SUBSCRIBE NOW
$1 for 3 months. Save 97%.
SUBSCRIBE NOW
$1 for 3 months. Save 97%.

Goricki's prep picks: Dakota-Eisenhower QBs on a roll

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Allen Park takes on Wyandotte in Week 2.

Week 2, and supremacy in Macomb County is on the line when Utica Eisenhower visits Macomb Dakota on Thursday night.

And in the spotlight are two quarterbacks who showed their mettle in Week 1.

■Eisenhower junior Max Wittwer went 14-for-21 for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory at Plymouth.

■Dakota senior Brett Droski threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-28 upset of two-time defending Division 3 state champion Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Eisenhower coach Chris Smith usually runs an option attack, but tossed that aside in the opener. But ...

“We have guys that can run the option and we can run the option and it’s still our base offense,” Smith said. “There will be times when we’re going to run a lot of option against teams. This team took the option away so it allowed us to open it up a little bit and use Max’s arm.”

Dakota has defeated Eisenhower six straight, including 31-8 in the Division 1 pre-district last year.

Pick: Dakota by 8

Other top games

Walled Lake Western (1-0) at Canton (0-1), 7 p.m. Thursday: Canton will be trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1998. It faces No. 2 Western, led by several elite skill players, including Michigan State-bound Cody White, who filled in for an injured Johnny Tracy at quarterback and threw for 171 yards and four TDs — in the first half. Western by 6

Wyandotte (1-0) at Allen Park (1-0), 7 p.m. Thursday: The two teams have been the class of the Downriver League, and this year should be no exception. Look for Allen Park QB Antonio Mangiapane to be the best player on the field — and the difference. Allen Park by 4

West Bloomfield (0-1) at Oxford (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: This is a huge game for West Bloomfield in the OAA Red — coach Ron Bellamy calls it a “must win” after forfeiting (ineligible player) last week’s 31-28 overtime victory over Birmingham Groves. Oxford defeated defending Division 1 state champion Romeo in the opener. West Bloomfield by 9

Detroit News prep football picks: Week 2