Preparing for Week One

The Michigan High School football season is about to get under way as the first games kickoff on Thursday. Here is an early primer for the week including some quarterbacking changes for a couple of the state's top teams.

The Michigan High School football season is about to get under way as the first games kickoff on Thursday and several big matchups are taking place on Friday and Saturday.

The biggest matchup of the weekend might just be the Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs Detroit Cass Tech contest slated for Saturday afternoon. There has been some banter between OLSM junior WR Dion Sims and Cass Tech CB Boubacar Cissoko and it will all come to a head when the two meet on the field. The 6'5, 225-lb Sims will present a "sizeable" challenge for the 5'9, 175-lb Cissoko and it will be a great early season test for the 5-star corner.

The big change for Cass is that wide receiver Anthony Anchrum will be primarily playing quarterback. Anchrum does not have junior Thomas Gordon's rocket arm, but makes better decisions, a key to staying in this game. Don't be surprised if you see a two headed QB approach from the Technicians.

Another team who had to figure out their quarterbacking situation over the summer was Lowell. Head Coach Noel Dean had to decide whether to play Kyle Nichol, or move Torsten Boss from wide receiver. Boss was named the starter a while back, but is not at all phased by the role.

"I've always played quarterback growing up," he told us, "so it's not really that big of a deal."

Nichol, a fine athlete should still see some snaps under center as well as at safety.

Other key games of note - Highland Park takes on Dearborn. The Polar Bears have a young secondary, but has senior Jonathan Dandridge, one of the state's best leading the way. That will be key against a Dearborn team whose high powered passing attack is led by All-State candidate Anthony Mifsud at quarterback.

Another PSL vs Catholic League matchup pits Birmingham Brother Rice against Detroit Denby. But the Warriors are reloading and if Denby can get consistent quarterback play, they will be able to hang in this one.

The best night game on Saturday is Battle Creek Central against Jackson Lumen Chrsti. Lumen Christi is also retooling a bit, but they are always a well coached, balanced football team. However, they will face a stiff challenge from the athletic Bearcats who feature a stable of talented backs including star junior Larry Caper.

Michigan Varsity will have reports on all of these games, so stay tuned!

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