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FOOTBALL: Farmington hoping to fly past its rival, push program’s glory forward

By: Scott Burnstein, August 16, 2013, 10:00 am

FARMINGTON – The pendulum may be swinging in the city of Farmington’s high school football scene.

Traditional “Little Brother,” Farmington could be on the verge of usurping historic “Big Brother,” Farmington Hills Harrison as the top dog in the area’s prep pecking order on the gridiron.

Farmington is loaded with talent, youth, experience and depth.

As a result, the foreseeable future in the confines of Farmington might be painted Falcons’ blue and white, instead of Hawks’ green and gold.

“We’re pretty stacked right now,” bluntly said Farmington head coach John Bechtel after a recent practice during the first week of training camp. “We’ve got great overall speed, quickness and athleticism and we’ve got it on both sides of the ball. We’ll be strong up front and tough to defend at the skill positions. The atmosphere around here is all business.”

Bechtel’s Falcons have qualified for the playoffs in six of the last seven campaigns, bolstered by five straight appearances entering the 2013 season.

However, Farmington hasn’t beaten Harrison in four years; since upending the Hawks in back-to-back regular-seasons in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

This year, the Falcons have more than a solid shot at turning that streak back around in their favor.

Aiding to their cause and in a sequence of events that has the chance at acting as an insult-added-to-injury scenario for their rivals, Farmington’s highly-touted youth contingent is almost entirely made up of transfers from across town at Harrison (JV players for the Hawks in 2012.

At the forefront of the Falcons’ newcomer-brigade is Desmond Fitzpatrick, a sophomore wide receiver that has yet to play a varsity down, but already holds Division I scholarship offers, including one from the Big 10 and Indiana University.

Jakkar Jackson (LB-RB), Aaron Perry (WR) and the Watson brothers, Josh (WR-CB) and Brian (CB-RB) are the other Harrison transplants ready to make a name for themselves in a Farmington uniform these next few years. Like Fitzpatrick, Jackson is attracting Division I college interest prior to playing a single game at the varsity level.

These fresh faces will join a group of homegrown playmakers at Farmington developed by Bechtel and his staff to give the Falcons a versatile and vexing attack on the field that is sure to challenge for the program’s first district title in over a decade (2002).

The senior leaders are spearheaded by college-commits Curtis Brunson (S-WR) and Josh Craven (S-WR). Brunson, one of the top two-way players in Metro Detroit, is committed to Ohio University and Craven is committed to Indiana State.

Sophomore David Reese (LB-OL) is one of the best players in the Class of 2016 and a tireless and tenacious playmaker, whether lining up on offense or defense.

Returning starting-quarterback Kyle Collins, only a junior, is a savvy presence under center with a live arm and will only get better as the season progresses.

Antonio Dokic, Matt Detter, Matt Justice and Xavier Bradley anchor the team’s line play and Deuce Vivus-Eldorin (RB) and Omari Mitchell (SB), are expected to significantly contribute to an offense that is changing to the Pistol-Wing-T from the program’s normal two-back power formations.

Farmington kicks off the season August 30 against Westland John Glenn. The Falcons flogged John Glenn last fall to open the 2012 campaign by a score of 32-14.