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Offense versus defense.

That seems to be a common theme on the football field. And it's never been as evident as Friday's Catholic League Central Division opener between Birmingham Brother Rice and Warren DeLaSalle.

Brother Rice, No. 3 in The News' Super 20 poll, is averaging 33 points.

DeLaSalle, No. 7 in the Super 20, is limiting opponents to 10 points.

"They have a great quarterback and great receiver," DeLaSalle coach Paul Verska said of Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone (Michigan) and receiver Grant Perry. "They have made big play after big play so we can't give up the big plays; that will be the key to the game."

DeLaSalle is led by linebackers Ryan Smith, Eric Rogers and Mike Ostrowski.

Brother Rice defeated DeLaSalle on the final play of the game last season.

Pick: Brother Rice by 6

Other top games

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

Plymouth (3-0) at Livonia Churchill (3-0): The Kensington Lakes Activities Association teams can put big numbers on the scoreboard. Plymouth by 2

Wyandotte (3-0) at Allen Park (2-1): Wyandotte has played well defensively, but must must focus on Allen Park RB Manny Andrade. Allen Park, meanwhile, will have problems trying to force Wyandotte QB Donovan Stewart into mistakes. Wyandotte by 8

Grosse Pointe North (2-1) at Utica Eisenhower (1-2): Eisenhower was primed for a big year, but is 1-2. Its playoff hopes are already on the line. Eisenhower by 10

Detroit Cody at Detroit King, noon Saturday: King had an easy time with Cody in the playoffs, but Cody has added more weapons. King LB Tyriq Thompson moved to running back last week and rushed for more than 200 yards. King by 12

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