Saturday, October 31, 2009


Well I traveled down to Ecorse to see my adopted Red Raiders play Blissfield today. I have to say I came in pretty skeptical of the 8-1 independent Downriver team. I expected a playoff battle tested Royal program to thump the pretenders.

What I got was a funfilled entertaining playoff game from a perrenial doormat against an over confident yet intimidated Royal team. Blissfield won this game 28-20 but it wasn't decided until an Ecorse fumble at the Royal 35 yard line with 1:31 left to play in the game.

There was no doubt that Blissfiled was the better team. They had 45 players dressed for Blissfield, Ecorse had 25. Blissfield had coaches everywhere including three in the pressbox and all were wearing headsets. Ecorse didn't have headsets. The Ecorse field wasn't pretty but it had lines, goalposts, and a working scoreboard most of the time.

The Red Raider band was as entertaining as I have ever seen. It consisted of eight various instruments, six percussion pieces, six dancers and a personality filled band director. The crowd was fairly big and full of proud alumni from the 60's, 70's and 80's all eager for Ecorse's first playoff victory in school history.

They didn't get to see a victory for Ecorse but what they got to see was a future college quarterback in freshmen sensation Kyle Dinkins. He was easily the best quarterback I saw all year and that includes Detroit Crockett's Michigan State bound Tony Lippett. The savvy Dinkins was regularly flushed from the pocket by the Royal defense but never once tucked the ball and ran, he simply waited for an opening with some nifty footwork and delivered a strike. On a day when the wind was howling at 30 plus mph Dinkins flung the ball around with amazing arm strength. There were a handful of deep balls that might have found the endzone on a normal day but the wind carried the ball away from receivers.

Ecorse was hardly a one man team. Full back Johnathan Butler may have been the hardest runner I saw all year. No sizes were listed in the program but this kid was put together. I would guess he was 5'9" and 200lbs. He ran swiftly and always delivered a hit when tackled. Donatello (don't call me ninja turtle) Sanders was another good player. At times, it seemed like he made every tackle out there for Ecorse.

In the end, a playoff victory for Ecorse was not in the cards. My buddies and I cheered hard for Ecorse like the good Downriverites that we are. It was something fun to watch. The kids, coaches and fans from Ecorse found some fun in a football team that plays in the shadows of National Steel. The Red Raider players played for something more than themselves. They played for the pride of a city and athletic program that was once great and still may be again someday. They play for Ecorse.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Week 1 Playoff Predictions Part III

Harper Woods/SMCC: These two schools have never met in football. They don't have a common opponent but the strength of schedules could tell us an accurate story. Harper Woods has made the playoffs three out of the last four years and have an overall playoff record of 4-7. SMCC has made the playoffs seven straight years and has an impressive 24-14 mark in the playoffs including a 1991 State Championship.

Harper Woods plays in the five school Metro Conference and finished tied for 3rd at 2-2 but they are the only school in the league that qualified for the playoffs. The Pioneers are giving up about two touchdowns per game and are led by senior Cortez Dorsey at linebacker. On offense Harper Woods runs the Veer; they are quarterbacked by former running back Terrance Hatfield and have some excellent speed in the backfield with trackster Marvin Dismute. The Pioneers will look to run behind the blocking of big fella James Patrick who is listed at 6'7" 300 lbs.

SMCC opened the season with a hard fought loss to Detroit Crockett. I said then, that loss would help them prepare for the playoffs. The Falcons have reeled off eight straight wins since week 1 in route to the Huron League title. Look for the Catholics to keep doing what they do best by running the ball every play and scoring on special teams.

On paper this game could be a blowout but anything can happen in a playoff game. (i.e. Bishop Foley in 2006) Much will depend on the opening series in this game to find out if the Pioneers can play with the Falcons. I don't think that they can but weather may play a factor in this game so anything could happen. I'll go win SMCC winning 35-19.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All Huron League Defense

1st Team Defense

DL- Brad Bosman Rview Unan
DL- Anthony Kitts Airport
DL- Ryan Hasten Milan
DE- Dylan Miracle SMCC Unan
DE- Brett Banks Airport
LB- TJ Lovell Unan
LB- Tyler Weclowski Huron Unan
LB- Nick Riopelle Airport Unan
Lb- Arlen Welch Rview
DB- Mike Pannone SMCC
DB- Tyler Baker Airport
DB- Dan Chickeral FR
Punter- Anthony Miller Rview

Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Lovell SMCC

2nd Team Defense

DL- Kyle Burkardt SMCC
DL- Jake Racisz FR
DL- Matt Hall Jefferson
DE- Justen Sharpe Jefferson
DE- Brian Hamrick Airport
LB- Drew Nava Airport
LB- Chris LaBelle Milan
LB- Barry Bock Milan
LB- Nick Fix Jefferson
DB- Jake Sterling Jefferson
DB- Dex teen GI
DB- Mike Tarbutton

Honroable Mention

DL- Jeff Tyburski GI
DL- Clay Morgan- Huron
DL- Sean Domas- Milan
DE- Nick Wilson SMCC
DE- DeAndre Mitchell Milan
DE- Doug Tascoff GI
LB- Zach Moore SMCC
LB- Joe Dunne Milan
DB- Edmond Chinivarre SMCC
DB-Tyler Pluff Airport
DB- Trey Ishmon Milan
DB- Grant Karr Milan


Coaches Team
Luke Vinsko SMCC
Roberto Luciani Rview
Jason Tackett milan
Mike Graves Airport
Dustiin Sharkus Jefferson
David Topolewski FR
Daniel Suemnick Huron
Jake Faulkner GI

All Huron League Offense

1st Team Offense

Center- John Korody GI
Guard- Kyle Burkardt SMCC
Guard- Thom Box Milan
Tackle- Zachery Highers SMCC
Tackle- Sherwood Harris NB Huron
TE- Dylan Close Airport
WR- David Stockert NB Huron
WR- James Cameron GI
RB- Dex Teen GI "Unanimous"
RB- Sterling Wilson NB Huron
FB- Jodeci Mays Airport
QB- Michael Howey SMCC
Kicker- Zac Richardson NB Huron

Offensive Player of the Year- Michael Howey SMCC

2nd Team Offense

Center- Nate Collins SMCC
Guard- Brett Banks Airport
Guard- Phil Vroman Flat Rock
Tackle- Dakota Klocek Airport
Tackle- Ron Dively Riverview
TE- Brad Bosman Riverview
WR- Tyler Baker Airport
WR- Caleb Tavtigian NB Huron
RB- Chris LaBeau SMCC
RB- Joe Conner Flat Rock
FB- TJ Lovell SMCC
QB- Daniel Jones Airport

Honorable Mention Offense

Center- Jake DeWeese Airport
Center- Rob Kuehnlein Jefferson
Center- Nick Beamish Riverview
Guard- Robbie Cardella SMCC
Guard- Anthony Kitts Airport
Guard- Sean Domas Milan
Guard- Jake Kuehnlein Jefferson
Tackle- Matt Ciacelli Jefferson
Tackle- Matt Schultz Milan
Tackle- David Johnson GI
TE- Seth Gonyea SMCC
TE- Brad Murtonen Milan
TE- Brandon Boring Jefferson
RB- Tyler Pluff Airport
RB- Dylan Sharkus Jefferson
RB- Chris Labelle Milan
FB- Brian McCullough Jefferson
QB- Andrew Mayrand NB Huron
QB- Rob White GI

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Week 1 Playoff Predictions Part II

Milan/Adrian: It's hard to believe these two schools are playing each other in the playoffs. These schools have never met on the gridiron and used to be separated by over 1000 in enrollment. The Maples and Big Reds have one common opponent in Ypsilanti. Milan beat the Phoenix 49-12 in week one while the Maples won by a score of 43-19 in week five.

Adrian is a member of the SEC White Division and won the league championship this year. They have two quality wins against playoff qualifiers Chelsea and Plymouth. Their lone loss was to 3-6 Saline in week two. Quarterback Drew Collins will test the Big Red defense along with receiver Cam Moorehead and running back Javon Jenkins. Defensively the Maples are only giving up 14 points per game so they should give Milan's one dimensional offense some problems.

Milan comes into this game excited to be in the playoffs again. The Big Reds needed a week nine victory to get in after losing to 3-6 Riverview the week before. Milan is going to need to play their best in order to give Adrian a game. Look for the Big Reds to run the ball as much as possible with Chris LaBelle and Joey Dunn. They will need to keep the high scoring Maple offense off of the field.

This could be an interesting game. Collins will be the best quarterback the Big Reds have faced all season. Rain would be a nice ally for Milan on Friday and the early forecast calls for it down in Adrian. If Milan's defense can play well and the offense be opportunistic this game will be close. Steve Robb has seen it all in his career and that should be an advantage for Milan. I expect the Big Reds to play well but I see the better team winning this game. Adrian wins 24-10.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Week 1 Playoff Predictions Part I

Chelsea/Airport: These two teams have a little playoff history with each other. They have met twice in the playoffs with Chelsea winning both games. The Jets are #2 in the district while Chelsea is #3.

Chelsea finished 7-2 during the regular season with their only losses coming to Ann Arbor Pioneer and Adrian. The Bulldogs are led by Michigan State 3 star recruit Nick Hill at running back. Hill is listed at 5'7" and 180 lbs, he is a fast and durable back who is capable of scoring every time he touches the ball. The quarterback for Chelsea is junior Brian Paulson. He is a capable guy but the Bulldogs rely on Hill to carry much of the load out of a myriad of different formations. Defensively Chelsea is giving up 22 points per game but the Bulldogs usually rely on outscoring their opponents.

Airport finished runner up in the Huron League with a loss to SMCC in week 6. The Jets hold season wins over playoff qualifiers Temperance Bedford and league rival Milan. The Jets are led by junior running back Jodeci Mays who is the likely Huron League Offensive Player of the Year. Quarterback Daniel Jones is an underated player who may be the "X" factor in this first round game. The Jets have an excellent linebacking core and they will need to play well if Airport hopes to contain the speedy Hill.

This is a game where the last team that touches the ball may win the game. Airport is capable of scoring in bunches much like Chelsea is. The Airport defense has been gelling lately but they will struggle to stop Hill. Likewise, the Bulldogs will have trouble stopping Mays and Jones may end up being the difference. This game will be hard fought contest and I'm not sure which Chelsea team will show up. My hunch is that we will see the Jets in the 2nd round. Airport wins a thriller 41-37.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Playoff Pairings

Division 3
R3-D2: Milan (6-3) 64.778 at Adrian (8-1) 90.889
R3-D2: Chelsea (7-2) 78.778 at Carleton Airport (7-2) 80.444

Division 6
R4-D2: Harper Woods (6-3) 57.444 at Monroe St Mary Catholic Central (8-1) 91.444
R4-D2: Blissfield (7-2) 66.556 at Ecorse (8-1) 73.903

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

What a night by the Huron League running backs.

I'm surprised Airport lost to Flushing.

Who wins 1st Team All Huron League at the quarterback position?

I'm glad Riverview beat Willow Run.

Nice win by SMCC.

Congrats to Milan for making the playoffs.

I would love to see Ida, Dundee, Erie Mason and Trenton join the Huron League.

Those junior running backs in this league are good.

It was good to see Huron's seniors go out with a win.

I predicted Bedford over Jefferson 35-21. The final score was 36-20.

Topo and Joe, I miss you guys!

Ecorse finished 8-1.

Sparty On!

Friday Night Stars

Chris LaBelle: the running back from Milan carried the ball a whopping 53 times for 307 yards and a touchdown in a 14-0 win over Belleville. The win catapults the Big Reds into the playoffs.

T.J. Lovell: The senior fullback carried the ball just 10 times but ran for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns in SMCC's 32-16 win over Divine Child in Dearborn Heights Friday.

Joe Conner: The senior running back from Flat Rock rushed for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 11 carries in the Ram's 47-12 win over Erie Mason.

Sterling Wilson: The junior running back from Huron carried the ball 34 times for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Chiefs 29-14 win over Crestwood.

Dex Teen: The speedster from Grosse Ile rush for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries in the Red Devil's 36-7 thrashing of Ida.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Huron League Scores

Huron 39 Crestwood 14

Flat Rock 47 Erie Mason 12

Riverview 28 Willow Run 6

Grosse Ile 36 Ida 7

Bedford 36 Jefferson 20

Milan 14 Belleville 0

Flushing 14 Airport 12

SMCC 32 Divine Child 16

Thursday, October 22, 2009

JV Scores

Huron 24 Crestwood 14

Airport 36 Flushing 0

SMCC 36 Dundee 26

Flat Rock 14 Erie Mason 6

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Week 9 Part IV

Airport/Flushing: Flushing won last years meeting between these two teams 22-20. The Raiders are are regulars in the playoffs but are on the verge of elimination at 5-3 and need a win against the Jets. This is a great game for Airport to play in preparation for a playoff run.

This game forces Airport to be in playoff mode right now. Flushing is playing for something and the Jets don't want to limp into the playoffs. Jodeci Mays will be one of the best backs the Raiders have seen all year. Airport has three excellent linebackers and should give Flushing problems offensively.

The Raiders are coming off back to back eight win seasons but aren't quite the caliber of those teams. They are extremely tough against the run giving up about 80 yards per game. Offensively the Jets should see two different quarterbacks in Sal Ausiello and Jon Rauch.

This could be a great game to watch and I think it will be a barn burner. The Jets have the better team on paper this year and I believe they will win this game 28-27.

SMCC/Divine Child: This is a geat game for these two teams to play every year. Both programs have storied histories and have won state titles. These teams have played five times throughout the years with SMCC holding a 3-2 edge in games won.

SMCC lost the opener just like I predicted and they stormed through the Huron League like I predicted. I also pedicted them to finish 8-1 which means I have predicted them to beat DC. SMCC's line doesn't get a lot of credit but they open some nice holes for the six players who carry the ball for SMCC.

Divine Child will be celebrating the state championship teams from 1973 and 1975 that were coached by DC legend Bill McCartney. The Falcons also need a win to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time 2004. Marty Mitchell leads the offense for the Falcons and will be one of the better quarterbacks SMCC has faced this year.

This is a game that could go either way and should be much closer than last year's romp. I hope this series continues into the future as a closer for both teams. I have to go with the Falcons winning 21-20. That would be the Falcons of SMCC.

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Week 9 Picks Part III

Jefferson/Bedford: These two teams haven't played since the 2000 season and have met only three times ever. Jefferson has won all three of the previous meetings entering this weeks match up. Jefferson has a 4-4 record while Bedford counters with an impressive 6-2 mark.

Jefferson has been up and down this season and has beaten the teams they should with the lone exception being a week 3 loss to Huron. Bryan McCullough and Dylan Sharkus have been a nice combination this season and Jake Sterling has solidified the Bears quarterback position.

Bedford is enjoying one of their best seasons since 1998 and and own an impressive win over Ann Arbor Pioneer. The Mules have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1990. The Mules are led by Jared Kujawa and Zach Messer on offense. Bedford loves to run the ball much like Jefferson does.

I don't really see this being much of a game. I think Bedford just has a better team but you can never count out Marc Cisco. I think Bedford will just outscore the Bears. Look for a Bedford win 35-21.

Milan/Belleville: Milan won last years game in a rout 42-13 while the Tigers were in the middle of a 20 game losing streak that had spanded three seasons. It remains to be seen this year if 3-5 Belleville is any better than a season ago. The schedule is much softer compared to previous seasons but winning can do wonders for a teams confidence.

Milan has proven me wrong most of the season. I expected the Big Reds to fall off big time after last year's 8-2 season. Milan sits at a respectable 5-3 and is one win away from their 3rd consecutive playoff appearance. Milan loves to run the ball but have been effective passing with the improvement of Grant Karr.

Belleville used to be a power in the Mega Red but have fallen on some hard times. Coach Bob LaPointe's team is giving up nearly 29 points per game while scoring at a 21 point clip. Belleville has some speed but may find it negated by Milan's own speed.

I think Milan needs to be careful in this game. The Tigers would love to knock the Big Reds out of the playoffs. This is a game that Milan should win and I think they will 31-20.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Week 9 Part II

Willow Run/Riverview: Riverview and Willow Run have never met in football. Both teams seem to be playing their best football of the season right now. The Flyers lost their first three games and have reeled off five in a row. Riverview lost their first six and have won the last two.

The Bucs have been a tough team the last few weeks with the emergence of Ali Saad at running back. The rushing defense has been solid all year. Although the record doesn't reflect it much, Riverview is a much improved team and will only get better in the years to come.

Willow Run arrives at week 9 with a playoff birth on the line against the Pirates. "The Run" has been playing much better the last five weeks after struggling early on in the year. The Flyer defense has step up big as of late. They have shutout three of their last four opponents.

This is not a good time for the Flyers to be playing Riverview. The Bucs play a much tougher schedule and Willow Run is the beneficiary of a cupcake type schedule with the exception of Mendon. Riverview wins this game 28-7.

Ida/Grosse Ile: These teams have met in week 9 the past two seasons and Ida has won in a rout both times. Each team enter this week with a 4-4 record and this should be an intersting matchup.

The Red Devils are not the same team that lost 20 straight in just over two seasons. The offense at GI is capable of putting up big numbers and you just can't focus on one aspect of their scheme. Look for Ida to try and make an effort to stop Dex Teen which should open the door for the GI passing attack.

Ida's four losses have come at the hands of four very good teams who will all make the playoffs. Ida is led by Bryce Woelmer and Paul Galloro who are both capable of putting up big numbers on the ground. The Bluestreaks will test the GI defense who has had trouble stopping the ground game.

This game should be a shootout and could be won by the team who has the ball last. The Islanders will have revenge on their minds while Ida is looking to continue their dominance over GI. This is a tough one to call and I will reluctantly go with the team who won the previous two games. Give me Ida 40-35.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Week 9 Picks Part I

Crestwood/Huron: These two teams have never met on the gridiron. Huron enters this game at 2-6 while Crestwood owns a 3-5 mark. The Chiefs and Chargers have one common opponent in Riverview. Crestwood defeated the Pirates in Week 1 by a 22 to 21 score. Huron lost to those same Pirates two weeks ago 23-3.

Huron limps into the season finale after high expectations withered away after week 5. The Chiefs have an excellent offense but have had a hard time stopping opponents despite the efforts of LB Tyler Weclowski.

Crestwood is led by running back Lanard Edmonston. The Chargers who finished in fourth place in the WWAC Red Division will look to run the ball against the Chief defense. Look for Crestwood to struggle with Huron's multidimensional offense.

This looks like a game that could go either way. Both teams are playing for pride so I think the more talented team will win. Look for Huron to win their last game of the season led by Andrew Mayrand and Sterling Wilson 31-21.

Flat Rock/Erie Mason: Flat Rock has won two in a row in this season ending series. The Eagles won seven in a row prior to that. Both teams have struggle this year entering week 9. The Rams have a 2-6 record while Mason is 0-8.

The Rams have been their usual selves this season. A handful of good athletes, always play with heart but just don't have the studs to compete in the bigger Huron League. Look for Joe Conner to carry the ball extensively and Dan Chickeral to throw the ball even less than usual.

Erie Mason is led by quarterback Ryan Lewis who has passed for over 700 yards this season but the Eagles are giving up just over 40 points per game while only scoring 12. This game should be a welcome change for Mason who plays in a very good LCAA.

This could be a close game but I see Flat Rock able to put pressure on Lewis while trying to throw the ball. The Rams should be able to rack up some yards on the ground in route to a victory. Flat Rock wins 28-14.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Week 9 Games

Riverview (2-6) v. Willow Run (5-3)
Willow Run needs win to qualify for playoffs

Huron (2-6) v. Crestwood (3-5)

Flat Rock (2-6) v. Erie Mason (0-8)

Milan (5-3) v. Belleville (3-5)
Milan needs win to qualify for playoffs

SMCC (7-1) v. Divine Child (5-3)
Divine Child needs win to qualify for playoffs

Jefferson (4-4) v. Bedford (6-2)

Airport (7-1) v. Flushing (5-3)
Flushing needs win to qualify for playoffs

Grosse Ile (4-4) v. Ida (4-4)

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC for winning the league title.

Sure wish I would have gone to the Milan/Riverview game.

I'm kinda disappointed that Grosse Ile didn't need to throw the ball more against Huron. I would have like to have seen Jim Cameron in action.

Andrew Mayrand sured missed Blake Caliborne this year.

Will Jefferson ever return the magic of the 80's and 90's?

Should Airport and/or Flat Rock consider leaving the Huron League?

That Milan game against Belleville this week is no gimmee.

What if Jodeci Mays and Joe Conner switched schools?

I can't help but think SMCC has a shot at a state title

I think Riverview may be headed back to Huron League glory in the near future.

Why are certain teams always good and others seemingly bad?

Is high school football success all about coaching?

I sure could use some help this week to cover eight different games.

I betcha that Michael Howey could throw the ball if asked.

Boy, the Lions are terrible. This is tough to watch.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday Night Stars

Dex Teen: The senior running back from Grosse Ile had a great game in the Red Devils victory over Huron. Teen rushed 24 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

Michael Howey: The senior signal caller from SMCC rushed 7 times for 108 yards in the Falcons league championship clinching win over Jefferson.

Ali Saad: The running back from Riverview led the Buc running attack with 23 carries for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns as Riverview upset Milan 28-6.

Jodeci Mays: The junior running back from Airport rushed 12 for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Jets victory over Flat Rock 41-14.

Cam Church: The senior running back from Grosse Ile who has taken a back seat to Teen most of the year rushed the ball 9 for 115 yards and a score. His 57 yard run for paydirt gave the Red Devils a commanding 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Grosse Ile Dooms Huron to Basement

Grosse Ile scored early and often on the Island tonight. The Red Devils jumped out to a quick 28-0 lead and coasted to an easy 45-26 win over Huron.

Grosse Ile scored on it's first three possessions of the night and was also aided by an 82 yard fumble return by Jake Burr in the first quarter.

Dex Teen and Robbie White both scored two touchdowns for GI. Cam Church scored on a 57 yard touchdown run while Majd Khytaz added a 36 yard field goal.

Andrew Mayrand threw 2 touchdown passes to David Stockert. Sterling Wilson and Jordan Van Gieson also scored for the Chiefs.

With the win, Grosse Ile improved to 3-4 in the Huron League and 4-4 overall. The Chiefs drop to 1-6 in the league and 2-6 overall.

Huron League Scores

Riverview 28 Milan 6

SMCC 21 Jefferson 0

Airport 41 Flat Rock 14

Grosse Ile 45 Huron 26

Huron League Stat Leaders

1)Tyler Weclowski (H) 116, 2)Dan Chickeral (FR) 103, 3)Arlen Welch (R) 87, 4)Jacob Racisz (FR) 84, 5)Michael Pannone (SMCC) 77

1)Jodeci Mays (A) 146-1,186, 2)Dex Teen (GI) 143-1,064, 3)Sterling Wilson (H) 106-813, 4)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 107-784, 5)Joe Dunn (M) 83-597

1)Robbie White (GI) 63-102-903, 2)Andrew Mayrand (H) 51-106-760, 3)Daniel Jones (A) 42-81-570, 4)Grant Karr (M) 42-71-492, 5)Jason Kubica 23-41-316

1)Jim Cameron 40-603, 2)David Stockert (H) 17-323, 3)Tyler Baker (A) 16-200, 4)Caleb Tavtigian (H) 13-259, 5)Tony Martinson (M) 13-110

Thursday, October 15, 2009

JV Scores

These were the scores that were reported to me.

Airport 32 Flat Rock 18

SMCC 20 Jefferson 0

Grosse Ile 16 Huron 14

Riverview 20 Milan 8

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Coach of the Year?

Time to consider the coach of the year candidates. I've listed 4 coaches in my poll and for the most part it is the usual suspects.

John Bodner (GI) Coach Bodner has led the Islanders to a respectable season this year after going winless for two seasons.

Jack Giarmo (SMCC) Coach Giarmo had a lot of talent coming back but to his credit his kids have put themselves in the drivers seat for the league title.

Eric Redmond (A) Coach Redmond lost some key players from last year's team but the Jets have had a solid season.

Steve Robb (M) Coach Robb rebuilt his Big Reds after massive graduation losses and will find themselves in the playoffs again.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Week 8 Picks Part II

Huron/Grosse Ile: Huron has won the last two in this series including last years game 49-21 as the Red Devils took Huron's place in the basement of the league the last two years. Prior to that Grosse Ile recorded 18 straight victories over Huron.

Huron has fallen on hard times lately as they haven't been able to recover from their narrow loss to SMCC in week 4. After high expectations the Chiefs can salvage the season somewhat by beating GI and Crestwood and finishing 4-5.

Grosse Ile has a chance to finish the season at 5-4 if they can slip by the Chiefs then beat Ida in week 9. That would be a huge turnaround for a team that had lost 20 straight entering the season.

This could be a fun game to watch this week if Huron decides to trust their coach and just play. GI loves the offensive side of the ball and so does Huron. Each team has an excellent quarterback, running back and receiver and the difference may come down to the defenses stepping up. I think Huron has a chance to win this if they play their best game. My gut says the Chiefs might but they have let me down the last few weeks. GI wins this game 27-24.

Jefferson/SMCC: Jefferson has won two in a row against their arch-rivals in this series and much like this year each time SMCC had the better team. Jefferson has also won 7 out of the last 10 against the Catholics.

Jefferson has gotten back on track the last few weeks against Riverview and Flat Rock. Those two teams aren't world beaters by any stretch but confidence can go a long way when your playing a good team. Jefferson has been running the ball better and teams must respect their quarterback.

SMCC is quite simply, rolling along. The Falcons are peaking at the right time and two more wins against quality opponents could help them immensely as the State playoffs approach.

I'm guessing that this game will be the usual hard fought game that you see every year from these two teams. This also may be one of the fastest games you'll see all year as their probably won't be many passes. Don't be surprised if the Bears bite the Falcons again this year but I'm going with the team I picked to win the league 27-14

Monday, October 12, 2009

Week 8 Picks Part I

Flat Rock/Airport: Flat Rock has lost 7 in a row to the Jets. The Rams last won in this series back in 2001. This series dates back to the 1959 season and Flat Rock actually holds an edge in that time having won 26 times and losing 24.

Last week Airport was an angry team and took it out on Grosse Ile. The Jets held the fun and gun of the Islanders to a big goose egg. Airport made it a point to get Jodeci Mays the ball and you will see that trend continue this week against Flat Rock

Flat Rock is hoping a possible return of Joe Conner will help them be competitive against their rivals. The Rams have been playing hard but will once again be under sized against a Huron League opponent.

I don't expect this game to be close on Friday. Airport is big and fast. Flat Rock is fast but doesn't have any size. This game will be over early. Airport wins 40-6.

Milan/Riverview: Milan won last years game in a rout 45-6 but the Pirates lead the series since the Big Reds entered the league 5-4. These teams have battled some close game over the last nine years and I think this game will be a good one.

Thus far Milan has proven me wrong this year. The Big Reds reloaded and appear headed to the playoffs. Quarterback Grant Karr has steadily improved each game and the Milan defense is good as usual.

Riverview is coming off of their first win of the year against Huron. The Pirates play good defense and will probably look to force the Big Reds to throw the ball by loading the box on defense. Offensively the Bucs have improved but will probably find running room scarce on Friday.

This should be an excellent matchup between two veteran coaches. I think Riverview could surprise Milan this week but they probably don't have the speed to pull it off. Look for Milan to pull out a close game 14-10.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hey Everyone

Thanks to everyone who has been following the blog. It has been a lot of fun for me so far and hopefully for all of you. I plan on continuing the blog throughout the playoffs but when the season ends the content will drop off. I'm just not creative enough to entertain everyone on a daily basis (plus hoops season will be starting). You'll probably see weekly entries instead. I am considering doing a monthly newsletter for you diehards. It would probably have a section on each team and would include some detailed stuff. With that said, it may be subscription based. I'm sure it would be a nominal fee (really nominal in fact) but it would take some work on my end. Just wondering if there would be interest in that by the masses. Please let me know.

On another note folks, this whole blog may go into a complete Huron League website. I've got most everything together and we would be looking at an August 2010 launch. Part of me thinks I'm crazy but I think there would be a big interest. Look for more details in the future.

If your thinking, "when does this guy find the time". The answer is, "I never really slept much when I coached so why would I start now":)

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to Riverview's Jeff Stergalas for getting his first Huron League win.

Looks like it is still the "Big Four" and the "Little Four".

Friday nights weather was the worst in a long time for regular season high school football.

Why can't Huron win?

Everyone at Saturday nights Flat Rock Class of 84 reunion looked the same age as me.

Looks like the Huron League will only get three teams in the playoffs this year.

I think Jodeci Mays is a lock for the Huron League Offensive Player of the Year award.

Has every coach at Huron been the problem?

I wonder how many games have Joe Pruchnicki and Marc Cisco been a part of in their lives.

What game should I go to this week?

Ecorse finally lost this week.

Kids have to actually attend practice to win right?

Dan Chickeral from Flat Rock should be a 1st team All-League selection on defense.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday Night Stars

Ali Saad: The running back from Riverview ran for 208 yards on 32 carries while leading the previously winless Pirates to a 23-3 victory over Huron. The win avenged last years 41-0 drubbing. What a difference a year makes!

Michael Howey: The senior signal caller from SMCC led the Falcons to a 25 -13 win over Milan by rushing the ball just 6 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Jodeci Mays: The junior running back from Airport and the likely Huron League Offensive Player of the Year winner rushed for four touchdowns and 231 yards on 21 carries as the Jets pounded Grosse Ile 44-0.

Bryan McCullough: The towering junior running back ran for 115 on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns while leading the Bears to a 34-12 win over Flat Rock.

Dan Chickeral: The senior leader for the Flat Rock Rams rushed for 74 yards and threw an 11 yard touchdown pass while recording 19 tackles from his safety position in the Rams loss to Jefferson.

Jake Sterling: The junior did a little bit of everything in the Bears win over Flat Rock last night. Sterling rushed for 96 yards and threw a touchdown pass. He also recorded 9 tackles on defense while also handling the kicking duties for coach Cisco's team.

Michael Pannone: The junior safety from SMCC recorded 13 tackles and had a fumble recovery in the Falcons key win over Milan.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Jefferson Cruises Past Flat Rock

Jefferson took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards to score on their first possession of the game. The two teams traded punts the rest of the half and Jefferson led at the break 7-0.

The Bears dominated the 2nd half and rolled to a 34-12 victory. Jefferson amassed 342 yards on the ground led by Bryan McCullough who carried the ball 15 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rams rushed for 226 yards on 42 carries and were led by Robbie Kobylasz's 77 yards on 14 carries. The Rams leading rusher Joe Conner missed the game with an injury sustained in last week's Grosse Ile game.

The win makes the Bears 3-3 in the league and 4-3 overall. Flat Rock slips to 2-4 in the league and 2-5 overall.

Huron League Scores

Jefferson 34 Flat Rock 12

SMCC 25 Milan 13

Riverview 23 Huron 3

Airport 44 Grosse Ile 0

Rain, Rain, Rain

Looks like it is going to be a wet night out there tonight. I'm not looking forward to being wet and cold.

My SMCC/Milan poll has closed and SMCC seems to be the favorite tonight by gaining 66% of the vote. Thanks to all who voted. We had over 250 votes.

Please submit scores and info as soon as you can. I will try and get the scores up ASAP. I do have extra-curricular activities going on after the homecoming game at Flat Rock.

By the way, check out my poll on President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. I know my own opinion but was wondering what the readership thought. I'm not trying to make this a political blog or anything but it is a historic day so I thought I would ask the question.

Huron League Stat Leaders

1)Tyler Weclowski (H) 91, 2)Dan Chickeral (FR) 84, 3)Jacob Racisz (FR) 77, 4)Nick Riopelle (A) 65, 5)Michael Pannone (SMCC) 64

1)Jodeci Mays (A) 125-955, 2)Dex Teen (GI) 123-919, 3)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 100-739, 4)Sterling Wilson (H) 88-701, 5)Joe Dunn (M) 81-590

1)Robbie White (GI) 62-97-893, 2)Andrew Mayrand (H) 46-96-760, 3)Daniel Jones (A) 42-79-570, 4)Grant Karr (M) 37-59-306, 5)Dan Chickeral (FR)19-33-202

1)Jim Cameron 39-593, 2)Tyler Baker (A) 16-200, 3)David Stockert (H) 15-303, 4)Caleb Tavtigian (H) 13-259, 5)Tony Martinson (M) 12-105

1)Jodeci Mays (A) 15, 2)Chris LaBeau (SMCC) 10, 3)Jim Cameron (GI) 8, 4)Joe Conner (FR) 7, 5)Wilson (H), McCullough (J), LaBelle (M) and Teen (GI) Tied with 6

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Week 7 Picks Part II

Grosse Ile/Airport: Airport has won four in a row and nine out of the last ten in this series including last years 41-0 win over the Islanders. The Jets are coming off of a 40-22 loss to SMCC while Grosse Ile is coming off of a win against Flat Rock 24-19. This game will feature arguably the two best running backs in the league along with two of the better quarterbacks.

Grosse Ile's offense has been quite amazing this year and balanced. The Red Devils can hurt you through the air or on the ground. John Bodner will look to keep Eric Redmond's defense off balance while trying to keep the Jet offense grounded and off of the field.

Look for Airport to keep the ball on the ground most of the night against Grosse Ile. The Jets became a little too pass happy last week and they won't make that mistake again. Defensively, Airport has the speed to shut down the GI air attack and also has the linebackers that will make running room scarce for the GI running game.

While Grosse Ile is much improved over last year, this game could get ugly. Airport won't be in a happy mood and will probably take it out on the Islanders. Grosse Ile may be able to score some points on Airport but I can't see them stopping the Jets at all. Airport wins 42-21.

Milan/SMCC: This has been a good series since Milan re-entered the league back in 1999. The Falcons own a 6-4 edge over the Big Reds since that time. Most of the games have been close and hard fought and this one should be no different. SMCC dealt Milan a loss last year 28-21 forcing Milan to settle for a league co-championship last year.

Milan enters this game at 5-1 and seems to be improving every week. The Big Reds were primarily a running team early in the season but have been improving on their passing game. Milan has three players capable of running the ball in Chris LaBelle, Joe Dunn and Leo Pittman. Defensively, the Big Reds are big, physical and speedy just like every other Steve Robb coached team.

SMCC is coming off of a huge and somewhat surprising win against Airport. Look for the Falcons to continue their typical running game with five or six backs carrying the ball. Defensively, the Catholics will be physical and speedy. Once again, Jack Giarmo owns the best special teams play in the league courtesy of assistant coach Rob Hogg.

I anticipate this to be a close and hard fought game with two excellent coaches matching wits for what comes down to a championship ball game. Milan needs a win to gain a share of the league lead while SMCC is looking to lay it's own claim to the title. I think this game could possibly be a low scoring affair by these two teams standards and I look for SMCC to win 20-17.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 7 Picks Part I

Riverview/Huron: Last year the Chiefs dominated Riverview in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated 41-0. Riverview is much improved over their worst year in history. The Bucs have been close in numerous games this year and they have actually played some defense this year compared to last.

Last week Riverview fell victim to Jefferson on a late score and 2-point conversion 22-21. Considering the Pirates are 0-6 they are playing some pretty good football and are going to be a tough win for their remaining schedule. Riverview has some quality players. Michael Kowalski, Jason Kubica, Brad Bosman and Ali Saad are all players who have helped Riverview improve the program this year even though it hasn't shown in the win column.

Huron is a team that showed so much promise early in the season but have fallen on some tough times the last two weeks. Look for a rejuvenated team this week as the Chiefs play at home in front of a homecoming crowd. Sterling Wilson may find the running tough against a good Riverview run defense but look for QB Andrew Mayrand to get back on track and move the offense.

Huron doesn't get a break this week when Riverview comes to town. Riverview coach Jeff Stergalas has been coaching longer than Huron's Dan Kabfleisch has been alive. Then again, that can be said for the last two weeks after facing Steve Robb and Joe Pruchnicki. I hope people realize they have a good coach over there at Huron and that the majority of Huron League teams send out great coaches with years of experience.

I expect this to be a competitive game that could go either way. Riverview is bound to get a win eventually and they are catching Huron at a good time. With that said, I think the Pirates will have to wait until week 9 before they win against Willow Run. Huron wins a barn burner 31-28.

Jefferson/Flat Rock: Last year the Bears and Rams hook up for a real defensive struggle as Jefferson escaped with a 7-0 victory. Jefferson owns this rivalry and has been dominating since the early 80's.

Jefferson is coming off a win in which Marc Cisco pulled some trickery out of his hat to win the game when needed. Look for Bryan McCullough to carry the ball nearly every time against the Rams. He is bigger than any player the Rams put out there on defense. Quarterback Jake Sterling has been pleasant surprise since he was thrusted into the position.

Flat Rock has opened up their aerial attack lately by actually throwing the ball a few times in recent games. The Rams have found some offense other than running back Joe Conner in recent games and the defense has been opportunistic led by Dan Chickeral and Jacob Racisz.

This is the game I will be covering this week because of my 25th high school reunion. Hopefully it will be a good game and hopefully the home team will win. Jefferson has been a tough team to figure out this year but I think they still have the talent to beat Flat Rock. Bears win this game 21-14.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Huron League Thoughts/Questions

Congrats to T.J. Lovell for being the Huron League Player of the Week as voted by my readers.

SMCC or Milan?

What would you rather have good speed and average size or good size and average speed?

Boy can SMCC's Pannone really lay the wood on people!

Will Stergalas get his first win this week?

Is Dex Teen the best running back in the league?

Glad to see SMCC's #18 get a start against Airport.

I can't believe Cisco ran a fake kick to win the game.

Look for Airport to rebound this week with a vengeance.

Is my 25th class reunion really happening at the Flat Rock Homecoming this weekend?

Are the expectations too high at Huron?

There sure are some great coaches in this league.

Wish SMCC's #18 was still playing for my Alma Mater!

Who is the best coach in the league?

How will Airport fair against a Melvindale in the playoffs?

Did Ecorse win this weekend? I still can't find a score.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday Night Stars

T.J. Lovell: The senior from SMCC led the defense for SMCC against Airport while holding the high scoring Jets to a season low 22 points. He also carried the ball 7 times for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Dex Teen: The speedy senior from Grosse Ile rushed for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries in the Red Devils 24 19 victory over Flat Rock.

Chris LaBelle: The running back from Milan rushed 15 times for 120 yards and 2 scores in Milan's convincing win over New Boston Huron.

Jake Sterling: The Jefferson quarterback threw for 2 touchdowns and the all important winning 2-point conversion to lift Jefferson to a come from behind 22-21 win over Riverview.

Tyler Weclowski: The senior from Huron recorded 21 tackles and threw for a touchdown in his teams 29-14 loss to Milan.

Chris LaBeau:
The senior running back from SMCC rushed for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Falcons 40-22 win over Airport.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Game Summaries

Milan 29 Huron 14

Milan jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead as the Big Reds took advantage of some Huron miscues and some timely conversions.

Milan led the Homecoming game 23-0 at the half. The Chiefs were able to score twice in the 2nd half but could pull no closer than the final score of 29-14.

The win lifts Milan to 4-1 in the league and 5-1 overall while Huron drops to 1-4 in the Huron League and 2-4 overall.

Grosse Ile 24 Flat Rock 19

Dex Teen ran for 160 yards on 22 carries as the Red Devils won a tight game against Flat Rock. Robbie White threw for 110 yards and two touchdowns while be intercepted twice. Jim Cameron had 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Conner rushed for 121 yards on 9 carries for the Rams before leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with an injury. Dan Chickeral passed for 72 yards for the Rams.

The win lifts Grosse Ile to 2-3 in the league and 3-3 overall. The loss drops Flat Rock to 2-3 in the league and 2-4 overall.

Jefferson 22 Riverview 21

Jefferson scored late in the game and converted a 2-point conversion to give the Bears a come from behind 22-21 victory over Riverview.

The teams traded scores throughout the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters as Jefferson won the game with a little trickery from veteran coach Marc Cisco. The Bears faked their 3rd extra point as Jake Sterling found a receiver wide open in the end zone for the win.

Bryan McCullough led Jefferson with 99 yards while Jake Sterling threw for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Riverview was led by Ali Saad's 91 yards. Matt Gibbons had two short touchdown runs and threw for 85 yards.

The win lifts Jefferson to 2-3 in the Huron League and 3-3 overall. The loss drops Riverview to 0-5 in the league and 0-6 overall.

Down Goes Airport!

On a cold and windy night in Monroe, two Huron league heavyweights battled toe to toe in the first half. (Actually one heavyweight and one welterweight but does the size of the school really matter?) The two teams combined for over 500 yards in offense in the first half as the teams traded haymakers. The 2nd half pace would slow down a bit but SMCC landed enough punches to take a 40-22 TKO.

SMCC opened the scoring quickly by going 73 yards on 4 plays on the opening drive. Airport responded with a drive of their own by going 80 yards on 10 plays to knot the score at 7 a piece.

The Falcons would respond :38 seconds later by covering 56 yards in 2 plays which made the score 13-7 as the extra point was wide left. Once again Airport would respond by going 71 yards in 8 plays and took the lead when the extra point was good 14-13.

SMCC would open the 2nd quarter by striking quickly again. The Falcons covered 73 yards in 4 plays and led 19-14 as the 2-point conversion failed. Airport would respond once again this time with :43 seconds left in the 1st half as the Jets went 64 yards on 9 plays. The 2-point conversion was good and Airport led again 22-19.

The Jets looked like they would go into the half with the lead but Mike Howey returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the Airport 15 yard line. SMCC would punch the ball in with :06 seconds left to take a 26-22 half time lead.

The 3rd quarter started with Airport taking the opening kick of the half and driving 54 yards down to the Falcon 9 yard line. SMCC's defense would stiffen and Airport turned the ball over on downs.

After the two teams traded punts SMCC would go on a 10 play 55 yard scoring drive that would take 6 minutes off of the clock. After SMCC's Chris LaBeau plunged in off of the right side the Falcons found themselves leading 33-22 with 6:57 to go in the game.

Airport would be unable to mount a drive and SMCC would take over on the Airport 47 yard line with 4:49 to go in the game. The Falcons would take 8 plays to cover those 47 yards this time scoring with 42 seconds left in the contest making the score SMCC 40 Airport 22.

The victors rushed for 397 yards on 46 carries.Chris LaBeau led the way for SMCC with 146 yards on 19 carries and 3 touchdowns. League MVP candidate T.J. Lovell rushed for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 7 carries. The Falcons did not attempt a pass.

The SMCC defense held Airport to 110 yards in the 2nd half after the Jets had gained 260 yards in the 1st half.

Airport rushed for 305 yards on 47 carries led by Jodeci Mays who carried the ball 26 times for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Pluff added 92 yards on 10 carries. The Falcons held Airport's quarterback Daniel Jones to 65 yards on 8 of 18 passing.

Huron League Scores

SMCC 40 Airport 22

Grosse Ile 24 Flat Rock 19

Jefferson 22 Riverview 21

Milan 29 Huron 14

Wet or Dry?

After raining much of the day it looks like tonight's games should be relatively dry although the fields should be rain soaked. All four of tonight's games could be decided by wet fields.

Grosse Ile/Flat Rock: GI has an excellent running game but it is their passing game that makes their offense go. Flat Rock rarely throws the ball while depending on their running game. Advantage: Flat Rock

Riverview has a balanced offense while Jefferson relies mostly on the run. Advantage: Jefferson

Huron/Milan: Huron needs the passing game to set up their running game. The Chiefs were able to throw all over Milan last year. Milan loves to run and rarely throws the ball. Advantage: Milan

Airport/SMCC: Airport has a balanced offense that can run or pass. SMCC never throws and relies on deception. Advantage:SMCC

All in all, I don't think the wetness should cause to much havoc but could slow down some of the speedier teams and those who like to throw the ball.

Please Report Scores

Hey everyone, just a quick reminder to let me know tonight's scores as soon as they are finished. I will get the scores up ASAP.

I will be attending the SMCC/Airport game this evening and will have my game summary up about an hour after the game.

If you are attending another game please let me know any info you have so I can get a quick summary up. Just email the details if you can.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

JV Scores

Airport 13 SMCC 13

Flat Rock 20 Grose Ile 12

Jefferson 35 Riverview 0