Farmington Press high school football preview

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published August 28, 2013

 Farmington High receiver Dez Fitzpatrick tries to separate from a defender Aug. 22 in a scrimmage against Birmingham Seaholm at home.

Farmington High receiver Dez Fitzpatrick tries to separate from a defender Aug. 22 in a scrimmage against Birmingham Seaholm at home.

Photo by Andrew Potter

Game on

Farmington High
8/29 vs. Westland John Glenn
9/6 vs. Southfield High
9/12 vs. Southfield-Lathrup
9/20 @ Oxford High
9/27 vs. Oak Park High
10/4 @ Rochester Adams
10/11 vs. Bloomfield Hills High
10/18 @ Farmington Hills Harrison
10/25 TBD

Farmington Hills Harrison
8/29 vs. Detroit Renaissance
9/6 vs. Rochester Adams
9/12 vs. Oxford High
9/20 @ Bloomfield Hills High
9/27 @ Southfield High
10/4 @ Southfield-Lathrup
10/11 vs. Oak Park High
10/18 vs. Farmington High
10/25 TBD

North Farmington
8/29 vs. Bay City John Glenn
9/7 vs. Berkley High
9/12 @ Birmingham Seaholm
9/20 vs. Ferndale High
9/27 @ Birmingham Groves
10/4 vs. Auburn Hills Avondale
10/11 @ Royal Oak High
10/18 vs. Hazel Park High
10/25 TBD

Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors
8/31 vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (OH)
9/6 vs. Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (OH)
9/13 @  Flint Carman-Ainsworth
9/21 vs. Warren De La Salle
9/28 vs. Novi Detroit Catholic Central
10/4 @ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
10/12 vs. Niagara Academy (Canada)
10/19 vs. University of Detroit Jesuit
10/25 TBD

Novi Detroit Catholic Central
8/30 vs. Detroit Cody
9/7 TBD
9/13 vs. Toledon Whitmer (OH)
9/20 vs. Niagara Academy (Canada)
9/28  vs. Birmingham Brother Rice
10/6 vs. University of Detroit Jesuit
10/12 vs. Orhcard Lake St. Mary’s
10/19 @ Warren De La Salle
10/25 TBD

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
8/30 @ Oak Park High
9/6 @ Toledo Whitmer (OH)
9/13 vs. Detroit Consortium
9/20 @ University of Detroit Jesuit
9/27  vs. Warren De La Salle
10/4 vs. Birmingham Brother Rice
10/12 @ Novi Detroit Catholic Central
10/18 @ Davison High
10/25 TBD

Prep football teams will be back on the gridiron beginning Aug. 29. Here’s a rundown of each local team, along with a couple of the neighboring private school squads.

For all the previews from our local teams, including Brother Rice, Country Day, Cranbrook Kingswood, Oakland Christian, Lutheran Northwest, Notre Dame Prep, Southfield Christian, Bishop Foley, Royal Oak Shrine and St. Mary’s, visit our website at and click on the Sports link.

Farmington High Falcons
Last season’s record: 6-4
League: Oakland Activities Association White Division
Returning starters: Eight

Offensive keys:
Coach John Bechtel likes the look of his offense and said it has weapons at every position.

“We have great speed and a lot of talented kids,” he said. “We just lack experience, and how quick we turn it around will be key.”

The Falcons are counting on Kyle Collins at quarterback; Curtis Brunson, Dez Fitzpatrick, Omari Mitchel and Josh Craven at receiver; and David Reese and Justin Banks on the line.

Defensive keys:

Much like the offense, a crop of fresh faces will be on defense. Bechtel is optimistic about the talent on that side of the ball, but knows they’re not tested.

Reese and Craven man the linebacker spots, Brunson and Mitchell are safeties, and Hu Lee is expected to anchor the defensive line.

Coach’s outlook:
“(Winning the division) is certainly the starting goal, but we have to play one game at a time before we can think anything about that,” Bechtel said. “The schedule is difficult, but it is what it is. We have to be ready to play.”

Farmington Hills Harrison Hawks
Last season’s record: 6-4
League: Oakland Activities Association White Division
Returning starters: Seven

Offensive keys:
The Hawks have a potent combination with Lorenzo Collins and Jourdan Austin in the backfield lining up behind Javon Shaw at quarterback.

“We think we’ll have a good running game with one of the best backs in the state (Collins),” coach John Herrington said. “The combination of those three should be very good.”

Up front, Herrington is counting on Kolby Nance and Jalin Kirkpatrick to open up the holes.

“We have some work to do in the passing game to be effective,” Herrington added.

Harrison has averaged more than 32 points per game in each of the last three seasons.

Defensive keys:
The defense has four returning starters back and is led by linebackers Chris Jones and Collins.
“They’re extremely fast and can hit,” Herrington said.

Donavan Peterson leads the defensive line, and Devin Cook and Peyton Petersen are being leaned on in the backfield.

“We don’t have great size,” Herrington said. “I think their football knowledge is pretty good. Also, the young guys, they were undefeated on JV last year and starting to step up.”

Coach’s outlook:
“It’s going to be tough. I think the OAA White will be the best league in the state. We have great teams in the league with Oak Park and Southfield, and good teams with (Rochester) Adams, us, Farmington and Oxford. Every game is going to be a challenge,” Herrington said. “Our goal is to win the league, but it will be really tough. Hopefully, we get our six wins, make the playoffs and then anything can happen.”

North Farmington Raiders
Last season’s record: 3-6
League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division
Returning starters: Six

Offensive keys:
Coach Todd Schultz said three-year starter Chauncey Bridges is the main weapon at running back.

“We just need to block well for him up front,” Schultz said. “So far, I’m pretty happy with the way things are going. We are very green and have some sophomores that are going to start.”

Defensive keys:
Bridges is also key on defense, leading the secondary along with Alonte’ Mayweather.

“I think we’re OK secondarywise, but the front seven is really young,” Schultz said. “We’ve been working a lot on technique and responsibilities. We don’t have game experience, so that will have to come during the season.”

Coach’s outlook:
“Winning the league is always a goal for us, but we know we have stiff competition with quite a few teams,” Schurtz said. “It’s still our goal and expectation, but we’ll see how it plays out as it goes on. I’m impressed with how hard the guys are working.”