Pioneers push for another grid title

By Daniel Gretzner
Dearborn High School seems to have the upper hand as the local grid machine has gotten off to a victorious start. The Pioneers are making a push for the Western Wayne Athletic Conference 2011 football championship.

The orange and black should repeat as either outright WWAC champs or co-champs, sharing the title, if they must. Edsel Ford, on the other hand, was no match for DHS when the two teams clashed on Sept. 16.

Try, as they might, the Thunderbirds weren’t able to stop the Pioneers explosive offense, especially the end-around plays, that resulted in to two touchdowns.

Edsel will attempt to top Fordson this Friday night in the finale of the three public school’s playing each other. Despite the scores, the intensity level always rises whenever any two of Dearborn, Edsel or Fordson, meet on the gridiron. While Dearborn has found itself in the driver’s seat, head coach Dave Mifsud isn’t taking any of his opponents lightly. The Pioneers have two remaining tilts left before closing out the regular season.

They meet Belleville on Oct. 7 in an away contest. Ann Arbor Skyline will visit the Pioneers on Oct. 21.

Fordson has played a tough schedule this fall but the Tractors still are in the hunt for a playoff spot, especially if they can come up with victories over Romulus and Monroe. Both of those games are on the road. The Tractors have the home field advantage this coming Friday night.

That’s when the Thunderbirds will zip across town to mix it up with the Fordson squad. If the T-Birds can tighten up their defense and put some points on the scoreboard, they will make the coming game a very interesting one. Both schools have beaten Belleville this year.

Comparative scores can be misleading. Edsel was able to beat Belleville in an overtime squeaker earlier this year. Fordson beat Belleville in regulation. You can throw that statistic out when the black and white go up against the blue and gold in just a few more days.

Like they say, may the best team win.