Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).
This week, a running back rushes for nearly 800 yards in two weeks, a quarterback puts the defending champs back on the map and a rusher puts together back-to-back big games.
Blue Chip: Drake Johnson, Pioneer, RB
There's no need to disguise rushes for Johnson, use him as a decoy or find creative ways to get him the football. He's going to get his yards and touchdowns pretty much any way you want him to. Johnson already has 1,396 yards on the ground this season and has scored 20 total touchdowns (19 rushing and one receiving). In the last two weeks he's rushed for 789 yards (394 last week, 395 and five touchdowns this week) to help Pioneer topple Temperance Bedford, 38-14.
OTP: Sean Charette, Lake Orion, QB
Remember when Lake Orion won the state title? For many football fans in Michigan, it's as if the Dragons won, then were subsequently wiped out of contention after a big loss to Oxford in the first week of the season. But Charette has picked the team up off the mat after that frustrating first-week loss. He has thrown for 15 TD passes and thrown only three interceptions this season, and he threw for two scores in Lake Orion's 17-7 win over Troy over the weekend, helping the Dragons to a 5-1 record.
Under the Radar: Michael Berry, Fordson, RB
Having a 3-2 record is precarious. With a 3-2 record you're either on your way forward or struggling to stay above .500. With his team needing a win, Berry made sure Fordson was moving forward this past weekend. He rushed for 319 yards on just 22 carries and scored four touchdowns to help his team earn a 35-16 victory over Edsel Ford and a 4-2 record. It was the second week in a row that Berry has gone off; last week he managed 284 yards and four more scores.