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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chances are good for multiple state football champs from county

The numbers don't lie. At least they don't when you're talking Oakland County football teams playing in the state championship game. Since the state went to the eight division format in 1999:
  • Oakland County has sent three or more teams to the Finals four times. In each of those four seasons, at least two of those teams walked off the field as champions.
  • This year's four finalists is the most since 1999, when the county sent five teams to the Silverdome (Walled Lake Western in Division 1, Brother Rice in Division 2, Farmington Hills Harrison in Division 3, St. Mary's in Division 4 and Detroit Country Day in Division 5)
  • Four of those 1999 teams - Walled Lake Western, Harrison, St. Mary's and Country Day - won state titles.
  • Harrison is 4-1 in championship games, winning titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2010. Brother Rice (3-3) and St. Mary's (3-5) have also won multiple state championships.
  • The Catholic League Central Division is sending three teams to the state finals for the second-straight year (Catholic Central, Brother Rice and St. Mary's).
  • Oakland County teams are 16-14 in championship game appearances. Along with the multiple titles won by Harrison, Rice and St. Mary's, each of the following teams have won one state championship: Catholic Central, Country Day, Lake Orion, Western, Rochester Adams and Our Lady of the Lakes.
  • In the last 13 seasons of the divisional format, county teams have won a title nine times. The seasons in which no county team has won a title: 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  • The county is looking to add to the five state titles its won over the last three years (2009-11). Lake Orion, Catholic Central, Brother Rice, Harrison and St. Mary's have all won titles since 2009.
  • The county has had nine finalists over the past 13 seasons in Division 2, eight in Division 3, five in Division 1, five in Division 4, two in Division 5 and one in Division 8.
Team records in championship games since 1999:
Farmington Hills Harrison 4-1
Birmingham Brother Rice 3-3
OL St. Mary's 3-5
Walled Lake Western 1-0
Rochester Adams 1-0
Our Lady of the Lakes 1-0
Lake Orion 1-1
Novi Detroit Catholic Central 1-1*
Country Day 1-2
Madison 0-1

* Detroit Catholic Central moved into Oakland County (Novi) in the fall of 2005. The team won three-straight state titles from 2001-03 while located in Redford.

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