Monday, August 29, 2011

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Why did SMCC play Plymouth?

Jefferson surprised me by putting up 41 points.

Is Flat Rock in trouble?

Was I wrong about Riverview?

Was I right about Grosse Ile?

Huron should have dropped 40 something on Mason.

Is Bedford that good or is Airport going to struggle?

I think Milan may go through some 1st year head coach growing pains.

Is the league down this year?

What game should I go see and why?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Night Scores

Huron 28 Erie Mason 8
Riverview 41 Crestwood 0
Bedford 35 Airport 7
Ida 36 Flat Rock 14
Jefferson 41 Tecumseh 27
Grosse Ile 33 Onsted 0
Ypsilanti 22 Milan 0

Read about some of the games over at the Examiner. I will continue to update as info comes in.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

JV/Freshmen Scores

JV Scores
Milan 32 Ypsi 24
Bedford 28 Airport 0
Tecumseh 22 Jefferson 12
Riverview 30 Crestwood 7
Flat Rock 14 Ida 6
Grosse Ile 28 Onsted 13
Huron 58 Erie Mason 12
Plymouth 35 SMCC 28

Freshmen Scores
SMCC 6 Plymouth 0
Jefferson 19 Tecumseh 0
Garden City JV 22 Huron Freshmen 14

Friday Night Picks

Here are my picks for week 1 of the season.

Flat Rock/Ida, the Bluestreaks beat Flat Rock on a late 2 point conversion in OT last season winning the game 29-28. That loss catapulted the Rams to an 0-9 season. Not this season. Flat Rock 28 Ida 21

Huron/Erie Mason, the Chiefs have dominated the series since it started and both teams will be playing different openers next year. Huron won this game last season 40-14. This season will be no different. Huron 34 Erie Mason 13

Airport/Bedford, Bedford won last season's opener 48-29 after Airport had won the last two. This should be a good game but Airport is most likely a little overmatched. Bedford 30 Airport 27

Grosse Ile/Onsted, this could be the best game to go see in week 1. Onsted has a solid program while Grosse Ile is thinking playoffs this season. Air attack vs. ground attack usually has an obvious outcome. Onsted 35 Grosse Ile 34

Riverview/Crestwood, everyone seems to think the Pirates are playoff bound and beating Class A Crestwood would be a good start for playoff points. Riverview won this game last season and should do so again. Riverview 21 Crestwood 7

Jefferson/Tecumseh, the Bears won this game last season and don't return much experience from that team. This old Huron League rivalry takes a turn the other way this season. Tecumseh 21 Jefferson 14.

Milan/Ypsilanti, this is the first game in Jesse Hoskins varsity head coaching career and the Big Reds are in rebuilding mold. This will be a tough game for the Big Reds and the Phoenix are looking for revenge. Ypsilanti 28 Milan 24


SMCC/Plymouth, the Falcons may have bit off more than they can chew in this season's opener. Plymouth has a boatload of players back from last season's Division I runner-up team. SMCC will have a fine season but must just hope to survive the game at Rynearson Stadium. Plymouth 42 SMCC 14

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SMCC to win third straight title

Going into the last two seasons the Falcons of SMCC have been everyone's pick for league champs. The usual suspects are gone but many feel the SMCC program is just too strong to give up it's stranglehold on the league championship. Falcon coach Jack Giarmo simply reloads every season and this year should be no different.

Offensively, the Falcons graduated nearly everyone but look for last season's back up QB and team captain Mitchell Lehman to lead the Falcon powerful running game. The running game will most likely run behind the monsterous 280 lb Junior Alex McLaughlin.

Defensively, SMCC will be replacing virtually everyone as well but will be able to rely on seniors Michael Thibault, Eric Tasker, Brandon Adler and Jake Beste.

SMCC will open up on Saturday at Eastern Michigan against last season's Division I runner up Plymouth Wildcats. The Falcons will open league play at Huron next Thursday.

Airport tabbed for 2nd place in league race

Last season Airport coach Adam Barber was a rookie coach but still managed to guide the Jets to the playoffs. This season Airport returns a host of starters and could challenge for a league title.

Offensively, the Jets will be more balanced this season after the departure of Huron League OPOY Jodeci Mays. Junior Brandon Potcova will lead the offense and will be a threat both on the ground and through the air. Senior Brandon Lewis returns to the Jet offense after receiving All League honors at WR last season.

Defensively, the Jets will be led by Colton Adkins and Jake Anson. Airport should be much improved on defense this season after giving up a whopping 33 ppg last season. Look for Jet DB Zach Baker to be an impact player on defense this season.

Airport opens the season against Bedford which handled the Jets last season 49-28. The Jets will open Huron League play at Flat Rock the following week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grosse Ile to finish in 3rd place this season

Once again Grosse Ile will have a high powered offense but the question remains, "can the Red Devils stop anyone?" Coach John Bodner returns multiple weapons from last season's 4-5 team but will need the defense to step up if they hope to compete for the Huron League Championhip.

Offensively, the Islanders will be led by two of the best offensive players in the league. Rob White was a unanimous All League choice last season after throwing for 1,689 yards and 16 TD's while rushing for 547 yards and another 16 TD's. Alex Kish is a solid RB with both size and speed that rushed for 730 yards and 9 TD's in just seven games.

Defensively, the Red Devils gave up 38 ppg last season and will need to cut that number in half if they hope to compete for the league title and a playoff spot. Senior LB Corey Graff will lead the defense along with veterans Vince and Joe Alongi.

Grosse Ile opens the season with tough LCAA and Division V state power Onsted. The Wildcats finished 8-2 last season and have won 45 games over the last 5 seasons. An opening night victory for the Islanders could propel them to a special season.

Huron picked to finish 4th in league

Last season was a historic one for Coach Dan Kalbfleisch and the Huron Chiefs. Huron qualified for the playoffs for the first time in school history. This year the Chiefs need to prove that last season wasn't a fluke.

Offensively, the Chiefs will be led by RB Shawn Brewer. The rugged senior ran for nearly 400 yards last season as Huron's third option in the backfield. Senior Ken Phelps will anchor the Huron offensive line.

Defensively, Huron will be led by their linebacking corps of Jordan Frayer, Trevor Zajac and Steve Curnett. Greg Filby will provide speed and experience in the defensive backfield.

Huron opens the season on the road against Erie Mason. The Chiefs won last season's opener against the Eagles 40-14. The Chiefs will open the league season at home against SMCC in week 2.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rams rebound to finish 5th in Huron League

Flat Rock would love to forget a school worse 0-9 season in 2010 and with 17 returning letter winners there is hope for a turnaround in 2011. Coach Joe Pruchniki is coming off summer knee replacement and is more than ready to get the season going.

Offensively, the Rams return many of their key players. Mike Chickeral is back at QB and so is his favorite receiver David Minckeweicz. Running back Mike Blosser returns after rushing for over 600 yards last season while senior Ken Kamin adds some much needed speed to the Ram offense.

If the Rams are to change their fortunes this season they will have to be better defensively. Junior LB Colin Knoch is one reason why the Rams should improve. Knoch averaged 6.5 tackles a game last season. The Rams also appear to be much more physical upfront with defensive linemen Merle Newell, Jon Odell and Scott Moy.

Once again the Rams will open the season with the Ida Bluestreaks. Ida has won 5 in a row in the series and beat the Rams in OT last season on a 2 point conversion.

Big Red slated for 6th place finish in league race

For the first time in over a quarter century someone other than Steve Robb will patrol the sideline for the Milan Football program. Jesse Hoskins, a 2001 Milan graduate takes over the program after spending the last handful of season as the JV coach.

Offensively, the Big Reds are most likely to be led by junior QB Justin Aceves. His favorite target is sure to be 1st team All Huron League WR Tory Martinson. The offensive line will be anchored by senior lineman Blake Edelbrock while Steven Price has experience at tight end. Look for a different look from Milan this year on offense as the Big Reds look to go to one back set more often.

Defensively, Milan will be led by LB Luke Karr along with DB Cody Freeman. Juniors Blaine LeClair and Ty Peterson are expected to have solid seasons for the Milan defense as well.

Milan opens up with Ypsi High again this season before opening league play against Jefferson. Last season the Big Reds defeated the Phoenix 25-24 while finishing the season at 6-4.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Riverview picked to finish 7th in Huron League.

Riverview is coming off a 4-5 season that saw the Bucs finish just 2-5 in league play. Gone to Central Michigan is OL/DL Nick Beamish and 3 time All Huron Leaguer Brad Bosman. Jeff Stergalas is in his third season at his Alma Mater and has put his defensive stamp on the program.

Offensively, Riverview will be led by QB Matt Gibbons. Gibbons has a tall athletic receiving corp led by seniors Cory Turner and Chris Krach. Look for FB Brock Salser and RB Marcus Samuels to carry the ball in Stergals's run first offense.

Defensively, look for the Pirates to once again be stingy. Riverview will be led by 1st team All Huron League LB Salser and LB Vince Maheres. The defensive line will be led by 6-1, 245 lb Blake Smith.

Riverview will once again open the season with Class A Crestwood. The Pirates beat the Chargers in last season's opener 14-6. Riverview should be a tough match up for any team in the league and with a little luck could very well finish in the top 4 in the league while making the playoffs.

Jefferson tabbed to finish 8th in league race.

The Jefferson Bears came into last season with high hopes and plans on competing for a league title. The season ended with a disappointing 4-5 record for the second consecutive season as the Bears gave up over 28 points a game. The Bears graduated 19 seniors from last season's squad including all league players; Brian McCullough, Jake Kuehnlein, Matt Hall, Jim Bechard, Jake Sterling and Travis Leonard.

Not much will change offensively for the Bears this season as Marc Cisco enters his 46th season at the helm. The Bears will look to be physical and run the ball as much as possible. Troy Hart figures to lead the Bear offense with Mike Caswell being a weapon in the passing game.

Defensively the Bears must find a way to stop other teams from scoring if they hope to stay out of the league basement for the first time in 3o years. Jefferson will be led by defensive lineman Kyle Fudoli but much of the defense will be inexperienced.

Jefferson will depend on a lot of underclassmen this season and will have to grow up quick if the Bears hope to have a winning season. Jefferson plays Tecumseh in the opener which finished 2-7 last season. The Bears won last season's game 21-14.

Huron League Picks

Look for my Huron League picks and predictions for the season over the next 3 to 4 days. This is going to be tough to do. This season there are so many question marks throughout the league.

Huron graduated 19 seniors from their best team ever.

SMCC graduated 18 starters from a team that made the Division VI state final.

Milan has a new coach and a new offense for the first time in a quarter century.

Airport graduated one of the best offensive players the league has ever seen.

Jefferson graduated a bunch of talented seniors and arguably one of the best athletes the Bears have ever had.

Riverview lost some great players that led their tough defense.

Flat Rock returns nearly everyone but from a team that finished 0-9 last season.

Grosse Ile has one of the funnest offenses around but gave up a school record in points last season.

Please be patient as I compile everything and always remember this is all just for fun.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Huron League Predictions

Here are some predictions for the season based on four separate sources. I used my ratings, Maxpreps ratings, Massey ratings and the fan polls from earlier this month.

I awarded 8 points for a 1st place vote, 7 for 2nd place and so on. There are 32 possible points maximum and 4 points minimum. The results are listed below.

SMCC 31.5 points
Airport 28.5 points
Grosse Ile 20 points
Milan 19.5 points
Huron 14.5 points
Jefferson 12 points
Riverview 10.5 points
Flat Rock 8.5 points

Look for my predictions in the coming days leading up to the season.

Scrimmage Comments

Let us know how your team fared at their four way scrimmage. Please remember scrimmages usually don't mean too much. No special teams, clock, lots of substitutions and coaches playing possum.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Friday Night Help!

I will obviously be at a game every Friday except week 9 during this upcoming season. I'm looking for people who are interested in providing updates on the game that they are at. I am going to try and twitter scoring updates during the season. Please email me if you are interested in updating me on the game you are at. It isn't to tough to get scores week 2-7 but the first week and last week are tough because there are 8 games going on. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thursday Scrimmages

Here are a list of Thursdays scrimmages.

Jefferson @ Chelsea 6:30 pm

SMCC @ Carlson 6:30 pm

Huron @ Romulus 6:00 pm

Flat Rock @ Royal Oak High School 6:00 pm

Riverview @ Trenton 6 pm

Airport @ Ann Arbor Huron 7 pm

Grosse Ile @ Grosse Ile 7 pm

Milan @ Farmington High School 6 pm

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Defensive Player of the Year

Here is the poll for defensive player of the year. There doesn't appear to be a clear cut favorite this season but here are a few players who deserve consideration.

Colton Adkins of Airport led the Jets in tackles last season with 8 per game. The 5'9" 175 linebacker has a nose for the football and should lead an improved Airport defense this season.

Huron DE/LB Jordan Frayer will anchor the Chief defense this season. The 6'3" 210 lb senior is an excellent athlete and is the leading returning tackler for Huron.

Milan's Luke Karr is one of a few returning defensive starters for the Big Reds. Karr played along side Milan standouts Joe Dunn and DeAndre Mitchell at linebacker last season and is the leading returning tackler on the team.

Flat Rock senior David Minckeweicz led the Rams in tackles last season from his defensive back position. The speedy senior will lead a much improved Ram defense this season.

Riverview's Brock Salser was an absolute monster for the Pirates last season. The 6'0" 210 LB led Riverview in tackles last season with 114 and will lead a physical Buc defense looking to improve on last season's 4-5 season.

Others to watch defensively around the league are: Riverview LB Vince Maheres, Grosse Ile LB Cory Groff, Airport DB Zach Baker, Jefferson DL Kyle Fudoli, Airport DE Jake Anson, Huron DL Ken Phelps Flat Rock LB Colin Knoch and the entire SMCC defense.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Offensive Player of the Year

Quite a few votes for the Grosse Ile duo for obvious reasons. "Other" has garnered a solid percentage of the vote. Please enlighten us to who these players might be.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Offensive Player of the Year Poll

Voting is now up for the pre-season offensive player of the year. I will leave the voting open for 4 days. Feel free to comment on who or why in the comment section .

Flat Rock's Michael Blosser ran for 624 yards and 4 touchdowns as a sophomore last season for the 0-9 Rams. The 5-11 200 lb junior RB has many Flat Rock faithful hoping for a turn around this season.

Grosse Ile's Alex Kish boast the best returning numbers of any running back in the league. Kish ran for 730 yards and 9 touchdowns last season for the 4-5 Red Devils. Kish has a rare combination of size and speed which has attracted Division I and II recruiting interest.

Airport's Brandon Potcova led the Jets to a playoff birth last season as a sophomore. Potcova threw for 858 yards and 7 touchdowns while running for another 9 scores. The junior QB will lead the Jets to what many Airport faithful hope will be a Huron League title.

Grosse Ile's Rob White was a unanimous 1st team All League selection last season as a junior. White put up some gawdy numbers in the Red Devils high powered offense. White threw for 1689 yards and 16 touchdowns a season ago while rushing for another 547 yards and 16 touchdowns. For his career White has thrown for 2799 yards and 30 touchdowns.

If you think another player might step up this season let everyone know who it is.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Football Season Starts Tomorrow

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Huron League Fan Polls

After a few weeks of polling here is where the fans see the teams finishing up. It looks as if the fans believe in parity this season.

SMCC 7-2
Airport 6-3
Riverview 5-4
Grosse Ile 5-4
Milan 4-5
Huron 3-6
Jefferson 3-6
Flat Rock 3-6

Any thoughts from the fans prior to practice staring on Monday?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Jefferson Poll

Last season Jefferson finished 4-5. Let us know where you think the Bears will finish up this season?