Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Night Playoff Scores

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Allen Park 0     Huron 0

Milan 7   Jefferson 6 10:11 2nd

Grosse Ile 0     Adrian 0

Bedford 0     Wyandotte 0

Ida 12   Stockbridge 0 3:00 1st

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Temperance Bedford @ Wyandotte Roosevelt

Bedford (7-2) is coming off of a 21-20 loss to Detroit Country Day last week while Roosevelt (7-2) lost to league rival Woodhaven 32-22. This is the Kicking Mules 7th playoff appearance in school history while Roosevelt has qualified for the playoffs 15 times including the last 11 years. These teams have played once in history and that was back in the 2010 playoffs when Bedford won 34-23.

Bedford is led on offense  by senior QB Joseph Wiemer along with senior FB Joey Oehlers and pass catcher David Jeffers. The Kicking Mule defense is solid and is coming off of shutouts in two of the last three games.

Wyandotte is led by junior QB Richie Miller. The Bears have two junior RB's capable of big games in  Allen Woodward and Kendrick Stanley. Defensively the Bears are led by defensive lineman Stefan Bates and LB Adam Groat. While this isn't a vintage Wyandotte Roosevelt team, they are solid on defense, but haven't scored as much as past seasons.

It is tough to tell much about Wyandotte because they haven't ventured out of the 10 team Downriver League. Bedford has a quality win or two, but their most impressive stat may be their close losses to undefeated Saline and DCD. Pick: Bedford 35 Roosevelt 17

(Gary's Pick: Bedford 28 Roosevelt 10)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stockbridge @ Ida

Stockbridge(5-4), a small community of 1,300, which lies 36 miles SE of Lansing, is coming off a 50-34 victory over Parchment, while Ida(8-1) is fresh off a resounding win over Onsted 53-20.  Ida holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the last meeting in 2008(47-13).  Stockbridge has made the playoffs the last 3 seasons and has a overall playoff record of 3-7.  Ida has made the playoffs 6 out of the last 7 years and as an overall record of 5-7.

StockBridge is led by Sr. QB Mason Gee-Montgomery who is averaging over 250 yards and 4 TD's through the air a game.  He set the state record for TD passes last year with 51.  He also holds the state record for career TD passes, currently at 122.  You dont need a degrees in football to figure out that this kid can wing it.  He will pose quite a challenge for the Bluestreaks.  The Panthers can move the ball on the ground as well behind Miguel Medina who averages nearly 100 yards a contest.  Stockbridge is coached by Jeremy Killinger.

Ida, the LCAA co-champion, hangs it's hat on a punishing, high scoring ground attack, out of the Full House T formation. The Bluestreaks average over 52 points a game, mainly doing so on the ground.  34 points is the lowest offensive output for the high octane Bluestreaks this season.  Ida has plenty of bigtime play makers on which they can lean. SR FB/FS Nick Levicki(5'11" 220lbs), SR TE/DE Kyle Parran(6'5" 240lbs), SR OT/DT Brandon Suydam(6'0" 270lbs), SR TE/LB Bryan Laux (6'0" 185), SR RB Andrew Oberski(6'1" 180lbs).  Ida is headed by veteran coach Tom Walentowski.

This match-up would seem to have all the makings of a good ole shoot out.  The golden arm of Gee-Montgomery vs the road grating, field plowing of Levicki, Oberski and the T.  I honestly don't see Stockbridge keeping the Bluestreaks under 50 here.  Ida has the makings of a team who could hold a regional crown when it's all said and done.  They take their first step in doing so this Friday.  I will be there!  Say hi if you know me.

Pick: Ida 60 Stockbridge 27

(Chris' pick: Ida 54 Stockbridge 28)

Huron @ Allen Park

Huron (6-3) is coming off of a 35-6 victory over Summit Academy while Allen Park (9-0) defeated Taylor Truman 69-14. Huron is making their 3rd straight playoff appearance and 4th overall while the Jaguars are making their 7th straight trip and 25th overall. These teams have never played in football.

The strength of Huron's team is their defense which is led by 3 key seniors. MLB Nik Becker leads the Chief's in tackles while SS Garrett Krzeminski and Brent Kosikowski have been stellar all season. The offense is balanced and will most likely be led by junior QB Brett McKay, who is a dual threat. Junior RB Reed Smith is the Chiefs leading rusher while senior WR Andrew Miller leads the team in receptions.

Allen Park stormed through the Downriver League and outscored their opponents 354-62. The offense is led by senior QB Antonio Mangiapane and senior Ryan Fish who leads the the Jags in rushing. The defense is led by a host of seniors and it starts on the defensive line with 6-2, 270 lb Carlos Agens and 6-2, 215 lb Alex Hinejosa. Rajee Ledesma is the MLB while SS Tyler Beachnau leads the secondary

Allen Park is the team in the district that the Chiefs wanted to avoid. Huron has struggled to score for much of the season while the Jaguars boast a defense that is giving up a paltry 7 ppg. The closeness of this game depends on Huron being able to move the ball early and gaining confidence. Pick: Allen Park 24 Huron 6

(Gary's Pick: Allen Park 40 Huron 24)