Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Those of us at Friday Night Victors would like to wish you a Happy Easter. We hope you have a blessed holiday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Humphrey Commits to Vols

The Huron League Blog Player of the Year Nick Humphrey has decided to play football next year as a preferred walk-on for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Humphrey visited Knoxville two weeks ago and according to Humphrey's high school coach Bruce Pickens, "Nick felt it was too good an opportunity to pass up".

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sweet T's Design

A hearty welcome and thank you goes out to our newest sponsor, Toni Morrin of Sweet T's Design.  Sweet T's Design is a locally owned business, specializing in small batch soy candles, with dozens of scents to choose from.  With customized orders, these candles make perfect gifts for the holidays, showers or any event.  Click on the advert and visit Sweet T's Design today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Power Rankings

We added a rolling power rankings tab up top. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ida Finds Coach

Ida has named Jeff Potter as their new Varsity Head Football Coach. Congratulations to Coach Potter and his family.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Recruiting, Does it Happen? Is it Unfair? Should we Care?

Recruiting, the elephant in the room. 

Since this blog's inception(2009), the #1 HOT BUTTON topic has been recruiting.  The vitriol is mainly directed at a particular school in the Huron League.  Because of course, that is the league this blog has covered before expansion.

I saw a recent post on Facebook which prompted me to write this.  My goal is to offer some points and counterpoints.  I would also love to hear what others have to say about the topic.

There is a general feeling out there, that private schools have an unfair advantage in finding talent, particularly in the sports arena(it seems that's all anybody cares about).  If a student transfers to join a great band and so on, nobody cares.

Now, I am not saying there is an advantage and I am not saying there is not an advantage.  The fact is for me, I just don't know. Let me ask you this, is it the perceived advantage that gets everyone all riled up or is it that the private school wins? If said private school went 3-6 in football every year would you still cry foul?  I contest that you wouldn't.  But because the school is great in a particular sport and goes 7-2 or better with regularity, then there must be a problem.

Does recruiting even happen?  Honestly I have no idea.  I would assume it does, but I contest it happens at private AND public schools all the same.

I am close to a particular situation with 3 individuals that went to a school that I associate with.  One individual, his parents went to Monroe High, as did his brothers.  He was a many time varsity letter winner, ALL-STATE, plays college football and held a 4.3 GPA.

Another individual, his parents attended Monroe and SMA.  His Father lives in Ida and brother attended there.  Three sport varsity letter winner All-League in 2 sports and held a 3.6 GPA. 

Individual 3, his parents live in the Bedford school district and his brother attended Bedford.  3 Sport varsity letter winner, ALL-STATE and plays college football.

I know for a fact that none of the individuals above were contacted by SMCC, where they ended up going to school.  All 3 were superb in athletics and easily could have gone to another school.  None of them were spoken to by anyone affiliated with SMCC.  None were given scholarships. They chose to go to SMCC all for different reasons.  The parents all left it up to the child and they chose to go to CC.  How do I know all this, again I am very close to the situation.

If these 3 were not approached, then I have no idea who would be. 

As I said before, if recruiting or "cajoling" if you will, happens at private schools then it most certainly happens at public schools as well.  I mean, don't private schools have to recruit students just to survive?

There are many public schools out there who stand out to me at being "guilty" of this.  Here are three.

-Ithaca- the Yellow Jackets had won 69 games in a row on their way to 5 consecutive state titles and now have 6.  Nobody in their surrounding area even has a pulse in football.  I am talking 20 plus schools.  Yet Ithaca is the strongest program in the state currently.  Multiple D1 quarterbacks along with multiple all-state players.  Again, nobody around them can find a way to scrape up 4 wins.  You can make up your own mind if that seems fishy.

-River Rouge- the Panthers have kids from all over the Detroit area transferring in. Their school buses go deep into the city. Many good at football. very good. Prior to 2012(62 years)they had won 1 playoff game, since 2012 they are 51-9 and have won 11 playoff games, with a finals birth. Is something going on here?  You be the judge.

-Saline- the Hornets, same situation as Rouge.  Kids transferring in, many good at football. Prior to 2012(62 years) they have 4 playoff wins, since 2012 they are 53-8 with 11 playoff wins.

There are rumblings dealing with all 3 of these schools, that they are bringing in kids just to play football. Is it wrong?  I'm not sure it is. 

All three of these schools are well coached, Hessbrook, Parker and Palka are proven winners and kids want to play for them.  Parents want to send their kids there to win and get recognized at the college level. Again, is it wrong?

I'll stop there and end with this.  I do not know if recruiting happens and if it does, I am not sure it is wrong.  But if it does happen, it happens at both private and public schools.  The bottom line to me is, get a good coach and you will win, one way or another.  period end of story.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Friday Night Victors Thoughts and Questions

What new head coach will lead his team to the playoffs in their first year?

I look forward to the Giarmo/Speiss playoff match ups of the future.

Who are the new stars that will emerge in 2017?

Nice to see Carlson's Jaylan Franklin and Milan's Michael Furtney picking up big time offers.

Speed or Power?

Are there any coaches on the hot seat?

Optimism in Carleton?

How does Bedford replace the Joe's?

How will Jaylan Franklin fit into Giarmo's T?

Is Dundee's Ben Miller the best two-way player in the LCAA?

The LCAA isn't the easiest place to turn around a struggling program.

Garden City and Ann Arbor Huron are a much bigger jump in non-league scheduling than Flat Rock fans might realize.

Huron just refurbished their weight room with $45,000 in private donations.

Can Bodner rebuild at Grosse Ile or are we looking at 2007-2008?

What's up at Ida?

Can Jefferson rebuild with quantity overall quality?

Milan is retooling their coaching staff.

Does Monroe even care about Trojan football anymore?

Are they putting the James Vollmar Strength and Conditioning Center to good use down in Riverview?

Have we seen the last of Navarre Field after the 2017 season?

Is it me or have we not heard Jim Hairball's name in a while?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trio To Enter Hall of Fame

Three former football coaches in the Huron League will be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association on Saturday March 25th, 2017 in Ann Arbor.

Former SMCC and current Carlson Head Football Coach Jack Giarmo, former Huron Interim Head Coach and long time Huron Assistant Coach Jim Kalbfleisch and retired Jefferson Middle School Coach Dave Spaulding have all been tabbed by their peers for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.

Giarmo posted a 144-54 record in 17 seasons as the Head Coach at SMCC. The Falcons were in the playoffs fourteen times during Giarmo's tenure and made it to Ford Field four times. In his final season at SMCC, the Falcons captured the 2014 Division 6 State Championship with a 22-12 victory over Ithaca which had won 69 straight games and 4 consecutive State Titles.

Kalbfleisch will enter the Hall under the banner of  the Lincoln Park Railsplitters. Kalbfleisch started coaching in the 1970's  with the legendary Bill McCartney and was the Head Coach at Lincoln Park 3 different times. He was the head coach from 1984-1993 and amassed a record of 53-37 He returned as head coach at the turn of the century and led the Railsplitters to the playoffs in 2002 while finishing 7-4. His last stint came in 2011 in an attempt to turn around the Lincoln Park program that was in the midst of a long losing streak. Kalbfleisch's Huron League coaching stint was as the defensive coordinator for his son Dan and he helped lift the Chiefs out of football obscurity. It culminated last season as the Interim Head Coach after Dan left to be the AD at Gibraltar Carlson. He led the Chiefs to the playoffs for just the 4th time, finishing with a record of 6-4.

Spaulding was a middle school coach at Jefferson Middle School from 1976 until his retirement in 2015. He was mentored by the great Marc Cisco who led the Bears to the 1994 Class BB State Title over East Grand Rapids. Spaulding teamed with fellow coach Mike Centala as Co-Coaches of the Jefferson 8th grade team for 38 straight years. Spaulding amassed a 174-54-6 record while coaching football for the Bears.

Coincidently, Giarmo and Kalbfleisch will be coaching together during the  2017 season as Giarmo takes over the Marauder program with Kalbfleisch serving as a volunteer assistant.

For  tickets and more information on the induction please visit:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Six Months Until Kick Off

Only six months until the high school football season opens the weekend of August 25th. Great things in store for the blog and Friday Night Victors.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jefferson Hires Head Football Coach

Monroe Jefferson hires Gene Gennoe as it's Head Varsity Football Coach. Congratulations to Coach Gennoe and his family.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Level Up Football Combine Training


Football Players - Grades 8-12

TUE & THU 6:45-8PM, SUN 4:45-6PM

Block 1 - FEB 19th - MAR 16th

Block 2 - MAR 19th - APRIL 13th

Total Sports Monroe Training Gym - Field Tuesday, Thursday & Sundays

Register after FEB 10th - $175
Both Blocks - $300

Location: Total Sports Monroe 987 Stewart Road Monroe, MI 48162

For more info email:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Milan's Furtney Receiving Plenty of Attention

Milan 2018 OL/DL Michael Furtney is getting offer after offer from D1 schools.  His offer list is as follows.

1. EMU
2. Toledo
3. WMU
5. CMU
6. Princeton
7. Ball St.
8. Cincinnati
9. Buffalo
10. KentSt.
11. Syracuse
12. Kentucky
13. Wisconsin
14. Missouri
15. Minnesota
16. Fresno St.
17 Connecticut
18. Virginia
19. Vanderbilt

Monday, February 6, 2017

LaPlante signs

SMCC SR LB/TE Justin LaPlante commits to Malone University in Canton Ohio. Congrats Justin!
If anyone knows who signed with who, please let us know.