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John Powell knows all about the intense Dearborn-Fordson rivalry.

He should, considering he was a teacher at Fordson before becoming Dearborn's coach.

"It's a big rivalry game and the kids are looking forward to it," said Powell, whose team (2-2, 2-0 Western Wayne Athletic Conference) plays at Fordson at 7 p.m. Friday.

Fordson (4-0, 2-0), however, has dominated the last two regular-season games — 35-0 in 2012 and 34-7 last year.

"We had a tough schedule in the first two games (losses to West Bloomfield and St. Johns) and we made some changes, bringing some JV kids up so we didn't have to have so many kids play both ways," Powell said.

One of those call-ups was quarterback Mikey Phillips, who was 11-for-13 for 140 yards last week against Belleville.

Pick: Fordson by 8

Other top games

All games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted

Detroit Catholic Central (2-2, 0-0) at Birmingham Brother Rice (4-0, 1-0): CC started 0-2, but scored 104 the last two games. Rice has won the last three in the rivalry, and thrives behind QB Alex Malzone (1,019 yards, 13 TDs). Brother Rice by 6

Clarkston (4-0, 3-0) at Oxford (4-0, 3-0): Clarkston, the defending Division 1 champion, heads for Oxford's blue turf in an OAA Red showdown for first. Clarkston is averaging 32 points behind QB D.J. Zezula. Clarkston by 10

Grosse Pointe North (2-2) at Grosse Pointe South (2-2): South has held the upper hand in this rivalry of late, but the games have been competitive. North will have to shake its 45-12 loss to Utica Eisenhower and stop South's passing combination of the Blanzy brothers, QB Sam and WR Brian. South by 2

West Bloomfield (3-1, 2-1) at Lake Orion (2-2, 2-1): Look for a shootout as Lake Orion RB Matt Krause has more than 1,000 yards and West Bloomfield dual-threat QB Trishton Jackson is capable of rushing for 100 yards and passing for 200. West Bloomfield by 4

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