Monday, August 30, 2010

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

There weren't many surprises on the opening night of football around the Huron League but they are some thoughts and questions that I have.

Be sure to check them out only at the Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/chris-schultz

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nice Night for a Fire

Beautiful night in downtown Waltz. I'm sitting around enjoying the cool night with a nice little bonfire going in the yard. With laptop in hand I am writing about the Friday Night Stars from around the Huron League.

One think that jumped out at me from the first night of the season is the solid quarterbacking that three sophomores provided for their teams. Jacob Hagemann, Brandon Potcova and Mike Chickeral all had nice nights for their teams. While two of them lost games in didn't seem that it was any fault of their own. It will be nice to see those three youngsters progess throughout the season and years to come.

I think the readers on here are being a little to critical of SMCC's loss to Detroit Crockett. The Rockets most likely have more Division I players on their rosters than most of the Huron league schools have had in their football histories. The Falcons will be fine but they better get going quickly Jefferson and Riverview are up the next two weeks.

Many people are being critical of Huron's win over Erie Mason citing that the Eagles aren't very good. Who cares, a win is a win and the Chiefs can use as many as they can get.

The league went 5-3 on the opening night of the season. In my opinion, the Airport and Flat Rock losses were anticipated while the SMCC loss wasn't a surprise either. My Alma Mater Flat Rock surprised me a bit with their close outcome. It looks as if their sophmores are growing up quickly.

Well, goodnight folks look for the weekly Friday Night Stars piece every Sunday morning only at the Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/chris-schultz

Friday, August 27, 2010

Game Summaries

Riverview 14 Crestwood 6

The Bucs were led by running back Ali Saad. Javier Yabarra scored first for Riverview at 4:05 of the second quarter. Riverview led 7-0 at the half.

Ali Saad scored midway through the third to give the Pirates a 14-0 lead. Crestwood scored late in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Quarterback Matt Gibbons hooked up with his tight end Brad Bosman numerous times to keep the Charger defense off balance.

Riverview will play at 1-0 Milan next Friday Night at 7 pm.


Ida 29 Flat Rock 28


Flat Rock lost an overtime battle to the visiting Ida Bluestreaks 29-28. Ida led at halftime 7-6. The Bluestreaks scored on a trick play with three seconds in the half to counter two field goals by Flat Rock's Jeff Baker.

The Rams trailed 21-6 early in the fourth but stormed back to tie the game and force overtime.

Flat Rock scored first in OT and converted the kick. Ida scored their points in OT on a 4th and 10 pass for a touchdown. The Bluestreaks went for 2 and won the game on an off tackle play.

Sophomore Mike Blosser scored a touchdown and led the Rams with 86 yards on 16 carries. Sophomore quarterback Mike Chickeral ran for 67 yards and threw for 96 on 13 pass attempts. Sophomore Colin Knoch scored 2 touchdowns for the young Rams

Next week Flat Rock will visit Airport in a battle of 0-1 teams.


Read about the Huron/Erie Mason game at the Examiner.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/new-boston-huron-handles-erie-mason-40-14

Friday Night Scores

Detroit Crockett 43 SMCC 28

Milan 25 Ypsilanti 24

Grosse Ile 35 Detroit Western 0

Huron 40 Erie Mason 14

Riverview 14 Crestwood 6

Jefferson 21 Tecumseh 14

Bedford 49 Airport 28

Ida 29 Flat Rock 28 OT

Read the details of the Huron/Erie Mason game.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/new-boston-huron-handles-erie-mason-40-14

The Boys of Fall

Thought everyone would like this:

The Boys of Fall

Good luck Huron League teams!

Friday Night Games

If your attending a game tonight feel free to send in a score and some details if you like (who scored stuff like that). I will get them up ASAP. Look for a short brief write up on each of the games sometime after 10:30 pm tonight.

If you choose to get detailed email it over to me and I will give you full credit if you want the recognition. Last season's blog was a success because of fans who helped out.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

J.V. and Freshmen Scores

Junior Varsity Scores

Milan 46 Ypsi 0

Jefferson 35 Tecumseh 22

Airport 26 Bedford 20

Ida 42 Flat Rock 13

Birmingham Brother Rice 32 SMCC 22

Crestwood 34 Riverview 24

Warren De LaSalle 33 Grosse Ile 26

Huron 40 Erie Mason 12

Freshmen Scores

Milan 42 Ypsi 0

Jefferson 28 Tecumseh 14

Ann Arbor Pioneer 20 SMCC 0

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Back from the City

I had some things going on in the city of Detroit today and happened to drive by Detroit Osborn. That is the venue for the SMCC/Crockett game tomorrow night.

The field looked in great shape and had been freshly lined. Plenty of room on both sides of the field with nice bleachers. The neighborhood wasn't the most desirable place but not too bad. Seven Mile and Hoover is only a short run from the City of Warren.

Not sure how the Monroe County folk will get to the game tomorrow. It isn't the easiest place to get to from south of the City.

I'm not knocking Navarre Field or maybe I am but the Osborn Field is much nicer. Heck I think their practice field seats more people.

Anyway, for those of you attending tomorrow night's game, enjoy it. If it is half as fun to watch as last year's game it will be worth the travel.

Week 1 Huron League predictions

Here are the predictions for week 1 in the Huron League. I picked the league to go a solid 6-2 this week.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/week-1huron-league-predictions

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SMCC picked to be League Co-Champions.

The Falcons should find themselves at the top of the league standings again. Read about it at the Examiner.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/smcc-picked-to-be-league-co-champions

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monroe Jefferson picked to be League Co-Champions

Read more about the Jefferson Bears only at the Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/monroe-jefferson-picked-to-be-league-co-champions

Please Submit Scores

I plan on posting the Freshmen and JV scores this season in a blatant attempt to get more readers. If I can get good quality details emailed to me or in the blog comments sections I will get these scores up on the Examiner and Blog ASAP on game nights. Why wait until Friday afternoon for scores?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Riverview to finish 3rd in League Race

Next up are the improving Riverview Pirates.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/riverview-pirates-picked-for-3rd-place-the-huron-league

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Milan Big Reds picked to finish 4th in the Huron League

Milan must replace a load of starters but should still be competitive in the Huron League. Read more at http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/milan-big-reds-picked-to-finish-4th-the-huron-league

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Airport Jets

Hit by the departure of Eric Redmond and by heavy graduation losses the Jets are picked to finish 5th. Read More at http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/airport-slated-to-finish-5th-the-huron-league-race

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Grosse Ile Red Devils

Stop by the Examiner and see where the Islanders will finish in this year's Huron League race.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/red-devils-tabbed-for-6th-place-tie-league-race

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Huron Chiefs

Check out where the Huron Chiefs will finish this year in the Huron League race. http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/chiefs-tabbed-for-6th-place-tie-league-race

Fan Picks

There are many of you out there who know the Huron League very well. How well? This year I will be adding a feature to the blog that allows fans to pick against the "Huron League Blogger". Each week myself and three fans will pick their games including a best bet pick.

If you would like to be considered for the fan picks you will have to drop me an email, huronleaguefootball@gmail.com Please include your full name, phone # and team you support if any.

This should be fun and we'll see how much the fans really know.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Scrimmage Comments

If you went out and saw a scrimmage today let us know who you saw and what you thought of the scrimmage.

I went and watched Huron down at Melvindale and then caught Grosse Ile over at Summit Academy.

Huron looked like the could have a solid offense this season. They moved the ball regularly against Melvindale and scored all over Flint Southwestern and Romulus. Defensively the Chiefs struggled with the aerial circus of Melvindale but most every team the Cards face this season will struggle with stopping their offense.

I was able to catch Grosse Ile as they matched up with the Dragons of Summit Academy. Summit wasn't able to score on the Islanders but moved the ball pretty well with their SMCC Straight-T offense. Grosse Ile scored regularly with the pass against the host but it looked apparent that the Red Devils will miss the departed Dex Teen. To be fair to both teams is was late in the scrimmage and both teams looked a little tired.

The GI/Summit scrimmage was fun to watch as it got a bit chippy with the coaching staffs jawing a bit and the players really getting after each other.

Rams picked to finish in 8th place

The youthful Flat Rock Rams have been picked to finish in 8th place by the Examiner.


http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/rams-picked-to-finish-8th-place


Look for my predicted order of finish in the Huron League over the next handful of days. Will it be an obvious choice or is there another team to watch out for this year? Be sure to visit the Examiner to find out.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/chris-schultz

Voters like Pannone

Mike Pannone has been tabbed by the blog readers as the Pre-season Defensive Player of the Year. He edged out Riverview's Brad Bossman in what became a two horse race.

Pannone will once again lead the Falcon defense as they look to defend their Huron League title and get back to Ford Field. Bosman will have something to say about that as the Pirates look to return back to the top of the Huron League standings for the first time since 2004.

Circle September 10th on your schedule, that is when SMCC and Riverview will meet. The Falcons won last year's contest 17-10.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Huron League Scrimmages

All of the Huron League football teams will be taking part in scrimmages on Thursday August 19th. Here is a list of where the teams will be.

Airport @ Ann Arbor Huron at 6 pm against Jackson, Wayne and Huron.

SMCC @ Carlson at 6 pm against Redford Thurston, Auburn Hills Avondale and Carlson.

Flat Rock @ Marysville at 6 pm against Algonac, North Branch and Marysville.

Huron @ Melvindale at 6 pm against Flint Southwestern and Melvindale.

Grosse Ile @ Summit Academy at 6 pm against Erie Mason, Annapolis and Summit Academy.

Jefferson @ Chelsea at 6:30 pm against Chelsea.

Riverview @ Home at 6 pm against Trenton, CPA and Bedford.

Milan @ Farmington at 5 pm against Livonia Stevenson, Dexter and Farmington.

This should be a great opportunity to see how the league teams stack up this season. Remember the opener is less than two weeks away.

Also look for the season predictions coming up soon and previews of each team.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

FYI

Just to give everyone a heads up, the Examiner website has been having some major challenges this weekend. My site has been mostly down the last 48 hours. It is being worked on around the clock and should be up and running soon. Thanks for your patience.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/memories-of-an-unsung-football-team

Pre-season Scrimmages

Please post where your when and where your team will be scrimmaging this week. Also include what schools will be there and exactly what time it will start.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Poll

The pre-season poll for Defensive Player of the Year is posted. There are a host of qualified candidates but much will depend on how their team fares in league play.

Riverview's Brad Bosman was a unanimous All-Huron League pick at defensive tackle for the Pirates last season. Bosman recorded 93 tackles while forcing two fumbles. He undoubtedly will be the key to the Pirates success on the defensive side of the ball this year.

Anthony Kitts from Airport was a 1st Team All-Huron League player at defensive tackle last season for the Jets. Kitts will once again anchor the defensive line. The Jet offense will be able to score points and will rely on the Kitts led defense to make a run at the league title.

Milan's DeAndre Mitchell was the 2nd leading tackler for the playoff qualifying Big Reds last season. Mitchell was an honorable mention All-League choice for Milan last year at defensive end and will be the defensive stopper for the Big Reds with the departure of Ryan Hasten.

SMCC's Micheal Pannone was a unanimous All-Huron League selection as a defensive back last season while leading the Falcons to the league championship. Pannone was also the Huron League Blog's pick as Defensive Player of the Year last season. Pannone led the Falcons in tackles last season and should do the same again this season.

Jefferson's Jake Sterling is one of the best athletes in the Huron League and will excel on both sides of the ball for the Bears. Sterling was a 2nd Team All-League choice as a defensive back last season. He was the 2nd leading tackler for the Bears last season.

Check out more articles on the Huron League only at the Examiner.

http://www.examiner.com/huron-league-in-detroit/memories-of-an-unsung-football-team

Voters like Cusumano

Jack Cusumano has been tabbed by the readers of the blog as the pre-season Offensive Player of the Year. He narrowly edged out Airport's Jodeci Mays in the fan voting.

It appears as if Cusumano will move to quarterback for the Falcons after spending last season at running back. Mays should have an excellent season for the Jets after leading the league in rushing last season.

Grosse Ile quarterback Robbie White and Riverview running back Ali Saad also received support from the readers and both should have solid seasons.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FYI

Hello Everyone,

The blogs will continue to be around and I plan on posting regularly. I will continue to be sport specific on each blog but will include most every sport on the Examiner.

The first few weeks will be different and will take some getting use to but please be assured the blogs will remain. There will be exclusive material provided on each site and I ask you to visit regularly.

The Examiner will allow me to cover the other sports and lower levels that people have been clamoring for while providing deeper coverage of football and basketball.

Kind regards,

Chris

Running Backs

Some of the top running backs are previewed in the Examiner today. To check it out go to:

http://www.examiner.com/x-63421-Huron-League-Examiner~y2010m8d10-The-Huron-League-boast-a-wealth-of-talented-Running-Backs-this-year

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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Examiner

Well I'm officially writing for the Examiner now. The format is a little different as there are some regulations that I must adhere to. Below is a link to my Examiner page where I have posted my first article. I urge you to please become a subscriber.

http://www.examiner.com/x-63421-Huron-League-Examiner

The Blog Will Be Changing.

I have provide a link below for people to check out the Huron League Examiner. There won't be any post for a few days on the new site but my picture and bio are there. Wasn't it nice of me to put a less than flattering photo so I wouldn't draw attention away from the athletes.

Here is the link:

http://www.examiner.com/x-63421-Huron-League-Examiner

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Big Questions

With practice starting tomorrow there are quite a few questions to be answered around the league.

Here are a few:

How will Airport fare without Eric Redmond?

The cupboard certainly isn't bare but Redmond picked a good time to move onto Monroe. The Jets return the explosive Jodeci Mays and Derek Williams but must find a way to replace Daniel Jones, Tyler Baker, Dylan Close, Dakota Klocek, Nick Riopelle, Drew Nava, Brian Hamerick and Tyler Pluff. Those players formed the nucleus of another fine Jet squad. All of them received Huron League honors last year and will be tough to replace. First year coach Adam Barber will have a hard time replacing Redmond and an even harder time replacing those starters.

Can SMCC replace their potent backfield?

Gone are Huron League Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Michael Howey, fullback T.J. Lovell and RB Chris LaBeau. Say hello to Jack Cusumano, Luke Yinger and Andrew Lamour. The Falcons have virtually everyone back on their offensive line and these trio of players can flat out fly. I don't expect the Falcons to miss a beat on offense and dare I say that Cusumano can throw the ball a bit.

Can Huron replace one of the greatest tacklers in league history?

I don't think Huron has a player on their roster with the talent and instincts of Tyler Weclowski but is there a team in the league that does? Huron will probably have to count on their entire line backing corp to make that many tackles this year. That may be a blessing in disguise as the Chiefs won't always count on someone else to make a tackle.

What team will be the leagues biggest surprise?

I think that will go to Riverview. Something clicked late in the season and the Pirates have loads of talent coming back. They boast one of the best defensive players in the league in Brad Bosman and running back Ali Saad appears poised to have a big year on offense. Jeff Stergalas will not be out coached by anyone in the league and that should result in a run at the playoffs.

Practice starts tomorrow and I may find myself at a few practices in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Poll

The pre-season poll for Offensive Player of the Year is posted. There are a host of qualified candidates but much will depend on how their team fares in league play.

Airport's Jodeci Mays ran for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdown's last season while leading the Jets to a 2nd place league finish. The elusive Mays will undoubtedly be the #1 weapon of first year coach Adam Barber.

Huron's Sterling Wilson ran for nearly 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns for the pass happy Chiefs. Look for Wilson's numbers to rise this year as the Huron will have to go with a first year quarterback.

Milan's Joe Dunn was a solid #2 ball carrier for the Big Reds last season. He still managed to rush for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns for the playoff qualifying Big Reds.

Brian McCullough from Jefferson led the Bears in rushing last season with over 800 yards and 6 touchdowns. Look for those numbers to rise as the Bears field a better team this season.

Many may not have heard of SMCC's Jack Cusumano but he quietly fan for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns as the Falcons 4th option in the backfield last year. Look for Cusumano to switch to QB this year while running the Falcons sneaky offensive attack.

Riverview's Ali Saad emerged midway through the season as a quick yet durable running back for coach Jeff Stergalas. Saad ran for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns with 500 yards coming in the Bucs last three games.

Grosse Ile's Robbie White is the lone underclassman of the bunch. The Junior signal caller threw for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Sophomore and will have one of the best receivers in southeast Michigan to throw to in Senior James Cameron.

There are some solid players to choose from and I undoubtledly left some other worthy players off of this list. I was careful to not mention two players from each team so the voting wouldn't be split. Others worthy of mention are Milan's Leo Pittman, Jefferson's Jake Sterling, Grosse Ile's Cameron and SMCC's Luke Yinger and Andrew Lamour.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Practice Begins Monday

Well most of the summer work is done and teams are gearing up for the first day of practice on Monday. Most of the schools hold double sessions or two-a-day practices the first week and all teams will be putting on the pads come Thursday. Flat Rock has a nice tradition that started a few years back of having practice at 12 AM on Thursday so the hitting can occur early.

Some of the teams around the league will be holding inter-squad scrimmages as early as Saturday in preparation for their 4-way scrimmages the following week. If you have any inforamtion regarding these scrimmages please let me know. My plans are to get out and see as many of the teams as possible prior to the first week's action.

Also, look for changes in the blog as early as next week as I look to cover all the fall sports.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's Official

By an overwhelming majority the readers of the blog have tabbed the SMCC Falcons as the team to beat in the Huron League this year.

That seems like a logical pick as the Falcons return a host of talented players from last year's league champs and Division VI runner up.

Good News

As I wrote back on July 24th, I said that changes would be coming soon to the blog. This writer has been accepted to write for http://www.examiner.com/Detroit-Sports.html

The Examiner will give me the ability to cover the whole Huron League in virtually every sport. Once again I say, "don't worry your coverage of Huron League Football won't change".

Football and basketball will be the focus but other sports will be covered. This may take some time but the ball is rolling to get buy in from the school AD's and coaches.

Once my area in the Examiner is set up, I will provide links on the blogs that will direct you where to go to read the articles that cover the Huron League.

I will still write for my blog but that will usually be opinion pieces. Coverage of sports, human interest, results and previews will all be part of the Examiner.