Ferndale High and Hazel Park High football to help decide the top of the OAA Blue Friday night

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published October 12, 2017

The football teams from Ferndale High and Hazel Park High will help settle the top of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division when the programs meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ferndale.

The Vikings are 5-0 in the OAA Blue and 5-2 overall.

Ferndale enters the contest at 4-1 in the OAA Blue and 6-1 overall.

A win by Hazel Park would give the program an outright OAA Blue title.

If the Eagles are victorious, they will be OAA Blue co-champions with the Vikings and Auburn Hills Avondale, if the Yellow Jackets beat Pontiac High Oct. 13.

Pontiac is currently 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the OAA Blue.

Ferndale is on a four-game winning streak after beating Pontiac 42-6 Oct. 6.

The Eagles have already secured their second consecutive playoff berth. Prior to last year, Ferndale hadn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2008.

Ferndale can present problems for opponents on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

The Eagles have a scoring average of nearly 34 points a game, while only giving up around 10 points a contest.

Hazel Park’s scoring average has been bolstered after getting a 48-0 win against Pontiac Sept. 29 and beating North Farmington High 48-7 last week.

Prior to those contests, the Vikings hadn’t scored more than 24 points in a game.

On average, Hazel Park is scoring 26 points a contest, while holding opponents to under 15 points a game.

A victory against Ferndale would automatically qualify the Vikings for their first postseason appearance since 2010.

Hazel Park already has more wins this year than the previous four seasons combined.

The two programs have played against each other more than any other opponent, with Ferndale leading the all-time series 34-32-1.

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