Dearborn High quarterback Ollie Ajami leads the defending Western Wayne Athletic Conference champs into action this week.
By Daniel Gretzner
Dearborn High School leads the way into the coming football season as it prepares to meet Chippewa Valley at home on Friday night.
The non-conference opener will set the tone early for the 2011 version of the Pioneer grid machine. They have been in the driver’s seat of Dearborn public high school action over the past few years. Head coach David Mifsud expects another grueling season of grid wars as the they prepare for the Aug. 26 home opener.
Other prep teams throughout Dearborn will also be in action. Fordson, Edsel Ford and Divine Child get their season underway as well. Fordson meets Novi Detroit Catholic Central Friday night in what promises to be another highly competitive year for the Tractors.
The Pioneers are defending Western Wayne Athletic Conference football champs. Continued success will depend on how their offense can put points on the scoreboard.
“We have a tough schedule this season and play Chippewa Valley, Redford Thurston, Belleville, Fordson and others,” Mifsud said.
Mifsud is counting on a few key players to ignite his offense and the passing game will be a part of the action.
Offensive players being counted on for the Pioneers include junior quarterback Ollie Ajami, who has a strong throwing arm. The top running back appears to be senior Ali Kassab. Keshawn Walker, another senior, will see plenty of playing time at the slotback position. Dearborn runs a spread offense and needs this trio of players to step up and make the best of scoring chances.
With the evening/night practice times winding down, I’m sure that all of the Dearborn prep teams will be doing their best to find victory and cross that goal line as the new football season gets underway.
I will, from week to week, feature the various teams as the action heats up during the regular season.