Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 9 Top Student Sections in Michigan, Power Rankings

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We have reviewed all submits that were either sent to us through: e-mail, blog comments, and #TheDZone #SSS on Twitter through 9 weeks. We have broken through the hashtags and have released a top 10 list, in order of schools who have submitted. Remember these are Power Rankings, so they are heavily judged on what we received this past week and not from submits in the past.

Also send us as many pictures from inside of the section and of the overall section for pictures as possible.

Remember to follow directions.  We have a process we use and didn't make rules for nothing!

Bonus points this week: Week 9 falls on Halloween, so something related to Halloween will be considered for playoffs, school colors and unity also will be considered points, as the teams needs the student section behind them.

Remember these are rankings from weekly submits, bonus points are only influenced if you have a submit to begin with.

1. Chippewa Valley (Rowdy Red Zone) 
A solid week to cap off the regular season, shouldn't have much problems traveling a few miles for Round 1 game vs. Stevenson.

2. Woodhaven (The Tribe)
The Tribe has had better weeks but is just priming for their playoffs this week.

3. Trenton (Trojan Pit)
Another week, another strong showing by the Trenton faithful.

4. Rochester Adams (Adams Student Section)
Adams picked it up late and for the past 2 weeks led the state in submits and as a result as shot up the rankings.

5. Lapeer (The Strike Zone)
The One Lapeer students decked out in all pink and the push-up board is the #1 prop in Michigan.

6. White Lake Lakeland (Blue Crew) 
Lakeland got to play their rivals, Milford twice to close out the year and as you expect it creates a lot of excitement.

7Saline (Hornet Nation)
Another big strong crowd to keep Saline on the stage.

8. Allen Park (The Jag Jungle)
Like Woodhaven, has seen better days submitting and just preparing for a hype postseason.

9. Stoney Creek (The Core)
After a few weeks of looking to break the picture, a 45 submit week did just that for Stoney Creek.

10. Tecumseh (The Jungle)
Tecumseh breaks into the top 10 this week.

Reason why knocked out:
Bedford, West Bloomfield, and Northview had 0 submits.

Other tweets we get:
1 submit of pic/video isn't good enough for our standards and shouldn't be your standard either, so send more pictures and videos!

Label who your school is and duplicate pictures only count as 1 submit, regardless of how many people tweet it.

If you don't submit and follow rules you aren't considered.  You can't mail a college application to no one and expect to hear back, use common sense.

Before you tweet, think about those above two comments, if you meet them (which you know you do) please just follow the rules and you'll be cracking the top 10 before you know it.

Overall Submits:
(Bold represents they were strongly considered for the top 10)
Rochester Adams - 71
Trenton - 47
Stoney Creek - 45
Chippewa Valley - 20
Lapeer - 16
Woodhaven - 10
Saline - 9
Lakeland - 8
Tecumseh - 4
Milford - 1
Romeo - 1
Allen Park - 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where our staff will be in Round 1 and Overviews on the games

Our staff will be at a combined 10 games this week, we have found games to cover all 3 time frames and we look forward to providing you our coverage.  Our Southeastern Michigan staff will be around the Metro Detroit and Flint area while our West Michigan staff, Aiman Jarrar selected 3 top notch West side games. Buckle up!

Lapeer had thrilling come from behind win over Carman-Ainsworth to prove they could beat the top tier teams this year
Source: Ken Dettloff / The D Zone

Romeo (6-3) at Lapeer (9-0) - 7 pm
Lapeer opens their first season by being the only school in MHSAA history to go 9-0 in their inaugural season and were rewarded with a first round playoff birth. The Romeo Bulldogs take the underdog approach to an evenly matched game, which resulted in a 1st round win vs Lake Orion last year.  Lapeer like Romeo is a small town but both have Division 1 enrollments.  This is the first year of Lapeer High School as Lapeer East and West merged over the offseason.

I fully expect everyone in the area from; Lapeer, Davison, Imlay City, etc. to be here as a capacity crowd will have an atmosphere unlike anything we have covered so far.  - Jeff Corrion

Northville (6-3) at Canton (7-2) - 7 pm
Not a whole lot of college level talent in this game, but lots of good high school players. I'm interested in checking out Wisconsin commit David Moorman in action against Canton's defensive line. Should be a tight game with the weather predicting cold temperatures and rain/snow. - Evan Paputa

Fennville (6-3) at NorthPointe Christian (8-1): Friday 7 pm
Coming off an 8-1 season and finishing second in the O-K Silver, NorthPointe Christian is poised to make a deep playoff run. With an offensive that has scored over 30 points in seven of their games, Fennville is going to have the tough task of figuring out a way to stop this offense. I expect this matchup to be close early, but NorthPointe should pull away in the second half. - Aiman Jarrar

Grand Ledge (6-3) at Hartland (7-2) - 7pm
I, Jeff Corrion have assigned our photographer, Ken Dettloff to this game.  It's an intriguing game as its 2 teams who haven't played one another before.  The Comets of GL missed the playoffs for the 1st time last year in the past 7 years but a Senior Class has brought them back to the promise land, a defense which could carry this team pretty far, will not have to worry about a high scoring offense, as Hartland only scored more than 29 points 3 times, once including a 50 point blowout over last place Milford.  The Eagles like Grand Ledge rely more on their defense at this point and will rely on the defense to take them another week.  - Jeff Corrion

Lansing Everett (6-3) at Flushing (7-2) - 1 pm
These are 2 teams I have not been able to cover yet, Everett though has produced college football talent annually and have seen plenty of film. Everett who has scored around 280 points and allowed 160 is dependent on their offense, they have shootout wins over; Holt and Grand Ledge, as well as 3 losses where they struggled to get much going offensively.  Across from them is Flushing who is a pure shootout team, in their 1st year in the Flint Metro League, they quickly adapted to FML teams. In all games this year, Flushing has allowed double digit points. - Jeff Corrion

Warren Cousino (5-4) at Birmingham Brother Rice (9-0) - 1 pm
I'm interested to see Brother Rice in person for the first time in person this year. I want to see Alex Malzone, Jack/Carter Dunaway, and Grant Perry live and see first hand how they are so successful as a team. - Evan Paputa

Grandville (5-4) at East Kentwood (8-1): Saturday at 1 pm
In an O-K Red rematch from week four, a game which East Kentwood won by only one point, Grandville makes the trip over to Falcons stadium. While the Bulldogs have been on a roll as of late which is the reason they even made the playoffs at 5-4, the East Kentwood offense is not the same as it was early in the season. Friberg and Ivey have matured over the season, and they are one of the best offenses I have seen this year. While many expect this game to be close, I do not. East Kentwood wins this one by three touchdowns, and Grandville’s season comes to a crashing halt. - Aiman Jarrar

Caledonia (7-2) at Mona Shores (8-1): Saturday 7 pm
-Caledonia head coach Tom Burrill told The DZone in a phone interview this week that while he was frustrated the committee decided to go this way, his kids are excited to get another shot at Mona Shores. Earlier this season, Caledonia fell to the Sailors 40-7 in a game which they were nagged by injuries. However, Both of these teams especially Caledonia have matured and transformed over the season. While Mona Shores is coming off their biggest victory in the last five years, Caledonia is coming off a five game win streak which include wins over Lowell, East Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Christian. I have no prediction for this game because it could go either way, but one thing is for certain is that Caledonia is going to feed Eddie Kelly the rock. - Aiman Jarrar

Farmington Hills Harrison (7-2) at Fenton (9-0) - 7 pm
The southern most Saturday night game turns out to be a good one.  Fenton who upset FHH 2 years ago, will look to do it again while the Hawks will have other plans.  There is no shortage of talent in this game, Harrison as you expect has the popular names, being in the Metro Detroit suburb while Fenton has several sleepers who are more than capable of playing on Saturday's and leading Fenton to their 2nd straight win over Harrison.  Surprised 2 strong teams meet this early but it is a Death Bracket, with the 2 KLAA Champions, South Lyon and Walled Lake Western in the bottom part of District. - Jeff Corrion

Farmington Hills Harrison (7-2) at Fenton (9-0):
I'm really excited to see these two teams play in a due or die game situation. I'm intrigued that Harrison comes in with just two losses to Oak Park and Clarkston, and has handled their business the rest of the way. Also that Fenton comes in undefeated and I want to see them at home with a chance to beat a good Harrison team. I can't wait to see who wins this one because it's a true toss up. - Evan Paputa

Cass Tech RB Mike Weber, Week 9 Player of the Week Presented by Varsity Nation

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For the 9th week of the 2014 MHSAA football season, we have selected Cass Tech 2015 RB Mike Weber as the Week 9 Player of the Week Presented by Varsity Nation.  Mike Weber led the Cass Tech Technicians in a convincing 39-7 win vs. King, in their final regular season game at Ford Field.  Cass Tech 2015 RB Mike Weber accounted for 3 of the Technicians 6 touchdowns.

The University of Michigan bound Senior RB was unstoppable in this highly anticipated game in which King was awarded the #1 ranking by the PSL and several others predicted the Crusaders to take out their biter rivals but thanks to the early dominance of Mike Weber, Cass Tech won comfortably.  Mike Weber had 266 yards of total offense on this night.  Weber needed just 11 carries for 178 yards and 2 rushing TD's, 19 and 68 yards, as well as a impressive screen pass he caught with 1 hand and turned up-field, untouched, for a 76 yard touchdown reception.

The big time plays from Weber, put this game out of reach early for Cass Tech as Weber only needed 11 carries on the night and QB Rodney Hall only attempted 9 passes to ensure a healthy team for the first round of the playoffs vs. Warren Mott.

Stay tuned for the week 10 and other future Players of the Week Presented by Varsity Nation