Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jimmy Williams

James Franklin Dean Williams "Jimmy"

January 6, 1996 - November 18, 2012

WILLIAMS, Jimmy, age 16, of New Boston, November 18, 2012. Beloved son of James, Jr. and Krista Williams. Loving brother of Megan (Josh Harbert), Ashley (Kyle Hennis), Kali and Caden. Dearest grandson of Frank and Mary Cox and Patricia and the late James Williams. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jimmy was a member of the National Honor Society, on the student council and an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track.

6:00PM to 8:00PM on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home (map/driving directions)
12:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

11:00AM at Huron High School on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (map/driving directions)

Michigan Memorial Park
32163 W Huron River Drive
Flat Rock, MI 48134

Friday, November 23, 2012

MHSAA Finals

Had a great day at the MHSAA finals today.

I caught the finish of the Brother Rice/Muskegon game. Who knew that the last four minutes of a game could be so exciting.

Came to watch the spread game of Ithaca and Grand Rapids South Christian.

Ithaca showed why they would win their 3rd straight State Championship by putting up 37 points with a backup QB the entire game.

South Christian simply crushed DCDS with pure speed and a superior coaching staff.

I was a little disappointed with the attendance today. I try and go one day every year and this was the least attended final day I have seen in years.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my family, especially my wife.

I am thankful for my parents.

I am thankful for those who serve and have served in the armed forces that protect our country.

I am thankful for a job that allows me to do what I do.

I am thankful for civil servants who do the best they can but are scrutinized everyday.

I am thankful that I am able to live in Michigan.

I am thankful that I was able to coach Jimmy Williams in Track & Field.

I am thankful that I was born in America.

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 All Huron League Defense

Here is one man's view on the All Huron League Team. I did take into consideration the entire football season. Also, I only list players one way unless it is special teams. 

DL Chris LaPlante, SMCC
DL Jason Brooks, Airport
DL Chris Trombley, Grosse Ile
DL Blaine LeClair, Milan
LB Levi Eddings, SMCC
LB Colin Knoch, Flat Rock
LB Austin Hoover, Milan
DB Elijah Sandore, Jefferson
DB Ben Fick, Milan
DB Jimmy Williams, Huron
DB Ty Peterson, Milan
P    Scott McCormick, Airport

Defensive Player of the Year: Blaine LeClair, Milan

Honorable Mention: Robert Kanitz (M), Conner Berge (M), David Laurain (R), Brian Christen (GI), Ty Granticelli (J), C.J.Duffiney (M), Mike Chickeral (FR), John Hutchinson (R) Vince Alongi (GI), Austin Vignola (H), Adam Donnelly (A)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 All Huron League Offense

Here is one man's view on the All Huron League Team. I did take into consideration the entire football season. Also, I only list players one way. If someone didn't make offense, they made have made the defensive team.

QB Justin Aceves, Milan
RB Jordan Nellenbach, Grosse Ile
RB Arthur Dukes III, Milan
FB Josh Czarniowski, SMCC
SE Scott McCormick, Airport
TE Dakotah Dockter, Flat Rock
OL Seth Kirchner, Jefferson
OL Bruce Elliott, Milan
C    Matt Neuvirth, Milan
OL Blaise Eby, SMCC
OL Ramone Stewart, Grosse Ile
K   Matt Bacon, Riverview

Offensive Player of the Year: Arthur Dukes III, Milan

Honorable Mention: Andrew Mitroka (GI), Mike Blosser (FR), Steve Curnett (H), Marcus Samuels (R), Demarcus Bunn (H), Dan McCarty (GI), Jeremy Richards (M), Garrett Renckeweicz (A), Phil Camilleri (GI), John Logan (R), Jeremy Frayer (H), Drew Antonelli (SMCC), Austin Hoover (M)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Please read

Teen killed on I-77, man charged with felony DUI

A Lowcountry man has been charged with felony DUI after troopers say he caused a collision that killed a teenager on his way to Florida for a holiday cruise Sunday evening on Interstate 77.

Additional Links

According to the Highway Patrol, Ricky Lance Deel, 34, of Beaufort was driving a 2000 Saturn southbound on I-77 near mile marker 41 around 6:50 p.m. when he made contact with a Dodge Durango carrying seven people.
A teenager was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of the crash. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey identified the victim as 16-year-old James Franklin Williams of New Boston, Michigan.
The other six people in the Durango were transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital with unknown injuries.
A family member says all seven were traveling from Michigan to Florida to embark on a cruise to the Bahamas.
Deel was arrested and transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center where he remained in custody Monday morning.
The accident is under investigation by the Highway Patrol's MAIT team.
Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.

I posted this because Jimmy Williams was easily one of the best student/athletes I have ever have the pleasure of coaching and knowing in my lifetime. He was basically "Mr. Huron" and everyone who knew him loved him because of his infectious personality, wonderful smile, great academics and his fearless competitve nature. Jimmy was a member of the varsity football and Track & Field teams.

Please keep his family in your prayers. Two family members and one friend are hospitalized. Please pray for their recovery. There will be a candlelight vigil tonight in front of New Boston Huron High School at 7 pm at the flag pole..

Friday, November 16, 2012


Both teams enter this game with a record of 10-2. SMCC won their regional championship game 28-21 over Grass Lake while Constantine beat undefeated Hillsdale 49-35 to win their regional.

This will be the third meeting in the last four years between these two identical looking teams with the same nickname. SMCC won the previous two meetings. Constantine fell in the State Finals in 2011 to Ithaca 42-14 while SMCC fell to Ithaca in the 2010 title game 45-35.

Look for this to be a battle but one Falcon team appears to be a little better on paper. Pick: Constantine 27 SMCC 21

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Do SMCC and Constantine ever get sick and tired of playing each other?

Give me home grown islanders over prep school all stars any day of the week.

Bodner and Giarmo can really coach

There is no way I'm driving all the way to Battle Creek.

I will be driving to Gibraltar though to see Brother Rice and Wyandotte.

Is it Thanksgiving already?

Pretty sure this is my last year of doing the blog. ATA will be adding football next season.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Night Playoff Score

Grass Lake 21 SMCC 28 Final

Grosse Ile @ Detroit Country Day

Grosse Ile (10-1) is coming off of a 70-51 victory over Robichaud while Country Day (9-2) is fresh off a victory over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 14-12. These two team last met on the gridiron in 1952 when the Red Devils knocked off the Yellow Jackets 25-12.

Offensively Grosse Ile has relied on the three-headed monster of Andrew Mitroka, Jordan Nellenback and Brian Christen this season. The trio has accounted for 41 TD's this season. Defensively, Chris Trombley and Danny McCarty lead a defense that has done just enough to reel off seven straight wins.

Country Day is led by QB Tyler Wiegers. The tall and athletic junior has loads of interest from MAC schools and has turned some heads of the coaching brass in Ann Arbor. The Yellow Jackets boast three other players that any school in the state would love to have. Junior RB Richard Wilson and junior WR Moe Ways are being heavily recruited along with senior OL/DL Poet Thomas.

On paper this looks like a rout for the home team but make no mistake the boys from the island in the middle of the Detroit River know how to play football. Pick Country Day 28 Grosse Ile 21

Thursday, November 8, 2012

SMCC @ Grass Lake

SMCC (9-2) is coming off of a convincing win over Detroit Consortium 35-12 while Grass Lake (10-1) defeated Manchester 27-7. These two teams last met in the Division 6 Regional in 2010. SMCC won that game by an impressive score of 48-14.

Grass Lake finished in a first place tie in the Cascades Conference with Michigan Center and Manchester but defeated those teams the first two weeks of the playoffs.

The Warriors have a powerful offensive attack that is led by seniors Logan Konopka and Frank Vuocolo. The 6'1" 210 lb Konopka has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 12 TD's. Vuocolo, a 6'0" 190 lb RB/LB has rushed for 129 ypg and has scored 11 TD's. Sophomore RB Justin Wright brings speed to the Warrior backfield and has scored 14 TD's.

Defensively Grass Lake is led by two junior defensive linemen. Chris Greca is a 6'4" 290 lb wall in the middle that enters the game with 72 tackles while Seth Radabaugh leads the defense with 102 tackles.

SMCC finished third in the Huron League and lost competitive games to Milan and Grosse Ile. Grosse Ile is still alive the Division 4 playoffs.

SMCC runs it's traditional straight T attack with a bunch of different backs carrying the ball. Drew Antonelli, Josh Czarniowski, and Michael Wilson lead an explosive offense that is averaging 37 ppg.

The Falcon defense is led by senior LB and captain Levi Eddings. Defensive lineman Chris LaPlante is one of the best defensive players in the Huron League. SMCC's team speed is solid on a defense that gives up just over 17 ppg.

This should be a close game. Grass Lake has playoff experience and are battle tested. SMCC is coached by Jack Giarmo, who is one of the best in Michigan. Many are saying that SMCC is a year away but the Falcons time may be now. Pick: SMCC 22 Grass Lake 21

Playoff Previews

Look for my previews a little later today.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

I'm sure glad I decided to head over to Romulus Friday night.

Which is more impressive? Seventy points or six-hundred yards rushing.

Great season by Milan! Nice turn around from a season ago.

SMCC by 22 over Consortium. Glad I know what I am talking about.

Tecumseh over Milan by 20. Guess I don't know what I am talking about.

Robichaud's Darius Phillips should play Division I ball but may be too small.

GI @ Country Day or SMCC @ Grass Lake?

My Spartans stink!

I don't know which field is darker Navarre or Romulus?

Veteran coaches are worth at least a touchdown every game.

I can still here that guy from Robichaud screaming in the stands at the officials.

Friday night was a beautiful night for football.

When does next season start for those not playing still?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Night Scores

Grosse Ile 70 Robichaud 51 Final
SMCC   35 Consortium 12 Final
Milan 6 Tecumseh 26 Final

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Detroit Consortium @ SMCC

Consortium (7-3)  defeated Madison Heights Madison 8-3 in the first week of the playoffs while SMCC (8-2) beat Warren Collegiate 42-14. These two teams have never met in football.

Consortium finished in second place in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference behind undefeated River Rouge. The Cougars have a huge offensive line that averages nearly 300 lbs but have losses to two non-playoff teams.

Consortium would most likely win this game if it was played on the hardwood of a gymnasium, however it is football played in the dark confines of Navarre Field in Monroe. Pick: SMCC 38 Consortium 18