Monday, August 31, 2015

Jefferson @ Grosse Ile

Both teams are coming off of week one losses. Jefferson fell to Ida 33-7 while Grosse Ile lost to Parma Western 27-21. Gross Ile won last season's game 49-7 and have won four in a row in the series which Jefferson leads 25-23 overall.

A young Red Devil team played well against a Parma Western team that is considered to be the schools best in 30 years. Junior Justin Moores showed he is another good Grosse Ile QB in the making while RB Andrew Vollmerhausen is as rugged as they come. Josh Moskall and Time Beach lead an active defense that is sure to get better as the season progresses.

Jefferson was disappointing in the opener against Ida. The Bears have gone back to a running based offense, but the passing game appeared a bit more potent in the opener.  Expect the Bears to try and establish the run and out physical the younger Islanders.

A win here for either team is needed at this point and could possibly launch someone to a solid season. A loss for either could mean a long season with wins getting harder to come by. Pick: Grosse Ile 27 Jefferson 14

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to SMCC's Adam Kipf on his first varsity win as a head coach.

Huron looked very very good.

It was nice to see my Alma Mater Flat Rock get a win on Friday. Congrats to the players and coaches!

Did any starter play more than the 1st half for Riverview against Ecorse?

Obviously Milan missed arguably the best RB in the league against Marshall.

Sounds like a young Grosse Ile team let one get away from them on Friday.

Could be a long season at Airport, that score surprised me.

I'm not sure what to think about Jefferson, I know Ida is really good again.

The league went 4-4 in week 1 and so did I. That isn't very good.

How could Tecumseh give up that many points to SMCC? It isn't like they haven't seen that offense before.

Huron junior WR Andrew Miller looks like a Devin Collins clone. Expect a good year from him.

It was nice to see my fellow teammates; Dave Lambrix, Jim Hamilton and Todd Gillman from the 1983 Flat Rock football team at the Ram game Friday. By the way, we were 5-4 that season.

Big early season game down at Navarre Field as Riverview plays SMCC.

I'm pretty sure Milan will be an angry football team when they host Flat Rock this week.

Grosse Ile won't be an easy win for anyone this season, although they a probably a year away.

Sounds like Airport's line play needs to improve.

We will find out where Jefferson stands when they travel to the island on Thursday.

Did we really learn anything about the Huron League in week 1?

For all the Michigan fans out there, how often do B1G teams win on the road against the PAC 12?

For all you State fans out there, can you believe I had a UM buddy of mine bet me straight up $100 on the MSU @ Western game?

For all you Buckeye fans, take a shower for once would you please?




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Week 1 Stars

Justin Carrabino SMCC, the senior RB ran for 147 yards and three TD's in the Falcon's 62-39 thrashing of Tecumseh.

Matt Hartwick Huron, the senior QB ran for 110 yards and threw for another 175 while accounting for four TD's in the Chief's 49-6 victory over Auburn Hills Avondale.

Eric Gant Riverview, the senior RB ran for 91 yards and a score in limited time as the Pirates defeated Ecorse 47-0 in the season opener.

Justin Roberts Flat Rock, the senior QB ran for 55 yards and threw for another 50 while accounting for three scores as the Rams stopped their 18 game losing streak by stomping Summit Academy 60-6.

Demetrius Barnes Milan, the junior QB rushed for 105 yards and three scores in the Big Reds 20-19 loss at Marshall.

Nick Humphrey Jefferson, the junior LB recorded 16 tackles in the Bear's 33-7 loss to Ida.

Justin Moores Grosse Ile, the junior QB completed 10 of 15 passes for 118 yards and two TD's in the Red Devil's 27-21 loss to Parma Western.

Dylan Meiring Airport, the senior RB rushed for 76 yards and a score as the Jets lost to Adrian 24-8.

Brandon "Buck" Reaume Flat Rock, the Rams 1st year Head Coach led them to their first victory since 2012. The Rams looked sharp and only committed one penalty while sending Summit back to the Charter School League with a 60-6 loss.








Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Night Scores

Flat Rock 60 Summit 6
Adrian 24 Airport 8
Riverview 47 Ecorse 0
Parma Western 27 Grosse Ile 21
Ida 33 Jefferson 7
Marshall 20 Milan 19

Tough night for the Huron League, only go 2-4 on Friday, 4-4 for week one. Look for "Week One Stars" sometime on Saturday along with "Huron League Thoughts and Questions" on Sunday.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Night Scores

Varsity
Huron 49 Avondale 6 Final
SMCC 62 Tecumseh 39 Final

J.V.
Airport 30 Adrian 22
Jefferson 28 Ida 16
Flat Rock 49 Summit 0

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


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Night Scores

J.V.

SMCC 46 Tecumseh 22

Huron 31 Avondale 0

Freshmen

Avondale 26 Huron 20



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Week 1 Picks

Thursday

Auburn Hills Avondale 24 Huron 21, Chiefs bite off more than they can chew.

SMCC 21 Tecumseh 14, Falcon train keeps a rolling.

Friday

Riverview 53 Ecorse 0, Why Riverview why?

Flat Rock 21 Summit Academy 20, Rams get into win column for first time since 2012.

Grosse Ile 34 Parma Western 28, Red Devils get big win on the road.

Ida 34 Jefferson 20, great program and great coach at Ida.

Airport 25 Adrian 22, what are the chances of that score?

Milan 28 Marshall 27, Milan escapes with a win on the road.


Huron League Picks

School         League    Overall 
1)Milan          6-1          8-1
1)SMCC        6-1          7-2
3)Huron         5-2          6-3
4)Riverview   4-3          6-3
5)Airport        3-4          5-4
5)Grosse Ile   3-4          5-4
7)Jefferson     1-6          2-7
8)Flat Rock    0-7          1-8

Monday, August 24, 2015

Milan Preview

Milan (4-5) missed the playoffs last season after finishing 10-1 in 2012 and 2013. This years Big Reds team is senior dominated and appear poised to make a run at a third Huron League title for 5th year Milan Head Coach Jesse Hoskins.

Junior RB Trace Lindeman leads an excellent core of skill players that return for Milan this season.  Lindeman has great football speed and has rushed for nearly 2,400 yards and scored 25 TD's in his career. Junior Demetrius Barnes returns at QB after seeing time at the position most of the season. Barnes rushed for 463 yards and 5 TD's. Leading the way on the offensive line this season will be seniors Max Protske and Cody Brassey-Brierley. Senior Cam Elam will be the Big Reds best receiver while senior E.J Medvecz will play a variety of positions in Milan's offense.

Defensively, Milan will be led by two of the best defenders in the league in LB Cortez Gray and DE Jordan Hendricks. Senior LB Josh Griffin along with fellow senior DB's Justin York and Eric Price give the Big Reds a defense that is most likely to be much improved over a year ago.

Milan will travel to Marshall for the season opener on August 28th. The Big Reds have talent, but will need to stay away from injuries as they lack depth. Turnovers kept Milan from a winning season last year. If the last two games of 2014 are any indication, Milan should have a great season. Prediction: 8-1                                                            

SMCC Preview

SMCC was 13-1 last season while winning the Division 6 State Championship. The Falcons beat the four time defending State Champions Ithaca Yellowjackets 22-12 in the final.  SMCC legendary coach Jack Giarmo is gone to retirement and his replacement is 2000 SMCC graduate Adam Kipf.

SMCC will continue to run their straight T offense that was employed by Giarmo for the last 17 seasons. Senior Austin Burger will take over at QB this season and much of the offense will run through senior RB Justin Carrabino. Look for senior Phillip Lehman and junior Kevin LaPrad to get a lot of touches as well. The Falcons return four starters on the offensive line and will be led by senior Hunter Coombe.

Defensively, the Falcons are led by one of the best players in the league DE Riley Woolford. Junior Justin LaPlante returns at LB along with senior Joe McMillan. Look for sophomore Collin Woolford to make an impact from his DB position.

Many people expect a drop off in 2015, especially with Giarmo's retirement. A state championship may not be in the cards this season, but don't expect the Falcons to fall off much. SMCC is loaded on both lines and have a true home run threat in Carrabino. Prediction: 7-2

New Boston Huron Preview

Huron (11-2) is coming off of the best season in school history. The Chiefs won eleven games and made it to the Division 3 semifinal. Both of the Chiefs losses were to eventual state champions Orchard Lake St. Marys and Monroe SMCC.

Huron's offense will once again be led by Matt Hartwick. The senior QB threw for nearly 1,100 yards last season and ran for another 1,300 while accounting for 25 TD's. Senior RB Jake Fryer will compliment Hartwick in the backfield after rushing for 980 yards and 12 TD's. The Chiefs will have an experienced line led by seniors Dale Midkiff and Steven Sinn.

The Chief's defense will be led by a host of seniors that include linemen Bill Wallaker and Jacob Davis along with LB Steele White and safety Jake Galazka who missed most of last season with a broken arm.

It will tough for the Chiefs to repeat the historical season of 2014, but the Huron does return numerous key players along with a solid 8-1 JV team. The Chiefs open up at Auburn Hills Avondale on Thursday. Prediction: 6-3

Riverview Preview

The Riverview Pirates finished 6-4 last season while qualifying for the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. Coach Derek McLaughlin enters his 2nd season at the helm of the Pirate program.

Riverview will be led on both sides of the ball by senior Tyler Chase. Chase established himself last season as one of the best linebackers in the league, as well as, a solid full back who could block and carry the ball. Look for him to clear holes this season for senior RB Eric Gant. Senior Wyatt Gardocki will anchor the offensive line for the Pirates.

On defense, the linebacking corp appears to be the strength of the defense with Chase and fellow senior Brian Gubbini leading the way. Others that figure to contribute on defense are seniors Robert Pinkava, Shane Sparks and Daniel Rice. Look for sophomore Nick Walsh to make a contribution somewhere on the defensive side of the ball.

Riverview appears to have a solid team with numerous players returning along with an 8-1 JV team from a year ago. Riverview opens at home this week against the Ecorse (3-6) Red Raiders. Prediction: 6-3

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Carleton Airport Preview

Airport is coming off of consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons. The Jets finished last season with a 4-5 record, but there is cause for optimism as several key players return for 3rd year Head Coach Chad Baas.

The offense for the Jets will be led by senior RB Dylan Meiring who rushed for nearly 1,500 yards last season. Bryce Cole returns at quarterback for the Jets and will have a big target at TE in junior Brent Mossburg. The offensive line will be led by senior Derek Woodley.

The defense will be led by two seniors in LB Jake Fahnestock and safety Austin Patterson. Look for a big year from junior LB Justin Gorteski.

The Jets open at home with Adrian and then will travel to New Boston  to take on Huron in the first game of league play the following week. Prediction: 5-4

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Grosse Ile Preview

Grosse Ile is coming off of a 7-3 season that saw the Red Devils qualify for the playoffs three out of the last four seasons. Coach Jon Bodner does an excellent job with the numbers he has been given and has quietly won 32 games in the last four seasons.

Grosse Ile may just have the best junior class in the league, but only have 7 seniors on the squad. Look for junior Justin Moores to make the switch from WR to QB in 2015. He found the end zone 9 times during the 2014 campaign. Fellow junior Andrew Vollmerhausen is a bruising back who rushed for nearly 600 yards as a sophomore and scored 5 TD's. Rounding out what may be one of the better trios in the league is 6'1" 215 lb two way junior lineman Dominic Trombley.

Seniors that will contribute for the Red Devils this season are Neil Smorch and Kuvon Tucker who combined for 9 TD's last season. Tucker is coming off an excellent season in track and will be one of the fastest players in the league this year.

This is a typical Grosse Ile football team. As usual, they have some great players, but the question is do they have enough good players. Week one will be a big game as the Red Devils travel to play a solid Parma Jackson County Western team. Prediction 5-4

Friday, August 21, 2015

Monroe Jefferson Preview

Jefferson enters the 2015 season hoping to improve on last years 2-7 record. This is coach Bruce Picken's third season as the Head Coach for the Bears.

The Bears offense is led by senior Justin Kull who set a Jefferson record last season by throwing for nearly 1,100 yards. His favorite  target will be senior Corey Wilkins. Nick D'Alfonso and Nick Gill will anchor a veteran offensive line and will look to clear the way for junior RB Brandon Sovey and senior Drake Wohlgamuth.

The defense will need to improve after giving up over 30 ppg last season. There is reason to believe that will be the case with the return of senior Jaden Payette on the defensive line and junior Nick Humphrey at linebacker.

Jefferson opens the season on the road at Ida. The Blue Streaks finished 8-3 last season and beat the Bears in Monroe last year by a score of 29-0. Prediction: 2-7 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flat Rock Preview

Flat Rock fell to 0-9 for the second consecutive season last year and have lost 18 straight games. Brandon Reaume, who was an assistant for the Rams last season takes over as Head Coach after Tom Oestrike accepted the Athletic Director position at Dundee in November of 2014.

Flat Rock returns five starters on offense led by senior QB Justin Roberts and senior WR Jalen Smith. The Rams are still looking for someone to carry the ball this year, but junior Garrett Osborne appears to be the leader in camp at this point. The offensive line will be led seniors Jeff Jones and Carter Rice.

Defensively the Rams were improved in 2014 and that will have to be the case again if the Rams want to get into the win column this season. Sophomore Mason Hamilton looks to anchor the defensive line while juniors Zac Tennison and Cameron Stitt will play linebackers along with fellow junior Anthony Higginbotham at DB.

Flat Rock has loosened up the non-league portion of the schedule this season in hopes of getting a win outside of the rugged Huron League. The Rams will play Summit Academy (1-8) in the opener and Hazel Park (0-9) in week nine. The Rams need to get off to a good start in week one in order to have a successful campaign under their 1st year Head Coach. Prediction: 1-8 




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Huron League Scrimmages

These are the details I have of Huron League Scrimmages on Thursday.

Jefferson @ Dundee 5:30 pm

Flat Rock @ Erie Mason (Cabrini) 6:00 pm

Milan @ Dexter (Jackson Northwest) 10:00 am

Riverview @ Carlson (Pontiac/Thurston) 10:00 am

SMCC @ Trenton 6:00 pm

Huron @ Garden City 10:00 am

Airport @ Ann Arbor Huron 6:00 pm

Taylor Truman/Detroit Western @ Grosse Ile  6:00 pm





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SMCC Falcon Schedule

8/27     7:00 pm     @ Tecumseh
9/4       7:00 pm      Riverview
9/11     7:00 pm      @ Flat Rock
9/18     7:00 pm      @ New Boston Huron
9/25     7:00 pm      Grosse Ile
10/2     7:00 pm      Carleton Airport
10/9     7:00 pm      @ Milan
10/16   7:00 pm      @ Monroe Jefferson
10/23   7:00 pm      Lansing Catholic Central



Monday, August 17, 2015

Riverview Pirates Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     Ecorse
9/4       7:00 pm     @ SMCC
9/11     7:00 pm     Milan
9/18     7:00 pm     @ Carleton Airport
9/25     7:00 pm     @ Monroe Jefferson
10/2     7:00 pm     @ New Boston Huron
10/9     7:00 pm     Flat Rock
10/16   7:00 pm     Grosse Ile
10/23   7:00 pm     @ River Rouge

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milan Big Reds Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     @ Marshall
9/4       7:00 pm      Flat Rock
9/11     7:00 pm     @ Riverview
9/18     7:00 pm      Jefferson
9/25     7:00 pm      New Boston Huron
10/2     7:00 pm     @ Grosse Ile
10/9     7:00 pm      SMCC
10/16   7:00 pm     @ Airport
10/23   7:00 pm     @ Ann Arbor Huron



Friday, August 14, 2015

Dear Blog Readers

As many of you know I have been doing the blog since 2009. I originally started the blog for a few different reasons. First, I love football. I always have and always will love the greatest game ever invented. Specifically, I love high school football and the Huron League especially. I played football back in the day at Flat Rock and have basically been a Huron League fan all of my life.

I have never charged a fee for the blog, I simply just wanted to try and pass on some of my own knowledge about the league to everyone else. For the most part, I feel I have done that pretty well. I have made a few dollars here and there with my ads that come along with the website. Over the years I have considered many ways to monetize the site and never really figured out a way. That prompted me to basically shut down the site after last season. The problem though, was I really enjoy providing the content about Huron League football. It just gets a little time consuming and quite frankly there are a few buttheads that make things difficult sometimes. So I decided to give this thing another try because I think the blog is pretty successful.

There is an extremely loyal following that reads the blog weekly during the season and then there are a few fanatics that read all year long. I appreciate all of you. The blog actually gets about 5,000 page views per week and we get as many as 3,000 page views on a Friday Night with about 2,000 or so unique visitors.

I recently had the opportunity to bring aboard a fairly major sponsor for the website. I had to submit a bunch of data and I was approved. Why? Because this blog gets a bunch of traffic. So I am proud to announce that www.draftkings.com has come aboard. DraftKings is a fantasy sports website that allows you to participate in many fantasy sports and you don't have to be a part of a league that plays all season. DraftKings offers football, baseball, golf, soccer, basketball, hockey and even MMA fantasy games.

So I am asking all of my visitors, if you are into Fantasy Sports at all, to please click on the banners and see what DraftKings is all about. Now I know many of you may be DraftKings players already. That is okay! Just check out some of the banners that offer special one day games. You will be helping me and helping the blog stay active.

Now, get ready for some content beginning in the next week or so that will include players to watch, team previews and season predictions! Are You Ready For Some Football!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Little Fun Perspective

The Flat Rock (my Alma Mater) Rams football team is currently in the midst of an 18 game losing streak. There are many over the last few years that have said silly things like, "Flat Rock is the worst team I have ever seen", "they couldn't beat a JV team" and so on. I have continually said that that was hogwash and that the Huron League is just a very good football league. I personally thought Flat Rock had some talent, little depth and were coached up pretty well over the last few years, but just couldn't squeak out a win against the schedule in front of them.

I decided to do a little research and then have some fun with one of my favorite football websites, Calprep.com. During my research I found that there were twenty-six varsity football teams that finished 0-9 in the state of Michigan in 2014. Obviously one of those teams was Flat Rock. There were 7 class A teams, 13 class B teams, 4 class C teams and 2 class D teams.

What I decided to do was use the project a match up link on Calpreps.com to determine how Flat Rock would do against those other 0-9 teams.

Now for those of you who don't know much about Calpreps.com, this site has scores from every state in the country and also uses a mathematical formula to project regular season games, playoff games and hypothetical games between schools the same year or even different years. Last season (2014)  Calpreps.com was able to project with something over 80% accuracy; the last 5 weeks of the season and the playoffs.

Here is what I found:

Flat Rock finished with a 14-11 record against the other twenty-five 0-9 teams. They finished 2-5 against the Class A teams, 6-6 against Class B, 4-0 against Class C and 2-0 against Class D.

Here are the alphabetical results:

Allegan 28 Flat Rock 26
Ann Arbor Skyline 42 Flat Rock 14
Benton Harbor 28-24
Flat Rock 31 Benzie Central 24
Flat Rock 35 Bronson 19
Flat Rock 50 Camden-Frontier 3
Flat Rock 35 Comstock 20
Detroit Osborn 26 Flat Rock 20
Dexter 31 Flat Rock 21
Flat Rock 28 Dundee 21
Flat Rock 24 East Jordan 14
Flat Rock 35 Farwell 14
Gran Rapids Union 35 Flat Rock 20
Flat Rock 48 Hale 6
Flat Rock 38 Harper Woods 19
Flat Rock 31 Hazel Park 19
Holly 27 Flat Rock 10
Flat Rock 42 Pellston 13
Royal Oak 31 Flat Rock 21
Flat Rock 28 Saginaw 21
South Lyon East 35 Flat Rock 21
Sparta 28 Flat Rock 22
Flat Rock 31 Taylor Truman 24
Wayland Union 35 Flat Rock 14
Flat Rock 46 Wyoming Lee 7

This really doesn't prove much because it is just hypothetical, but it does make me think that Flat Rock will get a win(s) this year.

If you would like more info on Calpreps mathematical formula, you can find it here @ http://calpreps.com/ratings.htm





Jefferson Bears Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     @ Ida
9/3       7:00 pm     @ Grosse Ile
9/11     7:00 pm     Carleton Airport
9/18     7:00 pm     @ Milan
9/25     7:00 pm     Riverview
10/2     7:00 pm     @ Flat Rock
10/9     7:00 om     Huron
10/16   7:00 pm     SMCC
10/23   7:00 pm     Owosso

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Huron Chief Schedule

8/27     7:00 pm     @ Auburn Hills Avondale
9/4       7:00 pm     Carleton Airport
9/11     7:00 pm     @ Grosse Ile
9/18     7:00 pm     SMCC
9/25     7:00 pm     @Milan
10/2     7:00 pm     Riverview
10/9     7:00 pm     @ Monroe Jefferson
10/16   7:00 pm     @ Flat Rock
10/23   7:00 pm     Summit Academy

Grosse Ile Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     @ Parma Western
9/3       7:00 pm     Jefferson
9/11     7:00 pm     Huron
9/18     7:00 pm     Flat Rock
9/25     7:00 pm     @ SMCC
10/2     7:00 pm     Milan (Homecoming)
10/9     7:00 pm     @ Airport
10/16   7:00 pm     @ Riverview
10/23   7:00 pm     Bradford Academy

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Flat Rock Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     Summit Academy
9/4       7:00 pm     @ Milan
9/11     7:00 pm     SMCC
9/18     7:00 pm     @ Grosse Ile
9/25     7:00 pm     Airport
10/2     7:00 pm     Jefferson
10/9     7:00 pm     @ Riverview
10/16   7:00 pm     Huron
10/23   7:00 pm     @ Hazel Park

Airport Schedule

8/28     7:00 pm     Adrian
9/4       7:00 pm     @ Huron
9/11     7:00 pm     @ Jefferson
9/18     7:00 pm     Riverview
9/25     7:00 pm     @ Flat Rock
10/2     7:00 pm     @ SMCC
10/9     7:00 pm     Grosse Ile
10/16   7:00 pm     Milan
10/23   7:00 pm     @ Tecumseh

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of Practice

Today was the first day of practice for teams around the league and state of Michigan. Rain is in the forecast this afternoon which would mark the third straight season that rain has interfered with the 1st  practice day.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

The blog is going to remain free. (Please remember that)

How much is SMCC going to miss Jack Giarmo?

Can Huron finally win a league championship?

Riverview seems to be loaded with talent and depth.

Odds are I won't pick against Milan this season.

 I'm pretty sure I know who Grosse Ile's next highly talented quarterback will be.

Is the coaching pressure on over at Airport?

I thought Jefferson would be better last season, I won't make that mistake again.

Can Flat Rock finally win one?

Anybody capable of making a long playoff run in the league this year?

Who would you rather start a team with? Huron's Hartwick, SMCC's Carrabino or Milan's Lindeman?

Best coach in the league?

I think we are looking at 4 or possibly 5 playoff teams this year.

What game should I go see week 1?








Monday, August 3, 2015

Early August Teaser Predictions

Here is my early August predictions for records around the Huron League this season. These are listed in alphabetical order and records include non-league games.

Airport 4-5

Flat Rock 1-8

Grosse Ile 5-4

Huron 6-3

Jefferson 2-7

Milan 8-1

Riverview 7-2

SMCC 6-3