Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Huron League Offensive Player of the Year

Because the blog started with the Huron League and we cover all eight Huron League teams we will be picking our All League Teams and Players of the Year again. 

We will pick an Offensive Player of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and an Overall Player of the Year. We will then pick 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players, a kicker and a punter for our All-League teams. Our Players of the Year will not be included in these All League teams.

Grosse Ile's Luke Harwood has been named the Huron League Offensive Player of the Year. The 5-11, 190 lb RB ran for 1,560 yards and 14 TD's. Harwood also hauled in 16 passes for another 286 yards and a score.

Harwood's perfect combination of size and speed helped the Red Devils to their first 9-0 regular season since 1965.

Grosse Ile was 19-10 overall in Harwood's 3 years on varsity, which included two Huron League Championships.

Click Here ---> Luke Harwood Highlights

Others considered for the award were: Hunter Aeschbacker (Milan), Bryce Bondy (Airport), Tristen Hines (Milan) and  Zak Thompson (Grosse Ile).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

All-Blog and All-Huron League

We will be doing both of these this year. Just takes a little time to put together. We will also have players of the year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SMCC @ Ross Beatty Saturday 1:00p

By Gary Hauf

SMCC(9-2) invades the village of Cassopolis to take on Beatty High(11-0). Cassopolis, population 1,725,  resides in Cass County, 174 miles due west of Monroe.

We last saw the Falcons at Navarre Field, who handled business with a 38-28 victory over the Clinton Redskins.  Beatty also used a workman's like performance to dismantle the Bulldogs of Centreville 35-0.

The Falcons, as always, will rely on their tremendous ground game and fantastic offensive line.  The big uglies are led by Connor Bogdanski, Briggs Hehl, Brendan Sloan, James Hawkins and Bryce Iott.  For me, if I had to pick a difference maker on this team, a kid who doesnt get much publicity(and maybe that is our fault) is QB Josh Blanchett.  His number doesn't get called much, maybe 5 carries a game and a few passes thrown in for good measure.  But his impact is felt with the toughness he has shown throughout the season.  Blanchett is a kid who never runs out of bounds, gets up after every big hit, hurt or nor not.  He has shown an extra gear this year on the edge, picking up timely first downs and and the occasional scamper to the end zone.  His leadership is felt throughout the ranks and makes this T go for the Falcons.

The Rangers are built on a stingy, and I mean stingy, defense.  Giving up 30 points on the season(yes you read that right 30 points), with 7 shutouts. My math tells me that's under 3 points a game given up.  Hard to lose with defensive performances like that, week in and week out.  The defense is led by Gage Collins, Tashawn Morris and Tyrese Hunt-Thomson. Offensively the Rangers operate out of the Full House T, however they will go shotgun and spread you out if the game dictates.  QB Dylan Green and RB Hunt-Thompson are the catalysts for the high-powered Ranger attack, averaging 48.3 points per game. With the average score of 48-3, you can clearly see why Cassopolis enters the game unblemished.

Cassopolis Highlights

This is an interesting match-up.  One that pits a program who is knocking on the door to be a regional power(41-7 overall, 7 playoff wins) last 4 seasons, versus one that is a regional power(36 playoff victories since 2003).  The T has taken over small ball across the state of Michigan.  Whose version of the T will be better?  Whose offensive line will control the line of scrimmage?  Can SMCC score more than 3 points?  Can the Falcons drag the game into the deep end, holding a lead in the 2nd half?  Something Cassopolis hasn't dealt with all season.  How will the Rangers deal with a challenge?

The Falcons can rely on a very tough schedule up to this point.  Nearly every game was close.  For the Rangers, no game was close.  Will the tougher schedule hold water or is Beatty High just that good?  We will find out the answers to all these questions soon enough.

Due to the distance, this game was agreed upon to kick off on Saturday at 1:00p.  You don't often see a 3-4 hour bus ride for a pre-semi-final matchup.  This, in my opinion, will have an affect on the game.  How will SMCC deal with the early morning wake-up, the long bus ride, the hostile environment of Cassopolis?   The staff at SMCC has reached out, as to how to deal with such a task, and has a great plan in place.
If you can't make the long drive, you can stream the game live on  The Voice of Monroe, Jeff Grodi, will be doing play by play and your's truly will be joining him.

Chris' Pick: SMCC 58 Cassopolis 57 Triple OT
Gary's Pick: SMCC 28 Cassopolis 27
Frank's Pick: Cassopolis 31 SMCC 22

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday Night Scores

Monroe 33 Belleville 49 final

SMCC 38 Clinton 28 final

Milan 14 Chelsea 35 final

Ida 22 Denby 28 final

Bedford 25 Franklin 27 final

Whiteford 6 Reading 28 final

Monroe @ Belleville

Monroe enters this game against highly ranked Belleville on the heels of a 62-28 thrashing of Woodhaven in the week 1 playoffs while the Tigers disposed of Dearborn 28-6. These two teams haven't played since the old Mega-Red days. Monroe holds a 19-15 advantage, but that record has little to do with Friday's match up.

Monroe: 7-3 (4-1, SEC Red)

Coach: Nick Notario

Players to Watch:

QB, Maleik Linton
RB, Jared Banks
RB, Jalen Johnson
LB, Hayes Brooks
LB, Anthony Harris
G, P.J. Brown
G, Joe Schnorberger
S, Cole Sulfaro
LB, Jace Clark

Monroe has an explosive offense that looked extremely fast on the turf at Woodhaven last week. The defense has been good enough this season, but will need to slow-down the high powered Belleville offense in order to stay in the game.

Belleville: 10-0 (7-0, KLAA-East)

Coach: Jermain Crowell

Players to Watch:

QB, Christian Dhue-Reid
RB, Deon Selma
OT, Devontae Dobbs
LB, Marvin Ham
DB, Julian Barnett
DE Tyrece Woods
DB, Andre Seldon
DE, Jalen Hunt

Belleville won 6 games against playoff competition this season and boast D 1 talent all over the field. The Tigers have been one of the top ranked teams in the state all season and have shown a nice knack for coming back and winning games after trailing.

This is a game where Monroe is a heavy underdog against the home team Belleville, but the Trojans have enough fire power on offense to score on the Tigers. Defensively, Monroe must prevent the big play from the Tiger's offense and force them to put together long drives.

Chris's Pick: Monroe 28 Belleville 27
Gary's Pick: Belleville 35 Monroe 27 
Frank's Pick: Belleville 48 Monroe 28