Farmington Hills Harrison's Ben Williams heads to the end zone in Week 1 of the season. The Hawks take on Oak Park High at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 on the road for the top spot in the White Division.

Farmington Hills Harrison's Ben Williams heads to the end zone in Week 1 of the season. The Hawks take on Oak Park High at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 on the road for the top spot in the White Division.

Photo by Sean Work


Closer look at Week 3

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published September 7, 2018

 Birmingham Seaholm's Shane Guenther  brings down a Troy Athens runner earlier this season. The Maples are looking to go to 3-0.

Birmingham Seaholm's Shane Guenther brings down a Troy Athens runner earlier this season. The Maples are looking to go to 3-0.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Those who say the holidays are the most wonderful times of the year might want to check themselves. Along with the opening weekend of the NFL slate and Week 2 of college football, Week 3 of the prep football season will be in full swing and there are some matchups this weekend that could have big implications on conference standings in the Oakland Activities Association.

 

North Farmington (1-1) at Birmingham Seaholm (2-0) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

 

In 10 prior meetings with the Maples, North Farmington has lost 10. The most recent matchup came in 2016 when the Raiders fell 41-14. Both teams have one win under their belt in the OAA Blue Division with Seaholm beating Ferndale High 53-8 and North Farmington squeezing past Hazel Park High 9-6. Despite the struggles in the series, the Raiders have a chance to move to 2-1 in the conference, which could put them in a tie for first place if their crosstown rival Farmington High falls to Ferndale. A win for coach Jim Dewald and the Maples would improve the team to 3-0 for the first time since 2013.

 

Farmington Hills Harrison (2-0) at Oak Park High (2-0) — 6 p.m. Sept 7

 

Harrison has a pair of 41-0 victories over North Farmington and Troy Athens to start the season and could potentially see its first real test this weekend in Oak Park. The Knights are coming off a 13-7 win over Birmingham Groves. The Hawks hold a 6-3 edge in the series but these two teams are much closer than the numbers suggest. Dating back to 2011, the Hawks and Knights have traded victories every year with last year’s game favoring Harrison 17-14. A win for either team would lock them into a first place spot in the OAA White.

 

Clarkston High (2-0) at Troy High (1-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

 

After a crushing defeat at the hands of Auburn Hills Avondale to start the season, Troy responded with a 27-21 victory last week over Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. The Colts’ opponent this week, defending Division 1 state champion Clarkston, is coming off of a 28-25 win over West Bloomfield High. The Wolves beat the Lakers for the title last season. Clarkston has become a mainstay in the postseason, making it every year for the past 15 years. Troy’s appearance last season was its first since 2009.