Preps wind down regular season, grid playoffs close at hand

Eric Hansen kicks a practice field goal for the Pioneers this fall. Sean MacFarlane is the holder.

By Daniel Gretzner
Only two weeks are left before the end of the regular local prep football season. With the regular part of the 2011 season winding down, the state playoffs will be taking center stage later this month.

So far this year, Dearborn and Fordson have been leading the way on the gridiron. Both high schools have been playing quality football and seem to be chalking up enough wins to be a part of the coming postseason action.

Dearborn is enjoying another winning season. Coach Dave Mifsud has his orange-and-black-clad grid machine in attack mode most of the time as they continue to make plenty of noise on the Outer Drive campus. The Pioneers next contest is at home versus Ann Arbor Skyline on October 21st.

On the east side of town, Fordson is playing quite well and are coming on strong game by game. They have enjoyed victories over both Dearborn and Edsel Ford this fall. The Tractors are on top in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference (Blue Division). They will be playing on the road Oct. 21st, when they travel south to meet the Monroe Trojans. Mike Berry has been one of the key players for Fordson, the running back has been scoring touchdowns and picking up lots of real estate while carrying the pigskin.

Edsel Ford, on the other hand, is only having a so-so season. The Thunderbirds will finish at home against Garden City on Oct. 21. Coach Mark Tyler would like to see his Edsel team give the home town fans a victory. The kick-off for that contest is the usual 7pm at Thunderbird Zone Stadadium.

DH football update
Annapolis of Dearborn Heights will see action this Friday as they travel to take on Harper Woods. After that, the Cougars will be playing at home on Oct. 21, hosting Livonia Clarenceville.

Dearborn Heights Crestwood is going on the road next week, when they will be playing New Boston Huron in a non-league contest on Oct. 21st. Robichaud, is having a winning season in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference – Red Division. They close out the regular season with a home game versus Romulus, another Oct. 21 game.

The playoff picture for the three Dearborn Heights prep football teams will clear up in the next week or so. Chances are fairly good that at least one or two of the local squads will get a chance to see postseason activity.