Monday, May 29, 2017

New Feature

We will have a new feature this summer. We will be doing player profiles. We will do four or five athletes from each school that we cover. We will start in early June and run through the end of July. Look for a different player each day as we lead up to the start of summer practice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gary Hauf Bio

Gary is a 1989 graduate of Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central High School, where he was two sport letter winner in football and track for the Falcons.

He is recently retired from the U.S. Navy where he spent the better part of 20 plus years in Virginia and Japan. Gary is also the co-founder of a youth basketball organization - Follow Through Hoops - in Monroe.

Gary started his coaching career in basketball and football in 1989.  He coached for SMCC, Monroe St. John and many AAU teams.

In 2016, Gary joined the Huron League Blog.  He helped convert it into Friday Night Victors in order to include more teams and bolster area football programs and coverage.

Gary resides in Monroe with his wife and children.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chris Schultz Bio

Chris is a 1984 graduate of Flat Rock High School where he was a three sport letter winner in football, basketball and track for the Rams.

He is a 1991 graduate of Eastern Michigan University and currently is the Athletic Director and Assistant Dean of Students at Advanced Tech High School in Dearborn.

Chris has been coaching the better part of the last  26 years and is currently the Men and Women's Track and Cross Country coach at Advanced Tech.

In August 2009, Chris founded the popular Huron League Football Blog which has seen over 1.3 million visitors since it's inception.

In January 2017, the blog, which had focused on the eight Huron League schools became Friday Night Victors after adding six more schools to the mix.

Chris resides in Huron Township with his family.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Monroe County ALL-STAR Game Coaches Needed

The Monroe County All-Star football game is in need of coaches for the North Squad.  The North team is comprised of players from Airport, Jefferson, Carlson, SMCC, Huron, Milan and Flat Rock. Anyone with coaching experience(head or asst) interested in learning more, please contact the blog at Fridaynightvictors@gmail.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Non-League Schedules

Thought I would take a look at the non-league schedules of each team we cover and how it might effect each teams season.

Airport: the Jets open with Dundee (4-5) again and it was the only win on the schedule last season. Probably a pick'em game at this point. The closer is Tecumseh (4-5) again for the seventh consecutive season. The Jets and Indians have split this series at 3 a piece and this is most likely a pick'em game as well. At 1-8 last season, Airport can't afford to look past anyone this season, but the non-league portion of the schedule is manageable.

Bedford: the Kicking Mules have consecutive games to open the season against Toledo Catholic High Schools. The opener will be the first ever meeting against Toledo St. Johns (6-4) while week 2 will be a match up against Toledo St Francis de Sales (0-10). In week 8 Bedford will be playing an SEC cross over game against Ypsi Lincoln (4-5) and the closer will be against Belleville (7-3) of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. This is a solid non-schedule and I would expect the Mules to go 2-2.

Carlson: None. This has hurt members of the Downriver League from time to time. With Taylor Kennedy scheduled to close soon, this will open up things for non-league games in the future.

Dundee: the Vikings will open up at Airport (1-8) again this season then play Whitmore Lake (2-7) again in week 2. Traveling to Carleton for the opener will be a 50/50 game. Week 2 against the Trojans should be a victory. If Dundee can open the 2017 season with consecutive wins, the Vikings should find themselves in the playoffs.

Erie Mason: this will be the sixth consecutive year that the Eagles have opened the season with Summerfield (5-5). Week 2 will feature a match up with Britton-Deerfield (0-9), which was Mason's only win of 2016. Even after losing the past 5 years to Summerfield in the opener, the Eagles have a chance to open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2003 when they finished 12-1 and lost in the Division 5 semi-finals to Jackson Lumen Christi.

Flat Rock: the Rams have switched up the schedule this year. Gone are hapless Summit Academy and Hazel Park. FR will open the season at home against Garden City (2-7) and close against Ann Arbor Huron (0-9).  The Rams will hope to benefit from playing two class A schools in hopes of garnering valuable playoff points, should they finish the season at 5-4. This looks like two wins for the Huron League team, but Garden City will be no pushover.

Grosse Ile: the Red Devils will open the 2017 season at the Prep Football Classic at Wayne State in a game against the Raiders of Almont (7-4). A week 9 opponent has yet to be determined. GI may have their hands full with Almont which has qualified for the playoffs 10 of the last 11 seasons.

Huron: the Chiefs have dropped Avondale and Summit Academy in favor of a tougher non-league schedule this year. Plymouth Salem (4-5) isn't a football power, but with an enrollment of over 2,000 the Rocks will put some athletes on the field. Redford Thurston (4-5) was down a bit last year, but has been a playoff team much of the last decade. Look for the Chiefs to split the non-league portion of the schedule.

Ida: the Bluestreaks will play the same two opponents as the 2016 season. Week 1 will feature a match up against Monroe Jefferson (5-5) while Week 2 will be against the Rockets of New Haven (4-5). Ida beat these two opponents by a combined score of 116-40 last season, but after graduating the most successful senior class in school history, a repeat might not be in store.

Jefferson: the Bears open the season with Ida (10-2) again and will close with a new opponent, Royal Oak ( 2-7). Jefferson has lost three straight to open the season against the Bluestreaks. The Ravens of the OAA Blue Division will replace Owosso , whom the Bears handled the past two years. This is a palatable non-league schedule for the Bears and could lead to a solid season if they win both.

Milan: the Big Reds have switched up their non-league schedule and will be playing old SEC rivals Chelsea (11-1) and Ypsi Lincoln (4-5). This is a solid non-league slate, but it makes sense from a scheduling stand point. Look for Milan to split these games and have a possible playoff birth.

Monroe: the Trojans will open with Livonia Churchill (5-4) in week 1 and then play Elkhart (IN) Central (2-8) in week 2. Week 8 will feature a match up in an SEC crossover game against Dexter (0-9) which has lost 32 straight games. Week 9 will have Monroe playing arch-rival Fordson (8-2). This is a workable schedule for the Trojans and 3-1 in the non-league would go a long way to them making the playoffs.

Riverview: the Pirates will once again open with Romulus (9-2). The Eagles won that game 32-14. Week 9 will feature a game against Redford Union (7-4). Most schools don't schedule non-league games against opponents that made the playoffs the previous year,but this is a workable schedule against two teams from the WWAC Blue Division. Both these games would appear to be 50/50 games that could go either way.

SMCC: the Falcons will once again have two tough games in week 1 and week 9, but not nearly as tough as last season. SMCC will host the defending Division 7 State Champions Pewamo-Westphalia (14-0) Pirates in week 1 and will play Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (4-5) in week 9. These are two games the Falcons can win, but they are also games that they could lose. 


Friday, May 12, 2017

Huron League

People have been asking about some early favorites for the league title. I personally think the league is going to be up overall and could be a wide open race.

As for the top three teams right now, I would probably go SMCC, Riverview, Milan. Flat Rock, Huron and Airport are wild cards though.

I think SMCC could be really good. That victory over Milan and a close loss to P-W last season showed the ability.

Riverview has talent and work ethic, they just need to put it all together an avoid the injury bug.

I never count out Milan. They are too well coached and obviously have talent back even though they graduated a bunch of seniors.

Flat Rock should have their best team in years and have been working hard in the off season. I like their coaching staff too. Only time will tell if the wins come.

Huron has talent. Much will depend on the new coaching staff and how they mesh with a new program. If they can get positive team chemistry, they should be pretty good.

Airport is an unknown. The talent seems to be there, but they probably need to stay out of their own way. First year varsity head coaches have a tendency to struggle, but if they give him breathing room he should be alright.

Grosse Ile lost a ton of players, but they always get good coaching so, who knows?

Jefferson has some talent back and a new coach, but the lost some very very good football players.

It should be a fun season on the field and here at Friday Night Victors with the new format. We promise you won't be disappointed.