Prep football is well underway in the greater Dearborn/Downriver area, and the two local public high school leagues are battling each other on the gridiron to see who will be on top when the regular season comes to a close.
Fordson is the defending champion of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue Division. The Tractors were able to knock off a very good Dearborn High School team. This year could be different, as the Pioneers would like to award their new coach a victory over their league-rival Fordson.
Tractors head coach Walker Zaban hopes his players have enough skill and talent to once again keep the Pioneers out of the local limelight. Edsel Ford has been weak the past few years but the Thunderbirds could come along and upset one of the better teams in the WWAC Blue Division.
Fordson is looking good. The Tractors had little trouble with Dearborn Heights Crestwood recently, beating the Chargers 40-6. DHS blanked Redford Thurston to the tune of 24-0. Edsel Ford got run over by Belleville, 53-0. These scores could be solid indicators of who the 2013 leaders are in the WWAC circuit.
Wyandotte appears to be in the driver’s seat in the Downriver League. The Bears have ripped through three of their opponents to jump to a 3-0 league record. Who will challenge them? Melvindale, Southgate or one of the two Taylor teams?
Wyandotte head coach Ron Adams hopes that his Bears are up to the task when they play a tough Melvindale team Friday. The Cardinals won their first three games and could mean trouble for the Bears.
“We take every game and opponent we play quite seriously,” Adams said. “These kids in Wyandotte are hungry and we like to play winning football here at Roosevelt.”
The Bears play Woodhaven on Oct. 11 in their homecoming contest. That game looms as another must-win for the defending Downriver League champion Bears.