Goricki's prep picks: Oak Park gets shot at Southfield

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Southfield running back Adrian Carter is hit hard by Oak Park defender John Kelly during their meeting in October.

Oak Park and Southfield have developed a strong rivalry the last few years.

The teams will meet for the fifth time in the last three years, with Southfield winning two straight after Oak Park took two in 2012 — including one in the playoffs.

And that's where these teams meet again, with the Division 2 district title on the line at 6 p.m. Friday at Oak Park.

"This is the fifth time we've played them in the last three years and it's turned into a great rivalry," Oak Park coach Greg Carter said. "They beat us the last two times, but we beat them twice two years ago, both coming in overtime, including a district final win.

"We didn't play well the last time we played them, but give credit to Southfield. They blitzed us and we didn't protect our quarterback (Chauncey Lowman) and with that happening, we didn't get the opportunity to get our running game going with John (Kelly) either. He only had 12 carries."

Kelly, a senior running back who has received offers from Michigan State and Michigan, has made the big plays all season for Oak Park (8-2) which suffered a season-opening 27-26 loss to No. 3 Detroit Cass Tech.

Southfield is led by 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior defensive end Charles Harris, who has 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

Pick: Oak Park by 6

Other top games

All games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted

Livonia Churchill (8-2) at Canton (8-2): Canton rallied from a 28-14 deficit the first meeting to win 40-35. Canton QB Greg Williams closed with a TD pass to Nolan Gilo with less than three minutes remaining. Livonia Churchill by 3

Detroit Cass Tech (10-0) at Dearborn Fordson (10-0): Fordson has an outstanding defense, led by Hussein Kdouh (6-foot-2, 280 pounds), but Cass Tech RB Mike Weber has 624 yards and 10 TDs the last three weeks. Cass Tech by 8

Lapeer (10-0) at Clarkston (10-0): Lapeer has been dominant most of the season, but Clarkston is home and has playoff experience after winning the Division 1 state title last year ago. Clarkston by 4

Farmington Hills Harrison (8-2) at Walled Lake Western (9-1): This matchup would be close if Harrison QB Jevon Shaw (ACL) was in the lineup. Now, Harrison's defense will have to step up. Western by 7

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