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Friday, August 31, 2012

Port Huron Northern 41, Fraser 8: Ramblers drop to 0-2 after home opener

   Thursday night's 41-8 drubbing by Port Huron Northern wasn't exactly what Fraser had in mind as they opened up their home schedule in front of a packed and energized crowd that included Mayor Doug Hagerty and Michigan State Representative, Marilyn Lane.
   The game started off to a slow start, each team threatening to score but nothing more than a punt to try and pin each other deep in their own zones. After a muffed punt 4 minutes into the game by Fraser, Port Huron Northern missed a golden opportunity to score after coming up plenty short on their first field goal attempt. In Fraser's first few drives, it was clear that they were going to try and establish the run game and run it down North's throats; they even threw in 215 pound defensive end, Marcus Bowers. After a unsuccessful Rambler drive, misfortune revisited as a botched snap on a Rambler punt sailed over punter Tyler Forton's head which led to North taking over on offense at Fraser's 15-yard line. This time, North would punch in for their first score on an 2-yard run by Micah Moore.
Port Huron Northern would ride high on a wave of momentum after the Huskies quickly punched in another score before the half expired.
  The Huskies opened up the second half smelling blood and going in for the kill. Any hope for Fraser to come back in the game from a 14-0 hole was quickly squandered as Port Huron Northern cashed in on two 50-yard plus runs to put the game out of reach for the Ramblers. A touchdown by Mitchell Spadafore, his third of the season, trimmed the lead momentarily to 27-8 after also converting on the two-point conversion. However, two more fourth quarter touchdowns for the Huskies would put the game in the bag, winning 41-8.
  Fraser plays next Friday at Grosse Pointe South. At time of publishing, GPS is 2-0 with wins over University of Detroit Jesuit and a one-point victory over L'Anse Creuse.

My Take   
  After Thursday night, it is becoming quite clear that as Fraser's offense goes, so goes Fraser. 175 total yards of offense just one week after posting 34 points at Marysville just isn't going to get the job done in the MAC Blue, which includes defenses the Ramblers have not seen in years. If Fraser is going to reach the postseason for the first time in over a decade, which would mean they need to finish the season 6-1, the offense will have to carry the team for the rest of the season to make up for a defense that has given up 82 points so far this season. The 82 points given up is tied for second worst in the MAC among teams that had played two games as of Thursday night (Anchor Bay-82, Lake Shore-90).

#13 Warren Mott beats Anchor Bay 49-0

Warren, MI -- Week 2 of the MHSAA High School football season marks the beginning of divisional games throughout the state in a majority of conferences.  In the MAC White division, Anchor Bay (#21 in the MAC) would travel to Warren Mott (#13 in the State, #9 in Southeastern Michigan, and #2 in the MAC) to kickoff their chase for the MAC White crown.

Warren Mott was coming off a big road win against Troy Athens 41-6, while Anchor Bay fell to L'Anse Creuse 33-13. An interesting note with these two teams was that neither was in the MAC White last season, Anchor Bay was promoted from the MAC Blue and Warren Mott was demoted from the MAC Red.

The Anchor Bay Tars would start with the ball but on 3rd down, quarterback Connor Kost was sacked by Warren Mott Marauders defensive lineman, Matt Debski.  At 9:45 Warren Mott would begin their drive following the punt at their own 31 yard line.  After a QB keeper by Blake Jackson, Jackson would hand the ball off to Chris Ewing, who took care of it from there, out running the Tars defense for a 47 yard touchdown run.  After 8:56 in the first quarter, Warren Mott led Anchor Bay 7-0.

Anchor Bay would take the ensuing kickoff to the Anchor Bay 24 yard line and drive down inside the 5 yard line.  On 4th down Anchor Bay went for the touchdown instead of the field goal, but on the option play Kost was tackled in the backfield.  Mott would punt but it would be a blessing in disguise, because Mott's linebacker, Jack Steele delivered a punishing hit on the punt returner forcing the fumble which was recovered by Mott's Ken Goins at the 35 yard line.

After both teams punted, Mott would drive and cap the drive off with a 20 yard touchdown run by Daveon Dorsey.  With 9:25 remaining in the second quarter, Warren Mott was now up 14-0.

At 7:41 Anchor Bay lined up to punt but the snap sailed over punter, Alex Hamilton's head.  Hamilton did all he could put was met by a trio of Mott defenders at the 6 yard line. After a tackle for loss by Anchor Bay, Warren Mott's Blake Jackson scored on a 9 yard QB keeper  with 7:03 in the second quarter, the lead was now extended to 21-0.

Anchor Bay was able to move the ball downfield but it would end when Deshawn Burley slid for an interception at the 37 yard line with 5:06 in the second quarter. Warren Mott quickly drove up field and would cap the drive off with a 8 yard touchdown run by Daveon Dorsey, his second rushing touchdown of the day.  With 4:15 in the 2nd quarter, Warren Mott now led Anchor Bay 28-0.

Warren Mott would force another fumble and it was Steele who picked up the loose ball.  Jack Steele had to have around 10+ tackles at this point in the game, he was all over the field for the Marauders defense.  With the rushing attack doing mostly all the damage so far it was time for the Mott passing game to get on the board.  Blake Jackson would find his receiver, Vondale Kelly for a 24 yard touchdown reception.  With 2:09 in the half, the score was now 35-0.

Mott would start the 2nd half at their own 23 and quickly move the ball downfield, the drive was capped off by a 44 yard touchdown run by Daveon Dorsey with 8:46 in the third quarter.

With a running clock neither team did anything too threatening.  The only points scored the rest of the game was with 1:37 in the third quarter, when backup quarterback, Austin Ross (Brother of Lucas Ross) found an open Chris Ewing who ran around 90-85 yard for a  92 yard touchdown pass.  The score of 49-0 would stand throughout the 4th quarter.

Warren Mott now moves to 2-0 and 1-0 in the MAC White
Anchor Bay now moves to 0-2 and 0-1 in the MAC White

Warren Mott will play MAC White opponent, Roseville next week.
Anchor Bay will play MAC White opponent, Port Huron next week.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#3 Eisenhower beats #10 Port Huron 35-14

In what was expected to be one of the most interesting games of the weekend, it turned out to be exactly that. This MAC Red vs. MAC White Crossover featured #3 in Southeastern Michigan and #1 in the MAC, Eisenhower against #10 in Southeastern Michigan and #3 in the MAC, Port Huron.  Last season the Eisenhower Eagles traveled north to Memorial Stadium in Port Huron and were unable to get the win, it was the Eagles only loss during the regular season.

Eisenhower began their first drive going 3 and out before punting.  It was the first possession ever by Eisenhower with the legendary Bob Lantzy on the sidelines, who reached 300 all time wins last season.  Eisenhower would respond on defense by forcing the Big Reds to punt too, thanks to a big sack on 3rd down.

The Eagles would get some luck on their next drive when Zerafa's pass deflected off the hands of Andrew Supanich and right to Dan Chmielewski for the first down. The play would prove valuable as several plays later, Eisenhower's Shane King would score the first touchdown in the new Ike era led by Chris Smith.  King who was figured to be one of the Eagles biggest playmakers in 2012, scored on a 14 yard rushing touchdown, the PAT was good.  With 3:01 remaining in the first quarter, Eisenhower led Port Huron 7-0.

It didn't take Port Huron that long to respond, with a solid offensive drive that carried into the second quarter, the drive would be capped off with 10:30 remaining in the second quarter, when Mark Chapman the Port Huron QB and Central Michigan commit scored a 4 yard QB keep to tie the score at 7 to 7.

Eisenhower would reply back with another big drive that was capped off when Joe Zerafa found an open Dan Chmielewski in the end zone for a 18 yard touchdown, to bring the lead to 14-7.

After both teams fumbled and turned the ball over, Eisenhower was looking for some points before halftime, and they got just that.  On the same route they ran on the previous touchdown, Zerafa connected with Chmielewski again, but this time it was a 20 yard touchdown reception with 16 seconds left before halftime.  The touchdown lifted the score to 21-7.

In the 4th quarter, Port Huron would fumble the punt snap and Eisenhower would take the ball at their own 2 yard line.  Eisenhower let Shane King do the rest, his second touchdown of the day was a 2 yard rush touchdown with 11:30 remaining in the game.

With 6:57 left in the game, Shane King took a dump off pass from Zerafa and ran to the sideline, avoiding Port Huron tacklers as he tip toed his way through them and the sideline, and finishing the play off with a touchdown.  The touchdown extended the Eagles lead to 35-7.

Chapman would close the game out with a rushing touchdown in the final minutes but it wouldn't be enough as Eisenhower would win 35-14.

Eisenhower quarterback, Joe Zerafa finished 13-15 with 215 passing yards, and 3 touchdown passes.  Shane King finished with 37 rush yards and 2 touchdowns while May Miron had 11 carries for 61 yards.  Chmielewski led the receivers with 5 catches for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns.

For Port Huron, Mark Chapman finished with 21 carries for 113 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.

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#23 Oak Park beats #19 East English Village Prep 20-14

Saturday was the continuation of the Prep Kickoff Classic, the newly formed East English Village Prep Academy which was a combination of Crockett and Finney would play the talented but at the time, unproven Oak Park Knights coached by Greg Carter, the former De Porres / Inkster Head Coach.

Oak Park wasted no time, setting their mark in this game.  On the opening drive the Oak Park Knights of the OAA White Division, would drive downfield and cap the drive off with a touchdown pass to Brian Williams to give the Knights an early 7-0 lead.

On the next possession, Oak Park's Storm Hudson would get an interception to get Oak Park the ball back, but the Knights would be forced to punt and punted a touchback.  Neither team would able to sustain any drives until, East English Village's Leon Timmons had an interception and returned the ball to the 25 yard line.

East English Village Prep's,  Desmond King who is committed to Ball State would then score on a 7 yard touchdown run with 6:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter.  The PAT was good and the game was now tied at 7's.

Oak Park would go 3 and out following a re-kick, it didn't take long at all for East English Village to take the lead, as quarterback Anton Curtis found Michigan commit, Khalid Hill on a quick pass.  Hill took the catch, 65 yards to the house for a touchdown, breaking the tie and giving the East English Village Prep Bulldogs their first lead in school history, 14-7.

Desmond King would end the half with an interception.

After a uneventful third quarter, Storm Hudson of Oak Park would get his second interception of the game which stalled a East English Village Prep drive, Hudson returned the ball to the 42 yard line.  A few plays later, Malik Washington would score on a 49 yard touchdown run to even the score at 14 to 14 with 7:10 left.

East English Village would be forced to punt, the punt was a 48 yard boot which pinned the Knights deep in their own red zone at the 18 yard line.  John Kelly would provide the big play on Oak Park's game winning drive with a 56 yard run.  Desmond King would have the touchdown saving tackle.  After a pass interference just inside the 1 yard line on East English Village, Oak Park  would have a new set of downs at the 3 yard line.  It didn't take for Brian Williams to get his 2nd touchdown of the afternoon,  this time it was bigger though, as it gave Oak Park the lead 20-14 with 16 seconds remaining.

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#22 Woodhaven beats #30 Southgate Anderson 33-19

The second game on Friday night at Wayne State University's Tom Adams field would be between #22 in Southeastern Michigan and #3 in the Downriver League, Woodhaven against #30 in Southeastern Michigan and #4 in the Downriver League, Southgate Anderson. This game had many key implications, that the average football followers was unaware of.  First off it was the first game ever played at Wayne State at night, this offseason Wayne State added lights.  Also since these two teams play in the Downriver League, the winner would have a major upper hand when the league title is on the line, and last season, Southgate Anderson eliminated Woodhaven 28-13 in the first week of the playoffs.

This game got started off with a bang, Woodhaven began the ball at their own 11 yard line.  Woodhaven quarterback, Nick Maher immediately made his presence known, on the first play of the game he lowered his shoulder and picked up a tough 9 yards.  Mickey Sutton would take the next carry 20 yards to the 40 yard line.  Two plays later, Nick Maher broke several tackles and was tackled within the 1 yard line, the play was good for 54 yards.  Sutton took the carry for the game's first touchdown, the next play.  With 10:07 in the first quarter, Woodhaven led Southgate Anderson 7-0.

Southgate Anderson would begin their drive at their own 45 yard line, the drive had two big receptions by Paul Sullivan but the drive would stall once the Titans hit the 15 yard line, the Titans would fail to convert a 4th down attempt from there.

Woodhaven would drive downfield on their next possession but it would stall when the Woodhaven ball carrier was tackled by over 5 Southgate Anderson players, one of the players stripped Sutton of the ball, Devin Tyra of Anderson recovered the loose ball at the 29 yard line with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

Southgate Anderson would quickly capitalize on the fumble when quarterback Tyler Hall found Devin Tyra for a 19 yard touchdown reception with 1:41 left in the first quarter. Southgate Anderson chose to go for 2 points but the attempt would fail, Woodhaven would hold onto a 7-6 lead.

A few possessions later after Woodhaven was unable to convert a 4th attempt, the Titans struck with a big play.  Again it would Tyler Hall finding Devin Tyra, this time it was a 85 yard touchdown, pass and run for Tyra. With 7 minutes remaining before halftime, the Titans were now up 13-7.

Southgate Anderson would kick the ball out of bounds on the kickoff, the mistake would prove crucial, as Woodhaven quarterback, Nick Maher turned on the jets, hit the hole, and out ran the Titans defense for a 63 yard touchdown run.  With 5:26 remaining before halftime, Woodhaven was back on top, 14-13.

Woodhaven would get the ball back in the final 2 minutes, after holding Southgate Anderson to a 4th down stop.  Garrett Weirich would provide a 51 yard rush play, followed by a spectacular diving catch by Antonio Decominada at the 2 yard line, Weirich would cap the drive off on the next play with a 2 yard touchdown run for Woodhaven.  The score was 20-13, following a blocked PAT with 1:22 remaining in the second quarter.

Woodhaven would then kick an onside kick and recover the ball.  With 1:04 remaining in the half, Nick Maher struck again, this time with a 8 yard touchdown run.  Woodhaven extended their lead to 26-13.

The second half wasn't filled with as much action as the first, besides a 84 yard touchdown run by Nick Maher that showcased the speed of Maher.  Southgate Anderson quarterback, Tyler Hall added a late 4 yard touchdown run but the damage was done.

Nick Maher was 1-4 passing for 30 yards, 17 carries for 299 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, and 3 tackles from defensive back.  Weirich finished with 10 carries for 117 yards, and a touchdown.  Sutton finished with 15 carries for 72 yards, and a touchdown.  Overall the Woodhaven Warriors rushed for 494 yards as a team.  Jacob Hernandez led the team with 8 total tackles.

This week Southgate Anderson will play Truman, while Woodhaven will play Allen Park.

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#27 Chippewa Valley defeats #28 Dearborn

To kickoff the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State, football fans were treated to one of the state's newest rivals, between #27 in Southeastern Michigan and #4 in the MAC, Chippewa Valley vs. #28 in Southeastern Michigan and #2 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference, Dearborn. In the schools two previous meeting's 2011 and 2010, Dearborn came away winning both games.  This year, the expectations and talent level at Chippewa Valley were a lot higher and many people around the state felt the Big Reds would be able to beat the Pioneers.

Dearborn began with the ball but on 3rd down, Southeastern Michigan Watchlist QB, Ollie Ajami's pass was intercepted by Chippewa Valley defensive back, Jerry Taylor.  Taylor returned the ball to the 18 yard line with 45 seconds into the game.  2 plays later, Chippewa Valley runningback, Graylyn Claiborne scored on a 3 yard touchdown.  55 seconds into the game, Chippewa Valley was already on top 7-0.

Two possessions later, the Dearborn Pioneer's were forced to punt from their 33 yard line, Chippewa Valley's Jerry Taylor would come off the edge and block the punt, the ball would be recovered at the 5 yard line.  From there Graylyn Claiborne would score his second touchdown of the game.  With 5:46 remaining in the first quarter, the Big Reds were up 14-0 on Dearborn.

Ajami would lead a late scoring drive in the second half, his 80 yard drive was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Chippewa Valley would have a chance to add on to their lead but kicker, Simo Szabolcs would miss a 33 yard field goal with 34 seconds left, Dearborn would run out the clock.  Chippewa Valley led 14-7 at halftime.

Chippewa Valley would drive to start the 3rd quarter but the Dearborn defense held tight and forced Chippewa Valley to punt into a touchback.  Dearborn again would drive 80 yards for a touchdown drive but the drive was capped off when Ajami found his towering tight end, Sean MacFarlane for a 10 yard touchdown reception.  MacFarlane used his size and strength to carry would be tacklers through the goal line.  With 3:35 remaining in the third quarter, Dearborn was tied at 14 with Chippewa Valley.

Chippewa Valley would drive to the 4 yard line and appeared to be on their way to a touchdown but a Big Reds player was called for taunting a Dearborn player, resulting in a 15 yard penalty. The penalty would be crucial, as Szabolcs would miss the 22 yard field goal attempt with 11:11 remaining in the game.

Chuck Ahee of Chippewa Valley seemed to be everywhere for the Big Reds on defense, nearly had a diving interception that would of put CV in great field position but the pass was ruled incomplete.

With about 6 minutes remaining the Big Reds began their game winning drive, it nearly wasn't the drive but a apparent helmet to helmet hit which was flagged by a ref far away from the play gave the Big Reds new life and they responded by driving down the field.  Chippewa Valley nearly scored a touchdown when one of the top Junior quarterbacks in the state, Brendan Rohlfs threw a perfect pass to end zone to Adrian Hulaj but the pass went through the hands of the out stretched hands of Hulaj.  Hulaj was upset with himself on the way back to the huddle but the frustrations wouldn't last long.  With 5 seconds remaining, Simo Szabolcs booted the game winning 23 yard field goal, to give Chippewa Valley a 17-14 lead with 2 seconds left.

The kickoff would be returned for a short gain and Chippewa Valley would celebrate their 17-14 win and kickoff a new era in Big Red football.

Rohlfs finished with 11-20 for 152 passing yards. Hulaj was his top target with 5 receptions for 112 yards. Claiborne finished with 20 rushes for 141 yards.  Linebacker Keyonn Whitfield III led the Big Reds with 8 tackles.

Dearborn quarterback, Ollie Ajami finished with 131 rushing yards.

Chippewa Valley will travel to Romeo this week (tomorrow) while Dearborn will play a big crossover against Robichaud.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2012 Michigan Week 1 Top 30 Statewide Football Rankings

  1. Cass Tech
  2. Brother Rice
  3. Eisenhower
  4. Catholic Central (Novi)
  5. Southfield
  6. Grand Rapids Christian
  7. Midland
  8. Canton
  9. De La Salle
  10. Dewitt
  11. Muskegon
  12. King
  13. Warren Mott
  14. Port Huron
  15. Lowell
  16. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  17. Farmington
  18. Holt
  19. Grand Haven
  20. Fordson
  21. Rockford
  22. Clarkston
  23. Orchard Lake Saint Mary
  24. Forest Hills Central
  25. Harrison
  26. Mount Pleasant
  27. Grand Blanc
  28. Truman
  29. Ithaca
  30. East Kentwood

Southeastern Division Leader Week 1 Rankings

This concept is very simple.  I choose the #1 team from each division and then rank it against other divisional teams.  So that means that only one team per a division can be selected. 

  1. Cass Tech - PSL West
  2. Brother Rice - CHSL Central
  3. Eisenhower - MAC Red
  4. Southfield - OAA White
  5. Canton - KLAA South
  6. King - PSL East
  7. Warren Mott - MAC White
  8. Fordson - WWAC Blue
  9. Clarkston - OAA Red
  10. Grand Blanc - KLAA West
  11. Truman - Downriver League
  12. Monroe - SEC Red
  13. Chelsea - SEC White
  14. Linden - Flint Metro League
  15. South Lyon - KLAA Central
  16. Grosse Pointe South - MAC Blue
  17. Walled Lake Western - KLAA North
  18. Ecorse - Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
  19. Croswell Lexington - Blue Water Area Conference
  20. Lahser - OAA Blue
  21. Hudson - Lenawee County Athletic Association
  22. Loyola - CHSL Intersectional
  23. Michigan Collegiate - Charter League
  24. South Lake - MAC Silver
  25. Notre Dame Prep - CHSL AA
  26. Grass Lake - Cascades Conference
  27. Marysville - MAC Gold
  28. Robichaud - WWAC Red
  29. Country Day - Independent 
  30. Grosse Ile - Huron League
  31. Petersburg Summerfield - Tri-County Conference
  32. Clawson - MAC Bronze
  33. University Liggett - Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

The 2012 MAC Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Eisenhower
  2. Warren Mott
  3. Port Huron
  4. Chippewa Valley
  5. Grosse Pointe South
  6. South Lake
  7. Romeo
  8. Dakota
  9. Marysville
  10. Madison
  11. Saint Clair
  12. Stevenson
  13. L'Anse Creuse
  14. Clawson
  15. Marine City
  16. Grosse Pointe North
  17. Fraser
  18. Clintondale
  19. Lakeview
  20. Roseville
  21. Anchor Bay
  22. Port Huron Northern
  23. Fitzgerald
  24. L'Anse Creuse North
  25. Henry Ford II
  26. Warren Woods Tower
  27. Lake Shore
  28. Utica
  29. Mount Clemens
  30. Cousino
  31. Lincoln
  32. New Haven
  33. East Detroit
  34. Lamphere
  35. Sterling Heights
  36. Center Line

The 2012 Downriver League Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Truman
  2. Wyandotte Roosevelt
  3. Woodhaven
  4. Southgate Anderson
  5. Gibraltar Carlson
  6. Trenton
  7. Melvindale
  8. Allen Park
  9. Kennedy
  10. Lincoln Park

The 2012 Flint Metro League Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Linden 
  2. Fenton
  3. Holly
  4. Swartz Creek
  5. Lapeer East
  6. Lapeer West
  7. Kearsley
  8. Ortonville Brandon
  9. Clio

The 2012 Southeastern Conference Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Monroe
  2. Chelsea
  3. Temperance Bedford
  4. Ypsilanti Lincoln
  5. Pioneer
  6. Saline
  7. Tecumseh
  8. Adrian
  9. Skyline
  10. Ann Arbor Huron
  11. Ypsilanti
  12. Dexter

The 2012 Catholic League Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Brother Rice
  2. Catholic Central
  3. De La Salle
  4. Orchard Lake Saint Mary
  5. Loyola
  6. Notre Dame Prep
  7. Our Lady of the Lakes
  8. University of Detroit Jesuit
  9. Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard
  10. Divine Child
  11. Bishop Foley
  12. Lutheran High North
  13. Shrine
  14. Cabrini
  15. Cranbrook-Kingswood
  16. Riverview Gabriel Richard

Cass Tech Defeats Brother Rice 25-18

The marquee match-up Saturday night at The Prep Kickoff Classic between defending state champions Cass Tech, and Brother Rice got off to a bit of a late start. The game before went to two overtimes, and pushed the game back 52 minutes. But once the game got started, it proved to be well worth the wait. With division 1 recruits on both sides, Tom Adams Field at Wayne State was beyond it's capacity.

After a fumble by Cass Tech RB Deon Drake in the first quarter, Brother Rice recovered and drove the ball all the way to the 1-yard line, before RB Brian Walker was stuffed on 4th down. Cass Tech took over possession, and RB Gary Hosey's progress got stopped in the end zone for a safety.  Brother Rice then added a field goal to give them a 5-0 lead. After UofM commit Jourdan Lewis dropped a pass in the endzone on 4th down, Cass Tech didn't let that discourage them. QB Jayru Campbell (11-16, 160 yards, 1 TD, and 1 int) tossed a screen to WR Damon Webb who took it 46 yards to the house. Both offenses seemed to be able to move the ball well at times. Brother Rice QB Cheyne Lacanaria answered back with a 44-yard touchdown pass to WR Josh Flye.

With Brother Rice leading 12-6, Jourdan Lewis redeemed himself by throwing a 44 yard pass of his own to Damon Webb. The game was tied 12-12 at the half. The second half turned into a defensive struggle. The most action during the game was when the game was stopped twice because of fans causing commotions. Both teams and members of the media were actually on the ground because of rumored gunshots. The game eventually continued and Cass Tech took advantage. Webb made a Brother Rice player fumble and LB Joe Journey returned it for 16 yards. Brother Rice RB Brian Walker (25 carries, 106 yards, and 1 TD) came back with a 6-yard touchdown run. That proved to be it for Brother Rice as Cass Tech put the game away with a 74-yard touchdown run by Gary Hosey and an interception by who else but Damon Webb with 1:54 left in the game that sealed it for Cass Tech. Webb finished with 2 touchdown catches, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception in the game. Asked if that win solidified Cass Tech as the #1 team in the state, Jourdan Lewis simply said,"No, not until we win the state championship."

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The 2012 OAA Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Southfield
  2. Farmington
  3. Clarkston
  4. Harrison
  5. Oak Park
  6. Troy Athens
  7. Lake Orion
  8. Rochester Adams
  9. Lahser
  10. Avondale
  11. Troy
  12. Seaholm
  13. Rochester 
  14. North Farmington
  15. Stoney Creek
  16. Berkley
  17. Hazel Park
  18. Southfield-Lathrup
  19. Groves 
  20. West Bloomfield
  21. Oxford
  22. Ferndale
  23. Pontiac
  24. Royal Oak
  25. Andover

The 2012 KLAA Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Canton
  2. Grand Blanc
  3. Plymouth
  4. South Lyon
  5. Milford
  6. Churchill
  7. Walled Lake Western
  8. Walled Lake Central
  9. Hartland
  10. Lakeland
  11. Northville
  12. Walled Lake Northern
  13. Brighton
  14. South Lyon East
  15. Franklin
  16. Salem
  17. Pinckney
  18. John Glenn
  19. Waterford Mott
  20. Livonia Stevenson
  21. Howell
  22. Novi
  23. Waterford Kettering
  24. Wayne Memorial

The 2012 Blue Water Area Conference Week 1 Football Rankings

  1. Croswell Lexington
  2. Richmond
  3. Almont 
  4. Armada
  5. Capac
  6. Yale
  7. Algonac
  8. Imlay City

2012 D4-D8 Week 1 Southeastern 30/30 Football Rankings (Division 4-8)

The Southeastern 30/30 Rankings is the top 30 teams from both D1-3 and D4-8.  These rankings will update each week and after the state championship games.

The Final #1 teams from the Southeastern 30/30 last year was Cass Tech and Marine City.
Final D1-3 and Final D4-8

  1. Ecorse (0-1)
  2. Croswell Lexington (1-0)
  3. Hudson (1-0)
  4. Loyola (1-0)
  5. Michigan Collegiate (1-0)
  6. South Lake (1-0)
  7. Notre Dame Prep (1-0)
  8. Grass Lake (1-0)
  9. River Rouge (1-0)
  10. Chandler Park Academy (0-1)
  11. Michigan Center (1-0)
  12. Frederick Douglass (0-1)
  13. Marysville (1-0)
  14. Robichaud (1-0)
  15. Our Lady of the Lakes (1-0)
  16. Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard (1-0)
  17. Richmond (1-0)
  18. Madison (1-0)
  19. Country Day (1-0)
  20. Grosse Ile (1-0)
  21. Almont (0-1)
  22. Divine Child (1-0)
  23. Saint Clair (1-0)
  24. Melvindale ABT (1-0)
  25. Petersburg Summerfield (1-0)
  26. Clawson (1-0)
  27. Dundee (0-1)
  28. Clinton (1-0)
  29. Marine City (0-1)
  30. Armada (0-1)

Newcomers: Richmond, Divine Child, Clawson, Clinton, and Armada.

Dropped: Harper Woods, Sand Creek, Henry Ford, Consortium, and Blissfield.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The 2012 Western Wayne Week 1 Football Rankings

1. Fordson
2. Dearborn
3. Belleville
4. Robichaud
5. Thurston
6. Garden City
7. Edsel Ford
8. Crestwood
9. Romulus
10. Redford Union

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The 2012 Detroit PSL Week 1 Football Rankings

Our staff writer Branden Hunter releases his preseason PSL rankings.

1. Cass Tech
2. King
3. East English Village Prep
4. Renaissance
5. Southeastern
6. Frederick Douglass
7. Cody
8. Pershing
9. Henry Ford
10. Central
11. Denby
12. Western International
13. Northwestern
14. Mumford
15. Osborn

Division 1 Week 1 Rankings

1. Cass Tech
2. Catholic Central
3. Eisenhower
4. Plymouth
5. Fordson
6. Clarkston
7. Canton
8. Monroe
9. Northville
10. Rockford
11. Lake Orion
12. Troy
13. Bedford
14. Churchill
15. Chippewa valley

2012 D1-D3 Week 1 Southeastern 30/30 Football Rankings (Division 1-3)

The Southeastern 30/30 Rankings is the top 30 teams from both D1-3 and D4-8.  These rankings will update each week and after the state championship games. 

The Final #1 teams from the Southeastern 30/30 last year was Cass Tech and Marine City.
Final D1-3 and Final D4-8

  1. Cass Tech (1-0)
  2. Brother Rice (0-1)
  3. Eisenhower (1-0)
  4. Catholic Central (1-0)
  5. Southfield (1-0)
  6. Canton (0-1)
  7. De La Salle (1-0)
  8. King (0-1)
  9. Warren Mott (1-0)
  10. Port Huron (0-1)
  11. Farmington (1-0)
  12. Fordson (1-0)
  13. Clarkston (1-0)
  14. Orchard Lake Saint Mary (0-1)
  15. Harrison (1-0)
  16. Grand Blanc (0-1)
  17. Truman (1-0)
  18. Monroe (1-0)
  19. East English Village (0-1)
  20. Plymouth (1-0)
  21. Wyandotte Roosevelt (1-0)
  22. Woodhaven (1-0)
  23. Oak Park (1-0)
  24. Chelsea (0-1)
  25. Linden (1-0)
  26. South Lyon (1-0)
  27. Chippewa Valley (1-0)
  28. Dearborn (0-1)
  29. Fenton (0-1)
  30. Southgate Anderson (0-1)

Newcomers:  Warren Mott, Truman, Woodhaven, Oak Park, Chippewa Valley, and Southgate Anderson.

Dropped: Walled Lake Western, Holly, Northville, Rochester Adams, Pioneer, and Troy Athens.

Southfield edges King in 2 OT Thriller

Southfield High and Detroit King gave everyone a show at The Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State Saturday night. The game went to two overtimes, ending in Southfield edging King 21-20. King could have sent the game to a third overtime, but kicker Carl Fuller missed the extra-point, after a 10 yard touchdown reception by WR Mycial Allen that brought King within one. King's offense was able to move the ball all day on Southfield,but every time they had an opportunity to put points on the board, they couldn't execute. Penalty calls, and five fumbles hurt them throughout the game.

King struck first in the game with a 67 yard touchdown run by WR Avonte Maddox, putting them up early in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter,junior RB Raymond Mitchell took a handoff 18 yards for the touchdown, giving King a 14-0 lead. King's defense was tough throughout the game, only allowing Southfield six points through 47 minutes, on a 23 yard Tre Walton (12-28, 130 yards, 2 TD, and 2 int)QB keeper. King's DB's did a good job keeping stud Southfield WR Brandon Bean out of the endzone, until exactly 60 seconds in the game, when he caught a 10 yard touchdown pass in the back of the endzone. Tre Walton then converted a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14. King had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Ohio commit Leon Alexander fell down and Southfield DB Darius Danzy intercepted the pass.

Both teams threw interceptions in the first OT, then in the second OT,Tre Walton & Brandon Bean hooked up for a 7 yard touchdown. Bean finished with 7 catches for 91 yards and 2 scores. King soon answered with pass from Da'Vaun Williams (19-28, 218 yards, and 1 TD) to Mycial Allen, but the extra-point was wide. Southfield stormed the field in celebration, and King looked dejected. "I wouldn't say we gave the game away, but I'd say we beat ourselves. Too many turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes," said Leon Alexander after the game. Both teams open up league play this week, with Southfield facing Farmington and King playing East English Village Prep.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Score Updates from Prep Kickoff Classic

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Oak Parks Malik Washington scores 49 yard touchdown run with 710 left. Score is 14 to 14.

Oak Parks George Williams with 3 yard touchdown . With 16 seconds left. 20 14 Oak Park

Oak Park wins vs. East English Village 20 14

Shane King 14 yard td run for Eisenhower. 7 0 with 301 in first quarter

Mark Chapman with 4 yard touchdown run.  1030 in 2nd quarter.  Port Huron evens it at 7.

18 yard touchdown pass from Zerafa to Dan Chmielewski for 18 yards.   742 in 2nd. 14 7 Eisenhower.

20 yard touchdown pass from Zerafa to Dan Chmielewski.   26 seconds in 2nd. 21 7 Eisenhower.

At halftime Eisenhower is up 21 7 on Port Huron

2 yard touchdown run by Shane King.  With 1130 left its 28 7 Eisenhower

30 yard touchdown catch by Shane King .. tip toe on sideline never went out... 657 left.  Its now 35 7 Eisenhower

16 yard TD run by Mark Chapman of Port Huron.  304 left... 35 14 Ike

35 14 Eisenhower over Port Huron

7 minutes until kickoff between King and Southfield.

Kings Avonte Maddox with 67 yard touchdown run.  522 in 1st.  7 0 King over Southfield.

King leads Southfield 7 0 end of first quarter.

Kings Ray Mitchell on 18 yard TD run.  10 11 in 2nd. King leads 

23 yard touchdown run by Tre Walton of Southfield. 1 59 in 2nd 14 6 King leads.

14 6 King leads Southfield at halftime.

End of 3 rd quarter King up on Southfield 14 6

Brandon Bean with 20 yard touchdown catch with exactly 1 min left.  Walton with QB run reached for goal line. 14 14

Darius Danzy interception  sends game in OT.

Mycial Allen 10 TD catch ... King pat wide left.  Southfield wins 21 20 over King.

Cass Tech and Brother Rice tied at 12.  2 Damon Webb touchdowns and 1 by Josh Flye.  Rice kicked field goal and had a safety.

Cass Tech wins 25 18.  Fueled by Journey fumble recovery TD and Hosey finished game with 76 yard touchdown run.  More to come this week.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Marysville 41, Fraser 34: Ramblers Drop Opener in Heart Breaker

   The clock reached all zeros, heads went into hands, and the late lead the Ramblers had escaped them almost as quickly as it had arrived. In Thursday night’s season opener 41-34 loss to Marysville, there were definitely a lot of positives for the team, but there were also noticeable flaws that are common in a season opener for any team.
   Momentum quickly shifted to the Ramblers just four minutes into the game when the opening drive for Marysville was stalled after a blocked field goal. On the Rambler’s opening drive, sophomore quarterback Dean Snider and senior wide out Mitchell Spadafore connected on what seemed to be a 50-plus yard touchdown run; only to have it marched back due to a holding penalty. After a Marysville touchdown, Fraser responded early in the second quarter when senior running back Elijah McCoy danced into the end zone on an eight yard run to tie the game, 7-7. Less than two minutes later, Marysville connected on a 35-yard pass to Cole Pawson to take a 14-7 lead. The Ramblers closed out the half settling for a field goal with nine seconds left to go into the locker room, 14-10.
   Fraser came storming out in the second half, jumping out to a 28-14 lead thanks to a couple touchdowns by Spadafore. From that point on, it looked like Fraser was going to run away with this one and grab their second straight season opener. But the Vikings came right back with two straight touchdowns, including a two point conversion that put Marysville ahead 29-28. Joe Lamb and McCoy led the Rambler’s next drive all the way down to the Viking’s five yard line with about five minutes left in the game. After a couple plays, Snider snuck right up the middle and into the end zone to give Fraser a 34-29 late lead after a pitch to Dwayne Reynolds failed on the two point conversion that would have put them up by a full touchdown. Unfortunately, Marysville took the lead for good with just under three minutes to go in the game. The Ramblers got two more chances to take the lead, but stalled on two four-and-out series. One thing that Spadafore took away from Thursday’s game is that the team needs to learn how to control the emotions that come within the course of a game.
   “We can’t let the highs get too high and the lows get too low, we were up by 14 in the fourth with 11 minutes left and didn’t expect them to come back at all,” Spadafore said after the game.
    Fraser will try and bounce back and get to.500 at home against Port Huron Northern who also lost, 31-13 to Croswell-Lexington.

My Spin
The Good: Fraser’s offense looks like they are going to have a great year, and do not seem to be missing the graduated starters from last year. If Dean Snider can stay as poised as he has during the high pressure situations, and wide outs Mitchell Spadafore and Shawn Severs keep coming up with big catches, it could be really exciting to watch this offense for the rest of the season. Spadafore could be the scoring leader of this team, and there cannot be any doubt about that right now after his two (almost three) touchdown performance Thursday night.

The Bad: Fraser may have been in complete control Thursday night if it wasn’t for the mistakes. Three first half fumbles on running plays cost the Ramblers what may have been scoring drives. Although the running backs got their act together later into the game, you can only speculate that Fraser could have been in the driver seat the rest of the game. However, the biggest thorn in the behind may have been the holding penalty that offset an opening drive touchdown pass to Spadafore that really seemed to put momentum fully on the Ramblers sideline until it was called back.

The Ugly: When an offense gets 41 points on the board, you would expect to come out victorious. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because quite frankly: Marysville’s offense did whatever they wanted Thursday night. Vikings quarterback Josh Smith was not sacked once, and every time he was rushed out of the pocket, he simply did a dance, got some space, and found the man that had snuck behind the secondary. It seemed like almost every pass completed for the Vikings was good for 25-yards at the least, and you had to look in a 10 yard radius to see the next closest Rambler player. While they did a great job taking away the short game and even did a good job stopping their running game from big gains, the deep bomb was way too convenient for Marysville Thursday night.

What Caught My Eye on Thursday Night, Aug. 23rd.

- > I may as well kickoff this segment with the game I attended last night between Fordson and Dakota.  Fordson is ranked #24 in Southeastern Michigan and #1 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference, while we don't have Dakota ranked in Southeastern Michigan but #4 in the MAC Conference.  But if you spent your $1 on the paper instead of that Delicious Faygo Moon Mist, you would of seen that it was Dakota who was ranked in the top 25 for the whole state of Michigan, while Fordson was left out completely.  

I thought with the drive to Cougar Country and Fordson's very unbalanced offense from the past 2 years that Dakota would eventually break a very close game with their quarterback, Richmon Render who still played good with 16/22 and over 150 yards but it sure didn't feel like it was that much. Rather it was Fordson QB, Kamel Faraj who looked extremely comfortable in the pocket and made several great throws to his WR's.  The receivers were constantly behind the secondary, creating numerous catches and 3 touchdowns.  The biggest shock to me was that, it wasn't Michael Berry carrying the offense, although Berry had the play of the game, a 93 yard kickoff return touchdown, right after Dakota scored the game's first touchdown.  

It wasn't really a surprise that Fordson's defense was a step better than Dakota's offense all night long and on every single possession.  

- > Over in Troy was the Warren Mott Maruaders visiting Troy Athens.  The past 2 years Athens won in the opening week but this year Mott looks much better than in the past.  It really caught my eye that Warren Mott dominated Athens, 41-6.  With 386 yards of rushing yards for Warren Mott, behind a very good offensive line, I look for Mott to continue this style of football through the season and into playoffs.

I had Warren Mott only ranked as #3 in the MAC conference.  As for Troy Athens I ranked them #30 in Southeastern Michigan and #6 in the OAA conference.  

- > As if I possess magic, I predicted Notre Dame Prep would kick a game winning field goal over Almont late in the game.  That prediction turned into a reality when Taylor Tomko kicked a game winning 35 yard field goal for the Fighting Irish in the final 3 minutes.

- > Richmond with a crazy 4th quarter comeback stuns the host Marine City Mariners, 25-24.  

- > Armada nearly pulls off the upset against Division 5 champion, Flint Powers, 28-25.  Senior Bob Malburg finished with 14 tackles and an a interception for Armada.

- > Michigan Center my #14 in the D4-D8 30/30 rankings, crushes Parma Western 49-0. Dylan Zaborowski the Junior quarterback for Michigan Center finished with 5 total touchdowns. 

- > South Lake goes crazy on rival Lake Shore, DeShun Brown finished with 3 touchdown runs for the Cavaliers.

- > Nathan Guitar of Croswell-Lexington, every time I looked at my updates for this game, it was Guitar with a touchdown.  

- > Demetrius Stinson of Frederick Douglass finished with over 300 all purpose yards, 3 touchdowns, and 8 tackles. 

#24 Fordson beats Dakota 27-17

Michael Berry heads up field on his 93 yard touchdown return.

Fortunately for football fans the 2012 season began with two top notch programs going head to head.  To start off the season Fordson began the season #24 in our Southeastern Michigan rankings  while Dakota was unranked.

Dakota started with the ball and would get a big play, when quarterback, Richmon Render scrambled and found an open Corey Chase for a 31 yard gain.  The Cougars would then face a 4th down attempt but Fordson's DB, Mohamad Saleh would break up the pass.

After a 51 yard punt by Dakota, Fordson was pinned in their end.  Fordson's Michael Berry rushed to the outside but fumbled the ball.  After several seconds of indecisiveness a Dakota player fell on the loose ball, but the opportunity was there to pick it up and easily walk in for a touchdown.   A slant to Chase brought the ball to the 4 yard line.  It took Dakota four minutes to drive the final 4 yards, as a pass interference gave the Cougars a fresh set of downs.  At the 7:34 mark in the 2nd quarter,  Dakota fullback, Nikola Savich took the FB Dive for a touchdown, giving the Cougars the 7-0 lead.

Dakota's glory didn't last long, on the ensuing kickoff, Fordson's Michael Berry went straight up the middle of the field, untouched but aided by great blocking for a 93 yard kickoff return touchdown.  With 7:21 left in the 2nd quarter, Fordson and Dakota were tied at 7.

After a long Dakota drive, which Dakota threatened to score a touchdown but the Fordson defense came up big again inside the red zone.  This time the Cougars would have to settle for a 21 yard field goal with 1:36 left in the 2nd quarter.

On the kickoff the Cougars kicked a squib kick away from Berry following his touchdown return.  Jamil Sabbagh would pick the ball up and return the ball to the 45 yard line.  Hussein Kadry would have a big catch for the Tractors and also benefited from a face mask penalty which added more yards.  The next play would then be pass interference on Dakota.  With 23 seconds left before halftime, quarterback, Kamel Faraj found his receiver Ali Faraj all alone behind the Dakota defensive back in the end zone.  The 27 yard touchdown pass put Fordson up 14-10.

Dakota would get several chances to close out the half but elected to run out the clock, to head into halftime down by 4 points.

Fordson would begin the 3rd quarter with the ball.  Dakota attempted a chip kickoff but Fordson's blocker wisely fair catched the ball, just like he did in the scrimmage the week prior.  The safe play would prove valuable as Dakota players were a few feet away from him as he caught the fair catch.   With big runs by Hady Bandar and Sabbagh the Tractors were driving again.  After big runs by those 2 and Michael Berry, the Cougars would hit the Fordson RB out of bounds for even more yards.  With 5:29 left in the 3rd quarter, Faraj found an open Ali Farran for a 20 yard touchdown reception.  The PAT would miss but Fordson still led 20-10.

 Fordson would force the Cougars to punt again, right as the 4th quarter began, Bandar who is #34 had a 34 yard rush, a few plays later Faraj connected with Sabbagh for a 24 yard touchdown pass. With 10:48 remaining the Tractors now built a 27-10 lead.

Dakota would quickly come down the field and score, as Render found a wide open Angelo Dimaggio who basically walked in from 25 yards out.  That would cut the Fordson lead to 27-17.

Dakota's best chance to catch up or cut the lead even smaller came a few minutes later.  After a Michael Berry rush, a pile occurred the refs let the play go on and he fumbled.  A Dakota player picked up the ball and ran it back.  However the refs would then blow the whistle, after a discussion, they agreed it was a fumble but it was Dakota ball at the 43 yard line.  Dakota would go 4 and out.  From there, Fordson nearly scored again but Dakota did not threaten again.

It's the 2nd straight season that Dakota has lost in week 1 and Fordson's first win in week 1 since 2009.

Fordson will play Redford Thurston next week who won tonight while Dakota will play Stevenson who also won tonight.

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Thursday Night Michigan High School Football Scores Week 1

Fordson's Michael Berry returns the Kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown

Willow Run 50, Saginaw Buena Vista 0
West Ottawa 49, Ecorse 18
Waterford Mott 36, Wayne Memorial 12
Warren Mott 41, Troy Athens 6
Warren Lincoln 18, Warren Woods Tower 2
Walled Lake Central 27, Saginaw Heritage 14
Troy 24, Romeo 20
Temperance Bedford 43, Henry Ford II 3
Stevenson 34, Howell 14
South Lake 45, Lake Shore 6
Seaholm 9, Ferndale 0
Saginaw Nouvel 28, University Liggett 7
Roseville 27, East Detroit 14
Rochester 38, Utica 7
Riverview 30, Crestwood 28
Richmond 25, Marine City 24
Redford Thurston 41, Frederick Douglass 28
Pershing 12, Henry Ford 0
Notre Dame Prep 17, Almont 14
North Farmington 24, Bay City John Glenn 13
Midland 29, Canton 28 (OT)
Marysville 41, Fraser 34
L'Anse Creuse North 27, Warren Cousino 0
L'Anse Creuse 33, Anchor Bay 13
Grosse Pointe North 35, Lakeview 0
Fordson 27, Dakota 17
Flint Powers 28, Armada 25
Flint Kearsley 21, Ortonville-Brandon 14
Edsel Ford 27, Sterling Heights 7
Croswell-Lexington 30, Port Huron Northern 13
Country Day 41, Mumford 0
Clintondale 41, Lamphere 21
Brighton 45, Novi 7
Avondale 42, Hazel Park 6
Algonac 21, Mount Clemens 13
AA Father Gabriel Richard 42, Lake Fenton 39

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Michigan High School Football Class of 2013 Watchlist Part 2

These are the remaining players in the area to keep an eye out for.

If you are looking for some other players, check the Class of 2013, 121 Watchlist here.

Blue Water Area Conference
Terrin Teschler - Algonac - RB
Pat Finn - Almont - LB
John Pewinski - Almont - OL
Kurt Kreger - Almont - QB
Ross Querro - Armada - LB
Bob Malburg - Armada - LB
Doug Phillips III - Armada - RB
Nick Shafer - Armada - OL
Adam Flaim - Armada - QB
Dan Cornish - Capac - QB
Jayson Winsor - Capac - RB
Joe Mini - Croswell Lexington - OL
Zach Bills - Croswell Lexington - OL
Tyler Sergent - Croswell Lexington - LB
Dylan Ackerly - Richmond - DL
Tom Harms - Richmond - OL
Brendan Adams - Richmond - FB
Corey Smykowski - Yale - LB

Cascades Conference
Jared Bruner - Addison - RB/LB
Cody Branch - Addison - TE/LB
Josh Betts - Addison - OL/DL
Nathan Siegrist - East Jackson - RB
Hunter Coolbaugh - East Jackson - QB/DB
James Snyder - East Jackson - RB/LB
Wyatt Mathews - East Jackson - TE/DE
Zach Griffiths - East Jackson - TE/DB
Derek Valliere - Grass Lake - LB
Michael McAtee - Grass Lake - LB
Logan Konopka - Grass Lake - QB
Eddie Alexander - Grass Lake - LB
Spencer Baird - Grass Lake - DB
Jared Lazarz - Grass Lake - WR/DB
Hayden Demeuse - Hanover-Horton - TE/MLB
Ryan Inman - Hanover-Horton - TE/LB
Evan Shultes - Hanover-Horton - OL
Aaron Lashley - Hanover-Horton - OL/DL
Nick Cozart - Manchester - RB/LB
Austin Wilson - Manchester - LB
Jon Westcott - Manchester - DE
Brian Robert - Manchester - OL
Ed Zielenski - Manchester - OL
Matt Franz - Manchester - LB
Jared Hall - Michigan Center - LB
Kyle Dorrel - Michigan Center - OL
Matt Davis - Michigan Center - LB/FB
Nate Poole - Michigan Center - FB/DE
Travis Page - Michigan Center - DB/RB
Trevor Walker - Napoleon - QB
Tyler Canty - Vandercook Lake - RB
Ty Fischman - Vandercook Lake - WR

Catholic League-AA
Joe Kendzicky - Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard - QB
Stevie Tracy - Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard - WR
Drew Diedrich - Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard - DL
Chris Martain - Divine Child - DB

Catholic League-Central
Griffin Anderson - Brother Rice - OL
Cheyne Lacanaria - Brother Rice - QB
David Houle - Catholic Central - LB
Brandon Malinowksi - Catholic Central - LB
JT Ayotte - Catholic Central - LB
Jack Wangler - De La Salle - WR
Damorria Lilly - De La Salle - RB
Tommy Novak - De La Salle - WR
Cordell Crosby - De La Salle - DB
Ronald Johnson Jr - De La Salle - DB
Andrew Koterba - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - OL
Austin Johnson - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - OL
Matt Linehan - Orchard Lake Saint Mary - QB
Curtis Smith - University of Detroit Jesuit - RB

Catholic League-Intersectional
Gabe O'Neil - Bishop Foley - DB
J'Kwan Edward - Loyola - OL
Calvin Jackson - Loyola - DB
Marcus Hicks - Loyola - OL
Sterling Kimbrough - Loyola - RB
Marcus Mims - Loyola - WR
Andrew O'Bryan - Our Lady of the Lakes - OL
Chris Donohue - Our Lady of the Lakes - OL
Jake Doetsch - Our Lady of the Lakes - RB
Mitchell Lasceski - Our Lady of the Lakes - DE
David Ritchie - Riverview Richard - QB
Joe Nagle - Shrine - LB
Kenny Miller - Shrine - OL
Connor Francek - Shrine - QB

Charter School Conference
James Howard - Chandler Park - DB
David Smith - Michigan Collegiate - OL
Michael Harrison - Michigan Collegiate - OL
Joe Montogomery - Old Redford - DL
Adonis Finney - Plymouth Educational Center - DB
J'Lynn Searcy - Plymouth Educational Center - QB
Maurice Green - Southfield Bradford - RB
Toby Raymond - Summit Academy - QB
Patrick Leigh - Summit Academy - WR
Jamal Riggs - University Prep - WR
Kyron Curtis - University Prep - DL

Detroit Public School League - East
Demetris Shaffer - Denby Tech - FB
Khalil Hill -  East English Village Prep  - DB
Leon Johnson -  East English Village Prep  - DE
Damien Hill - Frederick Douglass - OL
Michael Siebert - Frederick Douglass - WR
Kory Peterson - Frederick Douglass - QB
Savon Thomas - King - LB
Jamel Hamilton - Southeastern - DB

Donnell Alexander - Cody - LB
Jamel Amerson - Cody - DB
Berry Green - Renaissance - OL

Omar Saeed - Melvindale - LB
Osiris Smith - Truman - RB
Kyle Campbell - Wyandotte Roosvelt - DL
Kevin Matejko - Wyandotte Roosevelt - QB
Devan Stewart - Wyandotte Roosevelt - WR

Flint Metro League
Evin Papuga - Holly - LB
Kyle Vandell - Holly - OL
Ben Armstrong - Linden - DE
Jaylen Schoenfield - Swartz Creek - QB

Huron League
Brandon Potcova - Carleton Airport - QB
Adam Donnelly - Carleton Airport - LB
Mike Blosser - Flat Rock - RB
Colin Knoch - Flat Rock - FB
Dakotah Dockter - Flat Rock - DL
Jordan Nellenbach - Grosse Ile - RB
Vince Alongi - Grosse Ile - LB
Arthur Dukes - Milan - RB
Justin Aceves - Milan - QB
Ty Peterson - Milan - LB
Ty Grancitelli - Monroe Jefferson - QB
Jeremy Frayer - New Boston Huron - OL
Steven Curnett - New Boston Huron - FB
Mike Long - New Boston Huron - DL
Levi Eddings - Saint Mary Catholic Central - LB

Ian Auberry - Cesar Chavez Academy - WR
Shawn Watkins - Melvindale A.B.T. - DL

Kensington Lakes Activities Association-Central
Adam Wheeler - Livonia Stevenson - DB
Nick Howie - Salem - DL
Justin Broughman - Salem - DL
Kyle Cameron - Salem - LB

Kensington Lakes Activities Association-North
Mike Peer - Walled Lake Northern - LB
Jake Neracher - Walled Lake Western - DB
Matt Carroll - Walled Lake Western - WR

Kensington Lakes Activities Association-South
Daniel DeRoso - Canton - OL
Matt McKoy - Canton - LB
Kenny Scott - Canton - RB
Mike Ditzler - Canton - OL
Joe McRobb - Livonia Franklin - RB

Lenawee County Athletic Association
Liam Grantham - Dundee - DB
Bret Clark - Dundee - WR
Jay Sroufe - Dundee - DL

Macomb Area Conference Red
Devin Sutgrey - Chippewa Valley - OL
Kishon Johnson - Chippewa Valley - DL
Caleb Jefferson - Dakota - DB
Nik Lozanovski - Dakota - WR
Shane King - Eisenhower - RB
Andrew Supanich - Eisenhower - DL
Joey Gardner - Romeo - LB
Janon Daniels - Stevenson - DB
John Griffin - Stevenson - RB

Anthony Jazvac - Cousino - OL
Anthony Edwards - Port Huron - LB
Tyree Jones - Roseville - DB
Chris Ewing - Warren Mott - DB

Macomb Area Conference Blue
Taiwan Wiggins - Grosse Pointe North - DB
Liam McIlroy - Grosse Pointe South - DB
Neal Fleming - Grosse Pointe South - DE
Lucas Lanzon - L'Anse Creuse - LB
Demeris Thomas - L'Anse Creuse - RB
Billie Bowmer - L'Anse Creuse - DE
Joseph Lech - L'Anse Creuse - DE
Tyler Conklin - L'Anse Creuse North - WR

Macomb Area Conference Gold
Derrick Nichols - Lakeview - DB
Nick White - Lakeview - LB
Rob Shields - Lakeview - DB
James Bush - Lake Shore - DL
D.J. Burns - Marine City - RB
Sam Honaker - Marine City - TE
Josh Smith - Marysville - QB/WR
Blake Biewer - Saint Clair - OL
Tyler Lozen - Saint Clair - QB

Phillip Garwood Jr. - Fitzgerald - LB
William Flowers - Fitzgerald - QB
Daryl Johnson - South Lake - RB
Montez Foutner - South Lake - DE
Travon Dessasure - South Lake - QB
William Vann - South Lake - RB 

Macomb Area Conference Bronze
Harold Gibbs - Clawson - LB
Marlon Harris - Clawson - DE

Michigan Independent Athletic Conference
Nate Drews - Rochester Lutheran Northwest - QB
Jason Fusco - Southfield Christian - LB
Joshua Macks - Southfield Christian - LB
Nate Gaggin - University Liggett - QB
Daniel Baird - University Liggett - LB
Eric Ewing - University Liggett - DB

Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
Kyle Daniel - Ecorse - DB
Mike Jones - Ecorse - LB
Brandon Burkes - Ecorse - LB
My'Shawn Howell - Highland Park - DB
Kennard Hearndon - River Rouge - OL
Michael Barmore - River Rouge - RB
Marcus Bell - River Rouge - OL
Darryl Montogomery - Westside Christian - DL

Oakland Activities Association - Blue

Erik Stubbs - Avondale - WR
Eric Hudson - Berkley - RB
Desmond Paige - Ferndale - DB
Jacob Snead - Groves - WR
Kyle Ervin - Groves - WR
Keith Bucholtz - Hazel Park - LB
Andrew Gikas - Lahser - DL

Oakland Activities Association - Red
Chris Calvano - Clarkston - LB
Craig Colombo - Clarkston - OL
Ian Eriksen - Clarkston - RB
Jody Harrison - Pontiac - QB
Chris Hall - Pontiac - LB
James Ward - Rochester - RB
Sam Haskell - Troy Athens - DB
Joe Shields - Troy Athens - DB
Justin Losey - Troy - WR
Matt Farrow - West Bloomfield - RB

Oakland Activities Association - White
Connor Mohr - Farmington - RB
Brian Williams - Oak Park - WR
Malik Washington - Oak Park - RB
Mario Morris - Oak Park - QB
Michael Cleveland - Oak Park - DB

Southeastern Conference - Red
Demetrius Sims - Ann Arbor Huron - WR
Daniel Hugan - Ann Arbor Huron - DB
Jack Clark - Ann Arbor Skyline - WR
Khalil Medula-Bay - Ann Arbor Skyline - LB
Taylor Lemanski - Monroe - LB
Dewan Abinojar - Pioneer - DB

Southeastern Conference - White
Issac Gradeless - Adrian - RB
John Terry - Tecumseh - DB
Kyle Bryan - Tecumseh - WR
Bryton Boyle - Ypsilanti Lincoln - LB

Tri-County Conference
Josh Reau - Britton Deerfield - WR
Ottawa Lake Whiteford - Gabe LaRoy - QB

Western Wayne Athletic Conference - Blue
Chase Harbin - Edsel Ford - DE
Dylan Sanchez - Edsel Ford - QB
Ali Farran - Fordson - WR
Arthur Carter - Romulus - WR
Dominque Whitlow - Romulus - LB
Darnell Fields - Romulus- QB

Tom Vincent - Garden City - LB
Darius Phillips - Robichaud - WR

Who else are some players to look out for?

The Preseason Colossus Game's of the Year

This is made prior to the first game of the season and is intended to showcase the best 9 games all year long.  All 9 games will feature 1 game per day.  And also these are only Southeastern Michigan games, I have selected.

All rankings are based from our preseason rankings for Southeastern Michigan.

Week 1: #1 Cass Tech vs. Brother Rice #2
- First time a Division 1 vs. Division 2 champion have met in week 1 and from a different conference.

Week 2: #4 East English Village vs. #8 King
- Regardless of the merge this is the big rivalry in the PSL now.

Week 3: Moeller (Ohio) vs. #5 Catholic Central
- In a week where there aren't too many key division games besides Grass Lake and Michigan Center, these two powerhouses will meet.

Week 4: North Farmington vs. #10 Harrison
- North Farmington figures to be in the equation for the OAA White, the two inner city rivals will have a chance to take one step closer to the title.

Week 5: #1 Cass Tech at #3 Orchard Lake Saint Mary
- OLSM showcases their Red Turf in their 2nd home game of the year, but this is the one everyone will be packing the campus for.

Week 6: #2 Brother Rice vs. #3 Orchard Lake Saint Mary
- Clearly the CHSL-Central game of the year in 2012 for Preseason.

Week 7: #7 Canton vs. #22 Plymouth
- This game should decide the KLAA-South and pack the house.

Week 8: #5 Michigan Collegiate vs. #6 Chandler Park Academy
- If you want to see some high octane and high energy football, with the Charter League title, likely on the line, this game is for you.

Week 9: PSL Championship or Prep Bowl
- Matches up the top 2 teams from the conferences and they go to war.

Monday, August 20, 2012

2012 Michigan Preseason Top 30 Statewide Football Rankings

After a thrilling 2011 season, it's time for a new season.
  1. Cass Tech
  2. Brother Rice
  3. Orchard Lake Saint Mary
  4. East English Village Prep
  5. Catholic Central (Novi)
  6. Eisenhower
  7. Canton
  8. Zeeland West
  9. King
  10. Grand Rapids Christian
  11. Grand Blanc
  12. Mount Pleasant
  13. Harrison (Farmington Hills)
  14. De La Salle
  15. Rockford
  16. Battle Creek Harper Creek
  17. Chelsea
  18. Southfield
  19. Muskegon
  20. Port Huron
  21. East Grand Rapids
  22. Dearborn
  23. Farmington
  24. Fenton
  25. Walled Lake Western
  26. DeWitt
  27. Lowell
  28. South Lyon
  29. Midland
  30. Holt

Southeastern Division Leader Preseason Rankings

This concept is very simple.  I choose the #1 team from each division and then rank it against other divisional teams.  So that means that only one team per a division can be selected.

  1. Cass Tech - PSL West
  2. Brother Rice - CHSL Central
  3. East English Village Prep - PSL East
  4. Eisenhower - MAC Red
  5. Canton - KLAA South
  6. Grand Blanc - KLAA West
  7. Harrison - OAA White
  8. Chelsea - SEC White
  9. Port Huron - MAC White
  10. Dearborn - WWAC Blue
  11. Fenton - Flint Metro
  12. Walled Lake Western - KLAA North
  13. South Lyon - KLAA Central
  14. Clarkston - OAA Red
  15. Wyandotte Roosevelt - Downriver League
  16. Monroe - SEC Red
  17. Ecorse - Michigan Metro Athletic Conference 
  18. Hudson - Lenawee County Athletic Association
  19. Chandler Park Academy - Charter League
  20. Avondale - OAA Blue
  21. Croswell Lexington - Blue Water Area Conference
  22. Grosse Pointe South - MAC Blue
  23. Marine City - MAC Gold
  24. Loyola - CHSL Intersectional
  25. Notre Dame Prep - CHSL Intersectional
  26. Grass Lake - Cascades Conference
  27. Robichaud - WWAC Red
  28. South Lake - MAC Silver
  29. Country Day - Independent 
  30. Grosse Ile - Huron League
  31. Sand Creek - Tri County Conference
  32. Clawson - MAC Bronze
  33. Parkway Christian - Michigan Independent Athletic Conference