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FOOTBALL: Stoney Creek cruising into contention for OAA Red title, earning respect for program

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL: Stoney Creek cruising into contention for OAA Red title, earning respect for program

ROCHESTER – Ding, dong.

The Stoney Creek High School football team has been just clocking the competition this season, off to a 4-0 start for the first time in six years.

Coming off a surprisingly emphatic 36-7 lashing of league-power Lake Orion last Friday night, Stoney Creek finds itself in serious pursuit of an Oakland Activities Association Red Division crown, a championship trophy that has been engraved with either Lake Orion’s or Clarkston’s name every year this last half-decade.

The Cougars are showing no mercy on opponents so far this fall, averaging more than 35 points per contest and allowing only 10, with a defense that is stout, ornery and opportunistic.

The past two starting quarterbacks to face Stoney Creek didn’t finish the game.

“Our defensive players have been flying around the ball, they’ve been relentless in the aggressive pressure they’ve been able to bring,” Cougars second-year head coach Brad Zube said. “I can’t say enough about those guys.”

Zube’s defense is highlighted by an active and instinctive group of linebackers in senior Jack VanAlmen and junio