Which Warrior will reign supreme? We'll know later Friday night following the match-up between the Brother Rice Warriors and Walled Lake Western Warriors in the third round of the MHSAA football playoffs.
Both teams have 9-2 records are are entering the game red-hot following convincing wins last weekend. Brother Rice routed Oxford, 38-6, for their fifth consecutive win, according to the MHSAA website. The team also won 5 straight games to end 2011 on their way to their seventh state title under legendary Head Coach Al Fracassa, and first since 2005.
It was during the district final round last season that the Warriors solidified their position as a title contender with a stunning upset over the defending champion Harrison Hawks.
Now, they face a tough regional opponent in Walled Lake Western, which beat Fenton, 49-27, on the road last weekend. These Warriors have not lost since week 4 of the season, and seem intent on repeating their final-four appearance in 2011.
Both teams met in a district final game in 2004, which Brother Rice won 55-0.
Can't be at the game? Check back with Patch for photos, and see highlights on Fox Sports Detroit as it wil be among those games featured on the MHSAA Footbal Friday Overtime at 11:30 p.m.