Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ida @ Denby

By Frank Vajcner

It’s a rematch of the opening round from last year’s playoffs, as Ida heads to Detroit to battle Denby. The Blue Streaks squeaked out a 22-20 win back on October 27, 2017. Ida comes in with a playoff record of 9-9 in ten appearances, while Denby is 7-15 in 16 appearances. 

Ida (8-2, 5-2 LCAA) 2-2 vs Playoff Teams

This is the fifth consecutive season the Blue Streaks have advanced to the District Championship round, and second consecutive under Jeff Potter after throttling Dearborn Heights Robichaud 62-20. Ida averages just under 35 points per game out of the Full House T offense. Senior RBs Jake Weilnau (1183 rushing yards, 15 TDs) and Sam Brettschneider (900 rushing yards, 9 TDs) have carried most of the load. That has taken a lot of the pressure off of senior QB Clay Sampson, but Sampson (374 rushing yards, six TDs, 389 passing yards, five TDs) has been effective when called upon. Sampson’s favorite target has been senior TE Tommy Colpaert (151 yards, 3 TDs).

On defense, Ida is allowing 17.5 points per game. The Streaks are strong in their front seven, headlined by senior DT Alex Longenbarger (99 tackles, six sacks), and a trio of senior linebackers; Zach Johnston (64 tackles, two sacks), Weilnau (67 tackles, six sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery) and Zach Stein (62 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles). Sophomore LB Michael Rosengarten (66 tackles, eight sacks) has also made an impact as well. In the secondary, the Streaks have a solid cornerback tandem in Coelpart (54 tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery) and junior Jaxson Gianino (38 tackles, four interceptions). Gianino also had a pick-six in the win over Robichaud. As a team, Ida has recorded 35 sacks this season.

Detroit Denby (8-2, 3-2, DPSL-Black) 5-1 vs Playoff Teams

The Tars are back in the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season under Tony Blankenship, but are making their first appearance in the District Championship round since November 6, 2015 where they fell 67-44 to Milan. They reached this point after shutting out Detroit Osborn 44-0. The Tars are averaging 31.9 points per game out of a spread offense, led by senior QB Taivyon Buck. Buck has gotten plenty of attention from colleges with his dual threat ability. Senior T’Shawn Wilkes has stepped in at running back, replacing graduated Armani White, while senior WRs Jamari Griffin and Kamari Griffin are Buck’s favorite targets. 

Defensively, the Tars are allowing 13.4 points per game, led by two monsters up front in junior DTs Jermaine Trammell (6-1, 280) and Mark Haygood (6-0, 325). Senior Adrian Brown is also a force at DE, along with senior LBs Jonathan Moreland, Kenneth Carney, and Ty’Metrius Patterson. Sophomore Marquez Bridges along with both Griffins are strong at cornerback.

The last time Denby advanced to the Regional round was 2006, when they beat Cass Tech for the District Championship. While Ida has continued to defy expectations, they are running into a Denby team with revenge on their mind.

Chris's Pick: Ida 28 Denby 27
Gary's Pick: Denby 22 Ida 20 
Frank's pick: Denby 32 Ida 22


Anonymous said...

And that is why the game is played! On game day, you just never know who is going to bring it! From what I have seen of Denby's field it is going to be one tough mudder, if this rain does not stop! Good luck to the Monroe County teams this Friday!

Anonymous said...

Ida about to get a beatdown. Denby will force a running clock and win by at least 40

Anonymous said...

Maybe we will have to wait and see. Never been one to talk smack. I believe it will be a good game. Denby was a good team last year. Not taking that away from them. All I have to say is Best of Luck on the beatdown...

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you have so much confidence, that is such an outstanding quality. I guess that I should assume that you are a player on the Denby team. If so I want to wish you The Best of Luck this Friday.

Anonymous said...

There is something to say about people who are not humble. I am not going to sit here and say that Ida is going to go in and kick the Tars a#@ but I think it will be a game worth my $5.00. Win or lose we will always be proud of our team.

Anonymous said...

Will there be previews for the HL teams for this Friday?

Gary Hauf said...

Very soon

Anonymous said...

Its $6 to get into a MHSAA postseason playoff football game. Fyi

Frank Vajcner said...

The Denby crowd likes to chirp. I’ve figured that out from 2:05 comment and Denby players on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

Have watched Denby on film and split with Cody this season. Cody and Denby look like the same team pretty much. Denby is big and athletic, but very predictable and Ida will be just fine. I would be very surprised if Ida didn't win by 2-3 TD's. The weather plays to their advantage as well.

Milan Fan