Monday, October 22, 2018

Dearborn Heights Robichaud @ Ida

By Frank Vacjner

Playoff football returns to Hemelgarn Field in Ida, as the Blue Streaks welcome Dearborn Heights Robichaud in the opening round. This is the second time both teams have met in the playoffs, as Ida outlasted the Bulldogs 39-30 in the District Championship in 2015. The Blue Streaks enter with a playoff record of 8-9 and coming off of a 38-14 win over playoff-bound Blissfield, while the Bulldogs come in with a playoff record of 11-10 and a 28-22 loss to Detroit Community.

Ida: 7-2 (5-2, LCAA)

Record vs. playoff teams: 1-2

The Blue Streaks are now 2-for-2 in terms of making the postseason under Jeff Potter, as they have now qualified for a sixth consecutive season. Ida’s full house T offense comes in averaging 31.8 points per game, led by senior RBs Jake Weilnau (1096 rush yards, 14 TDs, ) and Sam Brettschneider (779 yards, 6 TDs). Senior QB Clay Sampson (324 pass yards, 374 rush yards, 10 total TDs) hasn’t had to do too much, but has been effective when called upon. 
A defense led by senior DL Alex Longenbarger (92 tackles, 5 sacks, forced fumble), LB Weilnau (60 tackles, 5 sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery), senior LB Zach Johnston (59 tackles, 2 sacks, fumble recovery), senior LB Zach Stein (56 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks), and junior DB Jaxson Gianino (33 tackles, 3 interceptions) has allowed 17.2 points per game, and has recorded 28 sacks.

Dearborn Heights Robichaud: 6-3 (5-2, Western Wayne Athletic Association)

Record vs. playoff teams: 0-3

This is the first playoff appearance for the Bulldogs since 2015, and much like Ida last season, did so with a first year head coach in Donny Scott. The Bulldogs averaged 29.7 points per game in eight games (game against Livonia Clarenceville was won by forfeit) out of a spread offense led by freshman QB David Williams. Williams has solid targets in junior Cameron Underwood and senior Taiwan Williams. 

Robichaud’s defense is led by senior LB Dyzek Flemming, sophomore DT Ricardo Frazier, and senior DBs Darrius Atkinson and Rayon Williamson. As a unit, the Bulldogs gave up 21.6 points per contest all season, but allowed 34.3 in losses to playoff teams Crestwood, Garden City, and Detroit Community

Frank's Pick: Ida 32 Robichaud 21
Gary's Pick: Ida 31 Robichaud 20
Chris's Pick Ida 34 Robichuad 26

Local Playoff Pairings

Division 8

Region 4
District 2

Pittsford (7-2) @ Reading (9-0)

Lenawee Christian (8-1) @ Whiteford (9-0)

Chris’s Thoughts: The Bobcats are definitely the favorites in Division 8, but Whiteford @ Reading in the District final could be the state championship game.

Gary's Thoughts: Interesting district with both Reading and Whiteford.  Probably the best 2 teams in D8.  I like the Bobcat's chances.

Frank's Thoughts: The Bobcats kept on trucking to a 9-0 regular season, and a showdown with the Cougars. However, they could meet someone on their level in Round 2, as Reading is a likely opponent. The kicker: Reading would host the game.

Division 7

Region 3
District 2

Sand Creek (6-3) @ SMCC (7-2)

Clinton (7-2) @ Springport (7-2)

Chris's Thoughts: Falcons have a nice draw in the district. Potential big game in the Regional at undefeated Cassopolis

Gary's Thoughts: Solid teams in this district. Falcons can't get caught looking ahead.

Frank's Thoughts: Playoff football returns to Navarre Field for the first time since 2015 as the Falcons host the Aggies. SMCC battles injuries most of the season, but will get key players back. How will the Falcon defense slow down Sand Creek speedster Alec Muck?

Division 5

Region 4
District 2

Detroit Osborn (6-3) @ Detroit Denby ( 7-2)

Dearborn Heights Robichaud (6-3) @ Ida (7-2)

Chris's Thoughts: Opening game is winnable against pass happy, but super fast Robichaud. Huge district rematch looms with the Tars of Detroit Denby.

Gary's Thoughts: D5 is a gauntlet, I think the Bluestreaks should be happy with these matchups.  Not easy, but winnable.

Frank's Thoughts: The Blue Streaks and Bulldogs are familiar foes, having met in the playoffs in 2015 (Ida prevailed 39-30). Ida has won five of their last six, while Robichaud limps into the postseason on a three game losing streak. A potential rematch with Detroit Denby awaits should Ida prevail.

Division 4

Region 4
District 2

Chelsea (6-3) @ Grosse Ile (9-0)

Detroit Cody (6-3) @ Milan (7-2)

Chris's Thoughts: Favorable draw for the local teams, especially playing at home. I'm sure Milan would like another shot at the Islanders. Country Day or Harrison most likely will be waiting in the Regionals.

Gary's Thoughts: Chelsea is just a bit down this year.  I think both Milan/GI are set up for a rematch.

Frank's Thoughts: The biggest challenge for the Chelsea will be slowing down GI's Luke Harwood, who has been on fire in the second half of the season. The Big Reds host the Comets, who will be playing their first game outside of the city of Detroit this season. A win by Milan could mean a rematch with Grosse Ile.

Division 3

Region 4 
District 2

Trenton (6-3) @ Carlson (8-1)

Riverview (7-2) @ Allen Park (7-2)

Chris's Thoughts: This district is wide open and any one of the four teams could win it. The winner will be rewarded with a date with Martin Luther King or River Rouge.

Gary's Thoughts: I wouldn't be surprised if any of these familiar, back yard foes come out of this district.

Frank's Thoughts: Allen Park struggled to stop the run in a loss to Carlson, so this is a favorable matchup for Riverview. The Marauders prevailed 35-24 in Week 2, and a win means either a rematch from Week 6 against Allen Park or a rematch from last season’s playoffs against Riverview.

Division 2

Region 4
District 2

Bedford (5-4) @ Dearborn Heights Crestwood (8-1)

Livonia Franklin (5-4) @ Wyandotte Roosevelt (6-3)

Chris's Thoughts: Another wide open district. Mules have a definite chance at Crestwood and have seen better teams this season than Franklin and rose felt.

Gary's Thoughts: Not easy, but I think Bedford should be very happy with this draw. I can see any of the 4 wining.

Frank's Thoughts: The Mules squeaked in at 5-4 and draw Crestwood, who is coming off of a loss to Grosse Ile. Jeff Wood’s team could make hay against a team that was gashed on the ground by GI.

Division 1

Region 3 
District 2

Dearborn  (5-4) @ Belleville (9-0)

Monroe (6-3) @ Woodhaven (8-1)

Chris's Thoughts: The Trojans got a favorable draw avoiding Belleville in the opener. The Warriors will have a hard time matching Monroe's athletes, but Woodhaven has a solid program.

Gary's thoughts: Coin flip game for me in the opener.  Go Trojans!

Frank's Thoughts: I expected the Trojans to run into a buzzsaw early, but Woodhaven is a much more manageable matchup. The reward for the winner is a matchup with Belleville.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Varsity Athletic Week 9 Players of the Week

Luke Harwood, RB, Grosse Ile: Harwood has found a home here on our POTW posts. The senior put an exclamation point on an incredible regular season by rushing 32 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 29 yards in a 29-13 win over Dearborn Heights Crestwood. The Red Devils are 9-0 for the first time in school history as they prepare for the playoffs.

Alex Morgan, RB, SMCC: Morgan turned in a breakout performance in a 30-10 win over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, as he rushed for 266 yards and two scores. The win likely gives the Falcons at least one playoff game at Navarre Field, and also matched last season’s win total.

Hunter Aeschbacker, RB, Milan: Aeschbacker put an exclamation point on a strong regular season, as he rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-28 win over Ypsilanti Lincoln. The Big Reds will likely get a home game to open the playoffs.

Jake Weilnau, RB, Ida: Weilnau continued his string of strong performances with a 125 rushing yard and a score night in a 38-14 win over Blissfield. The Blue Streaks have recorded seasons of at least seven wins for six straight seasons, and will likely get a home playoff game for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Austin Malabanan, QB, Bedford: Malabanan decided to put the game on his shoulders, and the Mules reaped the rewards. The senior rushed for 187 yards and two scores in a 40-22 win over Goldwater to give the Mules a 5-4 record on the season, and a potential spot in the playoffs.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Night Scores

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GI 29Crestwood 13 final

SMCC 30 NDP 10 final

Riverview 47 Redford Union 7 final

Bedford 40 Coldwater 22 final

Whiteford 68 B-D 13 final

Dundee 13 Hillsdale 30 final

Milan 54 Lincoln  28 final

Monroe 24 Lake Orion 31 final

Flat Rock 38 Ann Arbor Huron 22 final

Airport 61Tecumseh 28 final

Royal Oak 39 Jefferson 8 final

Summerfield 28 Morenci 18 final

Carlson 45 Lincoln Park 6 final

Huron 25 Garden City 14 final

Ida 38 Blissfield 14 final

Onsted 35 Erie Mason 6 final

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Night Scores

 Please submit your scores. I will get them posted as soon as possible.

Advanced Tech 32 Bishop Foley14
Dundee 44 Hillsdale 20
Carlson 63 Lincoln Park 12
Milan 18 Lincoln 14
Huron 56 Garden City 22
Jefferson 27 Royal Oak 7
Lake Orion 43 Monroe
Flat Rock 42 A2 Huron 6
Summerfield 42 Morenci 32
Riverview 50 Redford Union 0
NDP 28 SMCC 13

Monroe 20 Lake Orion 7

2018 Week 9 Picks

Carlson (7-1) @ Lincoln Park (0-8)
Chris's Pick: Carlson 42 Lincoln Park 0
Gary's Pick:  Carlson Many Lincoln Park Few
Frank's Pick: Carlson 48 Lincoln Park 6

Whiteford (8-0) @ Britton-Deerfield (1-7)
Chris's Pick: Whiteford 100 B-D 0
Gary's Pick:  Whiteford 68 B-D 0
Frank's Pick: Whiteford 54 B-D 14

Summerfield (4-4) @ Morenci (2-6)
Chris's Pick: Summerfield 27 Morenci 14
Gary's Pick:  Summerfield 28 Morenci 7
Frank's Pick: Summerfield 34 Morenci 14

Ida (6-2) @ Blissfield (5-3)
Chris's Pick: Ida 28 Blissfield 27
Gary's Pick:  Ida 30 Blissfield 24
Frank's Pick: Ida 28 Blissfield 14

Dundee (5-3) @ Hillsdale (7-1)
Chris's Pick: Hillsdale 27 Dundee 21
Gary's Pick:  Hillsdale 29 Dundee 28
Frank's Pick: Dundee 17 Hillsdale 14

Onsted (2-6) @ Erie Mason (1-8)
Chris's Pick: Onsted 42 Erie Mason 34
Gary's Pick:  Onsted 40 Erie Mason 21
Frank's Pick: Onsted 21 Erie Mason 14

Lake Orion (4-4) @ Monroe (6-2)
Chris's Pick: Lake Orion 24 Monroe 21
Gary's Pick:  Monroe 28 Lake Orion 21
Frank's Pick: Monroe 35 Lake Orion 21

Coldwater (3-5) @ Bedford (4-4)
Chris's Pick: Bedford 32 Coldwater 17
Gary's Pick:  Bedford 38 Coldwater 19
Frank's Pick: Bedford 35 Coldwater 14

Redford Union (2-6) @ Riverview (6-2)
Chris's Pick: Riverview 38 Redford Union 12
Gary's Pick:  Riverview 40 Redford Union 14
Frank's Pick: Riverview 42 Redford Union 14

Ypsi Lincoln (4-4) @ Milan (6-2)
Chris's Pick: Milan 28 Lincoln 27
Gary's Pick:  Milan 31 Lincoln 27
Frank's Pick: Milan 34 Lincoln 28

Notre Dame Prep (4-4) @ SMCC (6-2)
Chris's Pick: SMCC 30 NDP 28
Gary's Pick:  SMCC 21 NDP 18
Frank's Pick: NDP 27 SMCC 21

Tecumseh (2-6) @ Airport (3-5)
Chris's Pick: Airport 28 Tecumseh 21
Gary's Pick:  Airport 34 Tecumseh 28
Frank's Pick: Airport 28 Tecumseh 21

Ann Arbor Huron (0-8) @ Flat Rock (3-5)
Chris's Pick: Flat Rock 31 A2 Huron 18
Gary's Pick:  Flat Rock 30 A2 Huron 21
Frank's Pick: Flat Rock 21 A2 Huron 16

Huron (1-7) @ Garden City (6-2)
Chris's Pick: Garden City 22 Huron 17
Gary's Pick:  Garden City 24 Huron 19
Frank's Pick: Garden City 23 Huron 7

Royal Oak (4-4) @ Jefferson (0-8)
Chris's Pick: Royal Oak 14 Jefferson 13
Gary's Pick:  Royal Oak 29 Jefferson 22
Frank's Pick: Royal Oak 35 Jefferson 13

Gerweck Nissan Game of the Week
Grosse Ile (8-0) @ Crestwood (8-0)
Chris's Pick: GI 30 Crestwood 21
Gary's Pick:  GI 33 Crestwood 24
Frank's Pick: Crestwood 28 GI 24

Overall Predictions
Chris: last week 11-0, overall 77-14
Gary: last week 10-1, overall 75-16
Frank: last week 10-1, overall 72-19