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.
This week, a junior quarterback continues to impress and two senior defensive stars are the main cogs behind their teams' success (or failure).
UP — Shane Morris, De La Salle, QB
It's been a good week for Morris. The junior signal-caller and Michigan recruit helped his team win a hard-fought overtime win over Brother Rice in the opposing team's first game on its new home field. Then he was named the state's top junior in the state by a scouting service. Of course, we've known about Morris' impressive feats for a while now. Check out this story we wrote on him back in July at the Gridiron Kings event at the ESPN RISE Games.
DOWN — Matt Dellinger, Clarkston, LB
Dellinger is having a strong season for Clarkston, but he and his Wolves teammates are in a true fight for their playoff lives after voluntarily forfeiting the first two wins of the season after it was reported they used an ineligible player. The team is still among the state's best, but the margin for error is thin; more than one loss will eliminate Clarkston from playoff contention this season. Dellinger and the rest of the defensive unit have added pressure to come through. So far, so good — the team dispatched of Troy just days after the news of the forfeitures was announced.
UP — Mario Ojemudia, Harrison, LB/DL
Harrison continues to roll as the state's top team and the nation's No. 13 team in the POWERADE FAB 50. The offense has been stout, but the Hawks have really been getting the job done on defense. This past weekend, Harrison toppled Oxford, 34-7, and Ojemudia was a catalyst on defense with 12 tackles (only teammate Lorenzo Collins had more, with 15). If Harrison is to win a second state crown, Ojemudia and the defense will be a huge reason why.