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Goricki's prep picks: Freshman leads Catholic Central

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Austin Brown will be put in the spotlight Friday night for Detroit Catholic Central.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School is eyeing the Prep Bowl and the state playoffs.

A victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary's sends Catholic Central and the 15-year-old freshman not only to the Prep Bowl, but also to the state playoffs.

And considering Brown already has helped Catholic Central to a 5-1 record (2-0 Catholic League), he seems to be enjoying the spotlight.

"Our goal every year is to win the Central Division, win the Catholic League title and advance as far as we can in the state playoffs," said Tom Mach, in his 40th season as Catholic Central's coach. "Everything is still all in front of us."

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Mach is proud of how his team bounced back from an injury-plagued year that kept them watching the postseason. He also has been impressed with a defense that has allowed 22 points the last four games.

And leading the way is Brown.

"It's the first time we've ever had a freshman on varsity, let alone a freshman quarterback," Mach said of the 6-foot, 180-pound Brown. "He's very steady. He's handled himself well and played with calmness."

St. Mary's (5-1, 2-1) has an outstanding offense led by running back Justin Myrick and quarterback Brandon Tabone.

Pick: St. Mary's by 2

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All games 7 p.m. Friday. 

■ Canton (5-1) at Plymouth (5-1): Plymouth (4-0 KLAA South) has a chance to clinch the division title with a win, but Canton has won two straight in the series. This game showcases a pair of outstanding running backs in Canton's Markus Sanders and Plymouth's Cam Stella. Canton by 6

■ Warren Mott (5-1) at Sterling Heights Stevenson (5-1): Mott has defeated three-time defending MAC Red champion Macomb Dakota behind dual-threat QB Mike Pond (495 rushing yards, seven TDs, 572 passing yards, six TDs). Stevenson has allowed 58 points, 16 the last three games. Stevenson by 4

■ Detroit Country Day (5-1) at Birmingham Brother Rice (1-5): Country Day is averaging 37 points and needs a victory to clinch a state playoff spot. Brother Rice has lost by 22 points or more in all five of its setbacks. Country Day by 10