FOOTBALL: News and notes from Thursday's four-way scrimmagesFootball  |
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - High school football in Michigan kicks off in six days at Wayne State University, with the 10th annual Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic. But while we count down the days until the season officially begins, a majority of teams around the state participated in four-way scrimmages, against other teams.
Last season, Southfield running back Matt Falcon tore his ACL just before the season started, missing his entire sophomore year. He went through a rigorous rehabilitation, and has worked hard to get back on the field. Falcon's efforts have certainly paid off too, as he displayed great burst, and cutting ability, even with a brace on his knee.
For someone of his size, 6-1, 210-pounds, Falcon has track speed, and won't go down easily. In scrimmages versus Cass Tech, and East English Village Prep, Falcon was often hit high, but bounced right off of his man, shifted into another gear, and was able to score. If he stays healthy, Falcon will have a monster junior campaign, and he already holds offers from Ohio State, Wake Forest, and NC State.
Southfield's running game should be fine this season, with Austin Peay commit Adrian Carter carrying the ball as well. Transfer Ja'Mar Antwine returned a punt for a touchdown, and intercepted a pass in the scrimmage. The Central Michigan commit is very versatile, and will contribute on defense, offense, and special teams.
Detroit Public School League foes Cass Tech, and East English Village Prep scrimmaged one another as well, and will meet up in week six at Cass Tech. The Technicians offense has questions under center, but its defense should be just fine. Keshawn Gilmore (senior), LaVert Hill (junior), and freshman Kalon Gervin will be in the secondary. Central Michigan linebacker commit Michael Oliver in the middle, and Ohio State commit Joshua Alabi, and junior Mike Onwenu will be on the defensive line.
The Bulldogs have talent at their skill positions as well, with quarterback Anton Curtis (Western Michigan, and running back Leon Timmon, who ran the ball well, and scored on several occasions. Wide receivers Brandon Robinson, and Lindrell Mitchell both had solid scrimmages, getting open, and making plays. Junior Nate Boleware (5-5), will also contribute to their running, and pass game.
Over at Farmington Hills Harrison, the Hawks had their annual scrimmage with Brother Rice, Walled Lake Western, and West Bloomfield. Three-time defending state champion Brother Rice's passing game looked flawless, as long as their line hold up, with Michigan quarterback commit Alex Malzone, and pass catchers Grant Perry, and DeLano Madison (Western Michigan). Malzone was pressured a lot, and even got into a scuffle with Walled Lake Western, but it's football season, and it was the players first time going up against someone other than their teammates.
West Bloomfield doesn't have a great team, but they have pieces. Junior quarterback Trishton Jackson has good size, and arm strength, and his older brother, Obbie, is a playmaker at wide receiver and cornerback. Senior Michael King is small, but is fast and shifty, and can be used all over the field on offense. Harrison could surprise us again this season, and make a deep run in the state playoffs. Senior quarterback Jevon Shaw returns, and their defense was swarming, led by senior linebacker Michael Ojemudia, and junior defensive end Khalid Kareem.