Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Huron @ Airport Preview

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In my opinion this is the Game of the Week in the league. Huron (1-0) is coming off of a 22-18 victory over Avondale while Airport (1-0) is coming off of a 31-14 road win @ Dundee. Huron won last years game 29-7 and has won 3 consecutive games in this rivalry. Airport leads the all-time series 43-12.

Huron needed some late game heroics to secure the victory over Avondale last week. Junior QB Brett McKay accounted for 258 yards on the ground and air for the Chiefs. The Chief's offense centers around McKay along with RB's Reed Smith and Drew Leininger  while junior WR Phil Martin is an outside receiving threat. The defense relies on seniors Nik Becker and Garrett Krzeminski along with juniors Jared Kozlowski and Mike Mitchell.

The Airport offense is driven by junior QB Tanner Jeska and features junior RB Michael Foor who ran for 3 TD's in week 1. The defense is led by senior LB's Brent Mossburg and Justin Goretski. Sophomore DB Bryce Bondy is a star in the making.

This should be a really good competititive football game. Two talented teams with two really good kickers. I think Huron has the bigger up side, but Airport is the better team right now. Give me the home team. Prediction: Airport 21 Huron 20

Milan at Flat Rock Preview

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Milan (1-0) is coming off of a week 1, 27-13 victory over Adrian while Flat Rock (1-0) is fresh off of a 48-0 dismantling of Summit Academy. The Big Reds won last years game by a score of 55-6. Milan leads the all-time series 34-10.

Milan is simply doing what Milan does on offense. It is pretty much, spread the field and let Trace Lindeman or Demetrius Barnes read the defense and go. Defensively, freshman Tristin Hines showed he belonged last week as he recorded 7 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Flat Rock used special teams last week to get things rolling against Summit then relied on junior QB Jacob Dotson to run an offense that features playmakers Sage Daniels and Anthony Higginbotham. The defense was led last week by juniors Sameer Tayeb, Mason Hamilton and Blake Montiy. They will be severely tested this week by the Big Red offense.

This is a match up of a solid program against a young, up and coming program. Both schools are led by very good coaches in Buck Reaume and Jesse Hoskins with the latter most likely the best coach in the league. The Rams are getting better, but probably a year away from beating Milan. Prediction: Milan 35 Flat Rock 21

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SMCC at Riverview Preview

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Both teams are coming off of week 1 losses. SMCC (0-1) fell to Pewamo-Westphaila 30-20 while Riverview lost to Romulus 32-14. It was the first opening week loss for either team in five seasons. The Falcons won last year's match up 14-12 and lead the all-time series 27-12.

Offensively SMCC will be run happy as usual.  The Falcons rushed for 250 yards in the opener and really only threw the ball late in the game when trailing. The bulk of the offense will revolve around senior Kevin LaPrad and junior Collin Woolford. Defensively the Falcons will once agin be led by senior DE Justin LaPlante.

Riverview was less than stellar in the opener, but that may be due to some growing pains. Riverview's offense is pretty much one-dimensional like the Falcons and will feature senior RB Kaylon Paynes-Brown. The defense is led by Nick Walsh, the Pirates will need to get better quickly against the run if they are going to stop the visitors from Monroe.

This should be a hard-nosed throw back style of game between to teams that will run the ball 95% of the time. Neither team can afford another loss at this juncture of the season. Prediction: SMCC 26 Riverview 14