The D Zone

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Michigan High School TOP 25 Final Poll

I have not had a weekly poll besides MAC during the regular season but I feel like I have enough knowledge and enough time to compile the states best 25 teams.  Give me some feedback by using the comment link on the bottom of the page.

1. East Grand Rapids (14-0) - After locking up their fifth straight title, they handed it to OLSM for the most part in the state final game.

2. Harrison (14-0) - In the state final they dethroned defending champion, Lowell.  Their resume this season is impressive beating De La Salle, Grosse Pointe South and Division 1 Champion, Lake Orion.

3. Lake Orion (13-1) - The red hot Plymouth team was not able to continue their success but Lake Orion recently knocked out Cass Tech and Eisenhower, their regular season was not too impressive but if they do not play Harrison they are probably 14-0.

4. Cass Tech (12-1) - After destroying everyone since Pioneer in Week 1, Cass ran into Lake Orion and fell short in the final 30 seconds.  Cass eliminated Dakota and Fordson convincingly but the most impressive stat is 5 shutouts and 1 in the playoffs.

5. Plymouth (11-3) - Before you complain that Plymouth should be #4, hear me out.  Plymouth was the shock of the tournament upsetting Canton, Catholic Central and Rockford.  This is why I have them below Cass because this is based off of the season, not just playoffs.  Plymouth got shutout against Canton and had problems moving the ball on offense versus Lake Orion.  There is the negatives but whats good for Plymouth was their defense and kicking game, Plymouth is not a one year wonder so do not think I am trying to throw them under the bus here.

6. Rockford (11-2) - After nearly going perfect during the season only falling to Grand Haven by 3 points, Rockford was upset by upstart Plymouth in the semi final.  I think everyone just expected Rockford to be in Ford Field because of past teams.

7. Romeo (9-2) - Romeo lost to Troy in week 1 but erupted the following week versus Dakota and did not look back all year, they were led by the most balanced offense in the state, yet they have Michigan's toughest running back to tackle, Ryan Burkard.  Ryan was a nightmare for all players and all the coaches I have talked to.  After beating Eisenhower during MAC Red play they were unable to cap their multi touchdown comeback with a win.  They lost to Ike in overtime in the district final.

8. Brother Rice (6-4) It was a shame to see them leave so early but their time against Harrison would of came sooner or later.  I love the game, it added some early drama and from what I heard was a really entertaining game.  They had 2 wins versus OLSM, including one in the Prep Bowl.

9. Lowell (11-3) - The defending Division 2 state champs were unable to hold off Harrison, their other losses were to Greenville and Division 3 champion, East Grand Rapids.  Next season they get those two teams week 6 and 8.

10. Eisenhower (10-2) - The lack of consistency was clear as day against Lake Orion in the semi final.  They scored a late field goal to make the game look close on paper but the problem was besides one scoring drive they had problems moving the ball.  That was the case all year, as most of the wins were by less than a touchdown and a shutout against Romeo.  Their defense is arguably the best in the state, if Danny Ney does break that 70 yard sweep, that game could of been different.  It is what it is though.

11. Canton (10-1) - After putting an ass whooping on Plymouth with a 36-0 victory they were unable to repeat it in the playoffs, losing to Plymouth in a close game.  Canton however was a major favorite from the start and certainly did not disappoint anyone.

12. Dakota (9-3) - Dakota lost to Romeo and Eisenhower in the regular season and finished it off with a big win over Utica Ford and then had to beat Ford 2 weeks later in the districts.  Dakota ran into Cass Tech and after a few miscues on offense were to far to come from behind but you cannot forget about their win versus Muskegon.  Although they lost to the top dogs in the MAC Red and easily handled cellar dwellers: Warren Mott, Chippewa Valley and Stevenson.  They however took care of business with the playoff win and Grosse Pointe South.

13. Orchard Lake St Mary's (11-3) - Fell to East Grand Rapids for the fifth straight game, denying St Marys of the state title.  Their only 2 losses were to Brother Rice during the season and in the prep bowl.  Big wins also included State Champion West Catholic, De La Salle and a shoot out win versus Avondale who upset heavy favored Hazel Park.

14. Ithaca (14-0) - Ithaca was led by future Central Michigan quarterback, Alex Niznak who led a balanced offense all season.  They breezed by the regular season schedule and games started to become closer and closer.  In the final it was one of those games where the last team with the ball would win.  Niznak led the team down field for the win, in the process he set a state final record with 5 rushing touchdowns.

15. Catholic Central (9-3) - A year after winning it all in Division 1 they were again favorites after Canton was eliminated but they were held to a touchdown in a 7-9 defeat against Plymouth.  They also lost back to back weeks against Brother Rice and Orchard Lake St Marys.

16. Walled Lake Central (11-2) - After losing in week 1 to Canton they rebounded by winning big games versus Howell, Fenton and a 14-13 win over Rochester Adams.  They were knocked out by Lowell in the semi final.

17. Grand Rapids West Catholic (13-1) - West Catholic's only loss to Orchard Lake St Marys in the first week of the season and they responded by winning 13 straight and put a hand down on Olivet, to win their schools first state title.

18. Madison Heights (9-3) - Madison Heights probably lost one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, certainly in the later divisions against, Millington.  They lost to Marine City and against Port Huron when their quarterback Tony Lowry went out for the season.  Madison however relied on Florida commit Valdez Showers who did not disappoint anyone but unfortunately the road ended to soon for Madison.

19. Holland West Ottawa (8-3) - West Ottawa was eliminated by Rockford and also lost to them in the regular season but had a big win over Grand Haven in week 10.

20. Zeeland East (11-1) - Winners of the Ottawa Kent Green, breezed by their schedule and fell 13-17 to East Grand Rapids in the regional final.

21. Grand Haven (8-2) - In case you are wondering why the winner of the Ottawa Kent Red has both its trailing conference members ahead of them, consider this, West Ottawa dealt Grand Haven their only 2 losses.

22. Grosse Pointe South (8-5) - GPS was certainly the talk of the tournament in division 2, pulling off upset over upset.  They won the MAC Blue and also defeated 11-0, Temperance Bedford but Harrison made people forget about all of that with a 51-0 victory.

23. Grand Rapids Catholic Cental (12-2) - Won a thrilling come from behind victory against Williamston to win the state title.

24. Muskegon (8-4) - With accepting a game with Dakota, it meant their season may boost or fall down.  With the loss, Muskegon was forgotten and I am here to say they are still a great team that had a lot of tough games, next year the team will be better because of the difficult schedule. The losses were Dakota, Rockford, Grand Haven and Lowell.

25. De La Salle (9-3) - A real young team that looks really good.  Its safe to say this team is competing for the Catholic Central title when no one is or was expecting them to.  Their only 2 losses during the season were Catholic Central and St Marys.  They shut out red hot Brother Rice 7-0. In the playoffs they completely shut out one of the most explosive offenses in the MAC, Port Huron and then took care of an upcoming Lakeview team.  They met their match in Harrison but look in the future for De La Salle.

The Miles Traveled

This is crazy but I am going to add up all the miles I went to this year, just to review the work I did. Click here to see where I was during the season.

Week 1, Henry Ford and De La Salle at Fitzgerald, on the way there 22 miles and 20 to get home. (42) 5
Week 2, Romeo at Dakota, 3.7 back and forth. (7.4) 5
Week 3, Dakota at Chippewa Valley, 4.5 back and forth. (9) 5
Week 4, Country Day at Seaholm, 28.2 there and 21.2 back (49.4) 5
Week 4, New Haven at Madison Heights 17.4 back and forth (34.8) 5
Week 5, Ford at Anchor Bay 16.4 and 16.1 back (32.5) 5
Week 6, Stevenson at Ford, 6.7 back and forth (13.3)
Week 6, Inkster and DLS at Fitzgerald 17.2 back and forth (34.4) 5
Week 7, Ford at Utica 3.8 there (8)
Week 8, Cousino at Ford (13.3)
Week 9, Ford at Dakota (7.4) 5
Week 9, Prep Bowl 29.5 twice (59) 10
Week 10, Anchor Bay at Ford (13.3) 5
Week 10, Chandler Park at Lutheran High North 6 there and 3.8 back (9.8) 5
Week 10, Port Huron at De La Salle (34.4) 5
Week 11, Ford at Dakota (7.4) 5
Week 11, Fordson at Cass Tech 29.4 back and forth (58.8) 5
Week 12, Eisenhower at Lake Orion, 21.7 there and 21.4 back (43.1) 5
Week 12, Dakota at Cass Tech (58.8) 5
Week 12, Our lady of the lakes at Michigan Collegiate 14 there and 12.9 back (26.9) 5
Week 13, Lake Orion and Cass Tech at Troy Athens 11.5 back and forth (23) 6
Week 14, Ford Field twice 29.3, 58.6 (117.2) 49

703.1 Miles of travel and spent 135 on other costs

East Grand Rapids and Orchard Lake St Mary's Recap

Detroit, MI -- The Division 3 final was the last game of the weekend, East Grand Rapids (14-0) looked to cap it off  by winning their 5th straight title and 11th overall.  In their path was Orchard Lake St Marys (11-3) who they have beaten 2 times in the season and 2 times in the state final.

East Grand Rapids started with the ball hoping to get an early boost of momentum but was unable to get a first down and punted.  After a 22 yard punt return by St Marys they used a 7 play 48 yard drive in 3:44 to score the games first point.  Corey Lucas scored from 4 yards out giving St Marys an early lead, 7-0.

After a touchback East Grand Rapids responded by going all 80 yards for a touchdown on the drives 8th play, quarterback Ryan Elble found a wide open Jahaan Brown who slid to an open spot from the backfield and ran 52 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7.

After a 5 play drive for St Mary's stalled they were forced to punt and East Grand Rapids was moving the ball up field when the first quarter ended.  On the 8th play of the drive Ryan Elble scored on a 13 yard touchdown run.  With that the score was now 14-7 with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter.

St Marys responded with two straight 10+ runs by Corey Lucas and on the drives 8th play, Grant Niemiec had a 9 yard touchdown run, evening the game at 14's.

After both teams went 3 and out, East Grand Rapids began their drive at their own 48 yard line in 7 plays  they moved the ball 52 yards.  Ryan Elble threw a 7 yard touchdown pass to Nick Mulhall with 25 seconds left.

St Marys began the half with the ball but was unable to move the ball and forced to punt.  East Grand Rapids wasted no time to capitalize, as they went 7 plays in 66 yards using only 2:49 of the clock.  Ryan Elble again found Nick Mulhall this time from 26 yards out and East Grand Rapids led 28-14.

St Marys would then go 11 plays in 75 yards using 4:26 of the clock, when Grant Niemiec had a 12 yard touchdown run, however Nathan Perry's kick missed, making the score 28-20.

With 2:22 remaining the in the third quarter, East Grand Rapids set to kill as much time off the clock as possible and get at least a field goal.  They went 16 plays in 68 yards, removing 7:18 off of the clock.  It was not a field goal which they settled for it was a 10 yard touchdown pass, Ryan Elble threw to Deon Jobe with 7:12 remaining in the game, the score was now 35-20.

St Marys responded with a 10 play, 70 yard drive with 3:35 taken off the clock.  The drive was capped off when Koenigsknect found Allen Robinson for a 6 yard touchdown reception.

With 3:29 East Grand Rapids began the drive, hoping to preserve the 35-27 lead and they would get a few first downs and let St Marys use its timeouts to stop the clock but it was not enough, East Grand Rapids did not only continue its dominance against St Marys, who they are 5-0 against but they won 5 straight titles and 11 overall.

Bottom Line:

Ryan Elble - 5 total touchdowns (4 pass and 1 rush)
Nick Mulhall - 2 receiving touchdowns
Grant Niemiec - 2 rushing touchdowns

Grand Rapids West Catholic vs Olivet Recap

Detroit, MI -- The Division 5 state final was played right after the division 1 title and it featured Grand Rapids West Catholic (13-1) and Olivet (11-3).

Olivet started the game with the ball and after an incomplete pass, they pulled a play out of the backyard play book.  On second down Olivet did a sweep and pitched it back to the player cutting across and he ran to the outside of the field but he then pitched it back to quarterback Jay Cousineau who found a wide open Colin Spencer who was eventually tackled at the 26 yard line, good for 52 yards.  Four plays later Jay Cousineau ran in for a 1 yard touchdown, quickly giving Olivet a 7-0 lead.

Grand Rapids West Catholic would start on their own 20 yard line and on 9 plays moved 45 yards but Lance Buitendyk's pass was intercepted by Olivet player, Colin Spencer.  Olivet was unable to do anything and were forced to punt.  The punt however sailed over the head of the punter and everyone dove for the ball but after 2 or 3 people missed it, West Catholic picked up the ball and Patrick Banta was tackled at the 6 yard line.  On the next play Dan Pittman ran the ball in for a 6 yard touchdown, tying the score at 7 with 3:22 left in the first quarter.

Olivet's next possession was a 4 and out giving the ball back to West Catholic.  The first play was a 72 pass from Lance Buitendyk to Steven O'Rourke that was good for a touchdown giving, West Catholic a 14-7 lead now.

Olivet would punt to end the first quarter and West Catholic followed by going 3 and out, to punt.  Olivet moved the ball up to midfield. However Jay Cousineau's pass was intercepted by Dan Pittman at the 35 yard line and he was able to break a few tackles before seeing an opening on the left sideline.  It would go down as a 65 yard interception return.  The score was now 21-7 West Catholic with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter.

Olivet would again stumble, going 3 and out and punting.  West Catholic quickly took advantage by getting 3 straight first downs but after Jacob Voss ran for 4 yards he fumbled the ball and Olivet picked it up at the 22 yard line with 5:13 remaining in the half.

Olivet would then go on a 10 play, 78 yard drive in 4:32 and it was capped off when Patrick Banta found the end zone from 1 yard out, Olivet's extra point was missed but the score was now 21-13 and that would be the score going into halftime.

West Catholic's, Jacob Voss again fumbled and Olivet recovered but they were unable to do anything after going 3 and out.  West Catholic responded with a 9 play, 73 yard drive that took 2:52 off the clock.  Lance Buitendyk scored from the 6 yard line, giving West Catholic a 28-13 lead.

Olivet's next drive would also be a touchdown, they used 10 plays to drive 80 yards down the field and took over 4:30 minutes off of the clock.  Jay Cousineau threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Tanner McCarn to cap off the drive, the two point conversion failed. The previous play before the touchdown was a first down on fourth down.  The referee's measured to see if it was a first down but it took them awhile until the ref finally signaled for the first down, the West Catholic coaches went crazy.  The score would be 28-19 West Catholic on top.

West Catholic started the drive at their own 31 yard line and also responded with a touchdown.  They used an 11 play, 69 yard drive that took 4:07 minutes off the clock.  Dan Pittman rushed into the endzone for a two yard touchdown giving West Catholic a 35-19 lead with 8:33 left.

Olivet was looking to answer right back but Jacob Voss forced Nick Coolidge to fumble and West Catholic recovered the loose ball at the 20 yard line.  After Voss was tackled for a two yard loss, Lance Buitendyk found Zach Smith for a 22 yard touchdown catch.  With 6:23 the score was now 42-19 West Catholic leading.

Olivet quickly responded with a touchdown, Jay Cousineau threw a 59 yard pass to Tanner McCarn cutting the deficit to 42-26.  West Catholic would burn the remaining four and a half minutes in the game, to seal their first State Championship.

Bottom Line:

Lance Buitendyk - 3 total touchdowns (2 passing and 1 rush)
Jay Cousineau - 3 total touchdowns  (2 passing and 1 rush)
Dan Pittman - 3 total touchdowns (2 rush and 1 interception)
Tanner McCarn - 2 touchown receptions

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lake Orion and Plymouth Recap

Detroit, MI -- The Division 1 final featured Lake Orion (13-1) versus Plymouth (11-3).  Plymouth was the talk of the post season so far coming up with big wins against Canton, Catholic Central and Rockford.  Plymouth was hoping for one last memorable game to cap off, an already unforgettable season.  Throughout the playoffs they were led by a stiff defense that only allowed 7 points the first 3 games of the playoffs.  Plymouth also used last second touchdown catches and game changing turnovers by Brennen Beyer who is verbally committed to play for The University of Michigan.  In Plymouth's regional final it was the future Notre Dame kicker, Kyle Brindza kicking 3 field goals to give them the slightest margin for victory, a 9-7 win.

Lake Orion on the other hand was heavy favorites versus Davison and Grand Blanc, they easily disposed of those two teams winning by a combined score of 96-21.  They would then face Eisenhower, who pulled off the biggest upset, besides Plymouth, when they beat Romeo in overtime.  Eisenhower was able to win all season with their defense and special teams.  Eisenhowers offense for the season was really inconsistent and that was one of the things I would be keeping an eye out on.  Lake Orion won a defensive battle vs Ike, Danny Ney set the tone with a 70+ run and Eisenhower did not pose a threat afterwards.  In Lake Orion's semi final they were underdogs to a great Cass Tech team, in the end they avoided Cass Tech's comeback attempt, when Cass fumbled in the red zone.

Plymouth started the ball with the game hoping to score first and get an early boost of momentum but after three plays they were forced to punt.  Lake Orion quickly responded after Marques Stevenson brought the Lake Orion offense to the 16 yard line, from there quarterback, Cole Schaenzer ran to the left pylon and score a touchdown with 8:33 left in the first quarter.

Plymouth started their second drive off nicely with an 8 yard pass to Beyer and Donte Fox ran 10 yards for a first down but from there the drive stalled and Brindza was forced to punt the ball back to Lake Orion.  Lake Orion was unable to move the ball after the first plays so they too had to punt the ball.

Plymouth would go on an 8 play, 43 yard drive in 3:33, the drive was capped off when Kyle Brindza kicked a 43 yard field goal.  Lake Orion did not look down at all, as the first play after the kick return was a 21 yard rush for Marques Stevenson, the big play of the drive was a 42 yard run by Demitri Hudson and the next play Stevenson easily went into the end zone from 3 yards out, giving Lake Orion a 14-3 lead.

After another 3 and out for Plymouth, Lake Orion quickly took advantage as Danny Ney caught a 40 yard pass and the next play Marques Stevenson scored from 32 yards out giving Lake Orion a 21-3 advantage.

Lake Orion and Plymouth both exchanged brief possessions before halftime, Plymouth's last drive had an interception that killed Plymouth's chance of getting some momentum heading into halftime.

Lake Orion would punt on their first possession and after the ball bounced around, Plymouth's Victor Hicks picked up the ball and made several Lake Orion players stumble onto the turf, Hicks quickly took the ball to the other side of the field where the sideline was clear, it was officially a 46 yard punt return, momentum clearly turned on Plymouth's shoulders with a full half to play.  The score was 21-10 Lake Orion with not even two minutes passed by in the second half.

Both Lake Orion and Plymouth took a few time consuming drives in the third quarter but neither was able to score, Plymouth had the ball as the fourth quarter began and was moving the ball down field.  They were stopped on third down bring up a 28 yard field goal for Kyle Brindza, which cut the lead to 21-13 with 9:54 left.

After a 5 play drive for Lake Orion stalled they had to give the ball to Plymouth with 6:31 left in the game.  However for Plymouth they had to punt after going 3 and out.  It would be the last time they touched the ball as Lake Orion and Marques Stevenson took 12 plays and 5:35 off the clock, giving Lake Orion their first state title.

For Plymouth they may of come up short but the school has made nothing but progress since 2006 and they will be back soon enough.  Lake Orion also is here to stay, they consistently compete in the playoffs.

Bottom Line:

Marques Stevenson - 2 rushing touchdowns
Kyle Brindza - 2 field goals
Lake Orion out rushed Plymouth 307-30

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hudson and Ishpeming Recap

Detroit, MI -- The early game at Ford Field was the Division 7 state final, which put the only undefeated teams against each other, there were other undefeated teams but they played teams with at least a loss.  Ishpeming was 12-0 and Hudson who were 13-0 coming into the game.  Hudson had the Division 7 and 8 player of the year, #22 Drew Milligan.

Hudson won the toss and elected to receive the ball but on 3 plays they had only 5 yards and had to punt and Ishpeming started at their only 28 yard line.  Ishpeming would have 3 straight running plays for 5 yards, on the fourth play, Daniel Olson ran 18 yards until he was stripped of the ball and Hudson's Joel Varney recovered the loose ball.

Hudson again would have a quick drive, this time they were not able to convert on 4th down, giving the ball back to Ishpeming.  Ishpeming would take a 6:19 minute drive, on 14 plays and 39 yards for a Daniel Olson 1 yard touchdown run, they would attempt the 2 point conversion but Gabe Eppert was not able to cross the line, the score with 11:55 left in the second quarter was 6-0 Ishpeming.

Hudson finally had some rhythm on offense but on the ninth play of the drive on fourth down, James Williams 6 yard pass to Camden McCaskey was 2 yards short of the first down.  Ishpeming took over after the fourth down conversion failure at the 24 yard line.

After a rush for no gain and two straight incomplete passes for Ishpeming they were forced to punt and it went out of bounds at the Hudson 44 yard line.

With 6:12 left in the half, Hudson took over looking to score heading into halftime.  Hudson moved the ball 56 yards in 12 plays, the last 3 plays were rushes by Drew Milligan, on the third rush from 4 yards out, he was able punch the ball in for Hudson's first touchdown giving them a 7-6 lead with one minute before halftime.

On Ishpeming's next play Daniel Olson again fumbled and Hudson recovered the fumble at the 26 yard line, 5 plays later Grant Benschoter ran in from 2 yards out with 12 seconds left.  Hudson now was winning 14-6.

Ishpeming had the ball to start the second half but on the fifth play Daniel Olson's pass was intercepted by Camden McCaskey, McCaskey would make them pay for throwing the interception on the seventh play of a 60 yard drive, McCaskey would catch a 33 yard pass from James Williams with 6:46 left in the third quarter giving Hudson a 21-6 lead.

On Ishpeming's next possession, Drew Milligan intercepted a pass but there was a holding penalty on Hudson that gave the ball back to Ishpeming.  Daniel Olson had a big 22 yard run and capped the drive off with a Quarterback sneak from the 1 yard line, on the 2 point conversion he threw a pass to Lonnie Hess, to convert the conversion, the score was now 21-14 with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Hudson would use a 14 play drive that went 55 yards in 6:29 minutes, Drew Milligan would throw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Matthew Smith to cap the drive.  With 10:07 left in the game the score was now 28-14.

Ishpeming quickly responded with a 3:39 drive that was 8 plays in 62 yards, Daniel Olson threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Andy Flanigan but on the two point conversion Derek Slone was stopped short of the goal line. Hudson now led 28-20 with 6:22 left in the game.

After the Ishpeming kick went out of bounds, Ishpeming held up on defense stopping Hudson on fourth down.  Ishpeming then would go on a touchdown scoring drive using 11 plays and going 53 yards in 3:20, Daniel Olson found Gabe Eppert for an 11 yard touchdown catch.  The 2 point conversion attempt sailed through the end zone, now making the score 28-26 with 46 seconds left.

Hudson would recover the onside kick and go down on a knee to seal the victory and the Division 7 state title. The series is now tied at 1-1, in 1975 Ishpeming won in the Class C final.  It is Hudson's first state title and the only time they had 14 wins. It is the first time they have no losses since going 9-0 in 1976. For Ishpeming 12-1 was the most wins since 11-1 in 1979.

Game Photos

Ishpeming attempts 2 point conversion

Bottom Line:

Daniel Olson - 4 total touchdowns (2 rush and 2 pass)
Drew Milligan - 2 total touchdowns (1 rush and 1 pass) also all four extra points

Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs Williamston Recap

Detroit, MI -- The Division 4 title was the late game on Friday night, the game was 15 minutes past the anticipated 7:30 but no one cared especially after the way both teams played all night.  The game featured Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-2) versus Williamston (12-2).

Williamston received the ball to start the game and took the ball 82 yards in 10 plays, with 6:47 left in the quarter  #12 Dylan Schultz scored from 2 yards out and #11 Collin Weiss kicked the extra point to give Williamston a 7-0 lead.  The drive was kept alive by #5 Dylan Monette when he caught a one handed catch and went 42 yards for a first down.

Catholic Central began the drive at their own 28 yard line but on 4 plays went backwards and they were forced to punt.  Williamston would start with 5:16 remaining and on the tenth play of the drive, Collin Weiss kicked a 42 yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, giving Williamston a 10-0 lead.

On Catholic Central's next drive they would eat up nearly 5 minutes of clock on a 13 play drive.  They went 55 yards and it was capped off when #24 Andre Cargill kicked a 29 yard field goal with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter.

Williamston would quickly go 3 and out, forcing a punt that Catholic Central made a fair catch at their own 33 yard line, 4 plays later #5 Dylan Monette again made a big play, this time an interception for Williamston.  After #12 Dylan Schultz was sacked for 10 yards, they were unable to get the first down, Williamston again was forced to punt.  Dylan Monette's punt went 54 yards and into the end zone for a touch back.

With 2:24 remaining in the half, Catholic Central tried to score to get some momentum heading into the break.   After a first down run by RB #32 Bronson Hill, #12 Dylan Schultz out jumped the Catholic Central wide receiver and wound up with the interception.  Williamston then went on offense looking to score from their own 24 yard line after 21 seconds there was a false start and a incomplete pass.  Then #9 Brendan Penny on Catholic Central intercepted Schultz's pass.

On the 7th play of the drive for Catholic Central, #86 Tyler Watters intercepted the pass, stopping the Catholic Central drive, with 20 seconds left, Williamston went on a knee to end the half.

After the kickoff, the first play was a 79 yard touchdown run for #32 Bronson Hill, tying the game at 10 for Catholic Central.

Williamston then again went 3 and out and shanked the punt out of bounds at the 20 yard line.  On the 7th play of the drive, Andre Cargill kicked a 24 yard field goal, giving Catholic Central a 13-10 lead.

After a pretty lackluster offensive performance since scoring 10 points, Williamston responded with a 7 play 80 yard drive that Dylan Monette capped off with a 6 yard touchdown run, with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter the score was now 17-13 Williamston.

Catholic Central was unable to do anything after a 24 yard catch, eventually punting, giving the ball back to Williamston.  Williamston would drive down the field and from 39 yards yards out Dylan Schultz ran for a touchdown,  Weiss's kicked missed wide right and with 9:48 left the score was now 23-13.

Catholic Central would drive on 13 plays going 66 yards, Miles Morissey would throw a 6 yard touchdown pass to #4 Kevin Vicari with 3:30 left making the score now 23-20.

After Williamston was unable to do anything on offense they were forced to punt, Catholic Central would start with the ball on the 36 with 3:04 left in the game.  Catholic Central would use 12 plays to go 64 yards and it was capped off when Morissey found Vicari again this time from 5 yards out with 57 seconds left.

Williamston had one last chance to score a game winning touchdown but Joey Bowen intercepted Schultz's pass and Catholic Central killed the remaining 26 seconds, giving them their second state title.

It was the first time the two teams met. There were 37 points scored in the second half, Catholic Central scored 24 of them and 14 in the fourth quarter.

Bottom Line:

Miles Morissey - 2 touchdown passes
Kevin Vicari - 2 touchdown receptions
Dylan Schultz - 2 rushing touchdowns

Ithaca and Monroe St Mary Catholic Central Recap

Detroit, MI -- On Friday the Division 6 state title would be decided,  Ithaca (14-0) would outlast Monroe St Mary Catholic Central (12-2).  The game was a back and forth scoring feast, that featured 2 punts only by St Mary's.  Ithaca would have a tipped interception and a fumble inside the 5 yard and St Mary's recovering for a touch back.

Coming into the game St Marys only attempted 34 passes all season, that trend continued to the final game where they did not attempt more than 10 passes during the game.  We all knew coming into the game that Ithaca, could score and score a lot.  They are headlined by future Central Michigan Quarterback, Alex Niznak. Niznak would set a state final record with 5 rushing touchdowns.

Ithaca began the game with the kickoff and St Marys wasted little time showing off their muscles as they consistently ran the ball, #5 Luke Yinger would score from 2 yards out with 3:46 left in the first quarter.  The score would be 7-0 St Mary's.

Ithaca wasted no time to respond, Alex Niznak found #10 Luke Capen and he ran 38 yards and was tackled at the 2 yard line, on the next play Niznak ran in from 2 yards and Ithaca added the extra point, with 1:28 left in the first the game was tied at 7.

St Marys also was quick to respond, with 11:29 left in the second quarter, #11 Daniel Couturier ran in for an 11 yard touchdown run making  the score 14-7.  On Ithaca's next possession, Niznak's pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and #2 on St Mary's, Eric Shomo intercepted the pass, with 9:57 remaining in the quarter.  St Mary's would cash in the turnover as QB #16 Jack Cusumano would run in from 16 yards to make the score 21-7 St Marys, with 7:08 remaining in the second quarter.

Ithaca would drive down to the red zone up until #24 Markes Gadlen fumbled into the end zone and St Mary's recovered the loose ball for a touch back.  Ithaca would hold St Marys to a punt, before halftime Ithaca was looking for more points, after a pass interference, #32 Garrett Miniard  would run for a 4 yard touchdown run with 47 seconds remaining in the half,  the score was now only a 7 point lead for St Marys.   Ithaca would start the 3rd quarter with the ball.

Ithaca received  the ball to start the half and had momentum.  The momentum certainly rose when Niznak ran for a 45 yard run with 10:02 remaining in the third quarter, there was a flag down during the run and we all thought it was holding on Ithaca but was actually a holding against St Marys.

St Marys was looking  to respond but they were pinned deep in their end. On third down they attempted a rare pass but the screen pass fell short of the open player, forcing St Marys to give it back to Ithaca.  With 8:27 Ithaca would start the drive and it was capped off at 4:45 when #14 Zach Whipple hit a 40 yard field goal.  The score was now 24-21 Ithaca.

St Marys took the ensuing kick off to the Ithaca 49 yard line.  It took to 2 plays for St Marys to score, the first play was a 47 yard pass and on the second play #12 Zak Moore ran in from 2 yards out with 4:07 remaining in the third the score was now 28-24 St Mary's.

Ithaca would also respond with a touchdown, with 40 seconds left in the third quarter Niznak ran in from 5 yards out making the score 31-28 Ithaca.

St Marys was looking to take up a huge chunk of time off of the clock on the next possession, the highlight on the drive was a big run by Jack Cusumano that kept the drive alive for St Marys, with 5:10 left in the game, #12 Zak Moore scored from 2 yards out giving, St Marys a 35-31 lead and it was the last time St Marys did anything the rest of the game.

It was time for Niznak to shine and he did not disappoint anyone except the St Mary players and fans.  With 2:02 left, Niznak capped the game winning touchdown from 5 yards out giving Ithaca a 38-35 lead.

St Marys had a chance to regain the lead but failed on fourth down, Ithaca now would just have to run a few plays and get a first down since St Mary's had a few timeouts left.   Niznak was not thinking a 1 or 2 yard gain, he ran to his right and seen an opening and took the ball down the sideline for a 36 yard run, certainly throwing down the dagger on St Mary's.

With less than 50 seconds left, St Mary's dropped back to pass but the timing was off and they fumbled the ball and Ithaca recovered.  Ithaca would go down on a knee, making the final score 45-35 to seal their first state title.  The game featured 11 rushing touchdowns.  Ithaca now leads the series versus St Marys 1-0.

Bottom Line:

Alex Niznak: 5 Rushing Touchdowns
Zack Moore: 2 Rushing Touchdowns

College Football Week 14 Rankings and Predictions

1. Auburn
2. Oregon
3. TCU
4. Stanford
5. Wisconsin
6. Arkansas
7. Ohio State
8. Nevada
9. Michigan State
10. Nebraska
11. Missouri
12. LSU
13. Oklahoma
14. Boise State
15. Oklahoma State
16. Texas A&M
17. Northern Illinois
18. South Carolina
19. Virginia Tech
20. Alabama
21. Hawaii
22. West Virginia
23. Florida State
24. Central Florida
25. Mississippi State

Next Vote: Miami (Oh), Maryland and Tulsa

Previous Week Drops: North Carolina State (24) and Ohio (25)

Week 14 Predictions

Arizona over Arizona State
Northern Illinois over Miami (OH)
Illinois over Fresno State
Nevada over Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee over Florida International
West Virginia over Rutgers
UCF over SMU
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
Troy over Florida Atlantic
Boise State over Utah State
Oregon over Oregon State
Auburn over South Carolina
Idaho over San Jose State
Washington over Washington State
Florida State over Virginia Tech
South Florida over Connecticut
Hawaii over UNLV

last week 34/54 = 67 %

Conference Breakdown Week 13

ACC (Overall 28-16)

1 - 1 Big  East (4-2)

2 - 2 SEC (2-5)

Big 12 (Previous Week 2-0)(Overall 38-9)

1 - 0 Sun Belt (6-0)

1 - 0 Conference USA (7-1)

Big East (Overall 25-17)

1 - 1 ACC (2-4)

Big 10 (Overall 36-8)

Conference USA (Overall 20-24)

0 - 1 Big 12 (1-7)

Independents (Overall 15-11)

1 - 0 Pac 10 (1-1)

MAC (Overall 15-34)

Mountain West (Overall 17-20)

PAC 10 (Overall 23-10)

0 - 1 Independent (1-1)

SEC (Overall 32-5)

2 - 2 AAC (5-2)

Sun Belt (Overall 4-27)

0 - 1 Big 12 (0-6)

WAC (Overall 24-17)

Day 2 of State Finals Results

Division 7
Hudson 28 and Ishpeming 26

Division 1
Lake Orion 21 and Plymouth 13

Division 5
Grand Rapids West Catholic 42 and Olivet 26

Division 3
East Grand Rapids 35 and Orchard Lake St Marys 27

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 1 of State Finals Results

Division 8
Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart 42 and Saugatuck 21

Division 2
Harrison 38 and Lowell 28

Division 6
Ithaca 45 and Monroe St Mary Catholic Central 35

Division 4
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 27 and Williamston 23

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Michigan Recruits Class of 2008 (Part 5)

61. Nathaniel Williams (New Haven) - Unsigned

62. Ryan Houska (Catholic Central) - Cornell

63. Lawrence Young (Renaissance) - Indiana State

64. Nate Williams (New Haven) - Indiana State

65. Dominque White (Orchard Lake St Marys) - Indiana State

66. Brendon Kay (Marine City) - Cincinnati

67. Jarrell Herring (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) - North Carolina A&T

68. Joshua Howard (Inkster) - Ball State

69. Josh Williams (Brandon) - Eastern Michigan

70. Scott MacLeod (De La Salle) - Eastern Michigan

71. Kyle DeMaster (Dakota) - Eastern Michigan

72. L'shane Bynum (Truman) - Eastern Michigan

73. George Winn (Detroit Jesuit) - Cincinnati

74. Johnathan Lamb (Southfield) - Toledo

75. Jaleen Verser (Lansing Everett) - Buffalo

Michigan Recruits Class of 2008 (Part 4)

46. Scott Kovanda (Catholic Central) - Ball State

47. Julian Easterly (Cass Tech) - Indiana State

48. Johnathan Lamb (Rochester) - Toledo

49. Kayon Swanson (Southfield) - Southern Illinois

50. Jamie Simpson (Union) - Western Michigan

51. Tre Bishop (Carleton Airport) - Western Michgan

52. Jason Semmes (Orchard Lake St Marys) - Iowa

53. Bruce Horner (Birmingham Groves) - Cincinnati

54. Camerron Cheatham (Kalamazoo Central) - Cincinnati

55. Darrin Williams (Martin Luther King) - Cincinnati

56. Brad Guinane (St Joseph) - Unsigned

57. Josh Renel (Rochester Adams) - Unsigned

58. Julian Pierce (Grand Rapids Creston) - Unsigned

59. Adam Follett (Alma) - Indiana

60. Zach Line (Oxford) - SMU

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2011 Vanderbilt Commodores Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Conor Hart - Brother Rice, DE and committed since 8/5/10

1/11 recruits are from Michigan.

2011 Toledo Rockets Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Kishon Wilcher - Cass Tech, WR and committed since 11/2/10
2. Trent Voss - East Grand Rapids, LB and committed since 8/7/10
3. Ethan Wirth - Williamston, OL and committed since 6/27/10

3/6 commits are from Michigan.

2011Tennessee Volunteers Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. DeAnthony Arnett - Saginaw, WR and committed since 11/10/10

1/19 recruits are from Michigan

2011 Syracuse Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Eric Crume - Detroit Central, DT and committed since 10/19/10

2011 Notre Dame Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Kyle Brindza - Plymouth, K and committed since 4/15/10

1/16 commits are from Michigan

2011 Iowa Hawkeye Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Jake Duzey - Troy Athens, TE and committed since 7/8/10

1/16 commits are from Michigan

2011 Indiana Hoosiers Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Shafer Johnson - Southfield Christian, DT and committed since 6/10/10
2. Jalen Schlachter - Corunna, OL and committed since 6/22/10
3. Bernard Taylor - Dakota, DT and committed since 7/31/10
4. Raymon Taylor - Highland Park, Athlete and committed since 6/19/10

4/21 recruits are from Michigan.

2011 Florida Gators Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Valdez Showers - Madison Heights, Athlete and committed on 8/25/10

1/18 recruits are from Michigan

2011 Cincinnati Bearcats Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Parker Ehinger - Rockford, OL and committed on 7/9/10

1/12 recruits are from Michigan

2011 Buffalo Bulls Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Brandon Tammaro - Catholic Central, DE and committed since 8/8/10

1/7 recruits are from Michigan

2011 Bowling Green Falcons Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Jermal Hosley - Highland Park, WR and committed 8/4/10

1/6 recruits are from Michigan.

2011 Ball State Cardinals Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Kyle Lints - Traverse City Saint Francis, OL and committed since 10/18/10
2. Ben McCord - Cousino, WR and committed since 8/23/10
3. Willie Snead - Muskegon Heights, WR and committed since 10/18/10

3/15 recruits are from Michigan.

2011 Central Michigan Chippewa Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Ramadan Ahmeti - Lansing Waverly, OL and committed since 6/25/10
2. Tim Hamilton - Brother Rice, LB and committed since 6/21/10
3. Alex Niznak - Ithaca, QB and committed since 6/25/10
4. Ben Randle - Big Rapids, TE and committed since 7/18/10
5. Kenny Rogers - Holt, OL and committed since 8/2/10
6. Joshua Taylor - South Haven, RB and committed since 10/29/10
7. Jason Wilson - Farmington, WR and committed since 6/27/10

7/11 play in the state of Michigan.

2011 Western Michigan Broncos Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Justin Currie - Big Rapids, DB and committed since 7/10/10

2. John Jackson - Cass Tech, OL

3. Kendrick Roberts - Flint Southwestern, WR

2011 Michigan State Spartans Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Ed Davis - Southeastern, LB and committed since 8/4/10
2. Taiwan Jones - Anchor Bay, LB and committed since 3/23/10
3. Onaje Miller - Lansing Sexton, Athlete and committed since 2/18/10
4. Lawrence Thomas - Detroit Renaissance, LB and committed since 3/5/10
5. Damon Knox - Muskegon, DL and committed since 12/6/10

5/17 players from the state of Michigan. 

2011 Michigan Wolverines Recruits

Usually people wonder how many players a team has from Michigan or any other state so I will do this for teams who have players who attended High School in Michigan.

1. Brennen Beyer - Plymouth, DE and committed since 4/15/10
2. Shawn Conway - Birmingham Seaholm, WR and committed since 2/20/10
3. Jacob Fisher - Traverse City West, OL and committed since 7/18/10
4. Justice Hayes - Grand Blanc, RB and committed since 11/22/10
5. Delonte Hollowell - Cass Tech, CB and committed since 1/17/10

5/13 commits so far are from the state of Michigan.

Justice Hayes commits to Michigan

Justice Hayes a running back from Grand Blanc who has been committed to Notre Dame since July 30th, 2010.  However after his official visit the previous week at Notre Dame he decided he wanted to open up his recruitment.

After a few days he was ready to choose a new destination.  On Monday November 22nd, Hayes committed to Michigan. Adding a second strong back to the 2011 class.

With Brian Kelly, Notre Dame's coach dealing with the off field problems, such as the film student falling off the tower.  Recently a women committed suicide, from supposedly a Notre Dame player sexually assaulting her.  One of Kelly's top recruits from 2010 also passed away when he was on spring break.  Hayes must know something we do not know about the Kelly situation.

Hayes is the 13th Michigan commit for 2011 and the third 4* recruit on the team.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Plymouth and Lake Orion Preview

With both teams from Division 1 having last second wins in the semi finals, will it be another crazy finish for the two teams? Lake Orion (12-1) will play Plymouth (11-2) for the Division 1 title.  Lake Orion's only loss was to Harrison (13-0) while Plymouth lost to Howell (8-4) and Canton (10-1).

Plymouth will makes its 4th straight appearance in the playoffs and 5th overall.  They have only been a school for seven years.  Previously they never advanced past the first round.

Plymouth scored 385 points this year which averages 30 points per game and they have allowed 175 points which averages 13 points per game.  The 17 points allowed vs Rockford were the most it allowed in the playoffs after holding Saline, Canton, and Catholic Central to just 7 points each.

Lake Orion has made the playoffs the last 10 years and overall they have been in the playoffs for 15 years.  They reached the state finals in 2008 but fell to Rockford.

This season Lake Orion has scored 484 points which averages to 37 points per game and they have allowed 141 points which averages 11 points per game.

It will be the first time Plymouth and Lake Orion meet. The game is at 1 pm on Saturday the 27th.

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Lowell and Harrison Preview

The Division 2 final puts two heavyweights against one another, Harrison (13-0) is ranked #48 in the country and Lowell (11-2).  Lowell's only 2 losses were to East Grand Rapids (13-0) and Greenville (9-2). Lowell is  the defending State Champion.

Lowell has 12 straight playoff appearances and 13 overall appearances. They have 15 straight winning seasons.  They won the title in 2009 vs Inkster, 2004 vs Saint Johns and 2002 vs Brother Rice.

They come in scoring 566 points during the season, which averages to 44 points per game and they have allowed 190 points which averages to 15 points per game.

Harrison has made the playoffs the last 2 years and made the playoffs for 26 overall years.  They won titles in 1981 vs Muskegon Catholic Central, 1982 vs Fordson, 1988 vs Saint Joseph, 1989 vs DeWitt, 1991 vs Cheboygan, 1993 vs Midland, 1994 vs Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 1997 vs Midland Dow, 1998 vs Hudsonville, 1999 vs Grand Rapids Creston, 2000 vs East Lansing and 2001 vs Fruitport. In 1987 they lost to Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 1996 to Grandville and in 2006 lost to East Grand Rapids.

Harrison has scored 486 points which averages 37 per game and they have allowed 135 points for the season which averages to 10 points per game.

It is the first time the two teams have ever played and the game will be at 1pm on Friday.

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Orchard Lake St Marys vs East Grand Rapids Preview

Division 3 state final puts Orchard Lake St Marys (11-2) against the #43 team in the country according to ESPN Rise, East Grand Rapids (13-0).  St Marys dropped both of their games to Brother Rice (6-4). Once during the season and lastly during the Prep Bowl, where Brother Rice had a goal line stand to seal the victory.

The game will be a rematch of last year and 2007 when East Grand Rapids won by 3 points, It is St Marys 2nd straight appearance in the playoffs and their 16th overall appearance. This is the 7th time they reached the state final.  In 1999 they defeated Grand Rapids South Christian, 2000 defeated Coopersville, 2001 falling to Chesaning and 2004 losing to Muskegon.

St Marys has scored 411 points this year, averaging 32 points per game while allowing 196 points per game which averages 15 per game.

East Grand Rapids has made the playoffs 10 straight years and 20 straight years in the playoffs, they have won the last five Division 3 championships.  Overall they have 9 titles, only losing one year by a single point.  Their victims are: Orchard Lake St Mary's, Inkster, Harrison, Allen Park, DeWitt and Oxford.

East Grand Rapids has put up 524 points this year which averages 40 points per game and allowing 237 points which averages 18 per game.

This will be the 5th time the schools have met, East Grand Rapids won all 4 meetings, 2 in the finals and 2 on the first game of the season in 2008 and 2009. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 on Saturday night, the 27th.

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Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs Williamston Preview

The Division 4 final features Grand Rapids Catholic Central (11-2) vs Williamston (12-1). Grand Rapids Catholic Central 2 losses came against: Middleville Thornapple Kellogg (8-2) and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (5-5).  Both those 2 teams lost in the districts and Thornapple won the Ottawa Kent Gold title over Grand Rapids Catholic Central.  Williamston only loss was to Lansing Catholic Central (9-1) in week 5.

Grand Rapids Catholic Central has 3 straight playoff appearances and 19 overall appearances.  They won the title vs Harrison in 1987, 2005 lost to Flint Powers Catholic and reached the semi finals in 2008.

Grand Rapids Catholic Central scored 466 this season which averages to 36 points per game while allowing 272  which averages to 21 pointer per game.

Williamston finished 2nd in the Capital Area White Conference behind Lansing Catholic Central. For Williamston it is their 4th straight appearance and 5th straight winning season.  Overall they have reached the playoffs 7 times. In 2009 they won their first game of the playoffs but besides this year they never advanced this far.

Williamston has scored 519 points this year which averages 40 points per game and allowing 210, which averages 16 per game.

It will be the first time the two teams meet and the game is at 7:30 on Friday night the 26th.

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Grand Rapids West Catholic vs Olivet Preview

The Division 5 final features Grand Rapids West Catholic (12-1) vs Olivet (11-2).  Grand Rapids West Catholic only loss of the season was week 1 vs Orchard Lake St Mary's since then they won comfortably every game besides the previous week against Menominee (9-4).  For Olivet they lost week 3 and 5 against Constatine (12-1) and Battle Creek Pennfield (9-2).

Grand Rapids West Catholic won the Ottawa Kent Blue with a perfect 6-0 record against other blue opponents,  It is their 8th straight winning season and years in the playoffs.  They have 16 playoff appearances, in 2007 they lost to Menominee in the semi final.

Grand Rapids West Catholic has scored 511 points which averages to 39 points per game while allowing 171 points which averages 13 points per game.

Olivet came in third place in the Kalamazoo Valley conference, only Pennfield and Constatine were above them. It is their third straight playoff appearance and 11th overall appearance.

Olivet has scored 367 points this year which averages to 28 points per game and allowing 147 points per game, which is an average of 11 points per game.

It will be the first time the teams ever play each other 4:30 PM on Saturday.

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Monroe St Mary Catholic Central vs Ithaca Preview

The Division 6 state final features Ithaca (13-0) winner of the Tri Valley West Conference vs St Mary Catholic Central (12-1) winner of the Huron conference.  There is not much to say bad about either team so I will say it, so that it is out of the way,  St Marys only loss of the season was week 1 versus Crockett (11-2) by the score of 43-28. Since that time they have destroyed all their opponents by at least 2 touchdowns, besides last weeks 22-14 win over Constantine (12-1).

Ithaca last season was one game short of the final as they lost to Montague in the semi final, this year nothing stopped them from reaching Ford Field, For Ithaca it is their 5th straight winning season, 2nd straight playoff appearance and 15th overall playoff appearance.

They put up 605 points this year which averages 46 points per game while allowing 126 points which averages to 10 points per game. They are led by future Central Michigan Quarterback, Alex Niznak.  He receives plenty of support though, from his team.

For St Marys its their 8th straight winning season, 8th straight year in the playoffs and 17th playoff appearance.  They appeared in the state finals in 1991 defeating Coopersville, 2005 losing to Kingsley and last year losing to Montague. They also have 3 semi final appearances as well.

St Marys scored 571 points this year which is an average of 44 points per game and allowing 169 points to be scored, which averages to 13 points per game.

It is going to be the first time the two schools have ever played each other and the game will start at 4:30 on Friday, the 26th at Ford Field.

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Ishpeming vs Hudson Preview

The Division 7 final features Ishpeming (12-0) vs Hudson (13-0).  Before you ask why Ishpeming only has 12 wins, it is because on October 15th they had an open week. They breezed by pretty their whole regular season schedule besides the first week of the season when they defeated Division 6 semi finalist, Iron Mountain (11-2). It is Ishpeming 9th straight playoff and 12th overall appearance.  It is the first time they have reached the state final and their 9th straight winning season.

Coming into the final, Ishpeming has scored 506 points, which averages to 42 points per game while allowing 117 which averages to 10 points per game.

For Hudson, it is familiar to them. They lost in the final to Traverse City Saint Francis last season. It is their 4th straight appearance, the first 2 were when they were part of Division 6.   It is also their 12th appearance in the playoffs, in 2003 they also lost to Saint Francis in the final. It is Hudsons 4th straight winning season.

Hudson has scored 499 points this season which averages 38 points per game and allowing 106 which averages 8 points per game, do not forget Hudson played one more game thats why the averages are different.

With both offenses capable of scoring touchdowns and the defenses barely giving up more than 2 touchdowns, something tells me this is going be either a really high scoring game or a really low scoring game.  Its rare to see two undefeated teams in the finals.

This will be the second time theses two teams played, in 1975 Ishpeming won in week 11, 38-22 in the Class C Final. The game time is 10 am on Saturday, the 27th.

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