Top games for Week 2: W.L. Western clashes with Canton
David Goricki of The Detroit News looks ahead at this week's top games, and looks back at the best from last week.
This week’s top games:
Walled Lake Western at Canton, 7 p.m. Thursday: This KLAA showdown features Canton standout running back Markus Sanders and Michigan State-bound receiver Cody White of Western, who could find himself at quarterback for the second straight game due to an injury to Johnny Tracy. White scored five touchdowns in the first half to give Western a 41-0 halftime lead in an eventual 41-14 win over Farmington.
Canton will be trying to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since 1998, letting a 28-7 lead slip away in a 40-35 loss to Dearborn Fordson.
Wyandotte at Allen Park, 7 p.m. Thursday: The two Downriver League powers face off in an early season showdown.
The teams came away with dominating victories in Week No. 1, Allen Park 62-0 over Taylor Kennedy and Wyandotte, 34-6 over Gibraltar Carlson. Antonio Mangiapane of Allen Park is the premier quarterback in the league.
West Bloomfield at Oxford, 7 p.m. Friday: The two OAA Red Division teams pulled out close victories in their respective openers. Oxford came back from a 20-7 deficit to defeat defending Division 1 state champion Romeo, 27-26. West Bloomfield, which had an unbeaten regular season last year, defeated Birmingham Groves 31-28 on Nick O’Shea’s field goal in overtime. Bryce Veasley threw four TD passes for West Bloomfield, including three to Garrett Winn.
Last week’s top games:
Macomb Dakota 35, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 28: Dakota senior quarterback Brett Droski threw for 245 yards and four TDs, including TD passes of 29, 52 and 74 yards to Jaylen Hall. Evan Sivec scored a pair of TDs, including a 75-yard punt return to open up a 35-21 lead.
Dakota also made two big defensive stands in the final minutes, including the final one when Colin Macklem’s forced a fumble at Dakota’s 11 with two minutes left.
Dearborn Fordson 40, Canton 35: Fordson came back from deficits of 21-0 and 28-7 to defeat Canton. Senior quarterback Hamze Elzayat led the second-half comeback, leading an 80-yard drive for the winning score, finding Slay Shajrah for a 57-yard TD pass.
Elzayat accounted for more 450 total yards, throwing for 300 and three TDs and running for 150 and two TDs. Canton senior Markus Sanders rushed for 216 yards, including an 80-yard TD.
Oxford 27, Romeo 26: Oxford came back from a 20-7 deficit to upset defending Division 1 state champion Romeo.
Ethan Williams scored on TD runs of 67, 69 and 52 yards for Oxford.
Parker Fleming found Matthew Mielnicki for a 55-yard TD pass to pull Oxford within six with seven minutes left, then after a Romeo fumble, Williams scored his third TD for the lead. Williams then converted a fourth down play with 1:11 left to put the game away.