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West Bloomfield, Caledonia win statement games

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~~West Bloomfield – The first signs were seen last season when West Bloomfield won four straight and was one game away from clinching its first playoff appearance since 2008. A 38-17 loss to Oxford in the regular season finale kept West Bloomfield out of the playoffs.
An eye-opener this season took place against top-ranked Clarkston. The teams were tied at 34-34 after three quarters before Clarkston took over, winning 55-41.
 Then there was last Friday when the Lakers hosted perennial Oakland Activities Association Red Division power Lake Orion. West Bloomfield (4-1, 3-1) hadn’t defeated Lake Orion since 1982 when both were members of the Greater Oakland Activities League (GOAL). Since then Lake Orion won 12 straight. Ron Bellamy took over the West Bloomfield program in 2010 and in the four games the teams have played since his arrival Lake Orion has outscored West Bloomfield 189-47 including last season’s 49-12 final.
Friday’s game wasn’t close, either. West Bloomfield whipped Lake Orion 39-0 to record its second shutout of the season. The last time West Bloomfield shutout an opp