Undefeated teams battle at Allen Park

One of the top attractions in this weekend's state playoffs features 10-0 Carleton Airport at 10-0 Allen Park in a Division 3 playoff game.

Several college prospects will be featured in the game including Allen Park senior Jake McGuckin, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver and free safety, who is confident his team can stay undefeated and make a run at the state championship.

McGuckin has caught more than 500 yards in passes for a talented Allen Park team that has been a menace for the opposition the entire year.

The Jaguars were 11-1 last year before losing in the state semifinals. They haven't missed a beat so far this season.

"Determination has been a key for us," McGuckin said. "We have to be ready for our opponent. We don't take anyone lightly. We have to be focused on what we're doing."

McGuckin is confident his team can win four more playoff games and reign as state champions.

"We have a lot of talent," he said. "All the players are really close and that's what has made us successful.

From last year's 11-2 team, "We lost four seniors who started. We have the same team basically," McGuckins said. "I've improved a lot. I was involved in intensive weight training coming into the season."

McGuckin expects to work on a highlight tape and focus on a college future when his football season ends. McGuckin also plays basketball and runs the 400 and high jumps for the track team, which will get him in shape for his college future.

If he plays defense in college, McGuckin said linebacker might be a better suited position.

"I feeI I'm better at that spot," he said. ‘I'm not particularly that fast. But I had a lot of tackles last year."

But he's not giving up the idea that Division 2 or Mid-American Conference schools might want him for his pass catching abilities.

"I'm not to sure. We'll see what happens," he said. "I'd like to improve on my number of pass catches."


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