Pioneers topple Fordson, seek district grid title

Head coach Dave Mifsud has his Dearborn High School varsity football team peaking at the right time. The Pioneers (7-3) toppled Fordson (7-3) on Oct. 26. It was a tough loss for the rival Tractors, getting beat to the tune of 24-14 in a Division 1 district state playoff.

The Pioneers, who previously had lost to Fordson during the regular season, displayed a much stronger offense the second time around. Starting quarterback Ollie Ajami has been leading the way and scoring through the air, passing for numerous touchdowns during the past few games.

If Ajami stay sharp, Dearborn might be good enough to upset Detroit Cass Tech. These two teams collided at Cass Tech Saturday afternoon. The winner of the Nov. 3 matchup will wind up with the district title.

The Pioneers must field a strong defense if they hope to overcome a Detroit team that is ranked in the Top 10 among Michigan preps. A victory for the Technicians will put the locals into a level of regional playoff competition.

Elsewhere, the other playoff team coming out of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference is Dearborn Heights Robichaud. The Bulldogs (9-1) were champions of the WWAC Red Division. They hosted Grosse Ile (9-1) last week in another district title game in Division 4. Robichaud has a good shot to continue into regional action this week.

Don’t count out the Wyandotte Bears (9-1) in the current district playoff action. Coach Ron Adams sent his squad up against Taylor Truman (9-1) last Friday night. A triumph for the Bears gives them the district title. Either way, a Downriver League team will come away a winner.

Kevin Matesko is Wyandotte’s signal caller. He has been a consistent performer at that position all season long. Matesko is the key to the Bears offensive attack, both on the ground and in the air. If Truman can manage to slow him down, the Cougars could make it a very close gridiron contest. Only a few points seperated the two teams earlier in the year when Wyandotte edged these same Cougars.