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Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s Anthony Darkangelo and his Shamrocks have stepped up their play in the postseason. The team will play for the Division 1 state title for the second straight season on Saturday. (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)


KOSMO: Time to credit the hard work of the kids playing in this weekend's Finals

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Kosmo tries to keep his thoughts on his blog separate from the paper, but obviously this is a unique year with a unique situation as it relates to the Oakland County teams still remaining in the state football finals at Ford Field this weekend.

As everyone knows, the four area schools still left are the schools many are envious of and love to hate, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Birmingham Brother Rice, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Birmingham Detroit Country Day.

Of course, this has intensified all the talk about recruiting, fairness and all that nonsense.

Kosmo simply isn’t going to listen to it.

As was written in your seer’s blog earlier this week, it’s all just a loser’s lament.

For one, it’s discrediting the hard work of the student-athletes and coaches on these teams. They bust their tail to get where they’re at to become elite athletes and if they want to attend these schools, more power to them.

That would be like saying Denard Robinson shouldn’t have gone to Michigan because he was in the “jurisdiction” of a smaller school in his hometown of Deerfield Beach, FL.

Second, don’t think that “recruiting” and athletically motivated transfers occur within public schools in this day and age. It happens all the time.

Third, it’s actually become harder and harder to attend private schools over the years with this recent economic downturn. For those who answer “they’re getting scholarship money,” well you’re proving Kosmo’s point. There’s only so much of that to go around, so more and more student-athletes have had to rely on parents working two jobs, etc.

Finally, if you don’t like it, then beat them. Plain and simple. Moaning and groaning sure isn’t going to do it.

Less whining and more working, please.

This is the first time all four have been to the state finals in the same year, and Kosmo is thrilled to see them here and wishes them all best of luck. As for which ones will take home state titles, here they are. Congratulations on a great season to everyone and thanks for all your readership throughout the 2012 football season.

See you all very soon during basketball season.


Division 2 final

Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Muskegon, 1 p.m. Kosmo can’t believe Brother Rice has never repeated as state champions. It will be a major chore to do so against a loaded Muskegon team. But the way Brian Walker and Shon Powell are running, and the motivation the Warriors have to make history, he’s certainly not going against them. Pick: Brother Rice 20, Muskegon 17.

Division 4 final

Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, 7:30 p.m. The scary part is that Country Day could easily be back here next year with Tyler Wiegers and Richie Wilson just juniors. But hopefully Country Day doesn’t have that thinking because you never know when you’ll get back here. The Yellowjackets need to take advantage of this shot, and Kosmo thinks they will. Pick: Country Day 24, South Christian 16.


Division 1 final

Novi Detroit Catholic Central vs. Detroit Cass Tech, 1 p.m. One thing for sure is that this won’t be a 49-13 blowout like it was last year. However, as well as Catholic Central has played of late, Kosmo is going with the team that has more speed, better athletes and championship experience of its own. As long as Jayru Campbell plays like he did last week against Lake Orion, the Technicians will prevail. Pick: Cass Tech 27, Catholic Central 24.

Division 3 final

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s vs. Grand Rapids Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Has anyone taken a look at the schedule St. Mary’s has played this year? They’ve played each participant in both the Division 1 and Division 2 finals. Wow. Grand Rapids Christian does have one of the best players in the state in Drake Harris. However, he won’t see the field much because St. Mary’s will control the game and clock with its offensive line, and the running back tandem of Grant Niemiec and Parker McInnis. Not only that, but St. Mary’s is used to being on this stage, while Grand Rapids Christian isn’t. Pick: OLSM 21, Grand Rapids Christian 10.

E-mail Kosmo at kosmo@oakpress.com

Last Updated: 11/22/2012 11:08:03 PM EST

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