Saturday, August 19, 2017

Grosse Ile 2017 Preview and Predictions

Grosse Ile is coming off of a 2016 season that saw them finish at 8-2 while earning a share of the Huron League title. The Red Devils have qualified for the playoffs four out of the last six seasons and once again are led by longtime coach Jon Bodner.

Grosse Ile will be led by QB Zak Thompson. The 6' 0" junior will be joined in the backfield by senior Jack McGrath and sophomore Luke Harwood. Seniors Collin Bammer and Lewis Will will anchor the offensive line.

On defense, the Red Devils will be led by a pair of sophomore linebackers in John Blanzy and Josh Zemmin. Returning from injury after missing the 2016 season is defensive lineman Logan Brodeur. Look for senior Harrison Cowan to lead the secondary.

This could be a tough year for the Red Devils who suffered heavy graduation losses. However; Grosse Ile always has talent and has an excellent coach in Bodner. While some may be predicting a long season on the island, don't necessarily expect one.

Chris's Pick: Huron 3-4 Overall 5-4

Gary's Pick:  Huron 2-5 Overall 3-6


Monroe 2017 Preview and Prediction

The Trojans are coming off a 2016 campaign that saw them finish with a 3-6 record.  Monroe has qualified for the playoffs 4 out of the last 6 seasons and are once again coached by 2nd year head coach Nick Notario.

Monroe returns 26 letter winners including 7 returning starters on offense and 6 of defense.  Offensively the Trojans will be led by their offensive line Jared Rochowiak, Drew Harmon, Garret Doederlein, and P.J. Brown . Behind center will be Caden Brooks.  Taking the handoffs from Brooks will be Austin Sadjak and Jalen JohnsonLane kirk will be counted on to haul in balls through the air along with Chris Winkleman and Spencer Knapp.

Defensively Monroe will be led LB Ethan Hoffner and Harlan Pfefferlee,  New comers Maleik Linton, Cole Sulfaro, Hayes Brooks and Cody Scsavnicki will add depth and a youthful spark to the Trojan attack.



Coaches' Outlook: "We have a good mix of seniors and juniors this year with a couple sophomores knocking on the door to being called up to Varsity.  Our league is always tough with Bedford and Saline being the teams to beat.  The opener vs Churchill will tell us a lot about how our season will go.  If we stay healthy, as every team in high school, we should have a good season".

The early part of the schedule is manageable for Monroe.  As stated above, the opener is a big one as far as confidence and by season's end, playoff contention.   A 2.5 hour trip to Indiana makes things interesting in week 2.  Bedford, Fordson and Saline await in the back half of the schedule, no easy task for anyone.  Momentum must be built early and hopefully it can carry over to the tougher portion of the schedule.

Gary's Pick: SEC Red 3-2 Overall 5-4

Chris's Pick: SEC Red 2-3 Overall 4-5

Friday, August 18, 2017

Airport 2017 Preview and Prediction

The Jets finished with a 1-8 season for the second consecutive season in 2016. That finish brought the resignation of Chad Baas after a 4 year stint and welcomed 2001 Airport graduate Jim Duffy. This is Duffy's first year as a varsity head coach and last walked the sidelines as an assistant at SMCC in 2014.

The Jets return 24 letterman and boast a strong senior class. QB Tanner Jeska will once again lead the Airport offense. He will have three excellent skill people in the backfield with him as senior Mike Foor returns along with junior Bryce Bondy. Junior Steffen Dyl brings speed to the offense. Sam Johnson, a 6-2, 270lb senior should once again anchor the Jets offensive line.



On the defensive side of the ball, look for the defensive line to be the strength of the defense as Johnson teams with senior Logan Mays. The linebackers will be led by senior Chase Smith. Other players to look out for are senior LB Sean Gabbard and junior T.J. Potcova.

The Jets could be the surprise team of the league. There is good talent and depth in the senior class and the juniors have talent as well. Much will depend on the new coaching staff's ability to scheme and motivate the troops.

Chris's Pick: Huron 3-4 Overall 4-5

Gary's Pick:  Huron 3-4 Overall 4-5


Erie Mason 2017 Preview and Prediction

Mason finished 2016 with a 1-8 record for the 2nd consecutive year.  It was time for a change in Eagle country, which brought on the hire of new Head Coach Rob Beaudrie.  Rob is 1990 graduate of SMCC and has been in the coaching game for 24 years, including a head coaching stint at Romulus Summit Academy.

The Eagles have 5 returning letter winners and will be very young in 2017.  Mason will be lead offensively by QB Noah Beaudrie(FR), WR Jake Trainor(JR), RB Skylar Lavigne(JR).  The offensive line will be anchored by G Ethan Chesney ,(SR 5'11", 260) and G Chris Torres(SR 5'11", 270).

On the defensive side of things, Mason will feature "the heart and soul of the defense" LB Troy Reissig(SR 5'8", 170).  Sophomore WR/DB Caden Groesbek has been the biggest surprise early in the season, look for him to add depth on both sides of the ball. 



Coaches' Quote: " This seasons approach will be taking things one first down at a time.  Team is young, but their speed, strength and preparedness will help offset that.  We had a great off-season and I feel we are way ahead of where we should be at this point."

There is enthusiasm and great optimism in Erie.  Will the Eagles go 9-0, ummm no probably not.  They are very young and probably a year or 2 away from reaching their full potential.  Watch for continual improvement throughout the year.  No matter the record, this team should be fun to watch. 

Gary's Pick: LCAA 1-6 Overall 3-6

Chris's Pick LCAA 2-5 Overall 3-6





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scrimmages

Here is the list of scrimmages that we have for Thursday. We will be out at numerous scrimmages to get a look at as many teams as possible.

Airport @ Ida 5:00 pm

Bedford @ Legacy Center Brighton 7:00 pm

Carlson @ Westland John Glenn 5:00 pm

Dundee @ Dundee 1:00 pm

Erie Mason @ Erie Mason 6:00 pm

Flat Rock @ Edsel Ford 11:00 am

Grosse Ile @ Grosse Ile 6:00 pm

Huron @ Taylor Kennedy 7:00 pm

Ida @ Ida 5:00 pm

Jefferson @ Dundee @ 1:00 pm

Milan @ Dexter @ 10:00 am

Monroe @ Wyandotte 6:00 pm

Riverview @ Westland John Glenn 5:00 pm

SMCC @ Trenton 6:00 pm

Monday, August 14, 2017

Friday Night Victors Thoughts and Questions

Ten days until the best time of the year.

Any surprises this season?

Numbers are down some places, but up at others.

Player of the Year candidates? Austin Emerson, Bedford Mike Furtney, Milan and Ian Stewart, Carlson.

First year varsity coaches have a tendency to struggle.

Don't believe me?

Jack Giarmo was 1-8 and Jesse Hoskins 0-9 there first year as varsity head coaches.

I was amazed at the size of the Bedford players on Saturday.

I see seven of the fourteen teams making the playoffs this season. Three with 5-4 records.

Will any one of these teams throw the ball this season?

Injuries have already changed the fortunes of some teams.

Defensive Player of the Year candidates? Tristen Hines, Milan, Brennan Spiess, Huron and Ben Miller, Dundee.

I only see one of our teams winning a league championship this year.

Of course, what do I know?

Look for some more youtube shows coming up with our team previews and predictions.

I wonder who knows more Gary or myself? Forget that question, I already know the answer.

We need help for our live game scoreboard that will update during games this season. Send us an email at fridaynightvictors@gmail.com if interested.

Offensive Player of the Year candidates? Jaylan Franklin, Carlson, Mike Foor, Airport and Cam Rogers, Riverview.