Sunday, August 31, 2014

Week One Stars

Here are a few of the standout performances from around the Huron League this week.

SMCC's Justin Carrabino rushed the ball for 239 yards on 15 carries in the Falcons impressive 35-13 victory over Tecumseh.

Junior transfer (Ypsi Lincoln) EJ Medvecz of Milan led the Big Reds with 162 yards and 3 TD's in their 26-21 win over Marshall.

Senior LB Phil Camilleri of Grosse Ile recorded 10 tackles in the Red Devils 47-0 thrashing of Annapolis on Thursday night.

Airport's Dylan Meiring carries the ball an impressive 42 times for over 200 yards while scoring 2 TD's in the Jets impressive 25-22 victory over Adrian.

Huron senior Devin Collins recorded an interception and had a 20 yards fumble recovery for a TD as the Chiefs hammered Summit Academy 49-8.

Junior transfer (Anderson) Eric Gant carried the ball for 80 yards and 2 scores in Riverview's 41-15 victory over Garden City.

While there were few bright spots for Jefferson in their 29-0 loss to Ida, Bear senior Brandon Liparoto had 6 receptions for 37 yards.

Flat Rock senior DL Eric Antolak was a force on the Ram's line during their 28-21 loss to Riverview Gabriel Richard. Antolak recorded 6 tackles which included 3 for loss.

*Be sure to check back on Monday for Huron League Thoughts and Questions. Game predictions for league games will be coming Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Night Scores

Please submit your scores. I will get them posted ASAP.

SMCC 35 Tecumseh 13 final
Huron 49 Summit 8 final
Riverview 41 Garden City 15 final
Airport 25 Adrian 22 final

Flat Rock/Gabriel Richard Musings

I attended the Flat Rock/Gabriel Richard game last night. I am going to throw out a few things I thought I saw.

Flat Rock is 110% better than last season.

Nice crowd for a Thursday night in August.

GR's junior QB Jabob Lipetzky was the difference in the game.

Flat Rock DT/OT Eric Antolak will play college football.

That forward lateral call in the 1st half should have been ruled an incomplete pass. It wasn't even close.

I enjoyed rooting for my Alma Mater last night.

Flat Rock Freshmen DT Mason Hamilton is a load to handle (6-3, 240lbs)

Absolutely perfect night for football last evening.

GR's senior RB Tyler Blasczak should touch the ball 20 times per game.

Flat Rock sophomore  RB/DB Dontel Hampton is going to be a very good player.

The FR/Huron rivalry is already on this fall after Huron's players sat with the GR student section.

Flat Rock didn't appear to run the same formation on offense the entire 1st quarter.






Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Night Scores

Varsity
Gabriel Richard 28 Flat Rock 21
Grosse Ile 47 Annapolis 0
Milan 26 Marshall 21
Ida 29 Jefferson 0

JV
Huron 27 Redford Thurston 6
Tecumseh 24 SMCC 22
Riverview 54 Garden City16
Adrian 42 Airpost 7

Freshmen
Huron 14 Roseville 6

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Night Scores

Please submit your JV scores. I will get them posted ASAP.

JV Scores
Grosse Ile 39 Annapolis 16
Marshall 42 Milan 6

Freshmen Scores
Woodhaven 14 Flat Rock 7

Week 1 Picks

Thursday Games

Grosse Ile 41 Annapolis 12, Red Devils begin the season with a big win.

Gabriel Richard 31 Flat Rock 13, Rams are improved, but not enough in week 1.

Jefferson 21 Ida 20, Bears hope to start the season with a win.

Milan 28 Marshall 20, Big Reds poised for another solid season.

Friday Games

Adrian 20 Airport 14, Jets open with a tough opponent.

Riverview 20 Garden City 14, Pirates give Derek McLaughlin a warm welcome to Riverview.

Huron 28 Summit 12, Chiefs win battle of Huron Township schools.

SMCC 28 Tecumseh 27, Falcons get big non-league win.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SMCC Preview

SMCC is coming off of a 10-2 season which resulted in a second place league finish to Milan and a loss in the Division 5 Regional to Livonia Clarenceville. Falcon coach Jack Giarmo is the Dean of Huron League coaches and is entering his 17th season at his Alma Mater.

Offensively, the Falcons are led by senior signal caller Bryce Windham. He will have three capable RB's to give the ball to. Junior Justin Carrabino leads the way, but seniors John Lako and Mitchell Lamour will see just as many carries. Clearing the way on the offensive line will be Mitchell Poupard, Kyle Bausman and TE Riley Woolford. Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Falcons is that they probably have the best WR in the league in senior Travis Vuich.

Defensively is where the Falcons will need to be at their best if they are going to unseat Milan as the league champs. SMCC will be led by senior DL Trystin Robinson, senior LB Troy Hilkins and senior  safety David Howey.

While SMCC expects to be good every season, this is the year that the Falcon hopeful have been waiting for since their loss at Ford Field to Ithaca in 2010.  The Falcons have a chance to get there, but first they must face a rugged non-league schedule plus one of the more talented Huron Leagues in a few years. Prediction 8-1

Milan Preview

The Milan Big Reds are out to prove to the entire league that their fourteen game league winning streak and two consecutive league championships is no fluke. The Milan roster only includes 10 seniors, but a strong junior class gives the Big Reds reason to think a three-peat is possible.

Offensively, Milan will be led by sophomore RB Trace Lindeman who rushed for over 1,200 yards and 11 TD's as a freshman. The QB will be junior E.J. Medvecz. The transfer from Ypsi Lincoln is listed at 6-2, 225 lbs. The Big Reds had to replace a bulk of their offensive line, but have some good young players in Max Protske and Cody Brassy-Brierley.

Defensively, Milan will boast three of the better defenders in the league. Senior C.J. Duffiney is back at  at DB for the Big Reds along with junior LB Jordan Hendricks. Ypsi Lincoln transfer Cortez Gray will man another LB spot. Senior Ryan Faulkner will play defensive line and will be one of the best two way players in the league.

Milan made an effort to upgrade the non-league schedule this season which includes traditional football power Marshall and always powerful Detroit Country Day. Coach Jesse Hoskins has made a big name for himself in coaching circles and is known as a master motivator. Prediction 7-2


Grosse Ile Preview

Grosse Ile enters the season still stinging from a season that was struck hard by injuries. The Red Devils started off 3-0, but an injury to star QB Andrew Mitroka in week 4 started an avalanche of other injuries and GI ended the season at 5-4. Expectations are high for the Islanders who return a host of players who contributed last season and that includes Mitroka.

Offensively the Red Devils are led by Mirtroka who as accounted for over 2,600 yards and 30 TD's in his career. The offensive line will be led by senior Max Gilliam and junior Justin Chamer. After Mitroka senior Derek Judd is likely to be the leading ball carrier out of the backfield. Sophomore Justin Moores is a big target on the outside for the GI passing game.

The GI defense will be led by  a host of seniors. Phil Camilleri and Dean Ziberi help give the Red Devils a solid line backing corp. Three sophomores are expected to get opportunities. Dominic Trombley, Andrew Vollmerhausen and Owen Wiewiura will help bolster the defensive line.

Grosse Ile has a ton of talent and must hope that depth does not become an issue this season. The Red Devils seem primed for the playoffs and a run at the league title. They simply just must stay healthy. Prediction 6-3

Airport Preview

Airport is coming off of their first losing season (3-6) in 15 years as the Jets failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Coach Chad Baas is entering his 2nd year at the helm.

Offensively, the Jets will be led by three backs. Seniors Keagan Brinson and Robbie McGrath along with junior Dylan Meiring. The offensive line will be anchored by one of the best two way players in the Huron League in senior Tyler Girt.

The defense will be led by two defensive lineman in seniors Eddie Smith and Jarrold Brown. Seniors A.J. Goretski and Preston Baldock should give the Jets some depth.  Girt and McGrath will also have an effect on the defensive side of the ball.

Airport once again will have a tough non-conference schedule with Adrian and Tecumseh. The Jets have enough talent to make some noise in the league, but much will depend on how the ball bounces this season. Prediction 4-5

Monday, August 25, 2014

Huron Preview

The Huron Chiefs are coming off of a season where they started 1-4, but were able to rally and finish with a winning record of 5-4. That was only the second time since 1978 that the Chiefs had accomplished that feat.

Offensively, the Chiefs will be led by junior QB Matt Hartwick and senior RB Ian Robinson. Last season the two accounted for 1,450 rushing yards and fifteen TD's. They will run behind a line that will be anchored by seniors Jonathan Krug, Chase McKay and Dustin Vukas. Senior Devin Collins will be Hartwick's main receiving threat.

On the defensive side of the ball the Chiefs will be led by seniors Logan Ritchie and John Wellman. The defensive line will be anchored by junior Jacob Davis while the Chiefs expect big contributions from juniors Jacob Fryer, Steele White and John Wodarski.

This is a season that could go either way for the Chiefs. After week one opponent, Huron squares off against the big three of the league in Grosse Ile, SMCC and Milan. If they can come out of those games at 2-2 or better, the playoffs could be a possibility. Prediction: 5-4

Riverview Preview

Riverview is fresh off of a solid season that saw a school record for points in a season in route to a 7-2 regular season and a playoff birth. The Pirates welcome new coach Derek McLaughlin as veteran coach Jeff Stergalas retired from coaching to focus on his AD duties.

Offensively, Riverview must replace their two headed monster at RB in the departed Josh Smith and Marcus Samuels. The two combined for nearly 3,000 all purpose yards and 45 TD's. Senior Drew Kroll is back at QB and will lead an offense that is likely to be more diverse than a year ago. He will throw the ball to senior wideout Nolan Glime. The offensive line is led by senior Adam Borgert. Look for senior RB Austin Ostrowski to be effective running the ball this season.

If the Pirates are to stay in the upper echelon of the Huron League this season it may have to come from the defensive side of the ball. The maroon and gold are led by one of the best LB in the league in junior Tyler Chase. Senior Steve Pinkava is likely to be a leader at DE.

This is a season that could go either way for the Pirates. They must find an identity early under their new coach. Throughout the years Riverview has been known for a punishing rush offense and a physical defense. If the Pirates play defense they could win 6 or 7 games. If not, it could be a long season. Prediction: 4-5

Jefferson Preview

Jefferson enters the 2014 season with higher expectations after finishing last season with a 1-8 record. Gone from the non-league schedule are football powers Bedford and Tecumseh as the Bears have added Ida and University Prep Science & Math.

Offensively the Bears return five starters and must replace the durable and elusive Elijah Sandore. Look for rugged senior Sean Kirchner to carry the ball behind a solid offensive line that includes seniors  center Carter Paddy and TE Eddie Bechard. .Junior QB Justin Kull is expected to lead the offense and has a solid receiving target in senior Brandon Liparato. Look for junior RB Drake Wohlgamuth to get some carries.

The defense will have to improve this season after giving up 39 ppg in 2013. The Bears return seven starters on defense and will be led by senior Nathan Hintz. Expect senior Mike Ballard and sophomore Brandon Sovey to make an impact.

The Bears have a sizable roster of 41 players that includes 26 juniors and could be a year away from making an impact in the league. Jefferson will be able to score this season, but the hopes will rely on the defense. Prediction 4-5

Flat Rock Preview

Flat Rock is coming off of an 0-9 season which saw the Rams give up a school record 465 points. Coach Tom Oestrike enters his 3rd season at the helm and is hoping for a better outcome this season.

The Rams will most likely start five seniors on the offensive line this season led by tackles Eric Antolak and Mack Quick. The offensive will most likely center around sophomore RB Dontel Hampton although junior QB Justin Roberts will have two capable receivers in  senior Conner Harris and junior Jalen Smith.

If the Rams are going to right the ship, the defense is going to have to get better. Senior Nick Stedman will anchor the defensive line along with fellow senior Tracy Akers. Sophomore Noah Zarbaugh will lead the linebacking corp that includes Cleveland transfer Alan Talley.

While the Rams will be much better both offensively and defensively this season the results may not be much better. Flat Rock opens the season at home on Thursday against Riverview Gabriel Richard then dives right into the tough and physical Huron League. Prediction 1-8

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 Huron League Predictions

Alright, so after getting out and seeing some teams, as well as, talking to people and researching as best I could. I have come up with my picks for the 2014 football season. It looks to me to be a two or three team race, but most everyone is capable of beating teams that you wouldn't expect. I have my list of predicted finish which also includes league and overall records.

1. SMCC 7-0, 8-1 The Falcons have been waiting for this senior class ever since they arrived and they may have the best RB in the league with junior Justin Carrabino.

2. Milan 6-1, 7-2 The Big Reds have won fourteen straight league games and boast some excellent transfers to go along with the talented C. J. Duffiney and Trace Lindeman.

3. Grosse Ile 4-3, 6-3 The Red Devils welcome back one of the best players in the league QB Andrew Mitroka. Depth will play a key role as injuries really hurt GI last season.

3. Airport 4-3, 4-5 People appear to be sleeping on the Jets this season. They boast a good stable of backs and may have the best lineman in the league in senior Tyler Girt.

5. Huron 3-4, 5-4 The Chiefs boast an abundance of talent offensively, but their defense is what will need to carry them. Look for junior QB Matt Hartwick to have a great season.

6. Jefferson 2-5, 4-5 The Bears appear to be headed back to respectability. They will not be an easy win for anyone this season. Senior Carter Paddy will be one of the best two-way lineman in the league.

6. Riverview 2-5, 4-5 The Pirates graduated a ton of talent from last seasons team. First year head coach Derek Mclaughlin's team is probably a year away, but don't be surprised if Riverview jumps up toward the top of the league standings.

8 Flat Rock 0-7, 1-8 The Rams will be much improved this season, but that won't bring the team out of the basement. The offense is capable, but the defense will have to come together if the Rams are to have any success.

So there you have it. My opinion on the league this season. Milan will make a run, but I just don't know if they have the team to win it again. SMCC has a ton of speed, size and talent so they will be a tough team for anyone to beat. GI has some great players, but I'm not sure if they have enough good ones to make a run. Airport is the team that may let me down this season. I may be giving them too much credit to win four league games, but we shall see. Huron has to find a way to play defense. If the "D" steps up then they may make the playoffs. I think Jefferson is going to be much improved. The Bears will step up and bite somebody ahead of them. Riverview is a real dark horse. They could make me look foolish. Don't be surprised if they win 6 or 7 games. Flat Rock is just in a tough situation, getting better, but not quite there yet.

Question? Contact the blog directly at huronleaguefootball@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scrimmages

Here is a list of the scrimmage times and locations that I have.

Airport @ Ann Arbor Huron at 7:00 pm

Flat Rock @ Erie Maon Thursday at 5:30 pm

Huron @ South Lyon East Thursday at 10:00 am

Grosse Ile @ Grosse Ile Thursday at 6:00 pm

Jefferson @ Chelsea Thursday at 6:30 pm

Milan @ Dexter Thursday at 5:30 pm

Riverview @ Carlson Thursday 10:00 am

SMCC @ Trenton Thursday at 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Ice Bucket Challenge

This is the response that I came up with to the ice bucket challenge handed down to me from Huron Chief Head Football Coach Dan Kalbfleisch.

http://youtu.be/TVF1CrLtNYg

Ice Bucket Challenge

It appears that the coach of the Huron Chiefs Dan Kalbfleisch has made a challenge to me to do the ice bucket challenge which is a fund raiser to support ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Here is the video from Dan.

Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Early Season Picks

Just thought I would throw some thoughts out there on how the teams might do this season. Still have research to do on every team, but this should give people something to chew on.

Airport (3-6) Non-league schedule keeps Jets from winning record.

Flat Rock (1-8) The Rams will find a way to win a game this season.

Grosse Ile (8-1) Islanders need to avoid the injury bug this season.

Huron (5-4) Chiefs must find a way to split the first four games.

Jefferson (3-6) Bears are getting better

Milan (6-3) Big Reds must beat Marshall in the season opener.

Riverview (5-4) Too many great players to replace this season.

SMCC (8-1) Falcons appear poised for a league title and long playoff run.



Rain Soaks First Day of Practice

Rain soaked the practice fields around the league yesterday, but that didn't dampen the spirits of league football teams who are just glad to be back at it.

Here are some articles courtesy of The News Herald and Monroe News.

Airport

Flat Rock

Huron

Jefferson

Milan

Riverview

SMCC

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Practice starts tomorrow morning for teams around the state. Look for more post from the blog as the days count down to the start of the season.

Are you ready?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

While practice is just over a week away, there are some thoughts and questions rolling around in my head.

Is Grosse Ile's Andrew Mitroka fully healed?

Don't expect Riverview's Derek McLaughlin to get out coached by anyone this season.

What will life be like at SMCC after the departure of the Couturier brothers?

I'm not sold on Milan, but they prove me wrong every season.

Can Airport turn things around or are they back to being irrelevant in football again?

If Huron doesn't win this season, they may never win.

I wonder how many wins Flat Rock will get this season?

I just don't know much about Jefferson football these days.

Who would you take on offense? GI's Andrew Mitroka, SMCC's Justin Carrabino or Milan's Trace Lindeman?

Who would you take on defense? Riverview's Tyler Chase, Milan's Cortez Gray or SMCC's Trystin Robinson?

Best coach in the league? Hoskins or Giarmo?

Who makes the playoffs this year?

Someone told me recently that they think the league is down from a decade ago. I don't buy that because of the weight programs, 7 on 7 passing leagues and college combines these days. Any thoughts people?




Friday, August 1, 2014

Jefferson Players to Watch

He are a few Bear players to watch out for this season.

Eddie Bechard Senior WR/QB/LB 6-2, 185 lbs

Carter Paddy Senior OL/LB 6-3, 230 lbs

Nathan Hintz Senior LB 6-0, 175 lbs