Sunday, October 30, 2016

Huron League Thoughts, Questions and More

Milan sure does have some athletes on that team.

That looked like vintage Cisco football on Friday.

How do you lose that game?

Adrian appears to be much improved from their week 1 loss at Milan.

Football is always about the team, not the individual.

I attended a lot of football games in Allen Park with my late father-in-law John Moscheck. It wouldn't have been the same without him.

Bedford has a nice team, but apparently they don't have the internet in south Monroe County.

The Downriver League needs to make some changes and play some non-league competition.



Ida appears poised for a nice play off run.

Pretty sure Stockbridge hasn't seen a defense like that all year.

The Demetrius Barnes touchdown on Friday was one of the most athletic I have ever seen.

I haven't seen a better football player than Nick Humphrey all year.

State still stinks!

Should I venture back to Milan again on Friday?

The blog expansion will most likely mean the elimination of anonymous comments.

I had great conversations with the AD's from Milan, Jefferson and Dundee on Friday night. You should be thankful for their knowledge and caring of your school, athletic department and student athletes.



Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Night Playoff Scores

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Allen Park 34 Huron 12 final

Milan 27  Jefferson 22 final

Grosse Ile 20 Adrian 27 final OT

Bedford 43  Wyandotte 21 final

Ida 42 Stockbridge 14 final


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Temperance Bedford @ Wyandotte Roosevelt

Bedford (7-2) is coming off of a 21-20 loss to Detroit Country Day last week while Roosevelt (7-2) lost to league rival Woodhaven 32-22. This is the Kicking Mules 7th playoff appearance in school history while Roosevelt has qualified for the playoffs 15 times including the last 11 years. These teams have played once in history and that was back in the 2010 playoffs when Bedford won 34-23.

Bedford is led on offense  by senior QB Joseph Wiemer along with senior FB Joey Oehlers and pass catcher David Jeffers. The Kicking Mule defense is solid and is coming off of shutouts in two of the last three games.



Wyandotte is led by junior QB Richie Miller. The Bears have two junior RB's capable of big games in  Allen Woodward and Kendrick Stanley. Defensively the Bears are led by defensive lineman Stefan Bates and LB Adam Groat. While this isn't a vintage Wyandotte Roosevelt team, they are solid on defense, but haven't scored as much as past seasons.

It is tough to tell much about Wyandotte because they haven't ventured out of the 10 team Downriver League. Bedford has a quality win or two, but their most impressive stat may be their close losses to undefeated Saline and DCD. Pick: Bedford 35 Roosevelt 17

(Gary's Pick: Bedford 28 Roosevelt 10)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stockbridge @ Ida

Stockbridge(5-4), a small community of 1,300, which lies 36 miles SE of Lansing, is coming off a 50-34 victory over Parchment, while Ida(8-1) is fresh off a resounding win over Onsted 53-20.  Ida holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the last meeting in 2008(47-13).  Stockbridge has made the playoffs the last 3 seasons and has a overall playoff record of 3-7.  Ida has made the playoffs 6 out of the last 7 years and as an overall record of 5-7.

StockBridge is led by Sr. QB Mason Gee-Montgomery who is averaging over 250 yards and 4 TD's through the air a game.  He set the state record for TD passes last year with 51.  He also holds the state record for career TD passes, currently at 122.  You dont need a degrees in football to figure out that this kid can wing it.  He will pose quite a challenge for the Bluestreaks.  The Panthers can move the ball on the ground as well behind Miguel Medina who averages nearly 100 yards a contest.  Stockbridge is coached by Jeremy Killinger.



Ida, the LCAA co-champion, hangs it's hat on a punishing, high scoring ground attack, out of the Full House T formation. The Bluestreaks average over 52 points a game, mainly doing so on the ground.  34 points is the lowest offensive output for the high octane Bluestreaks this season.  Ida has plenty of bigtime play makers on which they can lean. SR FB/FS Nick Levicki(5'11" 220lbs), SR TE/DE Kyle Parran(6'5" 240lbs), SR OT/DT Brandon Suydam(6'0" 270lbs), SR TE/LB Bryan Laux (6'0" 185), SR RB Andrew Oberski(6'1" 180lbs).  Ida is headed by veteran coach Tom Walentowski.

This match-up would seem to have all the makings of a good ole shoot out.  The golden arm of Gee-Montgomery vs the road grating, field plowing of Levicki, Oberski and the T.  I honestly don't see Stockbridge keeping the Bluestreaks under 50 here.  Ida has the makings of a team who could hold a regional crown when it's all said and done.  They take their first step in doing so this Friday.  I will be there!  Say hi if you know me.

Pick: Ida 60 Stockbridge 27

(Chris' pick: Ida 54 Stockbridge 28)

Huron @ Allen Park

Huron (6-3) is coming off of a 35-6 victory over Summit Academy while Allen Park (9-0) defeated Taylor Truman 69-14. Huron is making their 3rd straight playoff appearance and 4th overall while the Jaguars are making their 7th straight trip and 25th overall. These teams have never played in football.

The strength of Huron's team is their defense which is led by 3 key seniors. MLB Nik Becker leads the Chief's in tackles while SS Garrett Krzeminski and Brent Kosikowski have been stellar all season. The offense is balanced and will most likely be led by junior QB Brett McKay, who is a dual threat. Junior RB Reed Smith is the Chiefs leading rusher while senior WR Andrew Miller leads the team in receptions.


Allen Park stormed through the Downriver League and outscored their opponents 354-62. The offense is led by senior QB Antonio Mangiapane and senior Ryan Fish who leads the the Jags in rushing. The defense is led by a host of seniors and it starts on the defensive line with 6-2, 270 lb Carlos Agens and 6-2, 215 lb Alex Hinejosa. Rajee Ledesma is the MLB while SS Tyler Beachnau leads the secondary

Allen Park is the team in the district that the Chiefs wanted to avoid. Huron has struggled to score for much of the season while the Jaguars boast a defense that is giving up a paltry 7 ppg. The closeness of this game depends on Huron being able to move the ball early and gaining confidence. Pick: Allen Park 24 Huron 6

(Gary's Pick: Allen Park 40 Huron 24)

Monroe Jefferson @ Milan

Jefferson(5-4) defeated Owosso 46-33 while Milan(8-1) dismantled AA Huron 48-0.  Milan last defeated Jefferson on 16SEP16, 35-31 and leads the all-time series 14-8-1. The Bear's last playoff appearence was in 2006, while Milan has been a mainstay making it 9 out of the last 12 seasons.  Jefferson has an all-time playoff record of 10-8 and the Big Reds chime in at 12-15. 

Jefferson "backdoored" into the playoffs winning 4 of their last 5 games, earning them an at-large bid at 5-4.  The Bears seem to be playing their best ball offensively led by HL Blog POY candidate Nick Humphrey.  Brandon Sovey will be behind center and is ready to go.  I sat down with both at a recruiting trip last Saturday and they are very excited to be in the playoffs.  Coach Pickens has stayed the course from some early season hicupps and has his Bears primed for the post season, when nobody thought they had a chance.



Milan, the Huron League co-champ, has looked like the team to beat all year long.  Playing great on both sides of the ball.  They too are led by a HL Blog POY candidate in Trace Lindeman.  Trace, a 4 years starter, has racked up some crazy numbers over his years and wants to go out with a bang in his final season.  Coach Hoskins is doing what he has always done since he came into the league and that is win win win.  Milan is the cream of the crop this year in the HL and they are primed to prove it.

All points lead to this game being in the 30's, points, not degrees, hopefully.  Both teams have tremendous talent on the offensive side.  Whoever can get a stop and not turn the ball over will most likely come out on top.  Can Jefferson keep Barnes and Lindeman bottled up just enough? Can Milan figure out the T and Keep Mr. Humphrey and crew from chewing up yardage and clock?  Rematches such as this, more times than not, have a different outcome than the first affair.  My gut says pick the fiesty Bears but I am going with the Champs at home.  They are the champs for a reason. 

Pick: Milan 36 Jefferson 31

(Chris' pick: Milan 27 Jefferson 21)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Adrian @ Grosse Ile

Adrian (5-4) is coming off of a 24-17 loss to Bay City John Glenn while Grosse Ile (8-1) beat Garden City 34-28. The Maples slipped into the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and have qualified for the playoffs 16 times. The Red Devils are back in the playoffs after their absence last season and are making their 11th appearance in the playoffs. These two teams have never met on the gridiron.

Adrian is led by head coach Scott Cripe and senior QB Tyler Shephard. Senior RB Caiden Welter is a capable back. Senior Ty Peck is one of the best receivers in the SEC while freshman Antwan Ficklen Jr. appears to be a star in the making. Defensively the Maples are giving up 19 ppg and are led by senior MLB Blake Thompson.

The Red Devils are led offensively by a host of seniors that includes QB Josh Sheppard, RB's Drew Vollmerhausen and Josh Moskall along with WR Justin Moores. Defensively Grosse Ile is led by one of the best two-way players in the Huron League in 3 year starter Dominic Trombley. Senior LB Holden Green has had a stellar season while playing along side of standout LB Aaron Blanzy.

These two teams are a mirror image of each other offensively and they have played a common opponent in the Milan Big Reds. The Maples fell in week 1 at Milan 27-13 while the Islanders fell on the turf at Saline in week 6 to Milan 27-6. GI is a senior laden team that can score in multiple ways and plays solid defense while Adrian is a balanced team, but while a solid team has beaten no team with a winning record. Pick : Grosse Ile 27 Adrian 21

(Gary's Pick: Grosse Ile 35 Adrian 20)


Monday, October 24, 2016

Huron League Blog Week 9 Podcast

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Extended Playoff Coverage

As part of the preview for the 2017 Season. We will cover a few of the Monroe County teams that made the playoffs.


Division 2

Region 3 District 1

Livonia Franklin (6-3) @ Woodhaven (7-2)     Line: Woodhaven -2

Temperance Bedford (7-2) @ Wyandotte Roosevelt (7-2)     Line: Roosevelt +2

Division 5

Region 4 District 1

Stockbridge (5-4) @ Ida (8-1)     Line: Ida -10

Southfield Bradford Academy (7-2) @ Brooklyn Columbia Central (7-2)     Line: BCC -3

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Playoff Pairings

The Line is listed for entertainment purposes only.

Division 3

Region 4 District 2
New Boston Huron @ Allen Park      Line: Allen Park -16

Trenton @ Romulus     Line:  Romulus +1

Division 4

Region 4 District 2
Adrian @ Grosse Ile       Line: GI -6

Monroe Jefferson @ Milan       Line: Milan -9


Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Is Milan that good or is AA Huron that bad?

Garden City was a good tune up for GI headed into the playoffs.

The Chief's should probably move on from playing Summit Academy.

I think we have a full and healthy Jefferson  team now.

I nailed the SMCC overall record this season.

The better coached team won the Flat Rock/Hazel Park game Friday.

I think Riverview will be very good next season.

Will an opportunist emerge from the woodwork?



Playoffs!

I will be open to suggestions on which playoff game to attend on Friday.

I went virtually football free yesterday.

Look for a dual podcast from myself and Gary sometime this week.

Early favorite for next year's Huron League Champ?

Will there be any coaching vacancies in the league next season?

I will post playoff match ups tonight and due in depth previews and pick later in the week.

I think Flat Rock and Huron should drop Summit and pick up State next season. It would still be an easy win.












Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Night Scores

SMCC    20   LCC 42 Final

Flat Rock 52 Hazel Park 28 Final

Huron 35    Summit Academy 6 Final

Riverview 12   River Rouge 35 Final



Airport 26   Tecumseh 34 Final

Jefferson 46 Owosso 33 Final

Grosse Ile 34   Garden City 28 Final

Milan 48 AA Huron 0  Final



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Night Scores

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J.V.
Lansing Catholic Central 24 SMCC 6
Flat Rock 42 Hazel Park 0
Ann Arbor Huron 16 Milan 14
River Rouge 20 Riverview 8
Grosse Ile 34 Garden City 14
Airport 30 Tecumseh 24

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Week 9 Picks Part 2

Jefferson 28 Owosso 12, Bears make case for playoffs. (Gary's Pick: Jefferson 28 Owosso 7)

Huron 49 Summit 6, Chiefs ready for playoffs. (Gary's Pick: Huron 56 Summit 0)

Milan 42 Ann Arbor Huron 12, Milan secures home playoff game. (Gary's Pick: 49 AA Huron 7)

Grosse Ile 27 Garden City 12, Red Devils secure best season since 2012. (Gary's Pick: GI 21 Garden City 14)




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Week 9 Picks Part 1

Here are mine and Gary's picks for Week 9.

Tecumseh 20 Airport 19, Jets go 1-8 in back to back seasons. (Gary's Pick Tecumseh 21 Airport 14)

River Rouge 49 Riverview 6, young Bucs get lesson from Ford Field bound Panthers. (Gary's Pick Rouge 50 Riverview 6)

Flat Rock 21 Hazel Park 20, Rams finish with best record since 2012. (Gary's Pick Flat Rock 30 Hazel Park 20)

Lansing Catholic Central 35 SMCC 22, Falcons miss playoffs for first time since 2011. (Gary's Pick LCC 34 SMCC 20)


Monday, October 17, 2016

Playoff Scenarios

DIII

***New Boston Huron(5-3) Automatic qualifier with win
Remaining games: Romulus Summit
The Chiefs lost any chance of having a home playoff game with last week's loss.
Possible matchups: Trenton, Chelsea, Romulus Allen Park, Divine Child
Predicted matchup: @Allen Park


DIV

***Milan(7-1) Automatic qualifier
Remaining Games: Ann Arbor Huron
The Big Reds rebounded last Friday and are in good shape as we near the playoffs.
Possible matchups: Adrian, Jefferson, GI
Predicted matchup: Jefferson

***Grosse Ile(7-1) Automatic qualifier
Remaining games: Garden City
The Red Devils have a real good chance at a home game with a win on Friday.
Possible matchups: Adrian, Jefferson, Milan, River Rouge.
Predicted matchup: Adrian

***Monroe Jefferson(4-4) At large bid
Remaining games: Owosso
The Bear's playoff hopes got a huge boost with last week's victory. They will need another however.
Possible matchups: Grosse Ile, Milan, River Rouge.
Predicted matchup: Milan



DVI/VII

***Monroe SMCC(4-4) At large bid
Remaining games: Lansing CC
The Falcons lost a tough backyard brawl last week.  They will get another shot at the playoffs this week.
Possible matchups: Hudson, Sand Creek, Clinton, Delta - Manchester, DEPSA
See Chris' preview later on this week for predicted finish.

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A little more about Jefferson and SMCC's chances of getting into the playoffs. 

Teams with 6 wins will automatically get in. However there wont be enough 6 win teams to fill out the requisite 256 needed.  Those remaining spots are filled with 5 win teams with the highest playoff point total. 

SMCC will have enough playoff points to get in if they get to 5.  No doubt about it.

In doing some research and calculations, I have Jefferson at approximately 51-52 playoff points at 5-4.  Looking back the last 2 years, 3 teams in DIV have made it in with less points.  Obviously that is a good sign and I would guess 51-52 points would hold up this year as well.

So, in my estimation, both SMCC and Jefferson are in "win and in" situations. 

This is the week that ALL Huron League teams should be rooting for each other.  The more wins, the more playoff points for those in the playoffs. 

Great time of the year.  It has been A LONG time since the league has had 5 teams in the playoffs.  I'm not sure it ever has.  Let's hope this is the year!



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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Huron League Blog Week 8 Podcast

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Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Congrats to Grosse Ile and Milan on their Huron League Championship. I hope they play again.

Nice team win Jefferson.

Anything can happen during rivalry week.

Loss to rival, now off to play one of the best teams in the state.

I didn't think the defense would be a problem for the Jets.

I may be spot on in a few of my predictions.

Still shaking my head.



Best overall player in the league?

I doubt if we will see a playoff run by anyone in the league.

What game should I go see in week 9?

Looking into the future, I see the past becoming the present.

I don't think I have ever seen a parent act like that big a fool, ever!

Lot's of love for my partner in the comment sections this week. Lol!

State sucks!






Saturday, October 15, 2016

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to both Milan and Grosse Ile on their Huron League Championships!  Milan now has 5 league crowns and GI 6. Milan last won in 2013 and GI in 1986.
Congrats to both schools!

Huron League Power Rankings

Here are the latest Huron League Power Rankings based on last night's games.

1) Grosse Ile 7-1, Red Devils get a piece of the Huron league crown.

1) Milan 7-1, Ditto for the Big Reds

3) Huron 5-3, Scratching my head again.

4) Jefferson 4-4, Congrats to Coach Pickens and his Bears for their win over SMCC



5) SMCC 4-4, up and down season for the Falcons

6) Flat Rock 3-5, still questioning Coach Reaume?

7) Riverview 2-6, schedule gets tougher.

8) Airport 1-7, back to back 1-8 seasons?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Night Scores

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Milan 42    Airport 17 final

Huron 12 Flat Rock 13 final

Grosse Ile 40 Riverview 8 final

SMCC 14 Jefferson 20  final


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday Night Scores

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J.V.
SMCC 30 Jefferson 8
Huron 17 Flat Rock 13
GI 15 Riverview 7
Airport 54 Milan 26

Freshmen
Huron 20 Crestwood 16

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Airport @ Milan

Airport (1-6)  lost to Grosse Ile 33-7 while Milan (6-1) lost at SMCC 30-20. Milan won last years game 38-30 and leads the all-time series 33-15-1.

Airport entered this game with an identical record last year and gave the 5-2 Big Reds a run for their money. The Jets have struggled both offensively and defensively this season and appear to be a better team at home.



Milan slipped up last week and most likely need a win to ensure at least a tie for the league crown.  The Big Reds will be happy to get back to their home field and play in front of their usual large home crowd.

Not sure what to make of this game other than Milan is the better team. Don't anticipate a repeat of last years close game in Carleton. This game could get ugly. Pick: Milan 35 Airport 21

Gary's Pick: Milan 42 Airport 21

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Riverview @ Grosse Ile

Riverview (2-5) is coming of of a 34-14 victory over Flat Rock while Grosse Ile (6-1) beat Airport 33-7. The Pirates won last seasons match up 21-20 and lead the all-time series 36-20.

Riverview was able to run the ball effectively against Flat Rock last week, but should have some tough sledding against a very good Red Devil front four.



Grosse Ile responded well last week against Airport after their loss to Milan and has an opportunity to finish in a tie for the league championship with a win.

This is the annual battle for the Colvin Cup. This is a rivalry that you can truly throw the records away when these teams play. An Islander win would clinch at least a share of the league championship. A win for Riverview would be another step in the right direction while laying the ground work for next season. Pick: Grosse Ile 35 Riverview 20

Gary's Pick: GI 35 Riverview 14

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Playoff Scenarios

DIII

***New Boston Huron (5-2)
Remaining games: Flat Rock, Romulus Summit.
The Chiefs have a shot at a home playoff game if they find themselves in a weaker district, but most likely will be on the road.
Possible playoff matchups: Chelsea, Romulus, Trenton, Allen Park

DIV

***Milan (6-1)
Remaining games: Airport, Ann Arbor Huron.
The Big Reds sit squarely in D4.  If they win out they would most likely have 2 home games and possibly a 3rd. 
Possible playoff matchups: Adrian, GI, River Rouge, Jefferson.

***Grosse Ile (6-1)
Remaining games: Riverview, Garden City.
The Red Devils, like Milan, are solidly slotted in D4. If they win out, they could possibly have 2 home playoff games.  Of course this all depends on who is in their district.
Possible playoff matchups: Adrian, River Rouge, Milan, Jefferson.

***Monroe Jefferson (3-4)
Remaining games: SMCC, Owosso.
The Bears have an outside chance at the playoffs.  They must win out and pray the playoff gods are in their favor.  I said before that quite a few 5 win teams will get in this year.  What hurts Jefferson is that if they win out, the combined records of the teams they beat would most likely be (9-36).  Not a ton of playoff points to be had there. 
Possible playoff matchups: Adrian, Rouge, Milan, GI.



DVI or DVII

***Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (4-3)
Remaining games: Jefferson, Lansing Catholic Central.
The Falcons, if the playoffs started today, would be in D7.  They are the 2nd from the top team enrollment wise currently in that division.  Could this change? Absolutely.  They are on the bubble between 6 and 7.  SMCC needs 1 more victory to get them into the playoffs.  Being a Class C school and beating all Class B schools(17-29), would garner them enough points to get the bid.  If they were to finish 5-4, the teams they lost to would most likely have a combined record of (32-4). That would be worth another 3 Playoff points.  Of course they could just win out and not worry about all that. SMCC has a chance at a home playoff game.  District depending of course.
Possible playoff matchups: D7- Hudson, Clinton, Sand Creek, Delta. D-6- Manchester, Detroit DEPSA, Adrian Madison.


Playoff district and regional pairings.

When deciding who plays who, the MHSAA places teams into districts and regions based on geographical proximity alone.  No other factors come into play.  So it is possible and often times probable that one district could be much tougher than another.  For example, a possible opening round matchup for the potential (8-1) Red Devils, would be the #1 team in the state (D4) River Rouge.  That's not to say GI wont come out of there with a victory but its a tough opener none the less.  These things happen throughout the state.  One way to look at it is, you have to play them sooner or later, lets see if we can knock them out in game 1. 





Flat Rock @ Huron

Flat Rock (2-5) is coming off of a 34-14 loss to Riverview while Huron (5-2) beat Jefferson 30-15. The Chief's won last seasons game 45-20. The Rams lead the all-time series 36-15.

The Rams were run over by a hungry Riverview squad last week and may have been blinded by the homecoming festivities. The Rams need to refocus as they travel to their arch rival who they haven't beaten since the 2012 season.


The Chief's just keep plugging along. No superstars here, but  junior RB Reed Smith and senior WR Andrew Miller have stepped up lately along with the defense which has been solid most of the year.

This should be a extremely competitive game. On paper Huron seems to have more weapons and to be the deeper team, but rivalries bring out the best in the underdog. Huron fell asleep early last year as the Rams jumped out to a 2 TD lead. The Chiefs can not afford to do that this season. Pick: Huron 24 Flat Rock 14

Gary's Pick: Huron 30 Flat Rock 20

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monroe Jefferson @ Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central

Monroe Jefferson (3-4) is coming off a 30-15 loss to New Boston Huron while SMCC (4-3) defeated Milan 30-20.  SMCC won last season's matchup 49-7 and leads the all-time series 34-15. 

Jefferson was said to resemble a "mash unit" with the amount of substitutes that played, mainly due to injury.  It didn't help that Huron brought their "A" game and took advantage of a Jefferson squad with no Brandon Sovey amongst others. 

SMCC handled business last week with their 3rd victory in a row over a talented Big Red tribe.  The Falcon's backs were against the wall and they played like it, with plenty of emotion and heart.  Can they harness that spirited play which will be needed the rest of way?



The competitiveness of this game would seem to be determined by whether or not Jefferson's QB Brandon Sovey will suit up.  We got word on the blog that he is playing vs SMCC. If that is the case, it will be all hands on deck for the Boys from Beach.  Nick Humphrey(SR), Devon Rozmiarek(JR) and Nolan Willard(SR) will be counted on in all facets of play to keep this game close.  SMCC as always will rely on the ground and pound of Kevin LaPrad(SR), Colin Woolford(JR) and Nick Marino(SO).  Justin LaPlante(SR) seems to be recovering from his injury, with an outstanding defensive performance last week.  Center, David Brinkmaier, gave the Falcons a big boost with his return to the playing field. 

Rivalry-Rivalry-Rivalry!! 
When these two teams meet, one thing is for sure... you can throw the records out the window. 
As a matter of fact these two bitter enemies are 9-9 over the last 18 meetings.  Cant get any more even than that.  Yes, CC has dominated the last 2 meetings but this Bear team actually has a pulse.  Playoff life is on the line for both teams.  This one should be a doozy.  2011 all over again. 
PICK: Jefferson 28 SMCC 26

Chris Schultz Pick: SMCC 26 Jefferson 20

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

Looks like all is well on the island.

Coach of the Year?

Heart of a Champion

Not as bad as their record.

Yeeeeeesh

Battered, but beaten?

Champions or Co-Champions, what's the difference?



Not quite there yet.

What a difference a week makes.

Any chance of a 4-way tie for the league championship?

Playoff picture is starting to come together.

I would love to post the names and locations of some of the clowns that constantly try to post drivel on here.

Is Gary brilliant or just a homer?

State is awful.




Saturday, October 8, 2016

Huron League Power Rankings

Here are the latest power rankings based on last night's games and then the rest of the season. What say you?

1) Grosse Ile 6-1, possbile rematch in playoffs with Milan? (Call it the League Championship Game)

1) Milan 6-1, just a hiccup I'm sure.

3) Huron 5-2, Chiefs poised for second best season ever.

4) SMCC 4-3, no team in division 6 or 7 wants to play these guys in the postseason.

5) Jefferson 3-4, Bears looked like a MASH unit last night.

6) Riverview 2-5, eyeing the Colvin Cup.

7) Flat Rock 2-5, Rams disappoint Homecoming crowd.

8) Airport 1-6, I honestly don't know what to say.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Night Scores

Huron 30 Jefferson 15  final

SMCC 30 Milan 20 final

Grosse Ile 33  Airport 7 final

Riverview  34 Flat Rock 14  final


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday Night Scores

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

J.V.
SMCC 34 Milan 6
Grosse Ile 16 Airport 14
Jefferson 24 Huron 15
Riverview 36 Flat Rock 14

Freshmen
Huron 16 Carlson 12




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Airport @ Grosse ile

Airport (1-5) dropped their 5th straight game when they lost 50-28 to SMCC while Grosse Ile lost their first game of the season to Milan 27-6. The Red Devils won last year's game 42-21 and lead the all-time series 38-26-2.

Airport continues to struggle and have given up 32 ppg to 3 of the bottom teams in the Huron League standings. The offense was able to put up 28 points last week against SMCC.



Grosse Ile is still stinging from last weeks defeat, but are still a very good offensive and defensive team. Look for the Red Devils to refocus as they get ready for the playoffs and a possible rematch with Milan down the road.

I'm not sure what to expect here. Does Grosse Ile rebound or does Airport rally. Nothing would surprise me. Pick: Grosse Ile 33 Airport 19 

Gary's Pick: Grosse Ile 45 Airport 14

Jefferson @ Huron

Jefferson (3-3) is coming off of a 35-14 victory over Flat Rock while Huron (4-2) defeated  Riverview 7-6. The Chiefs have won the last 4 games against the Bears including last year's 30-14 victory. Jefferson leads the all-time series 36-16.

Jefferson continues to play extremely well and will have plans to ruin Huron's Homecoming game. Senior Nick Humphrey has led the way for the Bears on both offense and defense all season, but has a talented line on both sides of the ball around him.



Huron has struggled offensively lately, but continues to find ways to win. The Chiefs need to win two of their last 3 games to secure a spot in the playoffs. The defense will be called on to stop the powerful Bear running game.

It has been a great season for close games this year and this game should be no different. Both teams need to keep winning to get to week 10. Pick: Huron 14 Jefferson 13

Gary's Pick: Jefferson 28 Huron 20

Riverview @ Flat Rock

Riverview (1-5) is coming off of a 7-6 loss to Huron while Flat Rock (2-4) fell to Jefferson 35-14. Riverview won last season's game 44-12 and lead the all-time series 36-5.

Riverview continues to play hard despite being young and suffering through an injury filled season. Senior Austin Boike has been solid all season for Coach Derek McLaughlin's Pirate squad.



Flat Rock continues to battle and was in tied early in the 4th quarter with Jefferson before the wheels fell off. Sage Daniels , Jacob Dotson and Anthony Higginbotham continue to be bright spots for the Rams.

This is a huge game for the Rams. They still have a shot at the playoffs and a winning record if they can get by the Pirates. Once again another tough pick. I should go with the home team , but have a hunch the Pirates won't go away quietly. Pick: Flat Rock 20 Riverview 16

Gary's Pick: Flat Rock 28 Riverview 27

Milan @ Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central

SMCC(3-3) is coming off a 50-28 victory over Airport while Milan(6-0) defeated GI 27-6.  SMCC won last season's matchup 41-14 and leads the all-time series 14-8.

SMCC seemed to right the ship offensively scoring a season high 50 points last week.  Doing it of course on the ground, chewing up yardage.

Milan flexed its muscle with a profound victory over a very good Red Devil squad.  The Big Reds are poised to seize the coveted Huron league crown which has eluded them the last 2 years.



When you look at this game on paper, Milan would jump out at you as the odds on favorite and without a doubt they should be.  Something tells me however that Milan will have a bit of a hangover from the high of beating GI in the battle for the HL crown.  I think the Falcon stars, LaPlante, O'Brien and Woolford bottle up the "make you miss" Milan stars in Lindeman and Barnes just enough to give them a chance.  Milan has had trouble stopping the T in recent years.  SMCC scores just enough, while controlling the time of possession, frustrating the Big Reds.  This Falcons will play as if their season rides on this game, because it does.  Can Navarre Field engulf another foe with speed and agility to burn? I think so.
PICK: SMCC 22 Milan 21

Schultz's Pick: Milan 33 SMCC 24

Monday, October 3, 2016

Huron League playoff picture and more.

GARY HAUF, Huron League Blog contributor 8:31pm EDT October 3, 2016

Week 7 and still so many questions left to be answered. So many teams still playing for their football lives. let's take a look at how the league has shaped up to this point and the playoff scenarios for each team.  There are many.

**MILAN.  The Big Reds have destiny in their own hands. They have been nothing but ultra impressive this year, especially these last few weeks. They have turned me into a believer, when once I wasn't. With a profound victory over GI, if Milan wins out, the title is theirs.  Who is in the way?  Just the two time defending league champions in Monroe St. Mary. Who has gone 17-2 in league play over the last 3 seasons to date.  To make matters even tougher, the game is played in the dingy, muddied, high grassed confines of Navarre Field.  Milan is no doubt the favorite here but Milan has had trouble keeping SMCC off the field with SMCC's lawn mowing, road grating, clock eating Full House T.  Rabbits don't like phone booths.  Can they get out and run wild like they have all year?  I think so but I've been wrong before. once.

**GROSSE ILE.  The Red Devils laid an egg last week vs Milan.  They were dominated in every facet and from the jump never got going in any fashion.  Still so much to  play for however.  Win out, if Milan falls in one of their final 2 league contests, the league title will be shared(no tie breaker).  GI is also playing for an all important home playoff game.  let's also keep in mind, Milan and GI could meet again in the playoffs.  In rematches, the team that lost the first one almost always seems to perform much better and often times come away with victory.  I don't think Milan would like to play an angry and revengeful Red Devil squad. Much awaits and much at stake.

**NEW BOSTON HURON.  The Chiefs sit at 4-2.  They took a tremendous hit when their all everything QB  went down with a possible season ending injury. They are just not the same without him.  Add that to the loss of their coach just prior to the first game and 4-2 seems to be quite a feat.  Huron seems to be in good shape to make the playoffs.  Quite frankly, any team that reaches 5 wins this year in the league should make the playoffs.  With the amount of 11 man football teams dwindling, thus the amount of 6 win teams sure to decrease as well, the amount of 5 win playoff teams will grow.  So start pulling for non league opponents to win. More playoff points.  Two very interesting games left in the league for Huron.  Jefferson has things rolling and will be a very tough opponent for Huron.  Follow that with a huge rivalry game vs Flat Rock and The Chiefs would appear to have their work cut out for them.  Summit sits at week 9, if there were to fall to Jefferson and Flat Rock, Summit would provide them the 5th win.  Play off bound are the Chiefs.

**MONROE ST. MARY CC.  As mentioned in the Milan piece, Milan is coming to town.  This is will be quite a challenge for the young Falcons.  Most everything rides on this game for SMCC.  Win and they keep Milan from going undefeated, they keep their playoff hopes very alive. Lose and the playoffs are seemingly out of reach with the juggernaut LCC waiting in week 9. SMCC's ridiculous schedule might come back to bite them with one road loss to state power PW and another awaiting in Lansing.  Have playbook will travel is the credo at SMCC it would appear but will the playbook be pulled out in week 10?  A victory vs Milan will go a long way in answering that question.



  **JEFFERSON.  The Bears are coming off 2 very nice wins over Riverview and Flat Rock.  Those victories have set them up now for a shot at the playoffs.  Something Many never thought possible after the first 2 games of the season.  You have to give credit to the coaching staff.  They have pulled this group together and have them paying good ball.  The 3 remaining games on the schedule are winnable.  Hopes are high in Bear land.  In my opinion the league and this blog is just plain ole better when the Bears are playing well and winning games.  The Parents and fans of Jefferson are fun and get riled up.  It makes for good, fun bantering as well.  Jefferson is probably the surprise of the league for me.  Might the future be bright?  I'd say so. Bear Down!

**FLAT ROCK.  The Rams are coming off a tough loss to Jefferson.  But all is not lost. At 2-4, yes the Rams still have a shot at the playoffs with 3 winnable games left on the schedule. They have to win them all.  Riverview, Huron and Hazel Park.  I like their chances to win 2 of those games for sure.  Flat Rock has been a tough victory for teams.  No longer a push over.  They are well coached and bring a more physical brand than in years past with some nice pay makers as well.  I will be rooting for Flat Rock I must admit.

**RIVERVIEW.  The Pirates have suffered many losses to injury.  Which is the main reason why they have only 1 win.  The bright side of this however is that younger kids have gotten the chance to step in and get valuable reps at the varsity level.  They will have the most returning starters on both sides of any team in the league next season.  The View could be a favorite to win the league in '17.  We will keep an eye out for that on the blog.  With 3 tough games remaining, 2-7 would be a good record at this point.  GI and Rouge await in week 8 and 9.  YIKES!  Looking to the future, the Pirates try to mend a tough season thus far with sound play and maybe just maybe an upset or two. We shall see.

** AIRPORT.  The Jets are well, I don't know what the Jets are.  Disappointing comes to mind. After the first 2 weeks, I thought Airport was a league contender, I had a chat or 2 with Chris about this. He agreed.  Then bad losses to View and FR and the wings have come off.  Of course with this will always come the bad mouthing of the coaches, which may be warranted but it also may not be.  There are many factors in why a team fails to meet expectations.  I know one thing, calling for the coach to be fired after week 4 is one way to ensure poor and uninspired play.  Airport has some talent, more than a 1-5 record would indicate. With some nice classes coming up, the Jets are looking toward the future.  With community support this program looks good. Without it and you just never know.

Much to be played for as you can see.  Let's see what week 7 brings.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 6 Podcast

Here is an early addition of the Huron League Week 6 Podcast. It is a little different than weeks past. I promise that it is a good listen. You will get my thoughts on what I really feel about some issues in and around the Huron League. I hope you enjoy. If it rubs you the wrong way, I make no apologies.


Week 6 Podcast

Huron League Thoughts and Questions

The better team won at Saline on Friday.

Does anyone else think the Bears will make the playoffs?

I'll take to 7-6 wins over teams I rarely beat any day of the week.

Don't count the Catholics out of the playoffs just yet.

I counted 17 fans in the Grosse Ile student section Friday.

It would be nice to see Flat Rock get to 5-4.

Is Riverview as bad as their record? I don't think so.

Is it basketball season yet?


I think that game in Saline should have started at 7:30 on Friday.

Did they ever find the 50/50 winner Milan?

I think Nick Humphrey can make a case for best two way player in the league.

Arrogance gets in the way sometimes for all of us.

Looks like my Saturdays are free the rest of the fall.

It was nice to meet some Milan folk Friday.

I haven't see Riverview or Flat Rock play at all this season.

Hoskins for POTUS? He has my vote.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Huron League Power Rankings

Only one change in the power rankings this week.

1) Milan 6-0, Big Reds in the driver seat for league title.

2) Grosse Ile 5-1, mathematically not out of it yet.

3) Jefferson 3-3, bring in da Bears.

4) Huron 4-2, survived a trap game against Riverview.

5) SMCC 3-3, big game with Milan Friday.

6) Flat Rock 2-4, still can get to 5-4.

7) Riverview 1-5, close but no cigar.

8) Airport 1-5, playing for pride.