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PREP NOTEBOOK: Local gridders ready to roll in East-West All-Star Game, Berkley gives reins to Keenist WITH PHOTOS

  • Bloomfield Hills tailback Derek Lynch will be on hand to rush the rock for the East team in the 35th annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game on June 24 at Saginaw Valley State University.

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A half-dozen standout departing prep football players will represent Oakland County on the East roster for the 35th annual MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game at Saginaw Valley State University in ten days, following in the footstep of dozens of future pros and college stars from the area through the years.

Quarterback Kyle Wood (Rochester Adams), running back Derek Lynch (Bloomfield Hills), offensive linemen Blake Bueter (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) and Ethan Davis (Royal Oak), linebacker Ryan Crews (Madison Heights Madison) and placekicker Jack McKenna (Walled Lake Northern) will all suit up for the East squad on June 24.

Wood started under center at Adams for four years and will continue his career in the pocket at Michigan Tech. Both Lynch and Davis are headed to Findlay University in Ohio. McKenna and Bueter have accepted preferred walk-on spots at Michigan State.

Bueter was a co-captain on a Catholic Central club that appeared in the Division 1 state finals at Ford Field back in November and McKenna booted six field goals in his senior campaign. Lynch had a breakout in 2016, leading his Bloomfield Hills team to an undefeated regular season and a league title out of the OAA Blue by rushing for 1,025 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“Derek has a never-ending motor, he played every snap for us this past year,” Bloomfield Hills head coach Dan Loria said. “He has tremendous field vision and a level of determination that really separates him from a lot of other players at his position.”

Last year, the East beat the West 20-14. The game has been in effect since 1980, minus a recent two-year hiatus in favor of a border showdown against all-stars from Ohio.

Wood is blown away by the game's high-wattage rosters.

"Wow, there's just so much talent there, I'm very excited to see what the Westside has to offer, they're known for fast and tough defenses and it will be fun to test myself against those kind of players," he said.

As a senior, Wood threw for 1,500 yards, ran for another 900 and totaled 22 touchdowns. This month's all-star game will see the East team employ the triple-option on offense, a scheme Wood is quite familiar with from his days with the Adams Highlanders.

Keen sense on the sidelines

Berkley has hired former Oxford star quarterback and assistant Billy Keenist as its new head football coach. Keenist graduated from Oxford in 2006 - his dad Bill, Sr., is the longtime Vice-President of Communications for the Detroit Lions.

The Berkley Bears have qualified for the Division 2 playoffs the last three straight seasons under Chris Sikora, grabbing the program’s first-ever district crown two years ago. Sikora resigned in the spring.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2017 7:55:58 PM EST

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