And this proud moment won't soon fade because this title is not just for this team alone. It's for the players and coaches who came before as well.
On Labor Day the season stopped for Eriksen. Saturday, he completed his comeback with an impressive performance in Clarkston's 32-14 victory over Detroit Catholic Central in the Division 1 state final Saturday at Ford Field.
The first few days following Clarkston's semifinal victory over Flint Carman-Ainsworth last week were so hectic for coach Kurt Richardson, he needed to re-focus and shut off the outside world.
Detroit Cass Tech owned C.C. in the last two title games, winning 49-13 in 2011 and 36-21 last season. This time it was C.C. that was dominant. It never allowed Cass Tech to get comfortable on a day as cold and windy as any semifinal in recent history.
On a fourth-and-3 from the Clarenceville 40, quarterback Jake Kubiak completed a pass to Carlon Davis, who then pitched it to Jalen Bryant, who completed the 60-yard touchdown play to tie the score. David Vanderkerckhove's conversion with five seconds left gave Clarenceville a 21-20 victory.
As playoff games go, the Division 3 regional final between Melvindale and St. Clair is expected to be one of the highest scoring games this weekend. Melvindale (9-2) averages better than 33 points, St. Clair sits at just over 49.
It's likely you won't see Raynard Hegarty in a game; he's only played in three. And you probably won't see him play at 1 p.m. Saturday when Dakota (11-0) plays at Detroit Cass Tech (11-0) in a Division 1 region final.
As daunting a task it is to play top-ranked and two-time defending Division 1 state champion Detroit Cass Tech, Warren Mott coach Tom Milanov embraces the opportunity.
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Tom grew up on Detroit's east side and has lived there for about 26 years, with stops in Ann Arbor and Southern California along the way.
His main beat is high schools; it's the area he started in and continues to have a passion for. He has also covered other areas such as colleges (beat writer for Detroit Mercy and Oakland University men's basketball teams) and professional sports. He's also done radio and television work, including a show called Prep Ticket that runs on Comcast Local, and STATE CHAMPS!, a show that airs on MYTV20 and is re-broadcast on Comcast Local.
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More on Tom:
- Favorite Michigan golf course: Private - Crystal Downs; public - The Orchards; resort - Hills course at Boyne Highlands.
- Last book read: The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan.
- Favorite Italian restaurant (locally): Roma Café.
- Favorite city: U.S. - San Francisco; outside the U.S. - Venice.
- Biggest complaint: Misuse of the environment.
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