Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Huron @ Airport Preview

Please be sure to listen to the podcast. Huron @ Airport Preview Podcast

In my opinion this is the Game of the Week in the league. Huron (1-0) is coming off of a 22-18 victory over Avondale while Airport (1-0) is coming off of a 31-14 road win @ Dundee. Huron won last years game 29-7 and has won 3 consecutive games in this rivalry. Airport leads the all-time series 43-12.

Huron needed some late game heroics to secure the victory over Avondale last week. Junior QB Brett McKay accounted for 258 yards on the ground and air for the Chiefs. The Chief's offense centers around McKay along with RB's Reed Smith and Drew Leininger  while junior WR Phil Martin is an outside receiving threat. The defense relies on seniors Nik Becker and Garrett Krzeminski along with juniors Jared Kozlowski and Mike Mitchell.

The Airport offense is driven by junior QB Tanner Jeska and features junior RB Michael Foor who ran for 3 TD's in week 1. The defense is led by senior LB's Brent Mossburg and Justin Goretski. Sophomore DB Bryce Bondy is a star in the making.

This should be a really good competititive football game. Two talented teams with two really good kickers. I think Huron has the bigger up side, but Airport is the better team right now. Give me the home team. Prediction: Airport 21 Huron 20

Milan at Flat Rock Preview

Please be sure to check out the podcast. Milan @ Flat Rock Preview Podcast

Milan (1-0) is coming off of a week 1, 27-13 victory over Adrian while Flat Rock (1-0) is fresh off of a 48-0 dismantling of Summit Academy. The Big Reds won last years game by a score of 55-6. Milan leads the all-time series 34-10.

Milan is simply doing what Milan does on offense. It is pretty much, spread the field and let Trace Lindeman or Demetrius Barnes read the defense and go. Defensively, freshman Tristin Hines showed he belonged last week as he recorded 7 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Flat Rock used special teams last week to get things rolling against Summit then relied on junior QB Jacob Dotson to run an offense that features playmakers Sage Daniels and Anthony Higginbotham. The defense was led last week by juniors Sameer Tayeb, Mason Hamilton and Blake Montiy. They will be severely tested this week by the Big Red offense.

This is a match up of a solid program against a young, up and coming program. Both schools are led by very good coaches in Buck Reaume and Jesse Hoskins with the latter most likely the best coach in the league. The Rams are getting better, but probably a year away from beating Milan. Prediction: Milan 35 Flat Rock 21

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SMCC at Riverview Preview

Please be sure to check out the podcast SMCC @ Riverview Preview Podcast

Both teams are coming off of week 1 losses. SMCC (0-1) fell to Pewamo-Westphaila 30-20 while Riverview lost to Romulus 32-14. It was the first opening week loss for either team in five seasons. The Falcons won last year's match up 14-12 and lead the all-time series 27-12.

Offensively SMCC will be run happy as usual.  The Falcons rushed for 250 yards in the opener and really only threw the ball late in the game when trailing. The bulk of the offense will revolve around senior Kevin LaPrad and junior Collin Woolford. Defensively the Falcons will once agin be led by senior DE Justin LaPlante.

Riverview was less than stellar in the opener, but that may be due to some growing pains. Riverview's offense is pretty much one-dimensional like the Falcons and will feature senior RB Kaylon Paynes-Brown. The defense is led by Nick Walsh, the Pirates will need to get better quickly against the run if they are going to stop the visitors from Monroe.

This should be a hard-nosed throw back style of game between to teams that will run the ball 95% of the time. Neither team can afford another loss at this juncture of the season. Prediction: SMCC 26 Riverview 14

Grosse Ile at Jefferson Preview

Please be sure to check out the podcast  Grosse Ile @ Jefferson Preview Podcast

Grosse Ile (1-0) is coming off of an impressive 41-21 victory over Jackson County Parma Western while Jefferson (0-1) is licking it's wounds from a hard fought  51-26 loss to Ida. Jefferson won last seasons game 21-18 and leads the all-time series 26-23.

Grosse Ile rushed for 234 yards last week and was led by senior Andrew Vollmerhausen's 110 yards. Senior QB Josh Sheppard ran the Red Devil offense efficiently while throwing for a TD and no interceptions. Look for more of the same from the Red Devil offense, but don't be surprised if veteran QB Justin Moores steps in if the Islanders need to air it out. The defense is led by senior DB Josh Moskall and senior DT Dominc Trombley.

Jefferson is led by senior QB Brandon Sovey and senior RB Nick Humphrey. Look for these two to provide a bulk of the offense again this week. Defensively the Bears are led by their LB's Devon Rozmiarek and Cameron Smith.

This should be a good game that I am excited to attend on Thursday evening. Probably a game that either team could win. I still see Grosse Ile as one of the league favorites. Prediction: Grosse Ile 27 Jefferson 21 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Week One Podcast

Here is my first attempt at a podcast. Running time is around 27 minutes. I ran into a few glitches and made a few mistakes, but those shall be remedied on the next one. Please forgive any background noise, most notably the dog and/or the garbage truck making the rounds.

Week 1 Podcast

Please feel free to give me some feed back. Please remember I am human and I am just trying to provide a forum for the Huron League when it comes to football.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Milan looked very good

Looks like Grosse Ile might be for real.

Is Romulus that Good?

Won't win many games with turnovers and special teams blunders.

I was impressed with SMCC's loss.

Airport looks better.

Is Summit that bad?

Looks like the Jefferson offense is explosive if healthy.

The league championship might just be a battle of attrition.

What game do I go see this week?

Thank you to the breakfast club at Farmers this week.

Look for my football picks in The News Herald this week.

Still working on a podcast.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Night Scores

Airport 31 Dundee 14 Final

Flat Rock 48 Summit 0 Final

Jefferson 26 Ida 51 Final

Riverview 14 Romulus 32 Final

Grosse Ile 41 Parma Western 21 Final

Milan 27 Adrian 13 Final

SMCC 20 Pewamo-Westphalia 30 Final

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Night Scores

Huron 22 Avondale 18

Avondale 21 Huron 14
Jefferson 24 Ida 16
Adrian 18 Milan 12
Flat Rock 30 Gabriel Richard 7
Airport 32 Dundee 22
Riverview 16 Romulus 0
Pewamo-Westphalia 40 SMCC 6

Walled Lake Central 54 Huron 14

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mid-Week Huron League Thoughts and Questions

I had planned on hanging it up this year, but looks like I'm in for another full season.

Someone brought up the idea of HuronLeagueBlog gear. Any thoughts?

Look for me and my side kick Dave doing the scoreboard at Huron tomorrow night. (He handles the time, not me)

Who is the Dean of League Coaches now? Is it Jon Bodner at GI?

I have been toying with the idea of a podcast for years. Would anyone listen?

The league is not down, but I don't think there is a great team like the last 5 years or so.

It appears every team has a new starting QB this year except Milan.

Anyone interested in Gun Raffle tickets for the month of September? $20 each please email me.

Would anyone be in favor of a Huron League Player of the Week?

If you ever need to email me, please reach out at

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 1 Picks

Thursday August 25th
Huron 31 Avondale 21, life without young Kalby officially begins.

Friday August 26th
Airport 20 Dundee 8, Jets match win total of 2015.

Parma Western 34 Grosse Ile 28, Red Devils lose opener at home.

Milan 35 Adrian 27, Too much Lindeman and Barnes for the Maples.

Flat Rock 21 Summit Academy 18, Rams start season with a victory.

Pewamo-Westphaila 28 SMCC 22, Pirates headed to Ford Field.

Ida 40 Jefferson 14, Bluestreaks hopefully headed to Ford Field.

Riverview 28 Romulus 20, young Bucs start the season with victory over 2015 playoff qualifier.

Milan 2016 Preview

Milan is coming off of a solid 9-3 season which saw the Big Reds finish in second place in the Huron League and a berth in the Division 4 Regional Final. The Big Reds were decimated by graduation, but return two of the best offensive players in the league.

The Milan offensive will be led by senior QB Demetrius Barnes and senior RB Trace Lindeman. Together the dynamic duo combined for over 3,800 yards of offense and 48 TD's. The numbers will be tough to duplicate with only one other starter back from the offense. Look for two-way lineman Michael Furtney to be a force on both sides of the ball.

The Big Reds will be counting on numerous players to step up and play both ways. Look for contributuions from seniors Kyle Ranson and Gabe Aceves along with juniors Justin Beck and Ben Pyle. Freshman Tristin Hines is expected to start defensively for the Big Reds.

Like most schools in the league this year depth could be a problem for Milan, but if they can avoid injuries they could be in a good position to win the league for the first time since 2013. The Big Reds will host Adrian on Friday. Prediction: 5-2 League, 7-2 Overall

Grosse Ile 2016 Preview

Grosse Ile finished 4-5 last season and finished with a losing record for the first time in 5 years. The Red Devils are led by long time coach Jon Bodner.

Offensively Grosse Ile will be led by senior QB Justin Moores who threw for for over 1,150 yards and 12 TD's last season. Rugged senior RB Andrew Vollmerhausen will be the main ball carrier.

On defense, the Red Devils are led by 3 year DL starter Dominic Trombley. He along with senior DL Mike Simone will give the islanders a solid defense. Senior DB Josh Moskall returns in the defensive backfield.

Grosse Ile has loads of experience back, but still lacks depths. Any injuries and a promising season could turn into a long one on the island. Grosse Ile opens at home on Friday as the host the Panthers of Parma jackson County Western. Prediction: 5-2 League, 5-4 Overall

Monday, August 22, 2016

Huron 2016 Preview

Huron is coming off of a 5-5 record in a season in which they qualified for the playoffs for a second consecutive year. The Chiefs will be without their head coach for the last 12 years as Dan Kalbfleisch took an administrative job at Gibraltar Carlson. Dan's father Jim Kalbfleisch has been named the interim coach for the 2016 season.

Offensively Huron must try and replace arguably the best QB in Huron history in the departed Matt Hartwick. Junior Brett McKay will get the nod for the Chiefs in the opener. Junior RB Reed Smith will most likely be the feature back. Senior Tyler Floyd will anchor the line.

The Chief defense returns their leading tackler in senior Nik Becker along with senior DE Brent Kosikowski and senior safety Garrett Krzeminski. Look for junior CB Carlos Beltran to make an immediate impact on defense.

Huron has the talent to make a run at the Huron League title and boast arguably their strongest physical team ever. While the Chiefs would seem to be a year away from a title run they have a solid blend of senior and juniors right now. The Chiefs open at home on Thursday against Avondale. Prediction: 4-3 League, 6-3 Overall

Riverview 2016 Preview

Riverview finished last season at 6-4 and has qualified for the playoffs the last three seasons as coach Derek McLaughlin enters his 3rd season.

The offense for Riverview returns 5 starters. Senior Kaylon Paynes -Brown is the leading returning rusher for the Pirates, but look for juniors Cam Rogers and Zack Guthrie to get their fair share of carries. The offensive line is led by Charlie Chevillet and Evan Begeman.

The defense will be led by junior LB Nick Walsh, who led the team in tackles a season ago and 6-2, 220 lb junior Austin Boike.  Look for juniors Nathan Maher and Cas Sarnaki to make contributions on the defensive line.

Riverview suffered heavy graduation losses, but are at a point where the program just reloads. Look for a strong junior class to carry the load this year. The Pirates travel to Romulus on Friday. Predictions: 4-3 League, 5-4 Overall

Sunday, August 21, 2016

SMCC 2016 Preview

SMCC finished last season with a record of 8-2 and is the two-time defending Huron League Champion. Coach Adam Kipf enters his 2nd season as the head coach of the Falcons and one of the most storied programs in MHSAA history.

The Falcons return only 3 starters on offense and must replace virtually the entire offensive line. Hunter Lizyness returns and will play tackle. Justin LaPlante will play TE again while Kevin LaPrad is the leading returning rusher.  Senior Dominic Flint will play the ever important role of signal caller in the Falcon straight T offense. Sophomore Nick Marino will play FB.

The SMCC defense returns only 3 starters as well. LaPlante and junior Wyatt O'Brien will be bookends on the defensive line while junior Collin Woolford will anchor an inexperienced defensive backfield.

This is the least amount of experience the Falcons have had since 2011 season when they finished 4-5. The offensive will be effective as usual, but SMCC's success will be determined by their defense and special teams. The Falcons open up on Friday at Pewamo-Westphalia. The Pirates have been to Ford Field twice in the last 5 years and expect to return in 2016. Prediction: 4-3 League, 4-5 Overall

Airport 2016 Preview

Airport is coming off a season that saw them finish 1-8, but 4th year head coach Chad Baas should have reason for optimism. The Jets have had 3 straight losing seasons, but return several starters especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The Jet offense returns 5 starters. Aaron Frederick and Thomas Shinevarre are offensive lineman that will look to pave the way for returning RB's Mike Foor and Justin Goretski. Sophomore Bryce Bondy could supply a spark to the Airport offense after starring on the reserve team a year ago.

Airport boasts 8 returning defensive starters and are led by senior Brent Mossburg. All four starters return on the defensive line and are led by seniors Hunter Cleland and Dalton Bates. Juniors Logan Mays and Matt Ashby give the Jets one of the best front fours in the league.

Airport boast a large roster and have lots of experience returning and that should result in more wins. The Jets open on the road Friday at Dundee then will host Huron in week 2. Prediction: 3-4 League, 5-4 Overall

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jefferson 2016 Preview

Bruce Pickens enters his fourth season as the coach of Jefferson. Last season the Bears finished with a record of 3-6.

The Bears return 6 starters on offense. Senior Brandon Sovey will move from RB to QB. Nick Humphrey will be one of the RB while Joey Flaherty and Steven Hintz will anchor the offensive line.  Speedster Zach Hill will get some time at RB. The senior was the Huron League 100/200 meter champion in the spring.

Jefferson returns 5 starters on defense. The linebacking corp is led by Cam Smith. The defensive line will be led by 5-11 245 lb DT Thomas Eads while the defensive backfield will be led by Mitchell Payment.

The Bears will be a team that nobody should look past. They have steadily improved every year under Pickens and this year may be no different. Jefferson will open the season against Ida who is looking to make another long playoff run this season. Prediction: 2-5 League, 3-6 Overall

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flat Rock 2016 Preview

Flat Rock finished 3-6 last season after finishing 0-9 the previous two seasons. The Rams return a host of veterans and will be bolstered by a successful JV team that will give the Rams their largest roster in years at 29. Brandon Reaume is entering his second year at the helm of the program.

The strength of the Ram team will be the defense which returns 8 starters. The linebacking core will anchor that defense led by senior Eric Thomas, junior Sameer Tayeb and sophomore Michael Simon. Senior DE Noah Zarbaugh will anchor the defensive line.

On offense, the Rams return 5 starters, but must replace their do everything QB Justin Roberts who graduated in June. His replacement is junior Jacob Dotson. Dotson will have the versatile Anthony Higginbotham who led the Rams in TD's last season and will play multiple skill positions on offense.  The RB will be junior Sage Daniels. The line is anchored by junior Mason Hamilton who enters his 3rd season on varsity.

Flat Rock is definitely headed in the right direction. The commitment and talent levels are the highest they have been since 2012. While the Rams may be more competitive than the recent past it may not result in a improved record just yet. Prediction: 1-6 League, 3-6 Overall

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

I have absolutely no clue who will win the Huron League this year.

From the scrimmages I saw, the offenses appear to be ahead of the defenses.

I saw Huron and SMCC scrimmage. I wonder how the rest of the teams looked?

Apparently, SMCC's Justin LaPlante will have something to say about the Defensive Player of the Year.

Are there any other teams besides Huron opening the season next Thursday?

I will have my team previews and predictions coming out shortly.

There don't seem to be any great teams this year, but everyone appears to be solid.

SMCC's non-league schedule is brutal.

By week three we should have a really good idea about the league.

Are there any freshman up on varsity for anybody?

Are numbers down? Everyone appears to have depth issues.

I'm not sure who the head coach is over at Huron.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Huron League Scrimmages

Here is the list of scrimmages for Thursday. I am not sure of all the opponents, but the locations and times are accurate.

Jefferson @ Dundee 3:00 pm

Huron @ Westland John Glenn 10:00 am

Flat Rock @ Erie Mason 5:00 pm

SMCC @ Trenton 6:00 pm

Milan @ Dexter 10:00 am

Multiple opponents @ Grosse Ile 6:00 pm

Airport @ Whiteford 6:00 pm

Riverview @ Carlson 10:30 am

Friday, August 12, 2016

Huron's Kalbfleisch Steps Down

Dan Kalbfleisch has stepped down as coach at Huron effective immediately. Kalbfleisch has accepted the AD/Assistant Principal job at Carlson and will start next week pending board approval on Wednesday August 17th. The Chiefs will be coached in 2016 by the rest of the Huron staff.

Kalbfleisch was about the enter his 13th season at Huron and compiled an overall record of 49-65. The highlight was an improbable playoff run in 2014 which saw the Chiefs finish 11-2 while falling to the eventual Division 3 State Champs Orchard Lake St. Mary in the semi-finals.

Huron would make the playoffs three times during Kalbfleisch's tenure and he managed to turn the Chiefs from one of the worst programs in the state to a team that fell just one game short of Ford Field.

Huron had won only four games in the seven previous seasons and had gone through four different coaches during that time frame before Kalbfleisch arrived. Many seasons Huron would finish the year with just enough players to field a team. Huron now has nearly 100 boys playing football in the high school, over 60 playing in the middle school and hundreds more playing in the Huron Junior Chiefs youth football program. Huron is currently the only team in the league that fields a Freshmen team.

This is only one man's opinion, but whoever gets this job after this season will have a nice situation. I personally think they should coax Jack Giarmo out of retirement or find a Jesse Hoskins type capable of building upon what Kalbfleisch, his staff and the New Boston community have started.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Big Ten Football Race

Well with all the rhetoric going on about B1G, I thought I would give my predictions on the upcoming race and who will finish where.

First some idle thoughts in general:

Wisconsin got screwed by the schedule makers. The Badgers open the B1G slate at Michigan State and at Michigan. Then, after a bye week, they host Ohio State then travel to Iowa. They could be looking 0-4 to start the league schedule.

Some of the front runners in the race, particularly Iowa and Michigan, should be embarrassed  by their non-league schedules. Others like Ohio State (@ Oklahoma), Michigan State (@ Notre Dame), Wisconsin (LSU) and Nebraska (Oregon) should be commended for their ambition.

Of the front runners or league favorites, Nebraska appears to have the easiest schedule as they only play Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin, but manage to avoid playing Michigan and Michigan State.

Pretty tough to get a read on teams like Maryland and Illinois. Both schools have new coaches in D.J. Durkin (Maryland) and Lovie Smith (Illinois). Both appear to be upgrades, but Durkin has never been a head coach except for a one game bowl stint as an interim HC at Florida and Smith is most likely another phone call away from the NFL.

Predictions: The B1G race will be a battle hat everyone predicted when the different divisions were formed. Tough non-league losses by Ohio State to Oklahoma and Michigan State to Notre Dame play a huge role in deterring the National Playoff.

East Division        League     Overall
1. Ohio State              7-2          9-3
1. Michigan                7-2         10-2
1. Michigan State       7-2          9-3
4. Penn State              5-4          7-5
5. Indiana                    4-5         7-5
6. Maryland                2-7         5-7
6. Rutgers                   2-7          4-8

West Division           League    Overall
1. Iowa                          7-2         10-2
2. Wisconsin                 6-3           8-4
3. Minnesota                 5-4           8-4
4. Nebraska                   4-5           6-6
4. Northwestern            4-5           6-6
6. Illinois                       2-7          4-8
7. Purdue                      1-8           3-9

Notable Games:
9/24 Wisconsin 21 Michigan State 17
10/1 Michigan 24 Wisconsin 10
10/8 Minnesota 24 Iowa 21
10/15 Wisconsin 31 Ohio State 27
10/22 Iowa 17 Wisconsin 10
10/29 Michigan State 14 Michigan 13
11/5 Ohio State 34 Nebraska 20
11/12 Michigan 21 Iowa 20
11/19 Ohio State 28 Michigan State 24
11/26 Ohio State 24 Michigan 20

*Ohio State wins East based on tie breaker

B1G Championship Game
(8) Iowa 24  (10)Ohio State 21

B1G Offensive Player of the Year
QB C.J Beathard Iowa

B1G Defensive Player of the Year
S Jabrill Peppers Michigan

B1G Coach of the Year
Kurt Ferentz Iowa

National Playoff
(3) Alabama (12-1) 35   (2) Notre Dame (12-0) 31
(1) Oklahoma (12-0) 38  (4) Stanford (12-1) 28

National Championship
(1) Oklahoma 41  (3) Alabama 38

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

First Day of Practice

Yesterday was the first day of practice of high school football teams around the state. All eight Huron league teams were included in that. This should be a fun season this year in what appears to be a wide open league race. Here are some articles on a few teams around the league from their first day of practice. Thank you to the Monroe News.

Airport: Article

Flat Rock: Article

Huron: Article

Jefferson:  Article

Milan: Article

SMCC: Article

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Is SMCC capable of defending their league title?

Will Milan's three-headed monster of Lindeman, Barnes, and Hoskins lead them to a title?

Will Riverview's starless, though talented roster make a run at the league title?

Can anyone outside of New Boston name a player on Huron's loaded roster?

Grosse Ile may have enough talent to win the league, do they have the depth?

Is Airport headed back to the top tier of the league or will they descend back into football obscurity?

Can Jefferson and Flat Rock build on 3 win seasons?

This may be the most wide open league race in years.

Who are the stars in the league this year?

Does anyone make a playoff run this season?

Would Huron just put field turf in instead of playing on that hay field? Seriously that grass is awful right now.