Monday, November 25, 2013

Defensive Player of the Year

Austin Hoover of Milan High School has been Huron League Defensive Player of the Year by the Huron League Football Blog.

The 6-1, 195 lb. hard hitting senior led the Huron League Champions in tackles with 147 including 7 tackles for loss. He also had two interceptions for a defensive unit that led the league in fewest points allowed per game.

The Milan captain will most likely play football at the next level if he chooses for a college team that values heart, desire and a winner's mentality. Hoover helped lead Milan to a 20-2 record and two Huron League titles over the least two seasons.

Hoover's teammate and fellow senior Max Blackburn was also considered for the award along with Riverview LB Jake Walsh.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

All Huron League Defense

Here are the blogs picks for All Huron League Defense 2013. (Please remember that I am only picking players one way. If they don't appear on defense they may have appeared on offense)

1st Team Defense
DL     Chad Hall                    Senior     Milan
DL      T.J. Cook                     Senior     Jefferson
DL      Eric Randall             Senior     Milan
DL     Trystin Robinson   Junior     SMCC
LB     Austin Hoover         Senior     Milan
LB     Jake Walsh                Senior     Riverview
LB     Max Blackburn       Senior      Milan
DB    C.J. Duffiney             Junior     Milan
DB     Derek Judd              Junior      Grosse Ile
DB    Robbie McGrath     Senior       Airport
DB    Sam O'Lear              Senior       SMCC
P        Scott McCormick   Senior       Airport

Honorable Mention
Carter Paddy (DL) Jefferson, Adam Borgert (DL) Riverview, John Krug (DL) Huron, Eddie Smith (DL) Airport, Kevin Couturier (LB) SMCC, Troy Hilkens (LB) SMCC, Phil Cammerilli (LB) GI, A.J. Gorteski (LB) Airport, Justin Colville (LB) Milan, Devin Collins (DB) Huron, Nick Scully (DB) Milan, Dominic Marko (DB) GI, Elijah Scott (P) Huron

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Does Milan reload?

SMCC looks like they will be really good next year


Go Green!

I think maybe Riverview graduates too much to contend.

Does Huron ever get over the hump?

Is this the end for Airport?

Go White!

Will Jefferson turn it around?

Does Flat Rock declare independence for a while?

Does the league stop them from doing so?

Do JV records determine future success?

Same Ole Lions!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Offensive Player of the Year

Robert Kanitz of Milan High School has been named the Huron League Offensive Player of the Year by the Huron League Football Blog.

The physical senior led the Big Reds to their second straight Huron League Championship and a 20-2 record over that time span. Kanitz threw for over 1,300 yards and had 13 TD passes against only 4 interceptions all season. He rushed for 950 yards and 13 TD's while leading the diverse Milan offense.

Stats only tell a portion of the story regarding Kanitz. He is a proven winner who plays the QB position with a linebacker mentality. He can make you miss or he can go right through you. He is a coach on the field and will undoubtedly play at the next level if he chooses to.

Riverview's Josh Smith and SMCC's Josh Czarniowski were also considered for the award.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

All Huron League Offense

Here are the blogs picks for All Huron League Offense 2013. (Please remember that I am only picking players one way. If they don't appear on offense they may appear on defense)

1st Team Offense
QB     Robert Kanitz        Senior          Milan
RB     Josh Smith             Senior          Riverview
RB     Trace Lindeman     Freshman    Milan
RB     Josh Czarniowski   Senior         SMCC
OL      Jake Friese            Senior         Milan
OL      Jacob Krug            Senior         Huron
OL      Brandon Moskall  Senior         Grosse Ile
OL      Shane Nowak        Senior         Riverview
OL      Andrew Castiglone Senior       SMCC
E         Tyler Olsen            Senior        Huron
E         Gage Smith           Senior         Milan
K        Matt Bacon           Senior         Riverview

Honorable Mention  
Kyle Bausman (OL) SMCC, Chase McKay (OL) Huron, Chris Stanley (OL) Milan,  Eric Antolak (OL) FR, Cody Radcliffe (E) FR, Danny McCarty (E) GI, Nolan Glime (E) Riverview, Elijah Sandore (RB) Jefferson, Marcus Samuels (RB) Riverview, Justin Carrabino (RB) SMCC, Ian Robinson (RB) Huron, Joe Vollmerhausen (RB) GI, Bryce Windham (QB) SMCC

Monday, November 18, 2013

All Huron League Teams

My picks for all league along with Players of the Year will come out this week. Please note I only pick kids one way. If they make the defensive team I won't pick them for offense. I include kicker on offense and punter on defense.

Please feel free to suggest some players for all league but please list some stats and qualifications as to why they should be put on the team. Don't bother with POY stuff or Coach of the Year, those are already picked.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SMCC @ Livonia Clarenceville

SMCC (10-1) is coming off of a wild 44-40 playoff win over Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard while Clarenceville improved to 10-0 with a 31-22 win over Detroit University Prep. These two teams last met in the 2000 playoffs with the Trojans winning 25-19.

Offensively, Clarenceville is led by junior QB Jake Kubiak. Much of the offense will come from senior RB Jalen Bryant. The offensive line is led by seniors Drake Taylor and Ibn Ali.

Defensively, the Trojans give up a paltry 11 ppg. The defense is led by junior Santoy Reese and seniors Jawan Nelson and David Curvin.

SMCC will contimue with it's punishing running game. All three SMCC RB's put up gaudy numbers last week but it was the passing game that continues to surprise when needed.

Defensively, the Falcons keep giving up big numbers but do just enough to win. The rush defense has been solid during the playoffs after playing in the run happy Huron League while the pass defense is a continued work in progress.

Another tough game to figure out and it will most likely be high scoring. Clarenceville is undefeated but would have struggled to be .500 in the Huron League. Pick: SMCC 40 Clarenceville 32

Monday, November 11, 2013

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Run to win, throw when necessary.

Extra points are important, don't get caught chasing until necessary

Who is SMCC best back?

The Huron League just doesn't see players like Malik Boynton that often.

IS AAGR's Kevin Masini that good or are his receivers?

Great year by Milan, they proved me wrong again.

Typical mid November, SMCC still playing, everyone else is thinking winter sports.

I know it's early, but will not having JV in 2012 will hurt Milan in 2014?

Detroit er Livonia Clarencville will be a tough team to beat.

Dinner at Old Chicago in Southgate with my wife last Friday instead of games. Better than any football game and also a smart move by me.

I don't think I'll be in Livonia this week, too many other games to go see. Sorry!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard @ SMCC

SMCC (9-1) is coming off of a 30-14 playoff victory over River Rouge while AAGR (8-2) defeated Ida 42-6. The two teams last met in 2003 when the Falcons won by a score of 40-0.

SMCC struggled a bit last week with River Rouge. Offensively, the Falcons will run the ball with their three-headed monster of John Lako, Justin Carrabino and Josh Czarniowski. Expect them to throw the ball just enough to keep the Irish defense off balance.

Defensively, the Falcons will be put to the test by the pass happy Irish. Defensive backs, Joshua Knabb and Bryce Windham will have to be on top of their game. Look for the super sophomores Kevin and Craig Couturier to put pressure on the AAGR running game.

AAGR is led by dual threat QB Kevin Masini. The 5-10 senior may put the ball up as many as 25 times on Friday. Senior RB's Haylin Newlin and DJ Straub should see plenty of carries on the ground for the Irish.

Defensively, the Irish Catholics from Ann Arbor (seems like an oxymoron) are giving up just 14 ppg and are led by senior LB Nate Winnie along with junior LB's Kenny Kowalski and Matt Johnson

Tough game this week to pick. Both of AAGR's losses are to powerful Detroit Loyola while SMCC's only lost was to undefeated Milan in week 6. Pick: SMCC 30 AAGR 27

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Melvindale @ Milan

Milan (10-0) is coming off of a 26-14 playoff victory over Redford Thurston while Melvindale (8-2) defeated Riverview 34-17. These two teams last met in the playoffs back in 2005 with the Cardinals winning 28-25.

Milan continues to "just win" every game they play. The senior leadership and talents of QB/S Robert Kanitz and LB/FB Austin Hoover seem to will them to victory every week. The Big Reds are 20-1 over the last two seasons. Head Coach Jesse Hoskins has a knack for winning close games and getting the most out of his players.

Defensively, Milan is giving up only 13 ppg while the offense averages just over 30 ppg. The Big Reds rarely turn the ball over and that is the reason for much of their success.

Melvindale fell behind 10-0 early last week to Riverview but was able to make some solid offensive and defensive adjustments which led to the victory. Melvindale is led offensively by QB Jason Doyle. Doyle is a patient passer who will be the best passing QB that Melvindale will have seen all season. Malik Boynton is a superb receiver who will most likely give Milan fits all night.

Melvindale's active defense is surely going to create some problems for Milan. The Cardinals only give up 16 ppg and have seen just about everything coming out of the Downriver League. One thing Melvindale's defense can do is lay the wood and they will look set to the tone early in this game.

On paper this is a great matchup and looks like Melvindale could hand the Huron League Champions their first loss of the season. Most of you know I will not pick against the Big Reds they have burned me way too many times. Pick: Milan 21 Melvindale 17

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

SMCC had quite a battle on their hands last Friday.

Not their best game but Milan just keeps on winning.

Riverview's speedy backs caught Melvindale by surprise early.

There are no gimmees in Division 5.

I think Milan's non-league schedule helped prepared them well for the playoffs.

Still gotta play defense.

Catholics or Catholics?

Detroit or Ypsi? (relax people that is just a joke)

Is SMCC throwing the ball too much?

Can a freshman perform on the big stage?

I'm not sure which game to go see this week, any suggestions?

Milan's Kanitz or Melvindale's Doyle?

Friday, November 1, 2013