I probably should feel guilty for just gifting Fenton a win over Ortonville-Brandon Wednesday night, but I’ve seen Brandon play — it should be a lopsided victory. After the Tigers dispatch O-B, they will clash with the winner of the Clarkston-Holly game Wednesday.
Barring a major upset, Fenton will meet Clarkston Friday night in the final of one of the top districts in the state (in my humble opinion).
Coach Fife at Clarkston wins district titles in his sleep, but is this year going to be different? I’ve seen the Tigers on four different occasions this year and I’m confident Fenton is the real deal.
Last night, Fenton unloaded on a scrappy Swartz Creek team in the first half and managed to stave off a late-game resurgence by the Dragons. In the first half, Fenton showed why they are going to be a tough out in this year’s tournament. They are well-coached, they take care of the ball and the get in your face defensively. The Tigers also move the ball about as well as I’ve seen at the high school level.
They have the big three (Dylan Hickoff, Ryan Hickoff and Cory Cox) to go along with a roster chock-full of complimentary players who almost never force the issue.
I guess the question is this: Do you take Fenton seriously as a class A contender? Do you think they can beat Clarkston? I, for one, do and I’ve certainly not been willing to concede that in the past. This is a team that deserves more respect.
I hope both Fenton and Beecher will represent the Flint area this season with a deep run into the playoffs.