OAA Blue Division preview: Avondale and Groves expected to vie for the title

Football   | Cameron Billes

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Here is a preview of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Teams are listed alphabetically.

OAA Blue


  1. Auburn Hills Avondale (5-4; 4th place OAA Blue)

Avondale outscored its opponents 275-201, and finished the season 5-4 but missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

“We’re not really happy about now making the playoffs,” coach Steve Deutsch said. “The kids are motivated to get back. We’ve gotten to the point where winning is an expectation.”

Starting quarterback Travis Janes will return to school for his senior year, but Deutsch said he isn’t sure if Janes will be playing football next season. Janes has yet to show up to any workouts and could be focusing his attention on baseball.

If Janes does not return, the starting quarterback job will probably go to Tyler Grosz, a senior leader who has spent time at safety and receiver. 

Ahmad Sharon rushed for 164 yards on 33 carries last season, but this year Deutsch said he would be a multi-purpose player. Sharon will likely see time at receiver as well as running back.

Vince Wright is expected to take over the starting running back spot with Sharon giving him a breather from time to time. As a team Avondale averaged 248 rushing yards per game, so expectations for Wright and Sharon will be high.

Most of the key starters on the offensive and defensive line return next season, and Deutsch expects that to be the biggest asset to his team.

“We’re going to be counting on that offensive line and (Sharon) to l