Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kyle Dorrell - 2013 OL

Michigan Center will be looking to bounce back from 3-6 record, after finishing with a 9-1 record in 2010.  The Michigan Center Cardinals will have a host of skilled players around the ball.  One key player for the Cardinals trenches will be offensive and defensive lineman, Kyle Dorrell.  Dorrell was able to speak to me about the upcoming season for Michigan Center.


























Position (s): OL/DL

Height and Weight: 6" 240 lbs


First Game Started: Started sophomore season, both offense and defense.


Most Memorable Game: Playoff game last year. Lost the game by one point due to a dropped pass in the endzone with 5 seconds on the clock.


Pre-game Traditions: Get together with my team after our dinner with each other and tell each other how we are gonna execute each and every play.


Post-game Traditions: I watch Friday night lights and just get in the zone. Nothing else matters but the job I have to do on the field.


Athlete you're trying to build your game around: Leader! Came a long way from being a trouble maker to an all conference football player and captain, and hard work and dedication. I would never be where I'm at today with out those to things. My last thing is pride. Got to have pride in your team and in your self. Without all these things I don't know where I would be now!




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Kyle Dorrell - "A small group of us teammates go up to our high school weight room and lift from 6 am until 7:05 and I also wrestled this year to work on my foot work, strength, and conditioning. I also have went to leadership classes through the MHSAA."




The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Kyle Dorrell - "Technique. I did not find it until the offseason started. Some coaches and I sat back and watched film for hours and I was shown everything I was doing wrong, mostly defense. I think my offense is pretty solid but there is always room for improvement."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Kyle Dorrell - "Playoffs. I was really determined to make it. I wanted to average 1 to 2 sacks a game. We would of loved to make it to the playoffs for the simple fact that its the playoffs and, the class before us were excellent leaders as well as hard workers and left us with big shoes to fill."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Kyle Dorrell - "The hard work I had put in. It is most definitely going to carry over to this season and it already has. I have put countless hours in to make myself and team better as a whole."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Kyle Dorrell - "Yes, sacks are my biggest goal for myself. I really want to break a record, school or state record. I'm really pushing for a excellent defensive season for myself since I did not get what I was pushing for last year."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Kyle Dorrell - "I really try to push the teamwork thing. Because if everyone's on the same level there is no room for mistakes and just trying to keep the team hype."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Kyle Dorrell - "I personally think I work the hardest out of anybody on our d-line and offensive line.  Because to be a good player you can never take a play off. I try to be a six second competitor every single down."



The D - Zone - Last season, Michigan Center finished 3-6, in 2010 Michigan Center would finish 9-1, what went wrong this past season?

Kyle Dorrell - "What went wrong this past 2011 season was definitely leadership and offseason training. During the 2010 season they had it all, the drive to win and the push for success. That is what my goal is for our team as of this season, is the want to win attitude and it is starting to come together."



The D - Zone - What are keys to getting Michigan Center back to the playoffs?

Kyle Dorrell - "Keys to getting us back to the playoffs would be, offseason preparation. We need to get every single teammate working HARD because if we work our butts off we would not be able to just say we lost. We would be extremely pissed because our opponent took what we have worked so hard for."



The D - Zone - Prior to you coming to Michigan Center as a Freshman, the Cardinals hasn't have much success, how have you seen the program grow in front of your eyes since you have been attending Michigan Center?

Kyle Dorrell - "The program as grown tremendously. The classes before us set the bar. They did not have to be told anything. There strive to win just pushed them to do anything it took, nothing was getting in there way.  That's what we need to look for this season and again, its coming together."



The D - Zone - What kind of feeling will it be, if this team can become the third Michigan Center team to reach the playoffs in 4 years as well as the past 22 years?

Kyle Dorrell - "Oh man the feeling to make it to the playoffs would be amazing, very awesome. Just getting to the playoffs, yes, but making history also? Its just an unexplainable feeling."



The D - Zone - What were some memories you had growing up while watching Michigan Center or other teams?

Kyle Dorrell - "Football camp. Its always fun and dreadful at the same time, but it also brought us so much closer. To this day every time we see anyone from the previous years we talk about what went on at camp. It was a great way to bring us together and have a lot of fun learning/playing football."



The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Kyle Dorrell - "I have not yet attended any but I plan on doing so, one at Central Michigan and Michigan."



The D - Zone - Are there any camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

Kyle Dorrell - "Alma. The coach from the previous years is now the head coach and we were really close. So I hope to go see him and finish meeting the team."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Kyle Dorrell - "The East Jackson game. It was our homecoming this year and the Leoni Lanter was up for grabs. We have had it for a countless amount of years and we lose it to a double overtime."



The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Kyle Dorrell - "East Jackson again. They are real big rivals. It is very important just for the simple fact that they took something that was ours and we are coming to get it back this year you can count on that!"



The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Kyle Dorrell - "I would tell him I am a very hard worker who has put the time in to deserve a spot on his team, also attitude believe it or not you need a good attitude and that bump on the log can bring the whole team down and that is unacceptable. There would be no disappointment in any coach who would love to have me on there team. I cannot say it enough, hard work and determination!"



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Kyle Dorrell - "I have had an interview with Siena Heights and I have met with the coach for Wayne State. I would love to be at Alma with my old coach."





Zach Ciochetto - Utica Ford Reflection


Former Henry Ford II (Utica Ford)'s Zach Ciochetto talks about his time as a Falcon and his time spent at Saginaw Valley State.




All right I guess we shall start with freshmen year of high school. Football has and always will be the love of my life till the day I die. Coming into high school I could not have been more excited to start my four year career at HFII (Utica Ford). Playing the game I love was such an awesome experience, but what was even more rewarding was playing with a group of guys that shared the same love and compassion. My freshmen and sophomore year of high school we barely had enough guys to practice 11 vs 11 and go through practicing plays. When guys were hurt coaches had to sub in or we had to imagine there was an opposing player in front of us. But going through all the summer workouts, two a days, practices and games, creating bonds and relationships with your teammates is one the greatest things. Sports are such a rewarding experience and creates many powerful relationships and friends. To play the game of football with the guys I played with, the coaches we had, and family support we had was such an amazing time. The joking, the laughter, bonding, high fives, cheering, blood, sweat and tears shared together will never be forgotten. We were also blessed to have great coaches, except for a few (we all know who) haha but in my sophomore year I was subjected a very powerful decision. Coach Butch Wagner had a serious talk with me and asked to come up to the varsity level to play linebacker as a sophomore. Needless to say I was very scared, intimidated, but very honored in the same regard. I did not know what to do and was very tough for me. Do I accept and play with a group of guys I barely know and have my playtime severely cut? I wanted to play for Coach Wagner very badly but I was not sure if I wanted to sacrifice what I currently had. I was fortunate enough to start both sides of the ball along with special teams and I didn't know if I wanted to give that up. At that point in my life I had no intentions of going on to the next level to play ball and I wanted to keep what mattered to me most, playing with my friends and having the best time of my life. That's exactly what I did, I graciously declined Coach Wagners offer and stayed with my JV guys and boy was it a blast. At times I do regret not playing for Wagner not knowing he was going to retire after that year but I have to say the guys I played with could not have been any better. The people, the memories, and victories we earned are hard to trade for playing at the Varsity level with a whole new set of unknowns and questions. Yes it might have been better for me in the long run, but how could you not give up what I had? Sure the game of football is amazing, but wouldn't you want to share it with all your close friends and teammates you already have and loved? I did though get one chance to play for Wagner. I was called up to Varsity for the playoffs my sophomore year. And everyone knew the kids that got called up weren't going to play, they were just there for practice help and experience. My case was a little different. It was the playoff game vs Chippewa Valley that was quite the surprise. We were down a lot at half, something like 26-0. Our defense was getting shredded and it was hard to watch. I will never forget Coach Andy Landers coming up to me at halftime and saying there words, "Ciochetto suit up you're going in!" I stood there baffled debating if he was serious. I remember Justin Torrence looking at me with these shock and awe faces. I could not believe it until Wagner and Ganfield came over to me and started teaching me the defensive signals 5 minutes before half was over. To put it lightly, I was scared shitless. To go into battle with these guys who some probably had no idea who I was to lead them into the 2nd half. Luckily I knew a couple guys to help me out but my heart was racing and I thought it was going to pop out of my chest. To make the story short I came up with 16 tackles and 2 forced fumbles that second half alone which helped aid our team to a comeback only to lose to a FG in overtime when ours got blocked. The support and respect I earned that night was something I never expected. That experience carried over next year when I hit varsity as someone who the seniors could trust to do their job which is something hard to earn. Junior and Senior year got a little more intense. It was a whole new style of ball and the whole media and competition got much greater. Now it was at the point where scouts were out and about, colleges were looking at kids, and the games were getting much more serious. Wearing your jersey in school on those Friday days and having game time under the lights on Friday nights is one of the coolest things ever. Bigger fan bases and the games were that much more intense. I was blessed to have such great teammates and winning seasons each year that I had no regrets. After my very last game at HFII, I got off the bus and started balling my eyes out. I am not one to cry but I could not hold it back, the thought of never playing the game of football again absolutely crushed me and was hard to bear not knowing if I was ever going to strap on another helmet and put on the pads and hit somebody. Luckily I was fortunate enough to have that dream come true.


Okay now doing recruiting and such:

After my senior year of football my mind was set to do whatever it took to play ball at the next level. Unfortunately I was not satisfied by the effort of the coaches to help me get to the next level so I took matters into my own hands. I went from college to college doing workouts and hired a recruiter to make a Highlight DVD for me so I could send them out to prospective colleges. I participated in two combines, one in Michigan and one down in Indiana where I showcased my abilities to scouts and schools to hopefully get a chance. After a long and very stressful year I was talked by schools such as Albion, Alma, Michigan Tech, Northern, Ferris State, Northwood and other various D3 and distant schools but none of them seemed to be what I was looking for. At that point in my life I know I wanted to go into Medicine and become a doctor someday so I could not pick a school without a Pre-med path which limited my options. I was looking for a scholarship and all I was getting was preferred walk on choices and schools that I visited that I did not like at all. I was accepted to the Lyman Briggs program at MSU where I was planning on quiting my football dream early and focusing on becoming a doctor until one day I got a phone call from the head coach at Saginaw Valley State University. He gladly offered me scholarship and my future plans took a 180 in the right direction. My dream was coming true, I was about to play college ball and play the game I love once again. Signing that letter of intent and being apart of that process was such an awesome experience. I am glad I had the support of my family, friends, and coaches to help and guide me through it.


Now onto SVSU:

Now I was about to embark on a whole new adventure and experience. From 60 guys in high school I now had 100 new teammates to meet and start all over. I was now playing with the big boys and boy was it a lot different in high school. The level of play, workouts, and games were that much more intense. I met a good group of guys and it made it that much better to get through. As a redshirt freshmen you are pretty much the servants to the upperclassmen. From hitting dummies, to clean up crews, to getting water, we had to do it all. But the big freshmen initiation was two-a-days of your first year. During lunch the freshmen had to stand up on a table and sing for one minute of the song of their choice. Keep in mind though you had to pick the right songs and sing it somewhat decently or all you would get was boos and hopefully not forget the lyrics. From popular metal songs, to old classics, to country, a lot of us had success and earned points in the upperclassmen books. I was living at the time with 5 seniors during camp before I moved into my dorm and it was awesome to bond, get to know and hang with some of the older guys to help guide me and clear a path for me. I asked them to choose a song for me and I was given Renegade by Styx and I nailed it. Balancing my class workload and football was tough but I continued with it for 3 years til I finally hung up the cleats. My future plans were interfering my with football routine and I had to give up one of the two. I knew playing after college was a joke and my medical school dreams were a lot more realistic, it made my decision that much easier. College football was a very rewarding time, but my high school years were hands down way better. Granted I got to play in high school and barely touched the field at SVSU, I still enjoyed the good old days. College ball taught me a lot of great things and created alot of good friendships and I do not regret my decision for playing there or quitting. From 5 am workouts, to summer workouts, all the practices, Saturday games, Sunday morning runs and times spent with all the guys, it was a great way to help get through the college days and open doors to new people, new surroundings, and new friends. Being an athlete is college had its major advantages and allowed me to create so many friendships with other athletes at SVSU and gave me a sense of belonging and purpose. I loved every second of it and I can look back and remember all the good times and people I met playing the greatest sport of the planet as long as I could. I still have many friendships today from HFII and SVSU and without football I never would have those and I am very grateful and blessed to have the opportunities I had. There are many times where I see kids working out and playing on the field that make me remember the good times and see from an outside view what I went through. The experiences I had and went through are something I can hopefully guide and pass on to my future family as now my life of football consists of watching it on TV and reading all about it over the web. I can't make any complaints or regrets because I got to play college football and my dream of becoming a doctor is now reality as I start medical school in the fall. The pictures I still have on the wall of my room of my high school and college days help me relive those experiences and never forget the guys I shared blood, sweat, and tears with and that's something not everyone can say they did.



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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Anthony Edwards - 2013 LB

Port Huron was able to lock up their best season in school history in 2011 with a 10-2 record.  The Big Reds would fall to Walled Lake Western in the regional game but not until having a memorable season, with win over Rochester Adams in round 2 and a win against at the time a top 3 team in the state, in Eisenhower.  In 2012 the Big Reds were promoted to the MAC White from the MAC Blue, the Big Reds will be led on defense by inside linebacker, Anthony Edwards.  Edwards was able to discuss this past season as well as the 2012 season.



Position: LB/RB
Height and Weight: 5'11 and 221
First Game Started: First game at Warren Cousino August 25th
#1 Most Memorable Game: Was Warren Cousino because they were one of the teams to beat at the beginning of the year and I had a good 10 tackles, maybe more.
Pre-game Traditions: I visualize how I am going to play in my head.
Post-game Traditions: I listen to music.
Athlete you try building your game around: Patrick Willis because he never gives up on a play and his team when times start to get worse.




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Anthony Edwards - "I've been working out twice as hard in the weight room from Monday to Saturday, getting my legs stronger after the injury I came off last year, and just getting ready to become that all state player I always wanted to be."



The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Anthony Edwards - "On that question I would most certainly have to say reading keys of an offense and using my speed to get to the wholes before the person with the ball does."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Anthony Edwards - "My goals were to be a St. Clair County and All State football player but didn't get to do that cause last year I tore my ACL."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Anthony Edwards - "Everything, my defensive coach taught me to keep me in mind so I am ahead of everyone and go to all the summer workouts, so my stamina will be top notch."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Anthony Edwards - "I want to win states more than anything, be an All State player, get 100 or more tackles in a season, and be in the top 5 out of 25 for St. Clair County football players."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Anthony Edwards - "I feel with my speed and strength I am able to be where I need to be and never giving up on my team and playing in the game will give me that extra push to be victorious."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Anthony Edwards - "I would say my speed cause I'm a lot faster then most linebackers so it gets me where I'm supposed to go and gets me from point "A" to point "B" to hawk some down and my strength to force someone out of the way."



The D - Zone - How's the excitement level this offseason following Port Huron's 10-2 record from last year, which is probably the best season in Big Reds history?

Anthony Edwards - "Very exciting and hungry for greatness, we have been working hard inside and outside of school pretty much everyday."



The D - Zone - How do you take the success of the team from last season and carry it over to 2012?

Anthony Edwards - "We do that by everything we've learned and been taught from coaches and our seniors last season, as well as going hard at everything when it comes to football."



The D - Zone - What's your thoughts on moving to the tougher MAC White in 2012?

Anthony Edwards - "I love it! I wouldn't want nothing more but better competition to play because when we win it shows we are no team to joke around with and how talented we really are."



The D - Zone - Can you share your opinion on playing at Memorial field?

Anthony Edwards - "Playing at Memorial Field is great, thousands of fans at one of the biggest high school stadiums in Michigan and just knowing that all of those fans believe in you and that your not just playing for you and the fans but all the soldiers who died in war we play for them also."



The D - Zone - What were some memories you had growing up while watching Port Huron or other teams?

Anthony Edwards - "I always remember Port Huron being good at football but when it came to playoffs we never could succeed to pass the first playoff game and I wanted to change that when I got there."



The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Anthony Edwards - "No I haven't I've been working to get my leg back in shape from coming off the ACL injury."




The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Anthony Edwards - "I had two, Eisenhower game at the Prep Kickoff Classic cause its my chance to shine and show how good I really am and Chippewa Valley cause I fell they are like us by having a lot to be by being the underdog so I'm hoping for a great game."



The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Anthony Edwards - "My rival is Port Huron Northern and its important to beat them because this rivalry has been going on before I was born and shows your team, you, and your fans what side wants it. It shows by beating the other team and putting them in their place."



The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Anthony Edwards - "I would tell him I'm never scared of a challenge and I'll do what it takes or he what he wants me to do for me and the team to win, cause that how much I love football and how bad I want to show it.  I can be great at it, as well as my team."



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Anthony Edwards - "Well I had John Caroll talk to me and Northwestern invited me to their camp but nothing as far as that cause of my ACL injury but I'm planning on having a lot during the season."





Jody Harrison - 2013 QB

The Pontiac Phoenix have only been open for three seasons but have not had a losing season since the merge of Pontiac Central and Pontiac Northern.  In 2011 the Phoenix set offensive records with 328 points scored.  Returning the command the offense will be Senior quarterback, Jody Harrison.  Harrison was able to share his insight on this upcoming season for the Phoenix.



Position(s): QB

Height: 5'9 Weight: 170


First Game Started: The first game of the 2011-2012 season against Southfield Lathrup.

#1 Most Memorable Game: My most memorable game, I would have to say the game against Royal Oak. I threw for three touchdowns with 150 yards. This game was memorable because everybody played and all of my receivers touched the ball. Everyone was happy with minutes, we executed plays and came out with a victory.

Pre-game Traditions: Eat with the team, get my head focused on the game, go over a few plays with teammates, say hello and have a conversation with the trainer about our day, get on the bus and listen to my two game day songs which are, 50 Cent-Hustler's Ambition and Tyga - I'm so Raw. I also pray and have a few words with my uncle that passed.

Post-game Tradition: Cool out, pray with team, eat a few bananas and relax.

Athlete you build your game around: An athlete I try to build my game around is Michael Vick. People say I can't do this and I can't do that but I think, "what would Vick do?" He would scan the field before the snap, drop back sitting tall in the pocket and if needed scramble/roll-out locate an open receiver and deliver a strike right into their hands.





The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Jody Harrison - "For the past 2 months I've been working out in Farmington at a camp that deals with combine training and position training. I work on building my footwork and speed by running with a jump rope a few miles and then quick feet with 10 pounds ankle weights. During the times I'm relaxing I do resistant band work outs for my arm."


The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Jody Harrison - "One of my best skills I developed last season was to adjust to all my different receivers speed. And really putting the ball in a place that I know only my receiver can get it."


The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Jody Harrison - "One big milestone I set for myself was to help my team go farther then we did the year before. Another was to be a leader for the offense, in crunch time letting the team know, not panic, and play our game at our pace."


The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Jody Harrison - "What I will take from last season and apply to this season is the will, the drive and the heart, put into practices and games. Giving 100% all the time no matter if its just walk through, film or extra work after practice with receivers. To be able to breakdown coverage's and making an audible when needed and staying on the same page as my receivers."


The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Jody Harrison - "Yes, I was able to accomplish these goals because the team trusted me at my position, and the decisions I made behind a good line."


The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Jody Harrison - "I feel I can impact a game anyway possible you think I can't. I can beat you deep with my arm or I can beat you on the ground with my legs. I have a nice arm and can roll out and deliver a rocket on the run."


The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Jody Harrison - "What separates me from other quarterbacks is my work ethics, my arm and speed out the pocket and dedication."


The D - Zone - Last season Pontiac was able to score 328 points, what were reasons for the offenses success?

Jody Harrison - "Our success would to be given to the offensive coordinator for calling the plays but also the O-line opening up holes for our ground attack or holding off the defense for a completion over the DB's of the other team."


The D - Zone - How does Pontiac bounce back in 2012 following the playoff loss to Clarkston, an OAA Red opponent?

Jody Harrison - "The only way to bounce back is to get in the weight room, watching film and working on the field to prepare and practice like we are already at Ford field."


The D - Zone - What's it like playing Friday games at Wisner Stadium?

Jody Harrison - "You know that the whole city is going to fill the stands to cheer on their team. Loud and demanding as the people in the stands want to see hard hitting, touchdown passes, long runs and all that showtime stuff but its a good place to be on a Friday night."


The D - Zone - What were some memories you had growing up while watching either of the Pontiac teams or other teams?

Jody Harrison - "Memories from watching when I was younger was when it was Pontiac Northern. And just watching how they showed themselves on the field. Playing hard, hitting hard and just them laying it all on the line every game letting their presence be felt."


The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Jody Harrison - "I haven't attended any camps so far but I intend on attending a few upcoming events in June and July."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Jody Harrison - "Actually it's not just one big game I have circled it's three. The second game of the season against Stoney Creek and the games against Clarkston and Lake Orion. To show these teams that we shall not be taken lightly."


The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Jody Harrison - "The rival on our schedule will most definitely be Clarkston. It's so important for us beating this team because, they knocked us out of the play-offs last year and a win like that will most definitely put eyes on the Pontiac Phoenix. To our fans it will show them the reason they stick behind us and support us and to teammates it would show that we can do anything as long as we work hard and put our all into it."


The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Jody Harrison - "I would tell him that I work hard, I do what ever it takes to help give our team a win and I'm a leader."


The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Jody Harrison - "The Recruiting process is going a little slow but getting there by the day. Schools I'm interested in are MSU, USC, Akron, Ferris State, and Pittsburgh. A few schools that have shown interest are, Ferris State and Northwood University. One thing I would like to add is, to all athletes, your skills can only take you so far. Grades take it to the next level."



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Nate Emminger - 2013 WR

The Plymouth Wildcats have officially broken though the stage of being a good team.  With a 9-2 record and a state-final appearance in the past two seasons, it's safe to call Plymouth the state's newest elite program.  In 2012 the Wildcats figure to be very dangerous again, although losing a handful of Seniors to graduation.  One key player will be receiver and defensive back, Nate Emminger.  The 5'8 playmaker is one of the most dangerous players in the whole KLAA for the 2012 season.








Position (s): Wide Receiver/Strong Safety.  I also return punts and kicks.


Height & Weight: 5'8" 173


First Game Started: Sophomore year week 8 v. Novi


#1 Most Memorable Game: State Championship 2010 v. Lake Orion or string of wins in 2010 playoffs (Canton, Catholic Central, and Rockford) or regular season 2011 vs. Canton, sorry there is a lot.


Pre-game Traditions: Prayer and calm music


Post-game Traditions: Local diner with some teammates or drive around town with some friends listening to music.


Athlete you try building your game around: A lot of people have told me that I remind them of Wes Welker which is very flattering. But I most respect Larry Fitzgerald because of his ability to catch the football over anything.




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Nate Emminger - "Offseason work outs, speed/sparq training, and running routes with some guys on the team getting back into it."



The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Nate Emminger - "I think the best skill I developed was catching the football with my hands."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Nate Emminger - "Well the goal is always Ford Field but we couldn't accomplish that because we made some mistakes down the road to a team I think we should have beat."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Nate Emminger - "I will take away that we couldn't get it done for the seniors and that we let our rivals knock us out of the playoffs first round, redemption time."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Nate Emminger - "Ford Field. Getting that ring."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Nate Emminger - "I feel like I impact the game because I can make a play on offense, defense, or special teams so there is always a chance for me to make a big play. And I usually 
do."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Nate Emminger - "What separates me from other players is my size. I don't look very intimidating but I promise I'll make you pay if you don't respect me."



The D - Zone - What kind of impact did that Saint Mary Catholic Central game provide to Plymouth in 2011?

Nate Emminger - "The SMCC game gave us a lot of momentum moving forward because it was a good way to test our skills at the beginning of the year."



The D - Zone - With two straight losses to close out the 2011 season, what does that do from a motivational factor during the 2012 season?

Nate Emminger - "Our team is still mourning the loss to De La Salle because we were seconds away from a perfect season. And nothing hurts worse than losing to the red school and me, as a senior, I never want to feel that pain again. So I don't plan on losing a game."



The D - Zone - How tough is it having to play your rival, Canton and other elite programs early in the playoffs?

Nate Emminger - "It's tough but without them we would have no respect. Before 2010 no one knew about Plymouth. That run put us on the map. I still don't think we get the respect and credit we deserve as a program but I'm not too worried about it."



The D - Zone - Plymouth has only been playing football since 2004, why do you think the Wildcats have achieved a lot of success since 2004?

Nate Emminger - "I think we have achieved a lot because of our coaching staff and most importantly head coach Sawchuk. We lift more and harder than a lot, if not all of the teams in Michigan. On top of that he knows his football and is a great teacher of it."



The D - Zone - What were some memories you had growing up while watching Plymouth teams or other teams?

Nate Emminger - "My dad use to coach football in Pennsylvania before we moved here when I was young so I always spent time at the field. But when we moved here I didn't really get involved in the program until my brother got there (class of 2010) but watching players like Mike Hanchet, Connor Martin, and Ronnie Goble come through Plymouth was awesome."



The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Nate Emminger - "No camps yet."



The D - Zone - Are there any camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

Nate Emminger - "I will be attending multiple camps at Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo, Western Michigan, Butler, Syracuse, and more."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Nate Emminger - "Canton is always the big game circled because we go to school about 2 football field lengths away from each other. We take classes together. So a lot of chirping goes on during the season and that one day is the day we get to settle it on the field and get some bragging rights for our school."



The D - Zone - How important is it beating Canton and what does beating Canton mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Nate Emminger - "Canton is a huge game always. No matter what the records say emotions are always high in that game. It means a lot to us as a team because no one really respects or cares about Plymouth in our town. Everything is about Canton. So when we can bring home that W it makes us and our fans a little more proud of our school."



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Nate Emminger - "Recruiting is going alright for me. I've been receiving letters from multiple schools such as Missouri, Mississippi State, Syracuse, and other lower level schools. But that's about it. Nothing serious for now."












James Bush - 2013 DL

Saint Clair Shores Lake Shore has started to show consistency each season since 2008.  Although the past two seasons, Lake Shore has been unable to reach the playoffs, the Shorians are still putting productive players on the field.  One of Lake Shore's top players for the 2012 season is going to be defensive lineman and offensive guard, James Bush.  Bush has started since he was a Sophomore in a challenging division, MAC Gold.  Bush was able to talk about this past season, as well as look ahead to the upcoming 2012 season.


Position (s): DL/OG

Height and Weight: 6'3" 275lbs


First Game Started: Game 5 Sophomore year against city rival, Lakeview.


#1 Most Memorable Game: Game 6 Sophomore year against St. Clair, my second varsity game played I received "hit of the week" on offense during goal line.


Pre-game Traditions: Relax, read over plays, listen to music and focus on the task ahead.


Post-game Traditions: As a team we usually go to Coney Island with some fans and teammates and hangout for a while and get some food, then wake up bright and early for Saturday film and conditioning.


Athlete you try building your game around: I am trying to build my game around Ndamukung Suh, and many other defensive lineman who I have seen who are outstanding, I'll watch highlight films for hours just studying hand and foot work to perfect my own skill.





The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

James Bush - "During the offseason I have been lifting a lot, preparing for camps this summer, and I also attended the Midwest Elite Big Man Camp, and the Michigan Elite Exposure Camp.  My goal is to get my 40 yard dash time to a 5.0."




The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

James Bush - "Last season I started to develop my hand and footwork off the ball, I do drills and in the weight room that helps me become stronger and faster with my hands and feet."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

James Bush - "In 2011 I set my goals to at least go All-Macomb County, get into the playoffs and overall have a better sense of whats going on, on the field."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

James Bush - "I will use my run blocking skills on offense to not only become a one hit wonder but to use it for better drive blocking and to get that same aggression on defense."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

James Bush - "In the 2012 season my goals are to as a team have good unity, and also get as far in the playoffs as possible. My personal goal is to become recruited by a Division 1 College and go All-State on the defensive line."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

James Bush - "I feel I impact a game by my run block hitting, big hits get my team hype and ready to attack. My aggression and passion also sheds off to other players, therefore we compete for hits and tackles."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

James Bush - "I believe my mentality and my offseason drills set me apart from others on the defensive line."



The D - Zone - What were some big differences that the stats didn't show from Lake Shore's 2010 and 2011 season, Lake Shore would score 200 less points this past season than in 2010?

James Bush - "I believe the difference was size of our players and mentality our players had."



The D - Zone - What will the addition of Marysville to the MAC Gold mean to you and other teams, do you feel?

James Bush - "I feel no different, I played Marysville before and I feel we have a great chance in succeeding, as for other teams I feel we can dominate with our speed and practice."



The D - Zone - How will the first game be against in city opponent, South Lake?

James Bush - "It will be a battle, we have mixed feelings against them and I believe it will be an emotional game. We beat them, we get our city trophy back, plain and simple."



The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

James Bush - "I attended the Midwest Elite Big Man Camp and the Michigan Elite Exposure Camp. But I have a long list of schools I will be going to camp at for this summer."



The D - Zone - What are the camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

James Bush - "I'm looking forward to them all, so far my biggest camps will be; Cincinnati, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Toledo, Saginaw Valley State, and other Division 1, 2 and 3 camps."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

James Bush - "I circled South Lake of course, Marine City because of how hard we fought against them, Marysville because they can be a tough team, and Lakeview, because they are our city rival and they want to beat us more than any other team on their schedule."



The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

James Bush - "South Lake and Lakeview are our rivals, we play for a city Trophy which the winning school takes home, its important because it will be talked about the most throughout our city. To me I want to beat them because it is school pride and I have played against the kids on those teams in City leagues and at Elementary schools growing up."



The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

James Bush - "I would tell him because I want to take the next step, I feed off of the energy of the sport, I will put everything into a game to try and have my team win. I will put in blood, sweat and tears into a game and practice, with my body size and capability's I need to compete with the best."



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

James Bush - "It has been exciting so far, a few Division 1 schools have stopped by to see me along with many other Division 2 and 3 schools. Some have shown lots of interest, sending me emails and letters weekly, while others just gave me camp information and told me to attend."





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Monday, May 28, 2012

Shawn Williams - Northville Reflection

In this new feature, I allow the players to talk about what they want and what they want to share.  The first submission is from Shawn Williams who graduated from Northville in the Class of 2011.




"Playing at Northville high probably had to be some of the times of my life and probably
some of the worst. The class of 2011 had a lot on our shoulders. We knew from the time
we stepped on the field together as freshman, we would be a special team. It started out
rough freshman year going 2-6-1 but, we never ever gave up our dream. At the end of the
year we learned that Coach Ryan Hockman was leaving and Coach Matt Ladach would
be taking over the program. From that point on, we knew things were going to get better.
At the end of freshman year, we began off season work outs. Coach Ladach and Coach
Craig Hknatuk demanded that we gave everything we had once we stepped into the
weight room. Every player that attended work outs left the weight room, gave everything
they had and bettered the team in some way.

As we made our way into our sophomore season, we took the field with 23 kids. Things
got rough early on and 4 of them quit. Playing with 19 kids was a challenge day in and
day out but we never backed down from any challenge that we faced. This is one thing I
will never forget, it honestly made me realize what we really had. Every year we had a
cross over game and that year Franklin was assigned to us. That week was hell, everyone
started to go down. We walked off the bus with 13 healthy players. We left the stadium
only losing by one point. I will never forget that game. We knew how to play smash
mouth football to say the least.

Actually getting to play for Coach Ladach was probably one of the greatest honors I have
had in a long time. As I said before, he demands nothing but the best from you at all
times. There was a time I almost quit playing football because, I felt like I wasn't getting
a fair shot on the field. After talking to coach, I realized he believed in me even when I
did not believe in myself. That alone kept me on the team, he relit the flame that has
dimmed since starting football freshman year.

Going into senior year I knew that we had a shot at being one of the top teams in the area.
After stressing this to the team, we all put in the work necessary to be great. To make
things even better, Coach informed us that we'd been invited to play in the Big Prep
Showdown. Instead of having a home opener we would play at Eastern Michigan. That
was also a great experience. Nothing can beat playing with the 2011 class, we knew each
other so well and was always there to back each other up.

Playing for Northville was the best time ever. Even though we weren't able to beat two of
the better teams in our area, we made a statement that Northville football is not what it
used to be, we proved that we could win big.

After my time was done playing, I asked Coach Ladach if I could stick around and coach
on the freshman and j.v teams. By the grace of God he said yes. I got to see the game
from a whole different perspective. I finally got to see what my coaches did every night
to prepare themselves against the opposition. I'm finally realizing that coaching is almost
as fun as playing the game. Even though the players control what happens in the game,
we as coaches control how the players are prepared for the game. I find that to be fun. In
the end, I love everything about Northville football. Coach Ladach has opened my mind
from being a player and becoming a coach. If its one thing that I have learned from coach
is that you get what you tolerate. He taught us as young men to never tolerate anything
but excellence. When it's all said and done, I hope that I can be a great coach like Matt
Ladach."




If you would like to write a reflection, about playing your High School Football career, please contact me.

Southeastern Current Playoff Streaks

Below are the longest to shortest playoff streaks in the Southeastern Michigan area.






























  1. Rochester Adams - 15 straight playoff appearances
  2. Marine City - 14 straight playoff appearances
  3. Eisenhower - 13 straight playoff appearances
  4. Chelsea - 13 straight playoff appearances
  5. Carleton Airport - 13 straight playoff appearances
  6. Brother Rice - 13 straight playoff appearances
  7. Hillsdale - 11 straight playoff appearances
  8. Lake Orion - 11 straight playoff appearances
  9. Dakota - 11 straight playoff appearances
  10. Linden - 10 straight playoffs appearances
  11. Clarkston -  9 straight playoff appearances
  12. Shrine - 9 straight playoff appearances
  13. Romeo - 8 straight playoff appearances
  14. Madison Heights - 7 straight playoff appearances
  15. Adrian -  7 straight playoff appearances
  16. Grass Lake - 7 straight playoff appearances
  17. Wyandotte Roosevelt - 6 straight playoff appearances
  18. Fordson -  6 straight playoff appearances
  19. Country Day -  6 straight playoff appearances
  20. De La Salle - 6 straight playoff appearances
  21. Hudson -  5 straight playoff appearances
  22. Port Huron -  5 straight playoff appearances
  23. Loyola - 5 straight playoff appearances
  24. Plymouth - 5 straight playoff appearances
  25. Catholic Central - 5 straight playoff appearances
  26. Cass Tech -  4 straight playoff appearances
  27. Petersburg-Summerfield -  4 straight playoff appearances
  28. Fenton -  4 straight playoff appearances
  29. Grand Blanc - 4 straight playoff appearances
  30. Southgate Anderson -  4 straight playoff appearances
  31. Canton -  4 straight playoff appearances
  32. Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard - 4 straight playoff appearances
  33. Manchester - 4 straight playoff appearances
  34. Ann Arbor Pioneer -  4 straight playoff appearances
  35. Croswell-Lexington - 4 straight playoff appearances
  36. Redford Thurston -  4 straight playoff appearances
  37. Farmington -  4 straight playoff appearances
  38. Roseville -  3 straight playoff appearances
  39. Walled Lake Central -  3 straight playoff appearances
  40. Grossse Pointe South -  3 straight playoff appearances
  41. Northville -  3 straight playoff appearances
  42. Temperance Bedford -  3 straight playoff appearances
  43. Detroit Martin Luther King -  3 straight playoff appearances
  44. Harrison -  3 straight playoff appearances
  45. Michigan Collegiate - 3 straight playoff appearances
  46. Chandler Park Academy - 3 straight playoff appearances
  47. Detroit Westside Christian -  3 straight playoff appearances
  48. Ecorse -  3 straight playoff appearances
  49. Capac - 3 straight playoff appearances
  50. Orchard Lake Saint Mary - 3 straight playoff appearances
  51. Brighton -  3 straight playoff appearances
  52. Walled Lake Western -  2 straight playoff appearances
  53. River Rouge -  2 straight playoff appearances
  54. Dundee -  2 straight playoff appearances
  55. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett -  2 straight playoff appearances
  56. Almont - 2 straight playoff appearances
  57. Dearborn -  2 straight playoff appearances
  58. Clawson -  2 straight playoff appearances
  59. Avondale -  2 straight playoff appearances
  60. Allen Park - 2 straight playoff appearances
  61. Lapeer East - 2 straight playoff appearances
  62. South Lake -  2 straight playoff appearances
  63. Holly - 2 straight playoff appearances
  64. Livonia Churchill -  1 straight playoff appearance
  65. Sand Creek -  1 straight playoff appearance
  66. Robichaud -  1 straight playoff appearance
  67. Marysville -  1 straight playoff appearance
  68. Milford -  1 straight playoff appearance
  69. Notre Dame Prep - 1 straight playoff appearance
  70. Warren Mott -  1 straight playoff appearance
  71. Westland Lutheran -  1 straight playoff appearance
  72. Cousino -  1 straight playoff appearance
  73. Riverview -  1 straight playoff appearance
  74. Grosse Ile -  1 straight playoff appearance
  75. Ortonville Brandon -  1 straight playoff appearance
  76. South Lyon -  1 straight playoff appearance
  77. Birmingham Groves -  1 straight playoff appearance
  78. Oxford -  1 straight playoff appearance
  79. Birmingham Seaholm -  1 straight playoff appearance
  80. Pontiac -  1 straight playoff appearance
  81. Lahser -  1 straight playoff appearance
  82. Lapeer West - 1 straight playoff appearance
  83. Garden City -  1 straight playoff appearance
  84. Troy Athens -  1 straight playoff appearance
  85. Southfield -  1 straight playoff appearance
  86. Ida -  1 straight playoff appearance
  87. Frederick Douglasss -  1 straight playoff appearance
  88. Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology -  1 straight playoff appearance
  89. Detroit Henry Ford -  1 straight playoff appearance
  90. North Farmington -  1 straight playoff appearance
  91. Detroit Southeastern -  1 straight playoff appearance
  92. Woodhaven -  1 straight playoff appearance
  93. Monroe -  1 straight playoff appearance
  94. Brooklyn Columbia Central -  1 straight playoff appearance
  95. Detroit Pershing -  1 straight playoff appearance
  96. Ypsilanti Lincoln -  1 straight playoff appearance
  97. Morenci -  1 straight playoff appearance
  98. Plymouth Educational Center - 1 straight playoff appearance
  99. Britton-Deerfield -  1 straight playoff appearance

  100. Michigan Center - 1 year without an appearance
  101. Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest -  1 year without an appearance
  102. Livonia Franklin -  1 year without an appearance
  103. Hartland -  1 year without an appearance
  104. Howell -  1 year without an appearance
  105. Anchor Bay -  1 year without an appearance
  106. Utica -  1 year without an appearance
  107. Onsted -  1 year without an appearance
  108. Parkway Christian -  1 year without an appearance
  109. Milan -  1 year without an appearance
  110. Clintondale -  1 year without an appearance
  111. Ypsilanti Willow Run -  1 year without an appearance
  112. Utica Ford -  1 year without an appearance
  113. Mumford -  1 year without an appearance
  114. Detroit Cody -  1 year without an appearance
  115. Our Lady of the Lakes - 1 year without an appearance
  116. New Boston Huron -  1 year without an appearance
  117. Berkley -  1 year without an appearance
  118. Hazel Park -  1 year without an appearance
  119. East Detroit -  1 year without an appearance
  120. Lamphere -  1 year without an appearance
  121. Rochester -  1 year without an appearance
  122. Fitzgerald -  1 year without an appearance
  123. Divine Child - 1 year without an appearance
  124. Bishop Foley - 1 year without an appearance
  125. Saint Mary Catholic Central - 1 year without an appearance
  126. Lutheran High North - 1 year without an appearance
  127. Melvindale -  1 year without an appearance
  128. Lakeview -  1 year without an appearance
  129. Saline -  1 year without an appearance
  130. Blissfield -  1 year without an appearance
  131. Port Huron Northern -  1 year without an appearance
  132. Old Redford - 1 year without an appearance
  133. Detroit Central - 1 years without an appearance
  134. Addison - 2 years without an appearance 
  135. Richmond - 2 years without an appearance
  136. University Prep - 2 years without an appearance
  137. Ottawa Lake Whiteford -  2 years without an appearance
  138. Clinton -  2 years without an appearance
  139. Annapolis -  2 years without an appearance
  140. Lake Shore -  2 years without an appearance
  141. Westland Glenn -  2 years without an appearance
  142. Sterling Heights Stevenson -  2 years without an appearance
  143. Harper Woods -  2 years without an appearance
  144. Chippewa Valley -  2 years without an appearance
  145. Troy -  2 years without an appearance
  146. Cesar Chavez Academy -  2 years without an appearance
  147. Inkster -  2 years without an appearance
  148. Grosse Pointe North -  2 years without an appearance
  149. Gibraltar Carlson -  2 years without an appearance
  150. Yale - 2 years without an appearance
  151. Livonia Stevenson - 2 years without an appearance
  152. Edsel Ford -  2 years without an appearance
  153. Highland Park -  2 years without an appearance
  154. Ann Arbor Skyline -  2 years without an appearance
  155. Adrian Madison -  2 years without an appearance
  156. Cabrini - 3 years without an appearance
  157. Hanover-Horton - 3 years without an appearance
  158. West Bloomfield -  3 years without an appearance
  159. Livonia Clarenceville -  3 years without an appearance
  160. Novi -  3 years without an appearance
  161. Consortium Prep -  3 years without an appearance
  162. White Lake Lakeland - 3 years without an appearance
  163. Warren Lincoln -  3 years without an appearance
  164. Southfield Bradford - 3 years without an appearance
  165. Trenton -  3 years without an appearance 
  166. Osborn -  3 years without an appearance
  167. Ferndale -  3 years without an appearance
  168. Southfield Christian -  3 years without an appearance
  169. Whitmore Lake -  3 years without an appearance
  170. Waterford Mott -  4 years without an appearance
  171. Tecumseh -  4 years without an appearance
  172. Ypsilanti -  4 years without an appearance
  173. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian -  4 years without an appearance
  174. L'Anse Creuse North -  4 years without an appearance
  175. Romulus Summit Academy - 4 years without an appearance
  176. Detroit Allen Academy -  4 years without an appearance
  177. South Lyon East - 4 years without an appearance
  178. Detroit Northwestern - 4 years without an appearance
  179. Saint Clair -  4 years without an appearance
  180. Renaissance - 4 years without an appearance
  181. Stoney Creek -  4 years without an appearance
  182. Taylor Truman - 4 years without an appearance
  183. Warren Woods Tower -  4 years without an appearance  
  184. Southfield-Lathrup -  4 years without an appearance  
  185. Denby Tech - 4 years without an appearance
  186. Monroe Jefferson - 5 years without an appearance
  187. New Haven -  5 years without an appearance
  188. Redford Union -  5 years without an appearance
  189. Royal Oak -  5 years without an appearance
  190. Algonac - 6 years without an appearance
  191. Crestwood -  6 years without an appearance
  192. Napoleon - 6 years without an appearance
  193. Oak Park -  6 years without an appearance
  194. Cranbrook-Kingswood - 6 years without an appearance
  195. Center Line -  6 years without an appearance
  196. Armada - 7 years without an appearance 
  197. Belleville -  7 years without an appearance 
  198. Star International Academy - 7 years without an appearance
  199. Andover -  7 years without an appearance
  200. Riverview Gabriel Richard - 8 years without an appearance 
  201. L'Anse Creuse -  8 years without an appearance 
  202. Wayne Memorial - 8 years without an appearance
  203. Taylor Kennedy -  8 years without an appearance 
  204. Sterling Heights -  8 years without an appearance
  205. Erie Mason -  8 years without an appearance 
  206. Lincoln Park - 9 years without an appearance
  207. Ann Arbor Huron -  9 years without an appearance
  208. Walled Lake Northern -  9 years without an appearance
  209. Imlay City - 10 years without an appearance
  210. Pinckney - 10 years without an appearance
  211. University of Detroit Jesuit - 10 years without an appearance
  212. Romulus - 11 years without an appearance
  213. East Jackson - 12 years without an appearance 
  214. Flint Kearsley - 13 years without an appearance
  215. Fraser -  13 years without an appearance
  216. Jackson Vandercook Lake - 15 years without an appearance
  217. Clio - 15 years without an appearance
  218. Waterford Kettering - 17 years without an appearance
  219. Mount Clemens - 17 years without an appearance
  220. Flat Rock - 21 years without an appearance
  221. Salem - 22 years without an appearance
  222. Western International - 37 years without an appearance (1975 is first year of playoff)
  223. Dexter -  37 years without an appearance (1975 is first year of playoff)
  224. Swartz Creek -  37 years without an appearance (1975 is first year of playoff)
  225. Hamtramck -  37 years without an appearance (1975 is first year of playoff)
  226. East English Village Prep - 2012 is first season
  227. Detroit Edison Academy - 2012 is first season






Sunday, May 27, 2012

Richard Wilson - 2014 RB

Country Day has had a very strong tradition and in recent seasons have produced some of the area's top runningbacks.  The next runningback in that bloodline will be Richard Wilson who is in the Class of 2014.  Wilson will be aiming to help lead the Yellowjackets to their 7th straight playoff appearance in 2012.


Position (s): Runningback
Height: 5'11"
First Game Started: First game I started on varsity was last year, my Freshmen year.
#1 Most Memorable Game: When I had 6 touchdown in one game.
Pre-game Traditions: Music and praying.
Post-game Traditions: Thinking about mistakes and correcting them.
Athlete you try building your game around: I try to build my game around no one specific. I just want to be the best and do my own thing, hard work pays off.




The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?

Richard Wilson - "All this off season I have been in the weight room and getting one on one football training. My goals for my Junior year is to go all state and get to the state championship. Also, I just want to get my team to keep getting better every day and go hard 24/7."




The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?

Richard Wilson - "I believe one of my best skills I deveopled last season would have to be quickness and strength."



The D - Zone - What were some goals and milestones that you set in 2011?

Richard Wilson - "Some milestone goals I set in 2011 was to come out and do my best and get the state championship. And I can say that I did accomplish the goal of coming out and doing my best. I had 10 touchdowns my first full year on varsity, and I feel like that is pretty good for a Sophomore. But my other goal has yet to be accomplished. But I promise you, this year we will get that state championship."



The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?

Richard Wilson - "I will take away the fact that we have to take every practice serious and come out in hit hard. Last year we were kind of relaxed at the beginning of the year, then later on began to pick up are intensity and win. But this year, were starting the intensity from the get go. And we will be ready for whatever comes our way."



The D - Zone - Have you thought about any goals that you would like to set for yourself for the 2012 season?

Richard Wilson - "Well for this season, some goals I'm trying to accomplish is to go all state and win the state chaompionship. I believe with hard work and the right mind set both goals can be accomplished."



The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?

Richard Wilson - "I feel that running game wise I am a key player. I believe that when my team is looking for a good running game or first down, my team looks to me to score. I truly believe that if the coach put me in the game at any spot I will make a impact because I will give it my all. I'm talking about 103 %."



The D - Zone - What separates you from other's who play the same position as you?

Richard Wilson - "What separates me from others at my position is my determination and dedication. Everyday I go do a football workout so I can better myself. Every weekend I have a personal trainer that I work with that helps me become a better overall player. I am determined to be the best and help my team in anyway possible. I will not let my team or coaches down. I am so determined to get states this year that I just can't wait to get the football season going. But I'm not the only one that feels that way. My whole team is ready, we know our goal."



The D - Zone - What were some differences you noticed in the way you played from a Freshman compared to your Sophomore year?

Richard Wilson - "Some differences I noticed that I matured mentally, physically and focused more. Now, I don’t take football as a game and something I do to have fun. I play football because its my life. But don’t get me wrong it is fun, but every game I put my heart on the field. Also, I noticed I became stronger and faster. Lifting all winter and speed training has really paid off."



The D - Zone - It's been two straight years of being knocked out by Crockett, what went wrong for Country Day those two games?

Richard Wilson - "I believe what went wrong was the beginning of the game. I believe that at the first start of the game we were not giving it are all. But toward the end we started to go hard."



The D - Zone - What kind of challenge do you face, playing a schedule with so many diverse opponents from around the area?

Richard Wilson - "Honestly, there is not really big challenge. Rather then having a long bus ride. I believe if we come onto the field and give it are all. No matter where we go, who we face, we can get the job done."



The D - Zone - Have you had a chance to attend any camps so far this Spring?

Richard Wilson - "I did attend two camps. I attended the Midwest Elite Combine, and the Michigan Elite Camp. I believe that I did do well, but there is always room for improvement. But during both camps I did get a interview and have been published in a article."



The D - Zone - Are there any camps that you are looking forward to this Spring and Summer?

Richard Wilson - "This summer I will be attending Stanford camp and the MSU camp."



The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?

Richard Wilson - "The big game that I'm looking forward to is our second game vs. U of D at our home field. U of D is our rivals and every year they think they are all that and can beat us. But my team refuses to lose."



The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?

Richard Wilson - "Our rival is U of D and beating this team means a lot to me and my teammates. We really don’t like this team at all. And our fans expect us to beat them because it’s the biggest game of the year, and its always a great game to be at."



The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?

Richard Wilson - "I would tell the coach that I will give my all, all the time. I take in advice and knowledge well, and I'm willing to do whatever can make the team better as a whole. And if the coach needs someone to depends on, it can be me."



The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?

Richard Wilson - "The recruiting process has been going quite well. I received multiple letters this years from different schools and talked to multiple coaches. For instance, MSU, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, Cinncinati, and many more. They all want me to keep in contact and attend camps."




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