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PREP NOTEBOOK: OLSM running it down opponents' throats on f'ball field, Clarkston hoop gem Davenport picks Marquette WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Orchard Lake St. Mary's has a multi-layered rushing attack this season on the gridiron and it's helping guide them to tremendous success - the 11-2 Eaglets will be playing in the D3 state finals Thanksgiving weekend. (Oakland Press file photo).

To say the football team at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s has depth at the running back position would be a vast understatement.

The Ford Field-bound Eaglets go at least a half-dozen players deep in the backfield, a sprawling rushing assault that has opposing teams reeling.

“We have faith in every one of our backs, they’ve all answered the call this year,” longtime St. Mary’s head coach George Porritt said.

Porritt and his St. Mary's club will tussle with Muskegon in the Division 3 state championship game this weekend.

At the forefront of the Eaglets’ attack on the ground is a terrific trio consisting of juniors Brandon Adams, Josh Myrick and Pierce (P.J.) Bauer. Adams and Myrick are fast and shifty, but at the same time unafraid of contact and mixing it up running straight ahead. Bauer is all power toting the rock up the middle in between the tackles and an almost sure-thing on the goal-line.

The entire tantalizing trifecta was earning their keep Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s 51-3 throttling of New Boston Huron in the state semifinals at Dearborn High School.

Leading the way was Adams, who gobbled up 95 yards and a touchdown. Myrick had 75 yards and two touchdowns, while Bauer chipped in with 65 yards and a rushing and receiving score apiece.

On special teams, Adams handles all the Eaglets' kicking duties.

Sophomore Ryan Johnson might be the next star to breakout of the St. Mary's backfield - the slick-footed speedster has already eclipsed the 100-yard plateau multiple times this fall as the team's No. 4 option in the ball-carrying rotation. Johnson went for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the Eaglets playoff-opening 41-0 demolition of Detroit Renaissance.

Fellow sophomore Shermond Dabney appears to be a sturdy powerback in the making. He got into the end zone on Saturday, too.

Seniors Ross Moore and Ellington Summerour see spot carries and can each do damage if given daylight. Moore caught the game-winning touchdown out of the flat in the final seconds of St. Mary's 6-0 edging of Warren De Salle earlier this year (De La Salle is playing in the Division 2 state championship game on Friday).

The Eaglets (11-2) are averaging roughly 300 yards per game in the rushing chart. They had 250 on Saturday, but busted up the Mason defense for 440 yards in the regionals in the team's 49-10 runaway victory (both Bauer and Myrick went over the century mark against Mason, Bauer devouring 165 yards and scoring three touchdowns and Myrick posting 110 yards).

So far this postseason St. Mary's has outscored the opposition 190-28 and scored at least 40 points or more in each affair.

St. Mary's will be making their sixth appearance in the state finals at Ford Field in the past eight years this upcoming Saturday evening.

Wintering in Wisconsin

Erika Davenport will be spending her next several winter’s on the hardwood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, playing for Marquette University.

The Clarkston senior girls basketball star and arguably Oakland County’s and Metro Detroit’s top female hoopster for the 2015 campaign, committed to play her college ball last week with the Golden Eagles, however didn’t ink her National Letter of Intent on Signing Day.

Davenport, an overpowering presence in the post and two-time all-state selection, was chosen the 2014 Class A Player of The Year by the Associated Press, averaging 22 points and 14 rebounds per outing.

Marquette was 22-11 last season and compete in the Big East Conference.

Saying goodbye to the 'Stat Man'

Dennis Sinclair, a best friend to any and all journalists covering Birmingham Brother Rice football games this past decade or so, is stepping away from the stat sheet. Sinclair was meticulous, knowledgeable and always looking to help out the Warriors football team and those writing about it. In terms of an historian regarding the glorious, tradition-steeped Brother Rice program, there are few, if any, better and more reliable.

Next fall, when the Warriors are knocking pads on the gridiron, Sinclair intends to be traveling with his wife, enjoying his retirement. He will be missed.

Tweet of the week

"Words can't explain how much I love my mom, everything I do is so she can retire and not have to work anymore," - Oak Park senior football star and Western Michigan linebacker-commit Junior McMullen

Last Updated: 11/24/2014 4:20:47 AM EST


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