Practice for teams around the state and the Huron League will start tomorrow. Teams will be forced to practice through the heat as temperatures will again be in the 80's for the 41st straight day.
Cooler temperatures will arrive on Thursday just in time for when teams can practice in full pads. Once again Flat Rock will be one of the first teams in the state to practice in full pads as the Rams continue their tradition of practicing at 12:01 am on the first day of contact. The Rams hope to improve on a school worst 0-9 season a year ago and appear to be a team poised for future success.
For the first time in a long time it doesn't appear that SMCC has a lock on the league title. The Falcons have won 14 straight league games but appear to be somewhat vulnerable this season after massive graduation losses. Many will pick the Falcons to repeat as league champs but the cakewalk of the last few seasons is probably over.
Milan welcomes a new coach in 2001 Milan graduate Jesse Hoskins. Hoskins is replacing Milan legend Steve Robb who retired from coaching after 26 seasons at the helm of the Big Red program. Hoskins may have his work cut out for him this season but Milan is a football crazy town and the Big Reds always boast a wealth of speed, talent and depth.
There are many other stories around the Huron League that will create a lot of banter around the league. Can Jefferson right the ship after 4 years of less than Bear-like football? Can Huron duplicate it's magical season of 2010 or do the Chiefs return to yearly cellar dweller status? Can Airport replace Jodeci Mays? Will Grosse Ile find a way to stop an opponent from scoring? Will Riverview finally return to glory or will they just be another bottom four program?
While overall the Huron League appears to be down slightly from the past few seasons, one thing is for sure, the league will be pound for pound one of the toughest leagues in the state.