Thursday, November 15, 2018

Huron League Player of the Year

Because the blog started with the Huron League and we cover all eight Huron League teams we will be picking our All League Teams and Players of the Year again. 

We will pick an Offensive Player of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and an Overall Player of the Year. We will then pick 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players, a kicker and a punter for our All-League teams. Our Players of the Year will not be included in these All League teams.

This was once again a great year for high school football in the Huron League. There were so many good and great players. The Huron League Player of the Year is a title given to who we at the blog feel is the best All-Around football player in the Huron League. They don't just excel on one side of the ball, but both sides of the ball. Their teams win and they have a profound effect on why their teams win. This year was the hardest since we started doing this on the blog. With that said, we have and must go with Co-Players of the Year because both of these kids are deserving.

Grosse Ile junior Johnny Blanzy and Milan junior Tristen Hines have been chosen as the Co-Players of the Year in the Huron League.

Blanzy is a 6-1, 210 LB/OL that recorded 148 tackles on the season for the Huron League Champion Red Devils. Blanzy literally dominated from his defensive position every game as he averaged more than 14 tackles per game. For his varsity career, Blanzy has 279 tackles in 19 games. Blanzy was a force on the offensive line for a team that produced over 4,000 yards of total offense.



Click Here ---> Johnny Blanzy Highlights

Hines burst onto the Huron League scene as a freshman and has a stellar career thus far on both sides of the ball. The 5-11, 170 lb player rushed for 702 yards and 10 TD's and also caught 54 passes for 974 yards and 11 TD's. On defense, Hines recorded 88 tackles which led the Big Reds and also added 3 interceptions giving him 11 for his career.



Click Here ---> Tristen Hines Highlights

Others Considered for the award were: Bryce Bondy (Airport), Sam Cousino (SMCC) and Kyle Naif (Riverview)

Huron League Defensive Player of the Year

Because the blog started with the Huron League and we cover all eight Huron League teams we will be picking our All League Teams and Players of the Year again. 

We will pick an Offensive Player of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and an Overall Player of the Year. We will then pick 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players, a kicker and a punter for our All-League teams. Our Players of the Year will not be included in these All League teams.

Riverview's Kyle Naif has been chosen as the Huron League Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-1, 210 lb senior LB was a 3 year starter for the Bucs and led the team in tackles this season with 101.



Riverview was 20-12 in Naif's three seasons on varsity. The Pirates won the Huron League his junior year and had arguably one of the best defenses in the league this season.

Click Here---> Kyle Naif Highlights

Others considered for the award were: Johnny Blanzy (Grosse Ile), Tristen Hines (Milan) and Sam Cousino(SMCC)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Huron League Offensive Player of the Year

Because the blog started with the Huron League and we cover all eight Huron League teams we will be picking our All League Teams and Players of the Year again. 

We will pick an Offensive Player of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and an Overall Player of the Year. We will then pick 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players, a kicker and a punter for our All-League teams. Our Players of the Year will not be included in these All League teams.

Grosse Ile's Luke Harwood has been named the Huron League Offensive Player of the Year. The 5-11, 190 lb RB ran for 1,560 yards and 14 TD's. Harwood also hauled in 16 passes for another 286 yards and a score.

Harwood's perfect combination of size and speed helped the Red Devils to their first 9-0 regular season since 1965.



Grosse Ile was 19-10 overall in Harwood's 3 years on varsity, which included two Huron League Championships.

Click Here ---> Luke Harwood Highlights

Others considered for the award were: Hunter Aeschbacker (Milan), Bryce Bondy (Airport), Tristen Hines (Milan) and  Zak Thompson (Grosse Ile).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

All-Blog and All-Huron League

We will be doing both of these this year. Just takes a little time to put together. We will also have players of the year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SMCC @ Ross Beatty Saturday 1:00p

By Gary Hauf

SMCC(9-2) invades the village of Cassopolis to take on Beatty High(11-0). Cassopolis, population 1,725,  resides in Cass County, 174 miles due west of Monroe.

We last saw the Falcons at Navarre Field, who handled business with a 38-28 victory over the Clinton Redskins.  Beatty also used a workman's like performance to dismantle the Bulldogs of Centreville 35-0.

The Falcons, as always, will rely on their tremendous ground game and fantastic offensive line.  The big uglies are led by Connor Bogdanski, Briggs Hehl, Brendan Sloan, James Hawkins and Bryce Iott.  For me, if I had to pick a difference maker on this team, a kid who doesnt get much publicity(and maybe that is our fault) is QB Josh Blanchett.  His number doesn't get called much, maybe 5 carries a game and a few passes thrown in for good measure.  But his impact is felt with the toughness he has shown throughout the season.  Blanchett is a kid who never runs out of bounds, gets up after every big hit, hurt or nor not.  He has shown an extra gear this year on the edge, picking up timely first downs and and the occasional scamper to the end zone.  His leadership is felt throughout the ranks and makes this T go for the Falcons.

The Rangers are built on a stingy, and I mean stingy, defense.  Giving up 30 points on the season(yes you read that right 30 points), with 7 shutouts. My math tells me that's under 3 points a game given up.  Hard to lose with defensive performances like that, week in and week out.  The defense is led by Gage Collins, Tashawn Morris and Tyrese Hunt-Thomson. Offensively the Rangers operate out of the Full House T, however they will go shotgun and spread you out if the game dictates.  QB Dylan Green and RB Hunt-Thompson are the catalysts for the high-powered Ranger attack, averaging 48.3 points per game. With the average score of 48-3, you can clearly see why Cassopolis enters the game unblemished.

Cassopolis Highlights

This is an interesting match-up.  One that pits a program who is knocking on the door to be a regional power(41-7 overall, 7 playoff wins) last 4 seasons, versus one that is a regional power(36 playoff victories since 2003).  The T has taken over small ball across the state of Michigan.  Whose version of the T will be better?  Whose offensive line will control the line of scrimmage?  Can SMCC score more than 3 points?  Can the Falcons drag the game into the deep end, holding a lead in the 2nd half?  Something Cassopolis hasn't dealt with all season.  How will the Rangers deal with a challenge?

The Falcons can rely on a very tough schedule up to this point.  Nearly every game was close.  For the Rangers, no game was close.  Will the tougher schedule hold water or is Beatty High just that good?  We will find out the answers to all these questions soon enough.

Due to the distance, this game was agreed upon to kick off on Saturday at 1:00p.  You don't often see a 3-4 hour bus ride for a pre-semi-final matchup.  This, in my opinion, will have an affect on the game.  How will SMCC deal with the early morning wake-up, the long bus ride, the hostile environment of Cassopolis?   The staff at SMCC has reached out, as to how to deal with such a task, and has a great plan in place.
If you can't make the long drive, you can stream the game live on 983nashicon.com.  The Voice of Monroe, Jeff Grodi, will be doing play by play and your's truly will be joining him.


Chris' Pick: SMCC 58 Cassopolis 57 Triple OT
Gary's Pick: SMCC 28 Cassopolis 27
Frank's Pick: Cassopolis 31 SMCC 22