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FOOTBALL: Fresh off win over Lake Orion, Stoney Creek turns its attention to Clarkston

After his team’s eye-opening 36-7 win over Lake Orion last week, it didn’t take long for Stoney Creek head coach Brad Zube to try and steer his team’s focus forward.

Of course, everyone was thrilled at Stoney Creek’s effort against Lake Orion and was ready to bask in the glory of it, but Zube used the postgame huddle to implore his team to look ahead and have the same passion, focus and intensity this week than it did against Lake Orion.

Another spirited effort will be needed, because Stoney Creek will face the other Oakland Activities Association Red Division giant, Clarkston, in a first-place showdown on Friday at Clarkston.

It will be this week’s Game of the Week on MIPrepZone.com/oakland, where it will be live on audio, and then a video broadcast will be shown on tape delay after the game ends.

For Stoney Creek, last week’s win seemed to be about showing others it was indeed for real and a team to be reckoned with an OAA Red that has been dominated by Clarkston and Lake Orion.

With that respect loudly earned, the objective now for Stoney Creek against Clarkston will be putting itself in the driver’s seat for a league title.

“I think we took Sunday to enjoy it and take it all in,” Zube said. “We put it all to bed and had a good first day or preparation for Clarkston. These kids are very focused and determined and ready to go to Clarkston and give it our best shot.”

After a season-opening loss at Rochester Adams, Clarkston has rebounded with three straight wins despite playing without standout senior running back Ian Eriksen, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury that Clarkston head coach Kurt Richardson will keep him out for at least a couple more weeks.

If there has been a positive to Eriksen’s injury, it’s that other players have been forced to step up in his absence and have done so, namely junior quarterback D.J. Zezula.

“It has helped our passing game,” Richardson said. “There are always some good things that come out of everything.”

The game could pit Stoney Creek’s speed and deep group of skilled players against Clarkston’s mammoth linemen on both sides of the ball, and Richardson said his team will be in a lot of trouble if his linemen don’t control things up front.

One thing for sure is that Richardson, like just about everybody, came away impressed with what Stoney Creek did against Lake Orion and knows how big of a game this has become.

“I went and watched and I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have believed the final score,” Richardson said. “They were impressive. Their kids played with energy and Brad and his coaching staff did an excellent job. They are the real deal.”

Last Updated: 9/26/2013 3:30:53 AM EST

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