Battle in the 'Blue'

Ferndale High and Hazel Park High football set to meet in Friday night matchup

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published September 27, 2018

 Ferndale High junior Jayshawn Adams carries the ball during a game against Fraser High earlier this season. The Eagles have a chance to help improve their chances for a playoff spot when they play Hazel Park High Friday night.

Ferndale High junior Jayshawn Adams carries the ball during a game against Fraser High earlier this season. The Eagles have a chance to help improve their chances for a playoff spot when they play Hazel Park High Friday night.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

Advertisement

When the football squads from Ferndale High and Hazel Park High matchup at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hazel Park, the game could be pivotal to the playoff outlook for both teams.

 

Ferndale is 3-2 overall this season (1-2 Oakland Activities Association Blue Division), while Hazel Park is 2-3 (1-3 OAA Blue).

 

Although teams can sometimes qualify for the playoffs with five wins, six is the number required for an automatic berth in a nine-game regular season.

 

Although Ferndale was 1-2 after the first three weeks of play, the Eagles have come back to win each of their last two games, including a 27-14 victory at home against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day Sept. 21.

 

After losing two straight games, Hazel Park helped position itself to remain in contention for a playoff spot with a 48-0 win against Pontiac High Sept. 21.

 

In its two wins this season, Hazel Park has outscored its opponents 98-14. However, in their three losses, the Vikings have been outscored 73-24, averaging eight points in those contests.

 

On the season, Hazel Park’s opponents have averaged just 17.4 points a game against the Vikings.

 

Ferndale has also been solid in that area, allowing 17.8 points per game on the season.

 

The Eagles are averaging 28.6 points per contest, and have outscored their opponents 143-89 this year.

 

Along with Auburn Hills Avondale, Ferndale and Hazel Park shared an OAA Blue championship last season.

 

The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs two consecutive seasons, while Hazel Park made it to the postseason for the first time since 2010 last year.

 

When the programs played last season, Ferndale came away with a 20-17 victory.

 

For game updates, follow @CandGSports on Twitter.

 

Visit candgnews.com/sports for a postgame story.

Advertisement