Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 All Huron League Defense

Here are the 2014 picks for All Huron League Defense. (Please remember that I don't pick players both ways. If you don't see someone on defense they may be on offense.)

1st Team Defense
DE John Lako           Senior        SMCC
DT Jon Krug             Senior        Huron
DT Carter Paddy       Senior        Jefferson
DE Steve Pinkava     Senior       Riverview
LB Tyler Chase         Junior        Riverview
LB Troy Hilkins        Senior        SMCC
LB Cortez Gray         Junior        Milan
LB A.J. Goretski        Senior       Airport
DB Bryce Windham  Senior       SMCC
DB Derek Judd          Senior       Grosse Ile
DB  Darius Marks      Senior       SMCC
P     Noah Martin       Senior        SMCC

Honorable Mention
Trystin Robinson SMCC, Justin LaPlante SMCC, Josh Knab SMCC, Dominic Trombley GI, Max Gilliam GI, Eric Antolak FR, Logan Turner Airport, Josh Griffin Milan, Jordan Hendricks Milan, Steele White Huron, Jon Wellman Huron, Nolan Glime Riverview

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC on winning the State Championship.

Congrats to Jack Giarmo and his coaching staff on winning the State Championship.

Game MVP? I thought Mitchell Lamour was. Stats don't tell the whole story.

I thought SMCC's speed on defense was the difference.

Ithaca travels well.

That was Windham's 10th interception of the year.

I'm sure SMCC liked having David Howey out there on defense.

Why doesn't SMCC throw to the TE Woolford? Really doesn't matter I guess.

Public vs Private, who cares?

That was Ithaca's lowest scoring output in 87 games.

I didn't think those officials had the best game.

Did any team in the Huron League have as many injuries as SMCC this season?

Does Giarmo ponder retirement or get back to it December 1st?

Next year's Division 6 State Final prediction, Ithaca over SMCC.

Congrats to Huron's Dan Kalbfleisch on being picked Division 3/4 AP Coach of the Year.

Has Flat Rock hired anyone yet?

2015 Early season Huron League Champ prediction, Milan.

Huron All League teams come out sometime this week.

I was 10-0 in playoff picks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


SMCC (12-1) defeated Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 28-0 in the semi-finals last week while the four time defending state champ Ithaca Yellowjackets won their 69th straight game by defeating Boyne City 20-16 in the other semi-final. These two teams have met once, that was in the 2010 Division 6 State Final in 2010. Ithaca won that game 45-35.

Ithaca is led by junior QB Jacob Smith. He has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for another 1,300. He has accounted for 45 TD's through the air and on the ground. Senior Dallas Reeser has rushed for 758 yards and 12 TD's. Smith has three very good receivers in juniors; Spence Demull, Grant Gimmey and Tyler Spitzley. Demull has 57 catches and 15 TD's.

Defensively the Yellowjackets give up a paltry 8.3 ppg and have forced 40 turnovers this season. Junior LB's Jace Demenov and Aaron Barnes leads the defense along with defensive linemen Jonah Loomis and Derek Teed. Many of Ithaca's best players play both ways.

SMCC runs the T offensive formation with two backs doing most of the damage this season. Senior John Lako and junior Justin Carrabino have both had outstanding seasons. Senior QB Bryce Windham has a solid offensive line that is led by Kyle Bausman and Hunter Coombe.

SMCC's defense has been outstanding all season and into the playoffs. The Falcons are giving up 8.5 ppg. Perhaps the best performance of the season was holding Jackson Lumen Christi's high powered offense to 26 points. The defense is led by Troy Hilkins, Travis Vuich, Justin LaPlante and David Howey.

This is a game that many have been hoping for most of the season (at least I have) and for some since 2010. SMCC has defeated eight playoff teams this season while Ithaca has the most impressive resume of any in the state as they hold the longest winning streak in the country.

Both teams are extremely well coached. One of the best matchups of the day will be between Jacob Smith and Bryce Windham. Both players play QB and defensive back while each lead their teams in interceptions. SMCC 30 Ithaca 19

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC on their victory yesterday.

Congrats to Huron on their 11 win season.

Ithaca survived a semi-final scare.

OLSM is absolutely loaded.

Is it okay to mention SMCC and Ithaca in the same sentence now?

Huron held an early lead 3-0 on OLSM yesterday.

SMCC's defense has been the difference for them this year.

OLSM sophomore LB Josh Ross has offers from MSU, UM, OSU and Oklahoma.

Nice to see SMCC take a knee late in the game, thought OLSM could have done the same thing.

Look for Huron to reload next season. (Did I just say that?)

The Ithaca/SMCC betting line has been set at 11 points.

Another stud Ithaca QB? Sheeeeeesh!

I'll be rooting for SMCC and OLSM at Ford Field next week weekend.

Better get Ithaca on Friday, they only have six seniors on the roster.

Oh, that is Ithaca getting 11 points on that line.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Scores

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

NorthPointe 0       Final

Huron     3
OLSM    51       Final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NorthPointe Christian/SMCC @ Harper Creek

SMCC (11-1) is coming off of an exciting 27-26 victory over Lumen Christi while NorthPointe (11-1) defeated Waterviliet 41-35. These two teams have never met. The Mustangs play in the OK Conference Silver Division.

NorthPointe is led by QB Luke Van Dyke. The senior has thrown for over 1,200 yards and rushed for another 500. The Mustang ground attack is led by the brother tandem of Kenny and Char Willekes. Kenny has ran for over a 1,000 yards.

The Mustang defense is led by two outstanding two-way players in senior Preston Huckaby and junior T. J. Swore. Huckaby is a 4 year starter.

SMCC continues to run the ball against everyone they face, but the QB/WR tandem of seniors Bryce Windham and Travis Vuich have kept defenses off balance all season. Senior RB John Lako played through injury last week and had one of his biggest games of the season against Lumen Christi.

The SMCC defense is what has carried them this season. The Falcons are giving up just 9 ppg against a schedule that has included 8 playoff opponents in 12 games.

SMCC will be the best team that NorthPoint has played all season, but the Grand Rapids area produces some of the best football teams in the state in every division. This will be a closely contested game with the winner moving on to Ford Field. Prediction: SMCC 38 NorthPointe Christian 20.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orchard Lake St. Mary's/ New Boston Huron @ Dearborn High

Huron (11-1) is coming off of a 38-29 victory over Redford Thurston while Orchard Lake St. Mary's (10-2) defeated Mason 49-10. These teams have never met in football. St. Mary's is a member of the Detroit Catholic League's Central Division.

St. Mary's is coached by George Porritt who is in his 26th season and has won four State Championships in football. The Eaglets are led on the field by junior QB Brandon Tabone. OLSM has a powerful running game that includes RB's Justin Myrick, Pierce Bauer and Ryan Johnson. Receiver Kahlee Hamler will be the best receiver the Chiefs have seen all season.

Defensively the Eaglets are led by sophomore LB Josh Ross and senior DB and co-captain Tyson Smith. The strength of the defense may be from the defensive line. The line is led by seniors Jared Mosley, Josh Dabney and Max Posa.

Huron enters the game riding a nine game winning streak and with the first 3 playoff wins in school history appear to have nothing to lose in this game. The Chiefs will rely on the feet and arm of junior QB Matt Hartwick. Junior RB Jacob Fryer will run behind a big offensive line led by senior OT Chase McKay.

Defensively the Chiefs must find a way to stop the Eaglet running game. Huron is led by senior defensive linemen; Jon Krug, Dustin Vukas and Justin Carey. Senior Logan Ritchie and  junior Steele White lead the linebacking corp.

This is a game between tradition rich St. Mary's and a team brand new to football success in Huron. While this appears to be a David vs. Goliath scenario, stranger outcomes have happened over the years in the MHSAA playoffs. Prediction: St Mary's 34 Huron 21

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Great win by SMCC going on the road and getting a victory.

Huron in the semi-finals? Who'd have thunk it!

Fifty carries for a high school player? Not sure if I support that.

Redford Thurston had three of the best players I have seen all season.

I figured SMCC's John Lako would play.

I'm excited to see Huron's Matt Hartwick on artificial turf.

Won't find many all around athletes better than SMCC's Bryce Windham.

Does anyone still think the league is down?

What is the forecast for Saturday?

I know there is one more game to go, but I'm pretty sure I said SMCC would be at Ford Field.

I also picked Huron to go 5-4, so what do I really know?

SMCC's victory epitomizes The TEAM over talent.

How many college prospects does OLSM have?

How many college prospects does Huron have?

How many college prospects did Ishpheming have when they defeated college prospect loaded Detroit Loyola in consecutive state championship games?

Do you believe in Miracles?

I hope SMCC gets by NorthPointe Christian and puts an end to Ithaca's title run!

Muskegon, Zeeland West, Muskegon and Huron. Wow!

Great job Huron League teams!

Good luck and good skills on Saturday!

Semi-Final Sites Announced

Division 3
Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. New Boston Huron at Dearborn High School

Division 6
Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian vs. SMCC at Battle Creek Harper Creek High School

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Night Scores

Chiefs win, Chiefs win theeeeeeeeeeeeeee Chiefs win!

Huron 38 Thurston 29 Final

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thurston @ Huron

Huron (10-1) is coming off of a 44 -27 victory over Trenton while Thurston (8-3) defeated Divine Child 37-17. These two teams met twice in the 1950's with Thurston winning once and the two teams tying the other.

Huron is riding an 8 game winning streak behind the big play ability of QB Matt Hartwick and WR Devin Collins. The Chief offense is capable of grinding things out with junior RB Jacob Fryer runnng behind a solid offensive line.

Last week Huron was lit up by Trenton through the air as the Trojans threw for over 300 yards. The Chiefs usually do just enough defensively to give their offense a chance to win. Chase McKay and Jon Krug have been steady all year along with LB Steele White.

Thurston comes into the game winning 7 straight and appear to be playing their best football of the season. The Eagles have a two-headed monster at RB with Chris Johnson and Laymon Giddings-Whatley. QB Travis Wessenberg is a 6-4, 195 lb senior capable of throwing the ball if the Eagles running game struggles.

The defense  which gives up about 16 ppg is led by Alonzo McKoy who had a huge game in the Eagles week 1 playoff victory over Mumford.

It's hard to believe that either of these teams are one win away from a birth in the state semi-finals. Both teams have been good enough defensively to put themselves potentially in a position to make it to Ford Field. Tough call here, but I will go with the home team. Prediction: Huron 23 Thurston 21

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SMCC @ Lumen Christi

SMCC (10-1) is coming off of a 50-15 thrashing of previously unbeaten Clinton while Lumen Christi (11-0) defeated Hillsdale 38-17. These two teams played twice back in the early 80's with Lumen Christi winning both games.

This will be the second straight undefeated opponent that SMCC has played. The Falcons come in with a rushing attack that has been successful against every team they have faced. Justin Carrabino and Mitchell Lamour may get the bulk of the carries with senior RB John Lako dinged up from the game against Clinton. QB Bryce Windham and WR Travis Vuich are as effective as any passing tandem in the state when called upon.

The Falcon defense will be tested this week by another high scoring offense. The Huron League Champs are giving up just 7.6 ppg. Troy Hilkins, Justin LaPlante and company will have the task of stopping a Lumen Christi offense that is averaging 45 ppg.

Lumen Christi is coached by veteran Herb Brogan who has been the head man for 35 years. His Lumen Christi teams have won 6 State Titles. The Titans are led by All State RB and Michigan State commitment Khari Willis. The rugged and lightening quick senior has rushed for more than 2,300 yards and has 28 TD's. The QB is Javon Greca who has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and 16 TD's.

Defensively the Titans are giving up nearly 17 ppg. The defense is led by senor LB and co-captain Chris Cooper. Other co-captain 6-3, 245 lb DE Sam Girodat may be the best two way player the Titans have. Look for Devin Edwards and Wyatt Plate to have an impact defensively.

This is another great match up in the tough road to Ford Field in Division 6. Both teams have explosive offenses. The key will be who has the better defense. I think SMCC has the better defense, but the Falcons haven't seen a player like Willis since they faced Ithaca's Alex Niznak (Central Michigan) in the 2010 State Final or Detroit Crockett's Tony Lippett (Michigan State) in the 2009 opener. SMCC lost both those games, but I believe this may game may be different. Prediction: SMCC 29 Lumen Christi 27

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC and Huron on their victories.

Another interception for SMCC's Windham?

That was quite a hit by Huron's junior DB Gage Brownell late in the fourth quarter.

I'm pretty sure 50-15 is a blowout.

Are you kidding me Devin Collins?

I am taking SMCC against anyone in Division 6.

Nice crowd at Huron.

Lumen Christi and SMCC have the exact same enrollment.

Is Huron actually one win away from the state semi-finals?

I hope SMCC's John Lako is available on Friday.

I think Trenton would fit nicely in the Huron League.

Playoffs are a regular thing for SMCC, it could be for Huron too!

Why no "Big City" newspaper publicity for the Huron League teams?

I'm a cool 5-0 in playoff picks so far.

Should we expect Lumen Christi and Thurston fans to visit the blog this week?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Night Scores

Division 3
Huron 44 Trenton 27
Divine Child @ Redford Thurston Saturday 1 pm

Division 6
SMCC 50 Clinton 15
Jackson Lumen Christi 38 Hillsdale 17

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Clinton @ SMCC

SMCC (9-1) is coming off of a 62-8 week one playoff win over Grass Lake. Clinton (10-0) defeated Manchester for the 2nd time this season in the first week of the playoffs 42-6. These teams have met five times over the years with SMCC having won all five games.

SMCC got to business early last week by scoring 8 TD's in the first quarter and a half against Grass Lake. The Falcons are led by senior QB Bryce Windham. SMCC faces a bruising running game from any of a number of backs led by Justin Carrabino, John Lako and Mitchell Lamour.

The Falcon defense is fast and disciplined while giving up less than 7 ppg. Justin LaPlante, Troy Hilkens, Darius Marks and Travis Vuich lead the defense which will be challenged by the speed of Clinton.

Clinton made it to the state title game last season and boast a powerful offense that is averaging nearly 50 ppg.  The Redskins have two 1,000 yard rushers in senior Collin Poore and junior Matt Sexton. Senior QB Ryan Karapas has thrown 8 TD's in only 49 pass attempts this season.

The defense is led by a host of juniors. Speedy LB Noah Poore and DE Ken DeShano along with DT David Chantelois and LB Blake Rogers are part of a defensive unit that gives up just under 12 ppg. Perhaps the best defensive player for the Redskins is senior MLB Seth Sylvester.

This is a game that is worthy of a state semifinal match up as opposed to a district final. Clinton's offense and SMCC's defense will be fun to watch as they try to force their wills on one another. The problem for Clinton is they have to stop a Falcon offense who runs on everyone they meet including playoff qualifiers Lansing Catholic, New Boston Huron, Riverview and Grosse Ile. Prediction: SMCC 30 Clinton 21 

Trenton @ Huron

Huron (9-1) is coming off of a 40-21 playoff victory over Huron League rival Riverview while Trenton (7-3) defeated Romulus in the first round by a score of 20-6. This is the first meeting between these two teams in football.

Offensively, Huron continues to ride the big play ability of junior QB Matt Hartwick and senior WR Devin Collins. All nine of Hartwick's TD passes have gone to the speedy Collins while the quick footed Hartwick has eleven rushing TD's and is averaging over ten yards per carry.

The Chief's defense continues to do just enough and made some slight changes last week after giving up 14 points to Riverview in the 1st quarter. Defensive ends Justin Carey and Jacob Davis anchor a physical defensive line while junior LB Steele White leads the linebacking corp.

Trenton is led by veteran coach Bob Czarnecki and started the season with two straight losses. The Trojans have won seven of eight games since. The Trojans are led by senior Christian Mercure. The athletic QB missed three games this season due to injury, but is a big threat through the air and on the ground. Senior RB Brad Boler has found the end zone seven times this season while senior Nick Porreca leads a capable receiving corp.

The Trojan defense is led by senior LB"s Conor Cunningham and Ryan Coleman. Junior Grant McClellan and senior Luke Steffke provide solid depth while junior Jake Nabonzy leads the Trojans in INT's.

This should be a good match up between two solid teams. I saw Trenton early in the year and they have improved immensely since. It will be a cold night, but expect a big crowd. Prediction: Huron 28 Trenton 20

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

It looks like SMCC took out that week 9 loss on Grass Lake.

Huron's offense looked pretty darn good Friday.

Sounds like Grosse Ile played well, but couldn't overcome some turnovers.

How many carries did Riverview's Eric Gant have on Friday?

How do you score 56 points in the first 16 minutes and 22 seconds against a playoff opponent?

Hats off to Huron's defensive coordinator Mike Suchy, the Chiefs are a much better defensive team this year.

Can we just agree that Grosse Ile gets some nice coaching at all levels of their program?

If Riverview finds a QB, they could be very good next season.

SMCC/Clinton ought to be a really good game.

Whoever did the clock at Huron Friday night did an absolute stellar job.

How cold and miserable was it Friday night? You fans that showed up to support your teams are truly fanatical.

Who do you try and stop on Clinton, Matt Sexton or Collin Poore?

Trenton's Christian Mercure may be the best QB Huron will have seen all season.

Grosse Ile fans, how good was Chelsea's Bailey Edwards?