Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Night Scores

Huron 40 Riverview 21
Trenton 20 Romulus 6

SMCC 62 Grass Lake 8
Clinton 42 Manchester 6

Chelsea 21 Grosse Ile 7
Robichaud/Old Redford Saturday 1 pm

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Grass Lake @ SMCC

SMCC (8-1) is coming off of a loss to undefeated Lansing Catholic 27-22 while Grass Lake defeated Jonesville 53-27. The teams have met twice in the playoffs over the last 5 years with SMCC winning both games.

SMCC continues to be powered by a strong running game and a solid defense. The Falcons were dinged up a little bit last week, but have a "next man up" attitude. Seniors John Lako and Bryce Windham will lead the Falcon offense. TE Riley Woolford and OL Kyle Bausman are blocking standouts for SMCC.

Defensively SMCC had only given up 21 points during the Huron League campaign, but gave that many up in the first half last week. The defense will get better this week led by Darius Marks and Justin LaPlante.

This is not a vintage Grass Lake team. The program had won 81 games in the previous nine seasons, but they did managed to qualify for the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season. Junior QB Kyle Farley and senior RB Justin Wright lead the Warriors spread offense that averages over 30 ppg.

On defense the Warriors are led by junior LB Todd Coppernoll and senior LB Cody Brown along with junior DL Cody Dakin.

This should be a warm up for the Falcons, but Grass Lake is a solid program that is well coached by veteran Warrior Randy Cole. Prediction: SMCC 33 Grass Lake 7

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Riverview @ Huron

Huron (8-1) is coming off of  a 34-8 victory over Annapolis while Riverview (6-3) crushed Summit Academy 41-0. Huron won the earlier contest this year 24-20 in week five.

Offensively Riverview will rely on seniors Drew Kroll, Nolan Glime and Adam Borgert. Junior RB Eric Gant needs to have a big game. Riverview ran the ball early on in the week five match up only to see it disappear in the second half. The Riverview defense is led by senior Steve Pinkava and Junior LB Tyler Chase.

The  Huron offense is powered by a physical offensive line that includes seniors Jon Krug, Dustin Vukas and TE Jamison Cobb. Junior QB Matt Hartwick leads the Chief ground game. Defensively Huron is led by seniors Chase McKay, Justin Carey and Logan Ritchie.

Huron has won six straight games while Riverview has lost three of five after winning the first four games of the season. This game is going to be decided by QB play and how the coaching staffs adjust to each other based on the week five result. Prediction: Huron 24 Riverview 20

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Grosse Ile @ Chelsea

Grosse Ile (7-2) is coming off of a 63-0 victory over Hazel Park while Chelsea beat Haslett 21-6. These two teams have never met in football. Both teams failed to qualify for the playoffs last season. That broke a streak of 15 straight trips for the Bulldogs.

Grosse Ile finished 3rd in the Huron League after finishing 5-4 last season. The Red Devils are led by Senior QB Andrew Mitroka. Sophomore Andrew Vollmerhausen is a rugged RB who gives GI a solid ground attack. Sophomore receiver Justin Moores gives Mitroka a big target on the outside. The offensive line is anchored by senior Max Gilliam.

On defense, senior LB Phil Camilleri is the leading tackler while DL Dominic Trombley is having a big sophomore year. Senior DB Derek Judd is avergaing 6 tackles per game to go along with 4 INT's on the season.

Chelsea is averaging 33 ppg against what is mostly a Class A schedule. Junior QB Justice Staton leads the offense. He has two reliable receivers in Juniors Noah Van Reemesma and Bailey Edwards. The Bulldogs also boast a solid RB in senior Ty Nelson.

Chelsea doesn't have a great defense , but they have been solid most of the season in the high scoring SEC. The Bulldogs give up 21 ppg. Senior LB Mason Bailey leads the Bulldog defense.

I'm not sure how this game will go. Grosse Ile is playing really well right now, but were handled by the two best teams on their schedule. Chelsea is used to playing big schools and playing in Division 4 may give them a huge advantage. The Red Devils have talent, but I'm going to go with the team with more depth and a tougher schedule. Prediction: Chelsea 34 Grosse Ile 20

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Huron League Playoff Pairings

Division 3
Region 4 District 2 
Riverview @ Huron
Romulus @ Trenton

Outlook: This could be anyone's district. Huron is the #1 seed, but Trenton might be considered the favorite. Romulus ended the season with a bad loss to Crestwood. Riverview is eager to get another shot at Huron.

Division 4
Region 4 District 1
Grosse Ile @ Chelsea
Old Redford Academy @ Dearborn Heights Robichaud

Outlook: This district is wide open. Robichaud is the #1 seed and has two victories over playoff teams. Chelsea plays the toughest schedule, but Grosse Ile should give them problems.

Division 6
Region 4 District 2
Grass Lake @ SMCC
Manchester @ Clinton

Outlook: SMCC and Clinton appear to be the class of the district. SMCC received a favorable 1st round opponent., while Clinton must beat Manchester who they beat 41-19 in week 1.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Night Scores

Airport 49 Tecumseh 26
Lansing CC 27 SMCC 22
Jefferson 69 UPSM 6
Country 42 Milan 26
Huron 34 Annapolis 8
Grosse Ile 63 Hazel Park 0
Riverview 41 Summit Academy 0
Stockbridge 66 Flat Rock 22