDALE 14.

BIG WIN: Groves: The Falcons held an early 17-7 lead early in the fourth quarter in the Swamp only to see the Lakers come back to tie the game at 17-17 but West Bloomfield made a miscue on a punt and Groves recovered. The Falcons would score a touchdown to take a 24-17 lead with 36 seconds to go. Groves would have to hang on late and stop a hail marry attempt to seal the upset in the Swamp. The Falcons will play their first game on their new football field when they host Rochester while the Lakers will head to Southfield to take on the Warriors next week.

TOUGH LOSS: Stoney Creek: The Cougars lost a tough one to Seaholm on Friday night 20-13. Stoney Creek battled until the end but it was the Maples who got their first White win since 2016 when they beat Farmington 29-28. The Cougars will have a huge home game looming with Troy Athens next week while Seaholm heads to Troy next week.

WHAT HAPPENED: Southfield and Tech: The Warriors had a ton of emotion after beating Clarkston 28-14 last week but they went to Lake Orion and was humbled 37-7 by the Dragons. Southfield Arts and Tech could be in some trouble especially with West Bloomfield coming to Southfield next week.

TEAM THAT NEED A HUG: Avondale: The Yellow Jackets lost a tough one to Detroit Renaissance 20-14 in Auburn Hills. Avondale should be fine going forward with the schedule despite the loss to the Phoenix. They will host another set of Phoenix in Pontiac next week.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Rochester: The Falcons were just blown out on their home field by the Knights 53-0. Oak Park showed no mercy on Rochester who has been outscored 113-24 in their last two games. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Falcons as they have to go to Groves next week.

TEAM THAT ME SHAKE MY HEAD: Troy: The Colts lost their quarterback to injury and was blown out by Troy Athens 42-0. The Red Hawks are 2-0 for the first time since 2011. They will have a huge game with Stoney Creek on Friday. It could be a very long year for Troy as they have been outscored 64-0 in their last two weeks. The Colts will have their homecoming and home opener next week against Seaholm.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Week Two Picks.

Written Wednesday September 4th at 10:00 AM

This blog will be updated once we get Tim's and Full Court's picks for Week Two.

Welcome to the 2019 football season. This season will feature picks throughout the season. This season will be different, each win will be worth 10 points however if you get the exact score it would be an extra five points.

Most are familiar with doing picks. Here are the pickers.

Sammy Taormina-host of OAA Now, writer of Inside the OAA, and one of the hosts of Between Taorminas on Orion Neighborhood Television.

Keith Dunlap-Freelance writer at the Detroit Free Press.

Scott Burnstein-Writer at the Oakland Press and State Champs.

Dan Stickradt-Writer for North Oakland Sports.

Sean Cotter-Former Farmington Scouter.

Matt Mowery-State Champs Writer.

Tim English-Website designer.

Jeff Corrin-D-Zone blogger and recruit insider.

SANDY DUNES: 13-3        130
DUNLAP: 11-5                    110
BURNEY: 12-4                     120
STICK: 11-5                          110
COTTER: 15-1                     150
FULL COURT: 12-4            120
TIM: 13-3                             130
D-ZONE: 12-4                     120

2. Groves at 1. West Bloomfield: The Lakers had some ups and downs in their game with Oak Park but they managed to survive last week at the Swamp winning 20-14. West Bloomfield will take on a Falcons team that was impressive at Wayne State last week with a 34-21 victory over Grosse Pointe South. This looks to be an interesting matchup but we shall see what happens in the Swamp.

SANDY DUNES PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 28, GROVES 7.
DUNLAP PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 24, GROVES 21.
BURNEY PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 28, GROVES 21.
STICK PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 28, GROVES 14.
COTTER PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD 34, GROVES 14.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK:WEST BLOOMFIELD 42, GROVES 28.
D-ZONE PICK: WEST BLOOMFIELD over GROVES by 2.

3. Oak Park at Rochester: Last season’s matchup in Knight Valley was nuts as the Knights survived 41-33 over the Falcons. Both teams come into this game at 0-1 with Oak Park falling 20-14 while Rochester was embarrassed 60-24 by Adams last week. It will be tough sledding for whoever starts at 0-2.

SANDY DUNES PICK: OAK PARK 63, ROCHESTER 35.
DUNLAP PICK: OAK PARK 34, ROCHESTER 10.
BURNEY PICK: OAK PARK 40, ROCHESTER 16.
STICK PICK: OAK PARK 48, ROCHESTER 28.
COTTER PICK: OAK PARK 40, ROCHESTER 7.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: OAK PARK 56, ROCHESTER 0.
D-ZONE PICK: OAK PARK over ROCHESTER by 20.

5. Southfield Arts and Tech at 4. Lake Orion: This will be a clash of two different styles or it's flash vs grit. The Warriors fresh off a 28-14 stunner over Clarkston will look to take their show up to Lake Orion and face a Dragons team that is 6-3 in their last nine games including a 17-7 shocker at Lapeer last week. If the game is flashy and quick, advantage Southfield Arts and Tech. If the game is grit and toughness, advantage Lake Orion. This should be the most interesting matchup in all of Oakland County.

SANDY DUNES PICK: LAKE ORION 24, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 14.
DUNLAP PICK: SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 28, LAKE ORION 17.
BURNEY PICK: LAKE ORION 23, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 20.
STICK PICK: LAKE ORION 28, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 27.
COTTER PICK: SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 21, LAKE ORION 17.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 35, LAKE ORION 17.
D-ZONE PICK: SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH over LAKE ORION by 4.

Oxford at 6. Adams: The Highlanders had an offensive explosion putting up 60 points against their arch rivals in a shocking 60-24 blowout of Rochester last week. Adams will face an Oxford team that they beat 17-8 last season on the blue turf. The Wildcats lost 41-14 to Romeo last week and will look to get back on track. It will be interesting to see who wins this matchup.

SANDY DUNES PICK: ADAMS 28, OXFORD 21.
DUNLAP PICK: ADAMS 21, OXFORD 14.
BURNEY PICK: ADAMS 45, OXFORD 18.
STICK PICK: ADAMS 31, OXFORD 28.
COTTER PICK: ADAMS 35, OXFORD 14.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: ADAMS 35, OXFORD 7.
D-ZONE PICK: ADAMS over OXFORD by 7.

Detroit Renaissance at 7. Avondale: This is the first ever meeting between the Yellow Jackets and the Phoenix. Detroit Renaissance lost 26-12 to Harper Woods last week. Avondale kept the Little Brown Jug after shutting out Troy 22-0 last week. Both teams have speed and athleticism. If it comes down to coaching, advantage Yellow Jackets.

SANDY DUNES PICK: AVONDALE 30, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 18.
DUNLAP PICK: AVONDALE 28, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 10.
BURNEY PICK: AVONDALE 24, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 17.
STICK PICK: AVONDALE 21, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 20.
COTTER PICK: AVONDALE 22, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 12.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: AVONDALE 28, DETROIT RENAISSANCE 6.
D-ZONE PICK: AVONDALE over DETROIT RENAISSANCE by 14.

Berkley at 8. North Farmington: The Raiders got off to a good start against Waterford Kettering but needed to survive to beat the Captains 35-30 last week. Berkley didn’t fair too well against Brandon losing 32-13 last week at Hurley Field. This matchup looks to be a mismatch on paper but it could be closer than the experts predicted.

SANDY DUNES PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 28, BERKLEY 25.
DUNLAP PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 21, BERKLEY 7.
BURNEY PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 33, BERKLEY 19.
STICK PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 21, BERKLEY 14.
COTTER PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 35, BERKLEY 6.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON 42, BERKLEY 21.
D-ZONE PICK: NORTH FARMINGTON over BERKLEY BY 7.

Royal Oak at 9. Farmington: The Falcons got their season off on the right track with a 33-6 blowout over Detroit Henry Ford last week while the Ravens were very disappointing in getting shut out 20-0 by St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Royal Oak is in a boatload of trouble heading into this matchup with an experienced Farmington team but then again this is why they play the game.

SANDY DUNES PICK: FARMINGTON 31, ROYAL OAK 0.
DUNLAP PICK: FARMINGTON 35, ROYAL OAK 7.
BURNEY PICK: FARMINGTON 31, ROYAL OAK 15.
STICK PICK: FARMINGTON 24, ROYAL OAK 20.
COTTER PICK: FARMINGTON 35, ROYAL OAK 7.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: FARMINGTON 35, ROYAL OAK 7.
D-ZONE PICK: FARMINGTON over ROYAL OAK by 7.

Bloomfield Hills at 10. Clarkston: The Wolves were shocked last week by Southfield Arts and Tech 28-14 while the Blackhawks battled back from 26-13 down only to tie the score at 34-34 however lost 37-34 to Utica last week. Bloomfield Hills is going to be an interesting team to keep an eye on but this is a huge game for Clarkston as they look to get back on track, it won’t be as easy as people think.

SANDY DUNES PICK: CLARKSTON 31, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 28.
DUNLAP PICK: CLARKSTON 30, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 14.
BURNEY PICK: CLARKSTON 34, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 22.
STICK PICK: CLARKSTON 31, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 21.
COTTER PICK: CLARKSTON 42, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 7.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: CLARKSTON 42, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 7.
D-ZONE PICK: CLARKSTON over BLOOMFIELD HILLS by 10.

Seaholm at Stoney Creek: Both of these teams are off to impressive starts. The Maples looked very good in shocking Ferndale 41-6 last week. The Cougars blew out Utica Ford II at Runkel Field 35-0 last week. This should be very interesting to see which team goes to 2-0 on the season.

SANDY DUNES PICK: STONEY CREEK 20, SEAHOLM 17.
DUNLAP PICK: SEAHOLM 17, STONEY CREEK 16.
BURNEY PICK: SEAHOLM 44, STONEY CREEK 14.
STICK PICK: STONEY CREEK 24, SEAHOLM 21.
COTTER PICK: STONEY CREEK 17, SEAHOLM 14.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: STONEY CREEK 28, SEAHOLM 24.
D-ZONE PICK: STONEY CREEK over SEAHOLM by 3.

Pontiac at Ferndale: It had to be a humbling experience for the Eagles after getting humiliated by Seaholm losing 41-6 last week. Ferndale will face Pontiac who struggled last week losing 41-0 to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. It will be interesting to see which team responds to adversity.

SANDY DUNES PICK: FERNDALE 56, PONTIAC 6.
DUNLAP PICK: FERNDALE 42, PONTIAC 6.
BURNEY PICK: FERNDALE 23, PONTIAC 10.
STICK PICK: FERNDALE 20, PONTIAC 7.
COTTER PICK: FERNDALE 49, PONTIAC 6.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: FERNDALE 49, PONTIAC 6.
D-ZONE PICK: FERNDALE over PONTIAC by 10.

Troy at Troy Athens: It’s odd to see a rivalry game early like the battle of Troy will happen. The Red Hawks won over the Colts 31-0 at Troy last season. Troy Athens won 33-6 over Detroit Old Redford Academy last week. The Colts lost 22-0 at Avondale last week. It seems that there is one team going up while the other is going down.

SANDY DUNES PICK: TROY ATHENS 28, TROY 0.
DUNLAP PICK: TROY ATHENS 24, TROY 10.
BURNEY PICK: TROY 21, TROY ATHENS 20.
STICK PICK: TROY 21, TROY ATHENS 20.
COTTER PICK: TROY ATHENS 28, TROY 6.
FULL COURT PICK:
TIM PICK: TROY ATHENS 28, TROY 7.
D-ZONE PICK: TROY ATHENS over TROY by 2.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

OAA Week One Recap.

Written Saturday August 31st at 2:30 PM

INSIDE THE OAA TOP TEN.

1. West Bloomfield
2. Groves
3. Oak Park
4. Lake Orion
5. Southfield Arts and Tech
6. Adams
7. Avondale
8. North Farmington
9. Farmington
10. Clarkston

Week One Scores

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 28, CLARKSTON 14
SEAHOLM 41, FERNDALE 6
AVONDALE 22, TROY 0
WEST BLOOMFIELD 20, OAK PARK 14
ADAMS 60, ROCHESTER 24
LAKE ORION 17, Lapeer 7
GROVES 34, Grosse Pointe South 21
STONEY CREEK 35, Utica Ford II 0
TROY ATHENS 33, Detroit Old Redford 6
NORTH FARMINGTON 35, Waterford Kettering 30
FARMINGTON 33, Detroit Henry Ford 6
Romeo 41, OXFORD 14
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 41, PONTIAC 0
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 20, ROYAL OAK 0
Utica 37, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 34
Brandon 32, BERKLEY 13

BIG WIN: Southfield Arts and Tech: The Warriors took all the disrespect to heart and sent a statement throughout the State with their 28-14 victory over Clarkston on Friday afternoon at West Bloomfield. Southfield Arts and Tech dominated on both sides of the football against a young and inexperienced Wolves team. The Warriors go to Lake Orion next week in a huge game. Clarkston still has a tough schedule looming but they need to get things fixed quickly. They go to Bloomfield Hills next week.

TOUGH LOSS: Oak Park: It was a great game between the Knights and Lakers but someone had to lose and it was Oak Park who fell 20-14 to West Bloomfield in the Swamp on Friday night. The Knights should be fine going forward. They have Rochester next week.

TEAM THAT MADE A STATEMENT: Lake Orion: The Dragons defense made a couple of huge statements including a goal line stand in a 17-7 win at Lapeer on Friday afternoon. Lake Orion had a huge second quarter scoring 17 unanswered points but the defense played really well. The Dragons will host Southfield Arts and Tech in another big game next week.

WHAT HAPPENED: Rochester: The Falcons will have to wait another year to get back at Adams but the defense is still a huge issue after allowing 60 points in a 60-24 Highlanders blowout on Friday night. Rochester has a ton of questions on the defensive side of the football but allowing 60 to your arch rivals is not a good thing. The Falcons have Oak Park next week.

TEAM THAT NEEDS A HUG: Bloomfield Hills: The Blackhawks battled back from a 26-13 deficit against Utica only to tie the game at 34-34 but the Chieftains hit a field goal to give them the three point victory at Sweinhart Field on Friday night. Bloomfield Hills has a tough road looming as they host Clarkston next week.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Ferndale: The Eagles had a ton of motivation after falling 53-8 to Seaholm last season in the Maple Forest but the Maples took advantage of Ferndale's mistakes and blew out the Eagles for the second straight year winning 41-6 on Thursday night on the same field. Ferndale could be in some serious trouble especially with the schedule that is looming.

TEAM THAT MADE ME SHAKE MY HEAD: Royal Oak: The Ravens had high hopes and experience returning from a team that had just missed the playoffs last season but they have had issues with St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Royal Oak had the Huskies at home this season but they were shut out 20-0 on Thursday night sending the Ravens to their third loss in four years against St. Clair Shores Lakeview. I don't know if I see this team making the playoffs especially with Farmington looming next week.

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