Walled Lake Central football players and cheerleaders sprint onto the field for a midnight practice to open the season Aug. 7, 2017.
Tom Lang, Special to the DFP
High school football season begins in less than two weeks across Michigan. Free Press special writer Keith Dunlap highlights 10 story lines to watch:
History for Herrington?
Farmington Hills Harrison coach John Herrington enters the season with 425 career victories, six shy of surpassing Al Fracassa as the state’s all-time winningest coach. But more important to Herrington is getting to six wins so his team can automatically qualify for the state playoffs.
PSL adds divisions
The Detroit Public School League split into three divisions this year, Black, Gold and Green. The league’s top teams from last season — Cass Tech, Martin Luther King and East English Village — are in separate divisions and won’t play until the PSL playoffs.
New league debuts
The Kensington Lakes Activities Association went from 24 teams to 14 thanks to 10 schools breaking away, including nine that formed their own league. The three Walled Lake schools, two Waterford schools, two South Lyon schools, Milford and Lakeland now comprise the Lakes Valley Conference.
Can West Bloomfield take next step?
The Lakers have 22 regular season wins over the past three years, but haven’t advanced past the second round of the playoffs. Postseason success is a hurdle they’re trying to clear, and they might have they’re most talented group yet this season with quarterback Bryce Veasley (Bowling Green commit), wideouts Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott (both…