Friday Blitz: Loaded Week 4 schedule has state playoff feel

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published September 20, 2019

 Birmingham Groves' Ralph Donaldson carries the ball against Grosse Pointe South earlier this year. Groves won 34-21.

Birmingham Groves' Ralph Donaldson carries the ball against Grosse Pointe South earlier this year. Groves won 34-21.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 West Bloomfield High runs out onto the field before its game against Oak Park High. The Lakers won 20-14.

West Bloomfield High runs out onto the field before its game against Oak Park High. The Lakers won 20-14.

Photo by Donna Agusti

As we near the heart of the football schedule, conference play is getting underway and teams are starting to emerge as contenders. 

In Week 4, a few top teams will be looking to remain undefeated, while others continue their march to the playoffs. 

Following is a list of some of the top games from the C & G Sports coverage area. 

OAA White Showdown

Birmingham Groves (3-0) vs. Oak Park High (2-1) –– 6 p.m. Sept. 20

Coming in as two of the top teams in the state, this game should have serious implications in the Oakland Activities Association White race. It will be a battle of strength versus strength when these two teams hit the field, as Oak Park’s high-powered offense looks to find space against Groves’ stingy defense. The Falcons have allowed opponents to score just 38 total points, while the Knights have scored 131, including 64 last week. 

Must win for Clarkston?

Clarkston (1-2) vs. West Bloomfield (2-1) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 20

It’s been tough sledding for the Wolves early in the season, as they find themselves 1-2 overall entering Friday’s matchup with the Lakers. West Bloomfield (2-1) is fresh off a win over rival Southfield A&T and boasts a strong defense. Clarkston is 30-21-1 all-time against the Lakers, and a win would do wonders for their playoff hopes. For the Lakers, a win keeps them squarely in the OAA Red title hunt and pushes them just a few wins away from a state playoff berth. 

Who remains undefeated?

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (3-0) vs. Walled Lake Western (3-0) –– 7 p.m. Sept. 20

Both of these teams are off to fast starts, holding 3-0 records. Both the Warriors and Eaglets have been solid on both sides of the ball. Western has scored 151 points, while allowing 51. St. Mary’s has scored 124 points and has given up just 33. The two teams have met just once prior to this meeting, with the Eaglets pulling out a 48-10 win in the 2005 playoffs.