Monday, November 30, 2009

Basketball Blog is Alive

I have decided to continue the basketball blog. It is available through the link on the left.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Could SMCC have played any better?

Kicker Matt DeJong from Montague was unbelieveable.

Friday's championship game showed why the Huron League coaches picked T.J. Lovell as the Defensive Player of the Year.

How fast is Michael Howey?

Montague didn't punt in the championship game.

SMCC will miss their seniors but will probably just reload.

It was good to see league support for SMCC at Ford Field.

I thought $40 for a family of four was pretty steep for a high school football game.

I wish people were willing to comment without remaining anonymous.

Montague's Cody Kater was fun to watch.

Dinner for four at Armondos in Meixcantown cost me $90. Ouch!

If I had to pick a running back in the Huron League it would be tough not to pick Chris LaBeau

Friday, November 27, 2009

SMCC Drops Heartbreaker to Monatgue 24-21

Never underestimate "The Heart of a Champion". SMCC came into Friday afternoon's Division VI Championship game against defending champ Montague at Ford Field as a heavy underdog. The Wildcats quite simply had more size, more talent and more stars. None of that seemed to matter to the Falcons from Monroe as they traded blows with the heavyweights from the football tradition rich area of Muskegon.

The Huron League Champions showed that what may seem impossible could quite possibly be if you play with heart and as a team and while the Falcons fell 24-21 in Detroit to a more talented team I find it hard to believe that Montague was more of a team than SMCC.

If anyone thought this game would be anything but close the Falcons erased that quickly by marching 80 yards in a mere 2:56 on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Monatgue would respond by going on an 11 play 75 yard drive but would fall short by turning the ball over on downs at the Falcon 1 yard line. That goal line stand along with a 7-0 lead showed everyone at Ford Field that this game wouldn't be a blowout.

While SMCC held a 7 point lead at the quarter, Monatgue was able to score two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter led by Central Michigan bound quarterback Cody Kater. The athletic quarterback engineered two drives behind both his arm and feet as he showed why Montague were the defending state champs and why Kater is the heir apparent to Dan LaFleur at CMU.

The 3rd quarter picked up where Monatgue left off as the Wildcats took the opening kick and drove 74 yards before Kater showed some chink in his armor by fumbling into the endzone as SMCC recovered. The Falcons would be forced to punt after a three and out but a muffed return by Montague's Anthony Root turned the ball back over to the Falcons at the Wildcat 42 yard line. It took the Falcons just 6 plays to push the ball into the endzone tying the game at 14-14.

Kater would once again lead the Wildcats down the field going 76 yards in 14 plays but had to settle for a 24 yard field goal by Matt "Thunder Foot" Dejong giving Monatague a 17-14 lead with 11:55 to play in the 4th. SMCC would once again respond with a 8 play drive that covered 80 yards. Michael Howey would score from 42 yards out giving the Falcons a surprising 21-17 lead with 8:08 to go.

Now the pressure was on Montague to respond with a drive of their own or risk their perfect season. Enter Kater aka. Peyton Manning. The cool senior with ice in his veins led the Wildcats on a 6 play 80 yard drive that lasted 2:10. Kater completed 4 passes and scored the games final touchdown on a run from 10 yards out.

SMCC was unable to mount a drive in the last 6:00 minutes and Monatgue was able to run out the clock on their championship season and end the Falcons dreams of an upset on the biggest stage of their lives.

SMCC was led in rushing by Chris LaBeau with 102 yards on 18 carries and Michael Howey who had 99 yards on 13 carries. Jack Cousamano chipped in 58 yards on 15 carries.

Monatgue was led by who else but Cody Kater. The Division VI Player of the Year threw for 251 yards and rushed for 120 yards on 17 carries. All State receiver Matt DeJong led the Wildcats with 8 receptions for 120 yards.

While SMCC finished runner-up for a State Championship, the Falcons were still League Champions, District Champions and Regional Champions. They quite simply showed the Heart of a Champion led by a great coach in Jack Giarmo and five captains named Nate Johnston, Dylan Miracle, Michael Howey, Chris LaBeau and T.J Lovell.

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Montague 24 SMCC 21

Please come back for full coverage of the Division VI Championship game at 11 pm.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Montague/SMCC

Greetings from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I'm visiting the sister-in law's family for Thanksgiving but will be back at Ford Field by 4:30 pm on Friday to witness the Division VI Final. Sorry it took me so long to get this thing posted. It's tough cramming a weeks worth of work into three days in the nine to five gig.

The Wildcats of Montague are the defending Division VI state champs and are in the midst of a 20 game winning streak. Montague is an impressive 13-0 while the Falcons have won 12 straight after losing the season opener on the last play of the game against Detroit Crockett. Montague is giving up just under 13 points per game while scoring at a 44 point clip. The Wildcats closest game was against 7-3 Fremont 13-0. They also had a close game with league foe Ravenna 41-27. Ravenna finished the season an impressive 10-3.

Montague boast an impressive offense that has put a load of points on the board in virtually every game. Senior Cody Kater leads the Wildcats offensively. The 6'3" 195 pounder has thrown for over 2,500 yards and has thrown 33 touchdowns against only 7 intercpetions. Kater is also a threat running the ball and has scored 13 touchdowns. The Wildcats have an impressive receiving corp led by 6'3" senior Matt DeJong. DeJong has 49 receptions and 17 touchdowns. Anthony Root has also had an outstanding year catching the ball with 40 receptions and 7 touchdowns. Senior running back Drew Panida has rushed for over 800 yards and has scored 15 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Wildcats have been stingy this season, giving up only 160 points in 13 games thus far. Linebacker Drew Panida leads the Wildcats in tackles with 83 total while Safety Jake Schmidt has recorded 57 tackles. Other standouts on defense for the Wildcats are linebacker Jesus Aguilar and defensive back RC Twining.

Normally SMCC has an advantage in the special teams play but kicker Matt DeJong has recorded 47 touchbacks on kickoffs this season and may prevent the Falcon kick returners from making a difference in the championship game.

This is a very interesting game. It is a difference of styles and SMCC's defense will be under the gun against the Wildcat spread attack. This game could get out of hand if the Falcons have difficulty controlling the clock. I said early in the preseason that the Crockett game would prepare the Falcons for a long playoff run and here is where that game will pay dividends. The small defensive backs of SMCC may have problems with the Wildcats's receivers but are quick enough to possibly neutralize them.

I think this game could possibly go either way but I have to put my money on the defending champs. SMCC just doesn't see a quarterback like this in the Huron League. I look for Montague to win a hard fought game that is much closer than many expect. Wildcats win 31-29.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Since SMCC has made it to Ford Field like I predicted back in August and they are the only league team still playing I think we should be talking about them in my thoughts and questions section.

Thanks to all who kept me updated on the game while I sat in my comfortable chair at home.

What is the line for the SMCC/Montague game?

It sure is nice to see T.J. Lovell stepping up big after I gushed all over him in the preseason.

Will Huron League fans be at Ford Field cheering on the Falcons?

My family wants to go to the game on Friday. I wonder if they just want to have a nice dinner in dowtown Detroit afterward.

Has anyone ever been to Montague?

I said to my buddy Tom at halftime that SMCC would make adjustments.

Because of their youth is Constantine the favorite in Division 6 next year?

I wonder how big the Montague/Whitehall rivalry is?

Is there tailgating scheduled for Friday's game?

How good is Constantine's freshman RB Payton White? (Rumor has it he was dinged up a bit for this game)

Is Montague beatable?

If you have short video or pictures from yesterday's game send it over through my email and I'll put it up. huronleaguefootball@gmail.com

We are quickly approaching 100,000 visitors since the blog was launched in mid-August.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

SMCC Makes Comeback

SMCC trailed 14-6 at the half but T.J. Lovell scored on a 77 yard run and Michael Howey added the 2 point conversion to tie the game with 10 minutes to go in the 4th.

SMCC was able to march the ball down the field late in the 4th qtr and Seth Gonyea kicked a 29 yard field goal with 27 secs left to play in regulation.

The Falcon's Kyle Burkhardt recovered a fumble in the endzone on the games final play to make the final score 23-14.

SMCC (12-1) will play undefeated and defending state champion Montague in the Division VI final on Friday at Ford Field. Constantine finished 10-3.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Constantine/SMCC

Constantine and SMCC will be meeting Saturday on the gridiron for only the 2nd time in each school's history. In 2004, the Falcons (of Constantine) scored a late touchdown against SMCC to win a hard fought semi final game 28-27. That win enabled Constantine to win the 2004 State Championship with a win over Suttons Bay at Ford Field.

Constantine started the season 0-2 and had given up 50 points in it's first 5 quarters of play. The Falcons have rallied since reeling off 10 straight victories in what many thought might be a year where Constantine doesn't make the playoffs. The Falcons only start 2 seniors on offense and just 3 seniors on defense. Many thought this team was probably a year away from a long playoff run.

Constantine runs the T offense and is a mirror image of SMCC. Jake Bower is the signal caller and hands off nearly every play to a stable of running backs. (sound familiar?) Freshmen Payton White is a star in the making and may be the Falcons best ball carrier. Look for Shawn Tucker and Zach Mallo to carry the ball numerous times and don't expect the Falcons to throw much. (sound familiar?)

Defensively, Constantine is led by 5'10" 210 linebacker Ron Fancher and 230 lb defensive lineman Malcolm Wilson. The Falcons are extremely physical and have a loyal following from the football crazy town just miles north of the Indiana border. Many of the Falcons have been playing football since a young age as part of the youth football program in the town of Constantine.

I've been writing about SMCC every week since mid August and I think I just described them again as they are a mirror image of the Falcons from Constantine.

This contest should be a great game and shouldn't last very long. Neither team will look to pass very often and both sides will try and hide the ball with a bevy of fakes. This game should go down to the wire and the winner of this game will no doubt get a date with Montague at Ford Field. I am going out on a limb and picking the Falcons to win this game 28-27. Ehhh, the Falcons of SMCC.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Constantine Falcons

The Constantine Falcons enter Saturday's matchup with SMCC with a 10-2 record. The Falcons opened the season with back to back losses to Battle Creek Pennfield and Olivet. Since then Constantine has reeled off ten straight wins.

Constantine's closest games since the week 2 loss were against perennial power Schoolcraft on back to back weeks. In week 9 the Falcons were victorious 20-13 over the Eagle the beat them again in week 1 of the playoffs 7-3.

Constantine has made the playoffs 11 straight years since the playoff format was expanded and has not had a losing season since 1990. In that span the Falcons are an amazing 175-34. The run includes 8 one loss seasons and 8 two loss seasons.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Basketball Season Starts

Just an FYI. Basketball practice starts tomorrow for league teams. Check out my basketball blog for coverage of this year's league title chase.

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Should other teams in the Huron League duplicate SMCC's offense?

A prototype of my new Huron League website is available for viewing underneath Huron League Athletics.

Will the SMCC/Constantine game last longer than 1 1/2 hours?

How many Huron Leaague seniors will be playing college football next year?

When do most teams start preparing for next season?

Do most league coaches encourage their football players to paticipate in track and field? Should they?

Will Huron ever find it's way out of the basement?

How much longer will Cisco, Redmond and Pruchnicki coach?

How soon until Riverview is relavent?

Can Grosse Ile find a way to replace Dex Teen?

How do Catholic Schools Brother Rice and De LaSalle avoid each other in the playoffs?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

SMCC to Play in Jackson

SMCC will continue it's playoff journey when they meet the Falcons of Constantine on Saturday November 21st at Jackson's Withington Stadium.

SMCC owns an 11-1 record while Constantine enters the game with a 10-2 mark. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM.

Constantine Beats Bronson

SMCC found out that they will be playing Constantine next Saturday after the Falcons beat Bronson 28-14 this afternoon.

SMCC brings an 11-1 record into the game with Constantine which is 10-2. The time and place have yet to be announced.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Falcons Soar

SMCC took a 21-6 1st quarter lead and forced a running clock in the 2nd half as the Falcons soared to a 48-6 win over 10-1 Manchester at Navarre Field.

The Falcons improved to 11-1 and will face the winner of Saturday's Bronson/Constantine game in the Division VI State semi-final next Saturday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Manchester/SMCC

Both of these teams enter this quarter-final game with 10-1 records. The Flying Dutchmen's only set back was at the hands of traditional Division V power Hillsdale the last week of the regular season. The Falcons lone loss was a week 1 thriller to Detroit Crockett who is still alive in Division III. These two teams have met twice in the playoffs over the last four years with SMCC coming out on top both times. Last year SMCC made an amazing comeback as they trailed 14-6 with less than six minutes to play in the 4th quarter. The Falcons forced 3 straight Dutchman turnovers as they stole an 18-14 decision. In that game the ball seem to take some strange bounces that went the way of the Catholics.

Manchester is led by a dominant defense that has only given up 99 points in eleven games including 3 shutouts. Last week the Dutchmen shutout Clinton who came in to the game averaging 28 points per game. Defensively, Manchester is led by their athletic linebackers Brent Schriber and Kevin Mulcare. The Dutchmen are also strong on the defensive line with Dylan Neff and Ben Stachnik. Offensively, Logan Zigila leads the way at quarterback for Manchester. Zigila is known for his throwing ability but will run the ball when called upon. DJ Hone leads the running game for the Dutchmen.

SMCC will once again rely on their running game for success. The Falcons did not throw a pass last week against Blissfield but did display a little trickery within their vanilla offense and it proved to be effective as they blew open a close game with 21 unanswered points in the 2nd half. Defensively, the Falcons will need to be sharp against a team that likes to throw the ball as much as it runs. At times this season the Falcon defense has been suspect and this could be a potential problem for the hosts.

This years game like last years looks like it could be another great match up. It will be a battle of Manchester's defense and SMCC's offense. Normally I would go with the defense but the Falcon's have too much fire power offensively for the Dutchmen and a pretty darn good defense themselves. I would save a spot in the State semi-finals for the Falcons and hopefully another date with Constantine with whom the Falcons owe some revenge. SMCC wins 28-19.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Open Forum

Pretty slow week for Huron League football (except for the hate mail). I will be doing my prediction for my beloved SMCC Falcons (haha) on Wednesday.

I am going to open up the floor for anything. Please keep it clean and positive. This is an open forum so please throw it out there.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Was there enough room at Navarre on Friday?

How early do I need to get there to get a seat against Manchester?

Was I wrong to pick my own All League Teams and Players of the Year?

Who is the team to beat next year?

Can you get the H1N1 Virus from blogging?

Defense or Offense?

If you could choose one junior to start a team, who would it be?

Who would you have coach him?

Best Huron League JV team?

Doesn't the league champ usually get the most love and accolades?

Friday, November 6, 2009

SMCC Rolls

SMCC led Blissfield 13-6 at halftime on a cold night down at Navarre Field in Monroe. The Falcons came out in the 2nd half like they have all year and scored 21 unanswered points while rolling to a 34-6 win.

The Falcons improve to 10-1 and will host 10-1 Manchester who defeated Clinton tonight 11-0.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blissfield/SMCC

As far as I can tell this matchup dates back to the 1962 season. The Falcons own an 8-2 record in the ten games that the two schools have played. Blissfield beat the Falcons 20-19 back in the playoffs on November 2nd, 2007. The Royals then advanced to the title game at Ford Field where they fell to Saginaw Nouvel 12-7.

Blissfield plays in the LCAA and finished 3rd behind Hudson and Onsted. The Royals losses to those schools are by a combined 6 points. Blissfield likes to run the ball and are led by running backs Dalton Goetz and Cody Spotts. The quarterback for Blissfield is junior Eric Schmidt. His favorite target is 6'6" tight end Dylan Esterline. The offensive line is led by Christian Sablich and Eric Gniewwkowski. Defensively, the Royals are led by linebackers Eric Ford and Taylor Kuhn along with defensive end Devin Suiter. The SMCC running backs will need to keep their heads up as defensive back Cody Spotts likes to step up and lay the wood on people.

SMCC has been very workman like this year in route to a Huron League championship. Six different backs carry the ball for the Falcons and they run behind the best offensive line in the Huron League. Defensively the Falcons have been steady and have stepped up when they have been called upon. Defenders; Dylan Miracle, T.J. Lovell and Michael Pannone lead the Falcon defense that is very good against the run.

This could be an excellent game to go and watch although you may not get a seat unless you get their early. After seeing the Royals I don't think they can stop the Falcon ground game. The bigger question will be if the Royals can score as much on offense themselves. This is a playoff game and anything can happen. This game may just come down to special teams and turnovers. I see the Falcons scoring five TD's in this game and conversions may play a role in the outcome. I say SMCC wins a thriller 34-33.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Preseason Predictions

If you remember at the begining of the season I made some predictions regarding the records of each of the teams in the Huron League. It's now time to review those picks. It's tough to determine how teenagers are going to play every week so it is nearly impossible to predict how things will actually shake out. I feel pretty comfortable on how my predictions turned out. I'm sure most of my readers out there nailed their own picks.

Grosse Ile: I picked the Red Devils to finish 2-7 overall and they went a respectable 5-4. The emergence of a quarterback and receiver along with Dex Teen really solidified their season.

Flat Rock: I picked my alma mater to finish with a 3-6 mark and that is exactly where they ended up. The Rams always have some players but depth continues to be a problem.

Riverview: I picked the Pirates to finish 5-4 simply because of Jeff Stergalas. Riverview finished 3-6 but I think they were a few breaks away from a better season.

Milan: I picked the Big Reds to take a step back this year and go 4-5. Steve Robb did an excellent job and his players stepped up as well as Milan finished 6-3.

Huron: This was suppose to be the year the Chiefs posted a winning record and I picked the Chiefs to go 5-4. Once again defense was the Chief's demise and Huron finished a disappointing 3-6.

Jefferson: I picked Marc Cisco's Bears to go a respectable 5-4 overall and I just missed as the Bears went 4-5.

Airport: I had the Jets slated to finish 2nd in the league and at 7-2 overall. As luck would have it the Jets finished exactly that, 7-2.

SMCC: I picked the Falcons to lose the opener to Detroit Crockett and then to run the table and finish 8-1. SMCC did not disappoint as they lost the opener then won the rest in route to a Huron League Championship and finishing 8-1.


Not bad eh?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Defensive Player of the Year

Michael Pannone SMCC: The 5'8" 175 lb junior made 105 tackles during the regular season from his defensive back position. The Falcons led the league in points against by giving up just under 10 points per game. Pannone is a fierce hitter with excellent speed and was also 1st Team All Huron League as a sophomore. His defensive prowess helped the Falcons to their 19th Huron League title and 1st since 2006.

Monday, November 2, 2009

HL Blog All League Defense

DL- Brad Bosman Rview
DL- Anthony Kitts Airport
DL- Ryan Hasten Milan
DE- Dylan Miracle SMCC
DE- Justen Sharp Jefferson
LB- TJ Lovell SMCC
LB- Tyler Weclowski Huron
LB- Nick Riopelle Airport
LB- Drew Nava Airport
DB- Mike Pannone SMCC
DB- Tyler Baker Airport
DB- Dan Chickeral FR
Punter- Anthony Miller Rview


My list is almost exactly the same as the coaches. They must know their stuff:)

Offensive Player of the Year

Jodeci Mays, Airport: Mays rushed the ball 185 times for 1485 yards. He also had 13 catches for 113 yards. The junior has excellent speed and scored 21 touchdowns while leading the Jets to a 6-1 record in the Huron League and 7-2 overall. Mays averaged an impressive 8.02 yards per carry even though every team Airport faced focused on stopping Mays.

HL Blog All League Offense

Here is my list of All Huron League players on offense. I have listed eleven position players along with a kicker and returner. I am only listing a first team based on my own selections. Look for my Offensive Player of the Year later on this evening.

Center- Nate Collins Jr. SMCC
Guard- Kyle Burkardt Jr. SMCC
Guard- Thom Box Sr. Milan
Tackle- Zachery Highers Sr. SMCC
Tackle- Dakota Klocek Sr. Airport
TE- Brad Bosman Jr. Riverview
WR- David Stockert Sr. Huron
WR- James Cameron Jr. Grosse Ile
RB- Dex Teen Sr. Grosse Ile
FB- Jodeci Mays Jr. Airport
QB- Daniel Jones Sr. Airport
Kicker- Zac Richardson Sr. Huron
Returner- Michael Howey Sr. SMCC

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Is it Player of the Year or MVP? Isn't there a difference?

Where will everyone sit at Friday's SMCC/Blissfield game?

Mays, Teen, Wilson, all things being equal(team) who would you rather have?

Isn't it common policy to take the easy points (FG) when forced in an OT game?

Is it me or is Riverview going to be tough next year?

Was Harper Woods faster than SMCC Friday?

Will Monroe now court Airport's Redmond? Would Airport survive if he left?

Was Brad Bosman the best player most fans never heard of this year in the league?

Where will Huron's Tyler Weclowski play college football?

Did Blissfield struggle Saturday or was Ecorse that good?

With numbers he had, I expect GI's Jim Carmeron to make some All State lists.