Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ida 2018 Preview and Predictions

A new era in Ida Bluestreaks Football began last season, as Jeff Potter took over as head coach. Many people thought that the Bluestreaks would struggle, but they kept on truckin’ as they finished 8-3 and qualified for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. The Streaks return seven starters on offense and four on defense.

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Jeff Potter (8-3; second season)

Assistants: Chris Leonard, John Groll, Dave Potter, Dave Morelli, Jermaine Lehr, Mark Flotow

Offense: Ida will shift from the Full House T to the veer, which is similar to what Bedford runs. Senior QB Clay Sampson will be looking to build off of a steady season, but will likely be featured more. At RB, seniors Jake Weilnau and Sam Brettschneider return, with Weilnau coming off of a 1000 rushing yard season. Senior TEs Tommy Colpaert and Zack Johnston return as well, and senior Alex Longenbarger will anchor the offensive line. Junior Ronan LaRoy will be a new face on the line, while fellow junior Travis Wegener will see action at RB.



Defense: Potter brought in his father, Dave, to help coach a relatively inexperienced defense, as only four starters return. Longenbarger returns to the defensive line looking to build off of a solid junior season. Senior Zach Stein and Weilnau return at linebacker, while Colpaert and Brettschneider will anchor the secondary.

Coach’s Outlook: The kids have worked hard in the off season and their focus is on getting better each day.  We expect them to compete every time they step on the field.  The LCAA is very competitive from the top to the bottom, so you have to be ready to go each week.

The Streaks exceeded expectations last season. Will they be able to continue the success? Despite having skill player returning, Ida has a killer road schedule with games at Brooklyn Columbia Central, Hudson, and Blissfield. This is a team capable of making the playoffs, but they could be sweating it out come Selection Sunday.

Frank's Prediction: 5-4 
Chris's Prediction: 5-4
Gary's Prediction: 4-5

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Grosse Ile 2018 Preview and Prediction

Last season Grosse Ile finished with a disappointing 2-7 record, but was able to beat a solid  Flat Rock team in week 5. Veteran coach Jon Bodner will once again be roaming the sidelines for the Red Devils. Grosse Ile has qualified for the playoffs every other year since 2012 and after missing the playoffs in 2017 appear to have a shot this season.

The GI offense will be led by senior Zak Thompson who threw for nearly 1,400 yards last season to go with 10 TD's. Senior Luke Harwood will be the main ball carrier after rushing for 465 yards last season. Look for senior Drew Ramirez to be a threat at receiver along with junior Max Athens. The offensive line in anchored by seniors Maverick Lamothe, Antonio Alongi and Matthew Dishon.




On defense, the Islanders return a solid corp of LB's in juniors Johnny Blanzy and Josh Zemmin along with senior Chance Marx. Senior Tyler Symons will start at DT and will be joined on the DL by Dishon, Alongi and Lamothe. Look for Jackson Lonc to start at a CB along with Ramirez while junior Justin Riggs holds down a safety spot. A wild card for the Red Devils maybe P/K Joey Pizzo. The sophomore may be the best kicker in the Huron League.

This could be a big year on the island this season and the Red Devils may be a sleeper in the Huron League race. GI has a host of returning players and are rarely, if ever, down two straight seasons under Bodner. Week 1 against Riverview Gabriel Richard on the island will be a stiff opening night test as the Pioneers finished 9-2 last season.

Chris's Pick: 6-3
Gary's Pick: 5-4
Frank's Pick: 5-4


Monroe High 2018 Season Preview and Prediction

The Trojans finished up 2017 with a 4-5 record, missing the playoffs due to a close week 9 defeat to their rivals. Monroe has qualified for the playoffs 4 of the last 7 years and are once again coached by third year head coach, Nick Notario. Coach Notario's staff includes, Jay Clark, Jody McCollum, Steph Pietzak, Cody Wiley, kyle Reed, Ben Notario and Joe Hammond.

Returning Letter Winners: 18
Offensive Starters Returning: 6
Defensive Starters Returning: 6

Players To Watch: Maleik Linton - QB, Jared Banks - RB, Jalen Johnson - CB, Cole Sulfaro - S, Hayes Brooks - OLB, Cody Scsvanicki - WR, Anthony Harris - LB, Jace Clark - LB, Joe Schnorberger - OL/DL, P.J. Brown - OL/DL, Lance Theisen - DE.

New Players To Watch: Wyatt Head - QB/DB, Thomas Grant - DE/RB, Lucas Ellis - OL, Armando Flores - OL.

Coaches Thoughts: "We are very excited about this season because of the work these kids have put in in the off-season.  We have experience on both sides of the ball and are in year 3 of the new offensive system.  If we take care of the ball on offense, tackle on defense and play together, we should be able to win some games."



Coaches Outlook: "All roads in the SEC go through Saline and Bedford, until they are knocked out of the top two spots.  Pioneer will be good, Huron will be improved and Skyline is a wildcard."

FNV Thoughts:  This looks to be Coach Notario's most talented team in his three years.  There is excitement for this bunch in Trojan land and I can see why.  Winning the SEC is definitely in reach.  Mark your calendars, Sep 28 at Bedford, will be a doozy!  I look for the Trojans to be in contention for the league title and qualify for the playoffs.  Dare I say 9-0 is a possibility?

Gary's Pick: 7-2
Chris's Pick: 6-3
Frank's Pick: 8-1





Monday, August 13, 2018

Erie Mason 2018 Preview and Prediction

Mason finished up 2017 with a record of 1-8.  The Eagles last qualified for the post season in 2003.  In his 2nd year behind the helm for the Blue & Gold will be head coach Rob Beaudrie.  His assistants are Mike Frank, kenny Hall, Derek Bowman, Steve Bowers, Rob Currie, Brian Hoppert, Garrison Diehl, Justin Gessner and Alex Welhousen.


Returning Letter Winners: 13
Offensive Starters Returning: 8
Defensive Starters Returning: 6


Players To Watch: Jake Tranor - WR, Noah Beaudrie - QB, Tanner Herrera - WR, Cam Micheau - C, Jayce Diehl - T, Shane Hempel - OLB, Tyler Bates - DE.

New Players to Watch: Jon Frank- RB, Bryce Diehl - RB, Elija Arazia - LB



Coaches Thoughts: "We were a very young team last year and paid the price, this year will be a different story.  We have not only doubled our roster and will have a JV team this season. Our biggest weakness last season along with inexperience was size and strength.  We have fixed that issue this off-season with the commitment level and training the kids have put into the program."

Coaches Outlook:  "I look for a tough LCAA schedule, but I see our team competing every week as we continue to grow this program in a positive direction."

FNV Thoughts: Look for Mason to compete every week in what is going to be a daunting LCAA schedule.  The winds of change are swirling around Mason Eagle Drive.  As the year goes on, I expect Mason to get better and better. Is this the year we see the Eagles put their stamp on the league or are we still a year away?

Gary's Pick: 3-6

Chris's Pick: 3-6

Frank's Pick: 4-5


Monroe Jefferson 2018 Preview and Prediction

The Bears of Monroe Jefferson are coming off a 2017 campaign in which they finished 0-9.  Jefferson has made the playoffs once in the last 11 seasons.  The Bears are fronted by 2nd year head coach Gene Gennoe.  Assistant Coaches will be Jason Gendron, Eric Tipton, and Mike Humphry.

Returning Letter Winners: 13
Offensive Starters Returning: 3
Defensive Starters Returning: 4

Players To Watch: Larry Wiggins - QB, Alek Poremba - FB, Hunter Russ - G, Luke Sandiefer - TE, Seth Lamb - LB

New Players to Watch: Kevin St. Bernard - C, Logan Tipton - G, Nolan Vanover - RB, Griffin Renn - LB.

Coaches Thoughts: "This group of seniors are small in numbers, but have been an extremely hard-working group.  Last year we were in a lot of close games, but were not able to finish.  This year's seniors are working hard to change that."

Coaches Outlook: "SMCC and Riverview are very talented, but all the teams in the Huron League have great players and coaches."

FNV Thoughts:  As stated, the Bears were in close game after close game, but just couldn't close the deal in 2017.  Look for Jefferson to take the next step in year 2 of coach Gennoe, and add some notches to the win column in 2018.  Getting back to the rugged style we are used to from the Bears, while also getting their speedy QB Wiggins on the edge.

Gary's Pick: 2-7

Chris's Pick: 2-7

Frank's Pick: 3-6









Sunday, August 12, 2018

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 and Whiteford @ Grass Lake 6:00 pm



Bedford @ Northville 7:30 pm


Carlson @ Saline 9:00 am

Erie Mason @ Hanover-Horton 10:00 am Friday

Flat Rock @ Edsel Ford 9:30 am

Detroit Western @ Grosse Ile 5:30 pm

Huron @ Summit Academy 4:00 pm

Jefferson, Dundee @ Summerfield 5:30 pm

Milan @ Dexter @ 10:00 am

Monroe @ Wyandotte @ 6:00 pm

Riverview @ Westland John Glenn 2:00 pm

SMCC @ Trenton 6:00 pm