Friday, November 28, 2014

Saturday Scores

I will be at the game today, but go ahead and submit updates. I will get them posted. Feel free to say hi, I love toalking football.

SMCC.    15
Ithaca.    6    2nd

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


SMCC (12-1) defeated Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 28-0 in the semi-finals last week while the four time defending state champ Ithaca Yellowjackets won their 69th straight game by defeating Boyne City 20-16 in the other semi-final. These two teams have met once, that was in the 2010 Division 6 State Final in 2010. Ithaca won that game 45-35.

Ithaca is led by junior QB Jacob Smith. He has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for another 1,300. He has accounted for 45 TD's through the air and on the ground. Senior Dallas Reeser has rushed for 758 yards and 12 TD's. Smith has three very good receivers in juniors; Spence Demull, Grant Gimmey and Tyler Spitzley. Demull has 57 catches and 15 TD's.

Defensively the Yellowjackets give up a paltry 8.3 ppg and have forced 40 turnovers this season. Junior LB's Jace Demenov and Aaron Barnes leads the defense along with defensive linemen Jonah Loomis and Derek Teed. Many of Ithaca's best players play both ways.

SMCC runs the T offensive formation with two backs doing most of the damage this season. Senior John Lako and junior Justin Carrabino have both had outstanding seasons. Senior QB Bryce Windham has a solid offensive line that is led by Kyle Bausman and Hunter Coombe.

SMCC's defense has been outstanding all season and into the playoffs. The Falcons are giving up 8.5 ppg. Perhaps the best performance of the season was holding Jackson Lumen Christi's high powered offense to 26 points. The defense is led by Troy Hilkins, Travis Vuich, Justin LaPlante and David Howey.

This is a game that many have been hoping for most of the season (at least I have) and for some since 2010. SMCC has defeated eight playoff teams this season while Ithaca has the most impressive resume of any in the state as they hold the longest winning streak in the country.

Both teams are extremely well coached. One of the best matchups of the day will be between Jacob Smith and Bryce Windham. Both players play QB and defensive back while each lead their teams in interceptions. SMCC 30 Ithaca 19

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC on their victory yesterday.

Congrats to Huron on their 11 win season.

Ithaca survived a semi-final scare.

OLSM is absolutely loaded.

Is it okay to mention SMCC and Ithaca in the same sentence now?

Huron held an early lead 3-0 on OLSM yesterday.

SMCC's defense has been the difference for them this year.

OLSM sophomore LB Josh Ross has offers from MSU, UM, OSU and Oklahoma.

Nice to see SMCC take a knee late in the game, thought OLSM could have done the same thing.

Look for Huron to reload next season. (Did I just say that?)

The Ithaca/SMCC betting line has been set at 11 points.

Another stud Ithaca QB? Sheeeeeesh!

I'll be rooting for SMCC and OLSM at Ford Field next week weekend.

Better get Ithaca on Friday, they only have six seniors on the roster.

Oh, that is Ithaca getting 11 points on that line.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Scores

Please submit your scores. I will get them posted ASAP.

NorthPointe 0       Final

Huron     3
OLSM    51       Final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NorthPointe Christian/SMCC @ Harper Creek

SMCC (11-1) is coming off of an exciting 27-26 victory over Lumen Christi while NorthPointe (11-1) defeated Waterviliet 41-35. These two teams have never met. The Mustangs play in the OK Conference Silver Division.

NorthPointe is led by QB Luke Van Dyke. The senior has thrown for over 1,200 yards and rushed for another 500. The Mustang ground attack is led by the brother tandem of Kenny and Char Willekes. Kenny has ran for over a 1,000 yards.

The Mustang defense is led by two outstanding two-way players in senior Preston Huckaby and junior T. J. Swore. Huckaby is a 4 year starter.

SMCC continues to run the ball against everyone they face, but the QB/WR tandem of seniors Bryce Windham and Travis Vuich have kept defenses off balance all season. Senior RB John Lako played through injury last week and had one of his biggest games of the season against Lumen Christi.

The SMCC defense is what has carried them this season. The Falcons are giving up just 9 ppg against a schedule that has included 8 playoff opponents in 12 games.

SMCC will be the best team that NorthPoint has played all season, but the Grand Rapids area produces some of the best football teams in the state in every division. This will be a closely contested game with the winner moving on to Ford Field. Prediction: SMCC 38 NorthPointe Christian 20.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orchard Lake St. Mary's/ New Boston Huron @ Dearborn High

Huron (11-1) is coming off of a 38-29 victory over Redford Thurston while Orchard Lake St. Mary's (10-2) defeated Mason 49-10. These teams have never met in football. St. Mary's is a member of the Detroit Catholic League's Central Division.

St. Mary's is coached by George Porritt who is in his 26th season and has won four State Championships in football. The Eaglets are led on the field by junior QB Brandon Tabone. OLSM has a powerful running game that includes RB's Justin Myrick, Pierce Bauer and Ryan Johnson. Receiver Kahlee Hamler will be the best receiver the Chiefs have seen all season.

Defensively the Eaglets are led by sophomore LB Josh Ross and senior DB and co-captain Tyson Smith. The strength of the defense may be from the defensive line. The line is led by seniors Jared Mosley, Josh Dabney and Max Posa.

Huron enters the game riding a nine game winning streak and with the first 3 playoff wins in school history appear to have nothing to lose in this game. The Chiefs will rely on the feet and arm of junior QB Matt Hartwick. Junior RB Jacob Fryer will run behind a big offensive line led by senior OT Chase McKay.

Defensively the Chiefs must find a way to stop the Eaglet running game. Huron is led by senior defensive linemen; Jon Krug, Dustin Vukas and Justin Carey. Senior Logan Ritchie and  junior Steele White lead the linebacking corp.

This is a game between tradition rich St. Mary's and a team brand new to football success in Huron. While this appears to be a David vs. Goliath scenario, stranger outcomes have happened over the years in the MHSAA playoffs. Prediction: St Mary's 34 Huron 21