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 Utica Eisenhower senior running back Caleb Oyster goes through a drill during a recent practice. Oyster and the Eagles aim for a fifth straight playoff appearance.

Utica Eisenhower senior running back Caleb Oyster goes through a drill during a recent practice. Oyster and the Eagles aim for a fifth straight playoff appearance.

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Eisenhower and Harrison prepare for season openers

Sports reporter Timothy Pontzer will be attending both matchups

By: C & G Sports Staff, Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published August 22, 2018 | Updated August 22, 2018 4:01pm

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Our Timothy Pontzer will be at two of the top matchups this weekend. One will feature a clash of the top powerhouses of Oakland and Macomb County while the other will mark the beginning of the end for a legendary program.

First, Thursday afternoon will feature Oak Park and Utica Eisenhower descending on Wayne State University as part of the 2018 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic. The two met in the same setting last year with Ike earning a 24-7 victory.

The Eagles averaged 36.2 points per game last season and return nine starters from the unit. However, the Eagles lost start quarterback Max Wittwer who is now a preferred walk-on at Michigan. Junior Blake Rastigue will get his first taste of varsity action.

Oak Park will counter with senior quarterback Dwan Mathis who is committed to Michigan State. The school looks to earn a seventh straight postseason berth while Ike looks to make it for a fifth straight year.

Friday evening will showcase Farmington Hills Harrison against North Farmington. It will be the first of six home games for the Hawks as the school enters its final year of existence.

Last season saw Harrison average 29.9 points per game on the way to an appearance in the Division 3 state final. North Farmington aims for its first postseason appearance since 2013.

Follow @CandGSports on Twitter for complete coverage of all the contests featuring local teams this weekend. Check back to our site for recaps on these two games as well as several other prime time contests.

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