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Inside the huddle

Southfield High at Farmington High, 7 p.m. Sept. 11

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published September 9, 2015


Southfield High (1-1) at Farmington High (2-0), 7 p.m. Sept. 11 —

Already a pivotal game in the Oakland Activities Association White Division in just Week 3, both squads enter 1-0 in the division.

Last week, both teams earned victories against division contenders, with Farmington beating Oak Park High 20-19 and Southfield prevailing 30-17 against Rochester Adams.

This is a statement game for both teams. Farmington won the OAA Blue last season and a win against Southfield, the defending OAA White champions, would put the Falcons on a path at consecutive titles.

Conversely, Southfield dropped its opening game of the season to Detroit Cass Tech 27-0, its worse loss since 2010. A win against the Falcons after beating Adams shows the Blue Jays are still the team to beat in the White.

One key is how well Farmington can contain the Blue Jays' running game. Earlier in the year, Southfield coach Tim Conley called it the fastest team he’s coached. The Falcons are counting on University of Michigan-commit David Reese to keep Southfield’s offense in check from his linebacker position.

Overall, Farmington and Southfield first met on the field in 1952, with the Falcons taking the 24-0 victory. Southfield leads the series 30-16. Its last win came in 2013.