The D Zone

Friday, November 30, 2012

Dividing Michigan in 4 Sections

First off, this was designed around my convenience and opinion.  You do not have to agree or disagree with it.  I just want to come up with a solid region for organizational purposes.  If there is something I missed or totally geographically wrong please let me know.

Southeastern Michigan:

Blue Water Area Conference
Cascades Conference
Catholic League
Charter School Conference
Detroit Public School League
Downriver League
Flint Metro League
Huron League
Kensington Lakes Activities Association
Lenawee County Athletic Association
Macomb Area Conference
Michigan Independent Athletic Conference
Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
Oakland Activities Association
Southeastern Conference
Tri-County Conference
Western Wayne Athletic Conference


Capital Area Activities Conference
Genesee Area Conference
Saginaw Valley League
Big "8" Conference
Central Michigan
Greater Thumb
Southern Central Athletic Association
Tri Valley Conference

West Michigan:

Central State Act Assocication
Kalamazoo Valley Athletic Association
Lakeland Athletic Conference
Lakes Eight Conference
Mid State Athletic Conference
Ottawa Kent Conference
Red Arrow Conference
Saint Joseph Valley League
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference
West Michigan Conference
Wolverine "B" Conference

The North:

Big North
Great Northern UP Conference
Huron Shores
Jack Pine Conference
Highland Conference
Lake Michigan Conference
Mid Eastern Football Conference
Mid Peninsula Athletic Conference
North Star League
Northwest Conference
Ski Valley Conference
Western Peninsula Athletic Conference

Chelsea RB Berkley Edwards Commits to Minnesota

Last night one the state's top prospects and certainly one of the Country's most lethal RB's Berkley Edwards of Chelsea verbally committed to Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Gophers.  Berkley is the younger brother of Braylon Edwards, who as you recall was the face of Michigan football while he wore Maze and Blue.  Edwards wasn't even offered a scholarship from the Wolverine's which didn't sit well with big Brother Braylon.

Edwards meant no disrespect to the University on his tweets, but the fact of the matter is him and his Father aren't happy that Michigan overlooked Berkley.

Besides scholarships from Minnesota.  Berkley was also offered by Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, California, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Kent State, and Northern Illinois.  

Berkley Edwards stands at 5'9 and 185 pounds but plays much bigger than the measurable's lead you to believe.  ESPN wrote in their evaluation, "Edwards is a prospect who may be slipping through the BCS cracks at this time. Comes across as a multi-purpose back with his size, speed and receiving skills but the more you watch this young man the more you see every-down qualities, particularly if he can continue to develop physically." 

"Not dominate in one area when projecting as a full-time BCS level back but feel Edwards could still produce as a three-down runner and at worst case develop into a valuable all-purpose back with his hands and polished receiving skills out of the backfield."   

Edwards shared his thoughts with Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt, ""I am very happy, very excited. It is a long process and it is not easy. It is a decision that is going to impact the rest of my life. Minnesota showed me who they were and stuck with me through the long decision [process]. I think they are the right choice and I am very happy to get it over with." (Source)

Some quick stats are:  Edwards is just the 10th commitment for Minnesota in the Class of 2013 and  the first player in the state of Michigan to commit/sign with Minnesota since Ken Watkins out of Brother Rice in 2009.

Although the family is disappointed Edwards won't wear Maze and Blue.  It's nice to see Edwards create his own path and we know he will tear it up in Minnesota.   

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Monday, November 26, 2012

AP Division 1-2 All-State Teams

All-State List

The 2012 Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State football team, which is selected by Michigan sports writers:


Steven Elmer, Midland



Bart Williams, Grand Blanc, 6-5, 190, Sr.

Mark Chapman, Port Huron, 6-0, 165, Sr.


T.J. Schepperly, Traverse City Central; Tyler Palka, Saline


Ollie Ajami, Dearborn; Nick Maher, Brownstown Woodhaven; Seth Suida, Livonia Churchill; Da'Vaun Williams, Detroit King; Alec Johnson, Midland; Donny Cizek, Traverse City West; Johnny Williams, Holly; Collin O'Donnell, Walled Lake Northern; Cam Thomas, South Lyon East; Stephen Milarch, Hartland



Trevor Sweeney, Mattawan, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Gerald Holmes, Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 6-1, 199, Sr.

Ian Eriksen, Clarkston, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Joe Reverman, Grand Ledge, 5-10, 185, Jr.


John King, Muskegon; Romello Brown, Livonia Churchill


Jondries Betts-Render, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer; Mason Myers, Bay City Western; Chauncey Bridges, North Farmington; Ross Wlliams, Birmingham Groves; Ty Glover, Holt



Max Cummings, Swartz Creek, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Jourdan Lewis, Detroit Cass Tech, 5-11, 170 Sr.

Mycial Allen, Detroit King, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Javon Haines, East Lansing, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Asantay Brown, Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-11, 170, Jr.


Brandon Scott, Grand Blanc


Leonte Degraffenreid, Dearborn Edsel Ford; Damario Jones, Westland Glenn; Jaleel Canty, Lansing Everett; Lucas Bazerra, Troy Athens



Steven Elmer, Midland, 6-6, 305, Sr.

Pierce Watson, Lowell, 6-0, 200, Sr.

David Dawson, 6-4, 282, Detroit Cass Tech, Sr.

Cam Dillard, Canton, 6-3, 290, Sr.

Antwan Billings, Muskegon, 6-4, 275, Sr.

Ronald Jenkins, Muskegon, 6-4, 255, Sr.

David Curle, Utica Eisenhower, 6-4, 279, Sr.

Nick Matich, Clarkston, 6-3, 270, Jr.


Haris Vrabac, Warren Mott; Nate Jeppesen, Portage Central; Ben Bedard, Grand Ledge; Cody Hocevar, Fenton


Christan Gore, Macomb Dakota; Dennis Finley, Detroit Cass Tech; Ali Farran, Dearborn Fordson; Kyle McMillan, Plymouth; Dalvin Rubens, Taylor Truman; Jesse Chadwell, Clarkston; Nick Keizer, Portage Northern; Will Farr, Grand Ledge; Luke Maclean, Grand Blanc; Lamar Jenkins, Grand Blanc; Kevin Weiler, Swartz Creek; Clay Brack, Swartz Creek; Greg Webber, Troy; Collin Buchanan, Southfield; Lawrence Marshall, Southfield



Anthony Darkangelo, Detroit Catholic Central, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Jon Reschke, Birmingham Brother Rice, 6-3, 232, Sr.

Mike Czarnota, Fenton, 5-10, 205, Sr.

Brett Showers, Rockford, 6-0, 210, Jr.


Lucas Bourelle, Midland Dow; Anthony Edwards, Port Huron; Jack Doyle, Grosse Pointe South; Jon Metz, Bay City Western; James Mills, Lansing Everett; Ronnie Russell, East Lansing; Derric Williams, Lake Orion


Derrick Diver, Traverse City West; Nate Pupel, Traverse City Central; Charlie Yost, Livonia Churchill; Brian Killinger, Northview; Zach Huver, Lowell; Scott Wetzel, Howell; Zack Prokes, Walled Lake Western; Connor Mohr, Farmington



DeMarco Gulley, Detroit Cody, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Heath Hoogerhyde, Caledonia, 6-1, 215, Sr.

Josh Jones, Walled Lake Western, 6-2, 195, Sr.


Nick Booker, Lake Orion; KC Zenner, Rockford; Cha'Quan Love, Lansing Everett


Isaak Newhouse, Grand Haven; Nate Emminger, Plymouth; Damon Webb, Detroit Cass Tech; Dewan Olive-Abinojar, Ann Arbor Pioneer; Mitch Shegos, Fenton



Matt Kosmalski, Walled Lake Northern, 5-10, 170, Sr.


Ryan Verhelst, Holland West Ottawa; Charles Proctor, Bay City Western


Devan Stewart, Wyandotte Roosevelt; Chad Walton, Northview; Tyree Waller, Ypsilanti Lincoln



Kyle Bambard, Walled Lake Western, 5-9, 175, Jr.



Brent Zuzo, Plymouth, 5-9, 165, Sr.


Tom Passinault, Traverse City Central

Anthony Kiner, Macomb L'Anse Creuse North


Shane Fairfield, Muskegon; Eric Methner, Midland; Brad Brown, Swartz Creek

AP Division 3-4 All-State Teams

Grant Niemiec, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Ben Dreslinski, Tecumseh, 6-2, 190, Sr
Alex Van De Vusse, Grand Rapids Christian, 6-3, 185, Sr.
Shaye Brown, Linden, 6-4, 210, Sr.
Nate Guitar, Croswell-Lexington, 6-2, 195, Sr.
Michael Custer, Zeeland East, 6-2, 175, Sr.
Marcus Lambert, Zeeland West, 5-11, 185, Jr.
Johnny Nate, Stevensville Lakeshore, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Jalen Brooks, Cadillac, 6-3, 180, Jr.
Josh Smith, Marysville, 5-11, 170, Jr
Jake Brown, Comstock Park, 6-0, 205, Sr.
Sam Shutes, Three Rivers, 6-4, 210, Sr.
Justin McCauley, Paw Paw, 6-2, 190, Sr.
Tyler Wiegers, Detroit Country Day, 6-3, 200, Jr.
Desmond King, Detroit East English Village Academy, Sr.
Michael Tweh, Mt. Pleasant, Jr. 6-0, 205
Berkley Edwards, Chelsea, 5-9, 185, Sr.
Spencer Viening, Zeeland East, 6-2, 175, Jr.
Jahaan Brown , East Grand Rapids, 5-10, 190, Sr.
Bo Meldrum, St. Clair, 6-0, 170, Jr.
Tyler Sergent, Croswell-Lexington, 6-0, 180
D.J. Burns, Marine City , 5-7, 175, Sr.
Marcus Samuels, Riverview, Jr.
Jeremiah Johnson, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 5-10, 185, Jr.
Brandon Benac, West Branch Ogemaw Heights, Sr., 5-8, 175
Richie Wilson, Detroit Country Day, Jr.
Nate Emery, Bloomfield Hills Lahser,
Kasey Carson, Battle Creek Harper Creek, 5-10, 185, Sr.
Arthur Dukes III, Milan, 5-11, 190, Sr.
Conor Brewer, Haslett 5-10, 170, Sr.
Drake Harris, Grand Rapids Christian, 6-4, 170, Jr.
C’Sonte York, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, 6-3, 190, Sr.
Trent Karcher, Chippewa Hills, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Kyle Steigenga, Holland Christian, 6-4, 185, Jr.
Khalid Hill, Detroit East English Village Academy, 6-2, 230, Sr.
Dylan Smith, Kenowa Hills, 6-2, 180, Sr.
Ryan Anderson, DeWitt, 6-3, 180, Sr
Harold Wiggins, Stevensville Lakeshore, 6-3, 195, Sr.
Hunter Folkertsma, Forest Hills Central, 6-5, 230, Sr.
Travis Hull, Linden, Sr.
Zeshawn Jones-Parker, Lapeer West, 6-5, Sr.
J.R. Dawley, Goodrich, Jr.
Ben Armstrong, Linden, 6-3, 215, Sr.
Riley Norman, Cadillac, 6-7, 295, Sr.
Alex Korhorn, Grand Rapids Christian, 6-2, 280, Sr.
Austin Johnson, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 6-1, 265, Sr.
Andre Turner, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, 6-4, 220, Sr.
Alec Stevens, West Branch Ogemaw Heights, Jr., 6-5, 270
Jordan VanDort, Zeeland West, 6-5, 240, Jr.
Joe Mini, Croswell-Lexington 6-2, 290, Sr.
Alex Neering, Essexville-Garber, 6-7, 230, Jr.
Michael Steinhauer, Chelsea, 6-3, 270, Sr.
Jalen Dandridge, Detroit East English Village Academy, 6-3, 290, Sr.
Amilio Flores, Fruitport, 6-4, 255, Sr.
Chris Hendricks, Fruitport, 6-5, 265, Jr.
Jack Ford, Cadillac 6-6, 270, Sr.
Josh McDill, Cheboygan, 6-2, 298, Sr,
Blake Biewer, St. Clair, 6-1, 235, Sr.
Kevin Fitzsimmons, Marine City, 5-8, 235, Jr.
Tommy Doles, Grand Rapids Christian, 6-5, 250, Jr.
Josh Bass, Battle Creek Harper Creek, 6-5, 280, Sr.
Tyler White, Plainwell, 6-6, 240, Sr.
Bruce Elliott, Milan, 6-3, 250, Sr.
Matt Freeman, Owosso 6-4, 290 Sr.
Sam Rathbun, Haslett 6-3, 279, Sr.
Joe Perry, Lapeer East, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Clark Clancy, Auburn Hills Avondale, 6-5, 280, Sr.
Grant Niemiec, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 6-0, 218, Sr.
Collin Schlosser, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Adam Coon, Fowlerville, 6-4, 260, Sr.
Joe Craven, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 5-10, 220, Sr.
Jake McKiernan, Richmond , 6-3, 205, Jr.
Wes Asel, Essexville-Garber, Sr., 5-9, 174
D.J. Hunt, Dowagiac, 5-11, 205, Sr.
Jimmy Melton, DeWitt 5-9 190, Sr.
Ethan Buresh, Hamilton, 6-1, 210, Sr.
Malik Hazzard , Clinton Township Clintondale, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Elijah Anglin, Detroit Renaissance, 6-4, 210, Sr.
Jack Jennings, Paw Paw, 6-2, 225, Sr.
Sam Duckham, Battle Creek Pennfield, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Preston Pelham, Tecumseh, 6-3, 215, Jr.
Ed Walterhouse, Linden, Sr.
Kyle Rachwal, Lapeer East, 6-3, 215, Jr.
Mitch Bancroft, Stevensville Lakeshore, 5-11, 160, Sr.
Ryheem Stokes, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Darius Phillips, Dearborn Heights Robichaud, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Noah Sullivan, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Jordan Nellenbach, Grosse Ile
DiaZoun Oliver, Melvindale, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Leontay White, Saginaw Swan Valley, 5-8, 165, Sr.
Colin McCaw, Vicksburg, 6-1, 184, Sr.
Elijah Sandore, Monroe Jefferson, 5-8, 160, Jr.
Stanley Longmire, Detroit Old Redford Academy, 5-8½, 165, Sr.
Cory Williams, Mt. Pleasant, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Nate Couturier, Allendale, 5-10, 140, Soph.
Robert Kanitz, Milan, 6-1, 195, Jr.
Jacob Howe, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 6-2, 240, Jr.
Joel Schipper, Grand Rapids Christian, 5-11, 175, Sr.
J.J. McGrath, Macomb Lutheran North, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Quentin Buckley, Marine City, 6-0, 160, Sr.
Brett Scanlon, Dowagiac, 6-0, 195, Sr.
Brayden Bennett, Battle Creek Pennfield, 5-9, 155, Sr.
Denny Dock, Stevensville Lakeshore
Keith Stephens, Dearborn Heights Robichaud
Jesse Hoskins, Milan
Derek Pennington, Zeeland East

AP Division 5-6 All-State Teams

The 2012 Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State football team, which is selected by Michigan sports writers:


Garrett Pougnet, Flint Powers Catholic



Garrett Pougnet, Flint Powers Catholic, 6-3, 190, Sr.

Travis Smith, Ithaca, 6-2, 200, Jr.


Jake Cowsert, Watervliet; Jake Swander, Grayling


Kyle Dinkins, Ecorse; Jamal Riggs, Detroit University Prep; Landon Grove, Gladwin; Keagan James, Central Montcalm; Ty Sparks, Clawson; TJ Baker, Clinton; Sawyer Fultz, Byron



Derrick Nash, Carrollton, 5-9, 180, Sr.

Caleb Reinhart, Montrose, 6-2, 235, Sr.

Nick VanDuser, Lake Fenton, 5-10, 210, Sr.

Reed Larson, Kingsford, 6-0, 210, Sr.


Dan Shoop, Muskegon Oakridge; Blaine Malochleb, Frankenmuth; Amani Bass, Jackson Lumen Christi


Brandon Bouwkamp, Grant; Doug Freeman, Buchanan; Lane Gancarz, Manistee; Javon Perry, Detroit Community; Michael Barmore, River Rouge; Benny Clark III, Schoolcraft; Brandon McMullen, Hillsdale; Payton White, Constantine; Courtlan Gordon, Niles Brandywine; Mike Blosser, Flat Rock; Jacob Kimmel, Portland; Neil Allor, Lake Fenton; Dillon Brooks, Perry; Jordon Coffey, Byron



Teo Redding, Warren Michigan Collegiate , 5-10, 160, Sr.

Jack Swain, Lansing Catholic, 5-10, 200, Sr.

Travis Bolin, Watervliet, 5-9, 165, Sr.


Tyler McClanahan, Grayling


Jared Evers, Ithaca; Prescott Myers, Flint Powers Catholic; Shaun McKinney, Laingsburg



Aaron Matthias, Hemlock, 6-7, 231, Sr.

Derek Trecha, Flint Powers Catholic, 6-4, 295, Sr.

Zach Murphy, Muskegon Oakridge, 6-4, 211, Sr.

Oden Gentry, Detroit Consortium, 6-4, 325, Sr.

Jesse Micho, Frankenmuth, 5-9, 225, Sr.

Donny Kyre, Olivet, 6-2, 250, Sr.

Austin Hundley, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard, 6-1, 220, Sr.

Curtis Doyle, Alma, 6-6, 295, Jr.


Hilding Beaudoin, Kingsford; Daniel Green, Grand Rapids West Catholic; Matt Modreske, Hopkins; Alex Schwartz, Lake Fenton


Kennard Hearndon, River Rouge; Tim Iltis, Saginaw Valley Lutheran; Bradley Martyn, Ithaca; Coty Barnett, Jonesville; Jacob Gallup, Bronson



Mitch Greenacre, Clare, 6-0, 225, Sr.

Jacob Marsh, Montague, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Clark Kangas, Calumet, 6-0, 185, Sr.

James Brown, Detroit Consortium, 6-2, 225, Sr.


Drew Dowding, Michigan Center; Chris Graebner, Freeland


Ben Schroder, Shelby; Reese Engel, Hemlock; A.J. Abrams, Jackson Lumen Christi; Trevor Apsey, Maple City Glen Lake



Zach Hill, Kalkaska, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Jordan Hessbrook, Ithaca, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Devon Harris, Menominee, 5-11, 160, Jr.


Demetri Trice, Gladwin


Mac Elliott, Buchanan; Austin Frank, Lake Fenton; David Ritchie, Riverview Gabriel Richard



Geovante Weston, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central, 5-11, 186, Sr.


Brandon Moore, Montague; Nathan Greaves, Vassar


Maceo Vroman, Boyne City; Bryan Hines, Menominee; Terrence Spivey, Detroit Consortium; Angelo Whittis, River Rouge



Marcus Prigge, Stockbridge 6-5, 200, Sr.



Dan Burns, Sanford-Meridian, 6-1, 150, Sr.


Bryce Frahm, Frankenmuth


Bob Buckel, Flint Powers Catholic


Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca; Scott McNitt, Clinton


Cary Harger, Muskegon Oakridge; Randy Finney, Valley Lutheran.

AP Division 7-8 All-State Teams

The 2012 Associated Press Division 7-8 All-State football team, which is selected by Michigan sports writers.

Malik McDowell, Detroit Loyola.
Nate Gaggin, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Sr.
Mitch Myler, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy, Sr., 5-11, 170
Drew Marion, Lake City; Garrett Badgero, Atlanta.
Austin Grinsteiner, Stephenson; Eli Kraft, Harbor Beach; Sam Schafer, Beal City; Jens Gillings, Whittemore-Prescott; Garrett Soule, Dansville.
Keymonne Gabriel, Detroit Loyola, 5-11, 218, Sr.
Nick Hire, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy, Sr., 6-0, 175
Wyatt Derrer, Mancelona, 5-11, 185, Sr.
Tyler Koenigsknecht, Fowler, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Demetrius Stinson, Detroit Douglass; Michael Lewis, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian; Brandon St. Clair, Lawton; Adam Vosburg, Gobles.
Jack Hardman, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic; David Mireles, Hartford; Dillon Kibby, Johannesburg-Lewiston; Will Brockman, Central Lake; Nathan Fettes, Lincoln-Alcona; David Walker, Harbor Springs; Darrylnotay Hines, Melvindale Academy for Business and Tech; Tim Anderson, Coleman; Ty Rollin, Beal City; Stephen Dietrich, Michigan Lutheran Seminary; Jordan Garchow, Merrill; Leighton Merritt, Britton Deerfield; Jared Bruner, Addison; David Younger-Dean, Burton Bendle.
Jake Grice, Dansville 5-10, 180, Sr.
Amari Coleman, New Lothrop, 5-8, 165, Jr.
Steve Schankin, Petersburg Summerfield, 6-2, 185, Sr.
Ryan Vincent, Lake City; Darrell McIntyre, Detroit Douglass
Malik McDowell, Detroit Loyola, 6-7 290, Jr.
Jake Doetsch, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 6-2, 210, Sr.
Cari Campbell, Muskegon Catholic Central, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Nate Schafer, Beal City, Sr., 6-0, 190
Logan Slaughter, Mendon, 6-5, 235, So.
Josh Schipper, Saginaw Nouvel, 6-2, 264, Sr.
Brann Schmitt, Carson City, 6-5, 220, Sr.
Jake Khoury, Traverse City St. Francis; Brad Wootke, Ishpeming; Zach Reiger, Hudson; Paris Baisley, Melvindale Academy for Business and Tech; Chris Sims, Ottawa-Lake Whiteford.
Dalton Sulz, Mancelona; Devon VanOrder, Evart; Dylan Dario, Iron Mountain North Dickinson; Dominic Christian, Iron Mountain North Dickinson; Kajohn Armstrong, Detroit Loyola; Dan Baird, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett; Shawn Watkins, Melvindale Academy for Business and Tech; Nick Mangutz, Mio AuSable; Brendan Ballard, Unionville-Sebewaing; Archie Naert, Reese; Andre Collins, Carson City; Robert Thompson, Climax-Scotts; Garrett Miller, Sand Creek; Cameron Bongard, Fowler; Mike Mortimore, Morrice; Kyle Wiswell, Mendon.
Joe Ostman, St. Ignace, 6-2, 232, Sr.
Nate Gerhold, Decatur, 5-11, 187, Sr.
Josh Reau, Britton Deerfield, Sr.
Christian Benavidez, Vestaburg, 6-0, 170, Jr.
Brad Harrah, Adrian Lenawee Christian, Jr.
Tyler Shultz, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic; Byron Bullough, Traverse City St. Francis; Tyler Jacqmain, Saginaw Nouvel; Kenny Willekes, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian.
Seth Goodrich, Saugatuck; R.J. Poirier, Ishpeming; Joe Wilson, Fulton-Middleton; Clay Loomis, Whittemore-Prescott; Dalton Stepnowski, Reading; Jeff Gilbert, Gobles.
Cody Peyok, Reese, 5-10, 180, Jr.
Kirk Gibson, Climax-Scotts, 5-11, 155, Sr.
Nathan Holt, Lake City, 5-7, 145, Jr,.
Eric Cooper, Flint Beecher
Alex Lewandoski, Muskegon Catholic Central.
Andon Ware, Baldwin; Curtis St. Louis, St. Ignace; Cody Berg, Iron Mountain North Dickinson.
Nick Eberstein, Mendon, 5-10, 160, Sr.
Nolan Nye, Frankfort, 5-11, 185, Sr.
Tommy Sanchez, Detroit Westside Christian, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Quinn Matthews, Onekama; Austin Feldpausch, Fowler.
Spencer Howell, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 5-9, 165, Jr.
Cooper Mojsiejenko, Bridgman.
Chris Polite, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian.
Joe Reddinger, Iron Mountain North Dickinson
Bob Saylor, Reese
Lou Rau, Beal City; Gary Lee, Flint Hamady.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2012 Michigan High School Football State Champions

Division 1:
Cass Tech beats Catholic Central 36-21

Division 2:
Brother Rice beats Muskegon 35-28

Divison 3:
Grand Rapids Christian beats Orchard Lake Saint Mary in 1OT 40-37

Divison 4:
South Christian beats Country Day 40-7

Division 5:
Portland beats West Catholic 12-9

Divison 6:
Ithaca beats Constantine 37-27

Divison 7:
Ishpeming beats Loyola 20-14

Division 8:
Harbor Beach beats Beal City 35-10

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Grand Rapids Christian beats Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 40-37 in Division 3 Final

The Division 3 final always seems to live up to its billing as the most exciting game of the weekend.  After the Brother Rice and Muskegon thriller just one day earlier, this game would need to have a lot of storylines and a great ending.  It's safe to say that this game raised the bar!

Drake Harris was looking to top the single season MHSAA record and that was the first storyline of this game. Harris would need 128 yards to break the record. Which he would exceed by 100+ yards.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's won the toss and let Grand Rapids Christian start with the ball.  On the 2nd play of the game Alex Van De Vusse found Drake Harris open for a 49 yard gain.  The next play was a rush by Seth McIntosh who found the end zone from 29 yards out.  Before the clock even hit one minute, Christian led 7-0.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's responded with an 80 yard drive of their own, on the 8th play - Charles Croone took the handoff 14 yards up the middle for a touchdown and Christian and OLSM were tied.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's used a 14 play drive to head into the second quarter but Matt Linehan's 4th down pass fell and incomplete and Christian capitalized.

On the first play of the drive Van De Vusse found Drake Harris who cut up field and scored on a 74 yard reception.

Grand Rapids Christian went for the onside kick and they recovered the ball but the next play was an interception by Jalen-Watts Jackson of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's again went for it on 4th down and was unable to convert, giving the ball back to Christian.

On the 5th play of the drive, that Drake Harris wasn't utilized, Van De Vusse scrambled to his left and scored on the QB keeper from 47 yards out.  The PAT snap was bad and Christian's led held up at 20-7.

OLSM called in more plays for Grant Niemiec on the next drive and added 15 yards with a facemask was in great position to score when Linehan dropped back and found Van Jefferson open for a 33 yard touchdown with a minute and half left in the half.

To start the 2nd half Orchard Lake Saint Mary listened closely to coach and came out ready to strike in the 3rd quarter.  On the 9th play of an 80 yard drive Niemiec forced his way past the goal line with a 1 yard touchdown run.  OLSM had a false start of the PAT and 2015 DB Mitch Damstra blocked the PAT to keep the score tied at 20-20.

Grand Rapids Christian responded be a great drive of their own, it all started with a 66 yard return by Davaris Collier who was brought down by his facemask.  3 plays later on 2nd and goal, McIntosh the carry 4 yards to his left to bring GRC back on top, 27-22.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's appeared to score the game tying touchdown following a 60 yard rush by Parker McInnis but Niemiec fumbled at the 2 yard line and Christian took over from there.  It didn't appear to help thought as Van De Vusse was sacked in the end zone by Sean Bauer for a safety.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's, Grant Niemiec took the opening play of the 4th quarter 23 yards and 4 plays later, Niemiec again punched the ball in from 1 yard for an OLSM touchdown, the Eaglets now led 30-27 following a 2 point conversion by QB Matt Linehan.

Grand Rapids Christian looked to get the lead back and that goal nearly was stopped after a fumble but the Eagles recovered and following a 38 yard reception by Drake Harris, it was the next play that Seth McIntosh scored from 32 yards out to push the lead back to 34-30 in favor of Grand Rapids Christian.

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's had 7 minutes left and they wanted to do nothing but move the ball upfield and remove as much time as possible.  A 12 play, 80 yard drive that took just over 5 minutes off the clock did just that.  On the 12th play, Niemiec ran up the middle for a 3 yard touchdown run.  Orchard Lake Saint Mary's lead was now at 37-34 with just 2:06 remaining.

Grand Rapids Christian began the drive at their own 20 yard line on a touchback.  Christian quickly faced a 4th and 3, both teams exchanged timeouts and when play was resumed Van De Vusse found Harris open for a 15 yard gain and allowed the chains to move.

On a 4th and 8, Christian appeared to be in trouble until Van De Vusse escaped the pocket and delivered a high pass to Drake Harris.  Harris leaped up to snatch the ball out of the air but was drilled by Tyson Smith, the crowd held its breath as Harris nearly flipped around but the crowd erupted once Harris got up with the ball.

The Eagles eventually faced a 4th and 1 from the 13 yard line.  GRC called on the leg of its kicker, Joel Schipper with 4 seconds left, Schipper easily put the 28 yard kick through the posts and overtime was next!

To start overtime each team begins 10 yards out from the goal line.  Orchard Lake Saint Mary's was up first, facing a 4th and 3. Instead of taking the safe 3 points, Orchard Lake Saint Mary's went for the touchdown, Linehan's pass was incomplete to Niemiec and the next play Joel Schipper's 27 yard field goal was good and Grand Rapids Christian was the Division 2 State Champions.

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Portland beats West Catholic 12-9 in Division 5 Final

Division 5 turned out being the most unpredictable division during the post season and Portland and West Catholic relied on what got them to the game, defense, to pull out the victory.  Both teams had just over 100 rushing yards and 200 passing yards.

Portland started the game as well as any team could, forcing a 3 and out and starting a drive that went 83 yards in 13 plays.  On 2nd and goal from the 1, 2014 QB Tanner Allison scored on a keeper to give Portland the early 6-0 lead, following a bad snap.

Following a West Catholic interception, Portland was stuck deep in their own 6 yard line.  On  the 2nd play of the drive, Allison dropped back and found a wide open Austin Brandt who dropped the would be touchdown.  On the next play, Allison dropped back again but with pressure was in the process of going down for a sack.  Allison a baseball commit for Western Michigan somehow chucked up the pass that went right to Brandt.  This time Brandt took it downfield for a spectacular 94 yard touchdown catch.  Portland would fail the 2 point conversion but the 12 points would be enough in this game.

A Logan Seal interception on West Catholic snapped their drive 7 plays later but West Catholic held Portland to a 3 and out and punt.  On West Catholic's next drive they relied on 2014 RB Andy Corey for 5 of the 7 plays and he would score from 8 yards out with 1 minute left in the half to cut the Portland lead to 5 points.

The third quarter was each team going back and forth but neither team could add points on the board.  West Catholic's 27 yard field goal was blocked but Portland wasn't able to capitalize on the momentum.

West Catholic snapped the scoring drought in the 4th quarter when 2014 DE/LB Mitch Stanitzek sacked Allison in the end zone for a safety.

West Catholic had one last chance following a recovered fumble in the final minutes but a false start pushed West Catholic far enough that they couldn't convert for a touchdown.  Portland took over from there and picked up a first down and ran out the clock to win the D5 State Title.

Cass Tech beats Catholic Central 36-21 in Division 1 Final

In a rare rematch on the big stage, Cass Tech and Detroit Catholic Central faced off for the 2nd time in 2 years.  Although the two games didn't quite play out the same, it was still the same result.

Catholic Central used 3 different players to attempt to crack Cass Tech's defense but each carry was for minimal yards and CC would be forced to punt after a quick 3 and out.  A booming punt by Zach Bock pinned Cass Tech at their own 11 yard line.

Cass Tech who was loaded with playmakers all over the field, took 1 play to remind everyone how dominant they could be. 2015 QB Jayru Campbell looked to his left and found a somewhat open Jourdan Lewis who is going to play at Michigan.  Lewis leaped up in between two Shamrock defensive backs and came down with both feet and seen nothing but green ahead of him.  Just like that Cass Tech led 6-0, 20 seconds into their first offensive possession Cass Tech led, 6-0.

Catholic Central picked up 38 yards on a catch from Anthony Darkangelo but two plays later he was hit in the backfield and fumbled.  Kenton Gibbs who committed to North Carolina State took the fumble 58 yards for a touchdown.  The Technicians now held a 12-0 lead.

Catholic Central again drove on Cass Tech but 2014 DB Damon Webb who committed to Ohio State hit the ball out of Zach Bock's hands and Webb even recovered his own forced fumble.

Cass Tech would punt and the Shamrocks began another long drive that took 12 plays and 73 yards but Garrett Moores pass found Webb's hands at the CT 10 yard line.

Catholic Central then returned the favor on Cass Tech, 2014 RB Deon Drake who committed to Michigan State was stripped by 2014 DE Dylan Roney and CC recovered the loose football. On the 9th play of the drive that started in Cass Tech territory, Moores found a wide open Zach Bock for a 18 yard touchdown reception.

Cass Tech concluded the 2nd quarter with a 31 yard punt by Kenneth Snapp to make the score 15-7.

Cass Tech started the 3rd quarter with the ball, a 57 yard rush by 2015 RB Mike Weber that was ruled out of bounds setup a 30 yard rush by Deon Drake that he went right up the gut of the defense for a touchdown. Cass Tech was now up 22-7.

Cass Tech went back to it's 2011 form with a major drive that used 16 plays in 79 yards during the span of 7:20 minutes.  On the 16th play, Jayru Campbell who passed for 5 touchdowns in 2011, burst into the end zone from 3 yards out to push the lead to 29-7 with 8 minutes left in the game.

Catholic Central responded with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Zach Bock and a 49 yard touchdown pass to Jon Malone.

Any hope Catholic Central had of a comeback was ended when Delano Hill stepped in front of Moores pass deep in the Cass Tech zone and Hill took it 84 yards for a touchdown and celebrated with the fans behind the goal post and was mobbed by a few teammates.

Ishpeming beats Loyola 20-14 in Division 7 Final

The Division 7 final was filled with two teams who had every intention of not giving up and inch and fighting for every inch they could.  Each team had 40 carries and over 200 rushing yards but it was Ishpeming who had 32 more yards and 6 more points at the end of the game.

Loyola started off shaky by fumbling the opening kickoff but recovered it, only to go 3 and out and punt.  Ishpeming looking to make a statement, picked up a first down and then 2 plays later, RB Eric Kostreva rushed to his left and found a hole.  Kostreva's 55 yard touchdown gave Ishpeming an early 6-0 lead.

Loyola again would go 3 and out, Ishepming would come back with a 14 play, 43 yard drive that took nearly 9 minutes off the clock, it would result in a punt and Loyola started at their own 27 yard line.

Loyola would settle down this drive and take a 73 yard drive in 13 plays that ate 6:38 minutes off the clock.  On the 13th play, QB Toby Sharpe stepped back found RB Keymonn'e Gabriel who did the rest and scored from 28 yards out.  Marvin Campbell would score on the 2 point conversion and Loyola was up 8-6 with 3:14 remaining in the first half.

Ishpeming started the 2nd half with the ball and used 7 minutes.  On the 12th play of the 58 yard drive, RB Eric Kostreva ran to his left from 2 yard out for his second touchdown of the game.  The 2 point conversion failed again but Ishpeming was back on top 12-8.

Loyola responded with a touchdown of their own on the next drive.  On the 10th play of a 52 yard drive, Keymonn'e Gabriel scored from 20 yards out and the 2 point conversion failed and Loyola was back on top 14-12.

Ishpeming would come right back down field, a 60 yard rush by Kostreva setup Ispehming to retake the lead.  Two plays later Kostreva found the end zone from 3 yards out.  Alex Briones who was solid all game at both the quarterback position and safety scored on the 2 point conversion keeper, Ishpeming now led 20-14.

Loyola was on its way to another touchdown following a well executed fake punt run by Gabriel but he couldn't get into the end zone and eventually was stopped shy of the first down inside the Ishpeming 10 yard line.

Ishpeming did all they could to run 4:22 off the clock with 7 plays and punt.  Loyola went to the air to finish off the game but the final pass incomplete and just like Ishpeming was the division 7 state champions.

Friday, November 23, 2012

South Christian beats Country Day 40-7 in Division 4 Final

The nightcap sure turned out to be the surprising game of the day, after the three previous game were expected to be close, mostly everyone around the state expected Country Day to take advantage of South Christian after their starting QB, 2015 - Jon Wassink was forced to sit out.

Country Day began the game with the ball and picked up a first down on the legs of Richard Wilson but would put to South Christian and the Sailors would embark on a 10 play and 70 yard drive.  Derek Woltjer who was filling in for Wassink, led the Sailors with passes and run plays, and led the team to 5 first downs on the drive.  On the 10th play Woltjer scored on a QB keeper from 13 yards out and just like that South Christian had control of the game.

Country Day came right down field as the opening quarter expired and 2 plays into the 2nd quarter faced a 4th and 4 from the South Christian 28 yard line.  Tyler Wiegers attempted to find his brother Tristin Wiegers but it fell incomplete and South Chrisian capitalized on Country Day.

After a Poet Thomas sack, South Christian faced a 2nd and 12 and the next play was an incompletion until a flag was thrown for pass interference and South Christian took advantage of the penalty.  After a 2 yard rush by Senior playmarker, Chad Sterk - Woltjer found an open Jason Miller for a 41 yard touchdown reception.  Just like that South Christian held a 14-0 lead.

Both teams had quick drives but South Christian's drive had 2 sacks from DE Derrick Coleman, and the 2nd one was even a fumble but Woltjer recovered his own fumble.

After a 2 yard punt return by Wilson, Wiegers dropped back and delivered a perfect pass that Moe Ways caught in full stride for a 54 yard touchdown reception.

At halftime South Christian began with the ball at their own 19.  7 plays later, the Sailors covered all 81 yard of the field.  Woltjer had a pass and catch with Austin Deikever from 20 yards out.

South Christian forced a 3 and out on Country Day deep in their own zone.  Chad Sterk caught the ball at the Country Day 31 and found his way into the end zone, the PAT was blocked but the score was now 27-7.

After forcing Country Day to turn the ball over on downs, South Christian used a 2 play drive to bury Country Day.  Woltjer would score on a 69 yard touchdown run.

Woltjer followed that up with an interception on the next defensive possession and led the Sailors into the 4th quarter with a 26 point lead.

On the 9th play of a 40 yard drive, Austin Deikever scored from 6 yards out on the ground and that would cap off the scoring.

Ithaca beats Constantine 37-27 in Division 6 Final

Much like last season when these two teams met for the Division 6 title. Constantine held the early advantage appeared that they had Ithaca figured out with their Wing T offense. This year Ithaca had to climb the biggest hill in the world when 2014 QB Travis Smith went down on his 2nd play of the game and 2014 WR/DB Logan Hessbrook took over his duties.

Constantine started with the ball and drove 78 yards with 12 plays that also ate half of the first quarter for the games first touchdown.  QB Tommy Reed capped off the 12 play drive with a 3 yard touchdown.

Travis Smith and Ithaca looked to tie things up, just like last years shoot-out with Constantine, would unfortunately go down with a shoulder injury and didn't return the remainder of the game. DB/WR Logan Hessbrook came into the game and immediately picked up a first down on a rush.  2 plays later, Hessbrook scored on a 48 scamper and just like that Yellowjackets who won 41 straight were able to relax, knowing they were in good hands.

Constantine fought right back on their next drive which was highlighted by a 67 yard rush by runningback Ben Mallo which brought the ball to the 3 yard line, set up a touchdown for Constantine.  Two plays later Jeff Steiner scored from 2 yards out on a rush and Constantine was back up 14-7.

Ithaca then took a 15 yard drive to the red zone but it would end when Justin Bontrage of Constantine intercepted Hessbrook's pass at the goal line and returned the ball to the 10 yard line.

Ithaca would force a turnover on their next possession as well when Reed fumbled and Ithaca's Rickey King recovered the ball at the Constantine 31 yard line.  On 3rd and 9, Hessbrook dropped back and found an open Markes Gadlen and Ithaca equalized the score at 14-14.

Constantine again came out strong following a touchdown, on the 4th play of the drive following a first down run, Justin Hull took the carry 52 yards for a touchdown with 4:06 in the half but Seth Capen blocked the PAT, moving the score to 20-14.

Ithaca looked to end the half on a good note and did just that after Zach Allen returned the kickoff 30 yards.  7 plays later and just over half the field covered, Hessbrook found TE/H-Back Jared Evers for a 22 yard touchdown.  Ithaca missed the PAT and the score remained 20-20.

On Constantine's first possession they went for the 1st down on 4th down and were stuffed at their own 49 yard line.  Ithaca wasted no time to spare, steadily moving the ball up field until the Hessbrook scored on a QB keeper to make the score 27-20.

Constantine had a 7 play and 13 yard drive that ended on a punt that was blocked by Tyler Gibson who also recovered the loose ball and picked up an extra 8 yards to bring the ball to the Constantine 12 yard line.  The drive would backwards as the 3rd ended but Sage DeMull booted a 33 yard field goal to extend the lead to 30-20.

Constantine again punted and Ithaca's offense kept moving the ball.  A quick near 3 minute drive with just 6 plays covered 65 yards for a touchdown when Jared Evers scored on a 32 yard touchdown run.  With the lead 17 it was all but over for Constantine.

Constantine quickly scored a touchdown on a 2 play drive that covered 80 yards in just 30 seconds.  Ben Mallo's 37 yard touchdown run cut the deficit to 37-27.

Constantine again drove but Jordan Hessbrook forced a fumble that Ithaca recovered.

With the win, Ithaca has won 42 straight games and the last 3 Division 6 State Titles.

Brother Rice beats Muskegon 35-28 in Division 8 Final

Brother Rice was looking to do something they have never done before and that was win back to back State Championships.  Throughout Al Fracassa's legendary tenure, he wasn't about to lead the Warriors to this feat.  Muskegon and Brother Rice played one of the most entertaining games in recent years.

Muskegon came into the game led by RB John King who exceeded 1,000 yards on the year but Brother Rice had seen it all down the season and with Wyandotte Roosevelt in the semi-final and held King to just 23 yards.

Muskegon began with the ball and had first down runs by QB Jalen Smith and John King, but from there it was Fracassa who could of made one of his best decision in his career called timeout after just 2 plays and 39 yards surrendered.  Three plays following the timeout, Muskegon punted and Brother Rice began with the ball at their own 20.

On 3rd and 3, Brother Rice gave the ball to the red hot Shon Powell who has been on a tear during the playoffs, the result was a 54 yard rush and just like that Brother Rice had all the momentum.  Brother Rice faced a 3rd and 7 but Cheyne Lacanaria found his Class of 2014 younger brother, Corey Lacanaria for a 16 yard touchdown with 6:38 in the first quarter.

Brother Rice defense held Muskegon to a punt and drove downfield at the first quarter ended.  2015 QB Alex Malzone led the Brother Rice offense during this drive and on the 11th play capped off the 76 yard drive with a easy 9 yard touchdown pass to Joshua Flye and Brother Rice now up 14-0.

Muskegon took over following a touchback. The Big Reds used balance and six different players to drive down field and cut the lead to 7 points.  On the 10th play Javontae Langst took the the 1st and goal from the 3rd yard for a touchdown with 6:28 in the first half.

Brother Rice was unable to moved the ball the next four positions but still held tough on defense, although Muskegon moved the ball they couldn't crack the Warriors defense.  That was until the end of the 3rd quarter, Jalen Smith had 50 yards on 4  carries on this drive but on the 4th one, he was hit hard and was unable to come back, without any dropoff, backup 2014 QB/DB Deshaun Thrower needed just 2 QB keepers to pick up the final 3 yards for the touchdown.  Now with 1:58 in the 3rd quarter, Brother Rice and Muskegon were tied at 14.  Neither team knew or could prepare for what would happen the final 12 minutes.

After pinning Muskegon at their own 4 yard line to start the 4th quarter, Muskegon picked up a first down after Jalen Smith came back but he fumbled at the 12 yard line and 2014 LB Shaun Jones recovered the loose football.  After Lacanaria wasn't unable to connect with Greg Marzec, Shon Powell took the handoff and found his way into the back of the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown run.

Muskegon sensing danger opened up their playbook with some pass plays and 14 plays later found the end zone, when Marcus Smith rushed in from 11 yards out, deadlocking the score at 21-21 with just over 4 minutes left.

Brother Rice who had trouble moving the ball downfield lately, relied on a good old trick play to regain the lead.  After a short rush by Powell, on 2nd down Malzone received the flea flicker from the RB and found a wide open Corey Lacanaria down the right sideline,  the 77 yard touchdown appeared to dampen the Muskegon sideline but Muskegon didn't panic.

Muskegon took advantage of a pass interference on Brother Rice, used two rushes to get to the 49 yard line, then Deshaun Thrower dropped back and found Keondre Craig wide open on a post route, just like that the game was tied at 28 with 2:31 left.

The next 18 seconds was filled with nothing but excitement, sitting on the edge of the seat, thrill, hopelessness, and would turn out to be the defining play of the weekend.

On the ensuing kickoff, Muskegon kicked the ball to the right side of the field where 2015 KR Delano Madison fielded the catch, after taking a few steps up field, Madison paused and threw a lateral 2 yards backwards to the left sideline where 2014 DB/K Jason Alessi caught the ball and sprinted towards the Brother Rice sideline.  After dodging tacklers, Alessi cut up field and seen nothing but green turf ahead of him.  Alessi walked into the end zone which went down as a 91 yard kickoff return touchdown.

Muskegon now shaken from the touchdown, would start at their own 4 yard line after Demetrius Brown accidentally downed the ball.  Muskegon would go 4 and out from there and Brother Rice was poised to just knee the ball and pick up the win.

On Brother Rice's first play, Cheyne Lacanaria took the snap and turned to his right and dropped the ball when he swung around, Muskegon recovered the loose ball and was more than content to have a second chance.

Muskegon moved up the 49 yard and tried a Hail Mary but the pass fell 5 yards ahead of the Muskegon WR and like that, this classic was over.

Harbor Beach beats Beal City 35-10 in Division 8 Final

Harbor Beach didn't exactly get started on the right foot to start the 2012 MHSAA State Finals but it would prove it could bounce back from the adversity.  On the 2nd play following a touchback, Harbor Beach's JR QB Eli Kraft would throw an interception to Beal City's JR DB Ty Rollin.  Rollin returned the interception to 24 yard line, Harbor Beach didn't let Beal City continue their momentum.  7 players later, Beal City faced a 4th and goal from the 4 yard line, Rollin would take the carry 3 yards but was brought down 1 yard shy of the goal line and Harbor Beach took over from there.

Both teams would swap punts after Harbor Beach turned around the field position after starting at their own 1 yard line.  Harbor Beach didn't waste anytime on their 2nd drive to go for the big play.  Kraft would find the versatile RB, Aaron Ginther for a 54 yard touchdown with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Harbor Beach would again hold strong after a 6 play drive by Beal City was stalled and resulted in a BC punt.  Harbor Beach led the drive with a 5 yard rush, on the next play Kraft dropped back and found Travis Essenmacher who found his way to the Beal City end zone.  With 45 seconds remaining in the 1st quarter, Harbor Beach was now up 14-0.

Beal City responded with a 10 play drive that resulted in a 30 yard field goal to cut the Harbor Beach lead to 14-3.

Again both teams exchanged punts but Aaron Ginther unlike the previous where he called for a fair catch, took the punt and was tackled at the Beal City 7 yard line.  Following Ginther's 76 yard return it took 2 plays before Eli Kraft scored on the QB keeper to extend the lead to 21-3.

With 3:25 left in the 2nd quarter, Harbor Beach began their drive looking to possibly put away Beal City for good.  The Beal City defense held strong and forced a punt but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the ball back to Harbor Beach and they would do the rest from there.  On the 12th play of the drive, 2015 RB Aaron Seltz scored from 6 yards out, pushing the lead to 28-3.

Beal City began the 2nd half with the ball and consistently moved the ball upfield with runs of 15 and 17 yards by Ty Rollin, Beal City was in striking distance.  Beal City called on Rollin to get the job done.  With runs of 7 and then 11 yards, Beal City cut the deficit to 28-10 with 8:36 left in the 3rd quarter.

Beal City then would force a 3 and out and down the punt at the Harbor Beach 47 yard line.  Beal City drove into the red zone but on 4th down at the 4.  Alex Schafer was stopped for a no gain and Harbor Beach took over from there.

Harbor Beach again was able to get out of their own red zone with an 11 play and 71 yard drive was cut by Alex Schafer of Beal City who forced the fumble, recovered the fumble, and took it 7 yards.

The next play however would be a 54 yard interception by Colin Cook of Harbor Beach who was pushed out of bounds at the 6 yard line.  Following a 5 yard keeper by Eli Kraft, Derek Pfaff scored on a 1 yard touchdown run to cap off the scoring in the Division 8 State Finals.

Both teams had the ball once more but it was ultimately Harbor Beach who ran out the clock and win their first State Championship in school history.  In 1991 Harbor Beach fell to Muskegon Catholic Central.

Harbor Beach finished with a 13-1 record, with their only loss coming to Division 5 powerhouse, Menominee in week 3, 46-25.

Beal City finished with a 13-1 record.  Beal City appeared in their 6th state final game where they have a record of 2-4 with their last appearance being in 2009 when they defeated Crystal Falls Forest Park.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jalen Watts-Jackson DB/WR 2014

Up 13-6 late in the 4th quarter,Orchard Lake St.Mary's defense needed one more stop to defeat Cass Tech. Cass Tech QB Jayru Campbell's pass was tipped and DB Jalen Watts-Jackson dove to the ground for the interception,and sealed the win for his team. Watts-Jackson is a junior at O'Lake and is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Last year as a 10th grader he helped the Eaglets win a Division 3 state title and finds himself in that very same position this coming Saturday. He was able to talk to TheDZone about the upcoming title game versus Grand Rapids Christian and what his college prospects are.

Position(s): DB/WR Height: 6'0 Weight: 174
First high school game ever played or started: My first game started was against Toledo St.John's sophomore year.
Most memorable high school game ever played: Versus Cass Tech this year.
Pregame rituals: I usually sit with the other DB's and joke around with teammate Tyson Smith.
Postgame rituals: I hang out with my teammates. I never go home.
Athlete you model your game after: I try to be like Patrick Petersen.

Branden Hunter/The Dzone - How does it feel to be playing for another state title and what would it mean to you to win a second one?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "It always feels great knowing all your hardwork payed off and if we won that feeling would be great knowing I had something to do with both state titles".

Branden Hunter/The DZone - How big was it for you to have made the interception that sealed the win against Cass Tech?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "It was just a big relief knowing that we finally too away there big play ability and that it was over and we proved everyone wrong".

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - What's it like playing with Tyson Smith?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - " Well we have been playing together for about 5 years now. We've played little league together,and he's like a little brother to me".

Branden Hunter/The DZone - How has your recruitment been going so far?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "I've been getting alot of interest from schools like Iowa State and Ball State,but no offers yet".

Branden Hunter/TheDzone - Whats's it like playing for a program like Orchard Lake St.Mary's and a coach like George Porritt?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "It's tough because you're expected to live up to the tradition but overall it helps you play better and give you something to fight for".

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - How has the team been preparing this week for a shot at a title repeat?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "We just started,but we're watching alot of film and our coaches are cracking down heavy on us,starting with a hard running day yesterday".

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - What skills or abilities set you apart from other players on the field?

Jalen Watts-Jackson - "My football IQ and jumping ability".

Tyson Smith DB/WR-2015

Saturday night at Ford Field Orchard Lake St.Mary's will be going for their 2nd straight Division 3 state title against Grand Rapids Christian. The Eaglets are led by legendary coach George Porritt,and seniors Grant Niemiec,Parker McInnis and Matt Linehan. But O'Lake also has several underclassmen who have contributed a great deal to their 11-2 season and state title run. One of those underclassmen is sophomore Tyson Smith. Smith doubles as a DB and WR,and projects to be a sought after prospect in the class of 2015. He intercepted two passes in the Prep Bowl versus Catholic Central to help give his team it's first Catholic League Central Divison title in seven years. Tyson Smith shared with TheDzone his thoughts on competing for another state title and how is recruitment has faired.

Position(s): CB/WR Height: 5'11" Weight: 170
First high school game ever played or started: My first high school game was last year on JV against West Catholic.
Most memorable high school game ever played: This year when we beat Cass Tech.
Pregame rituals: Me and my teammate Jalen Watts-Jackson joke around and laugh.
Postgame rituals: After a game I always watch film on myself to see what I did good and bad.
Athlete you model your game after: Deion Sanders because just like him I just love playing football. It dose not matter where,when,or with who,it's a love of the game.

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - How does it feel to  be playing for a state title Saturday,and what would a victory mean to you?

Tyson Smith - "It feels good. I was playing on varsity last year,but didn't play,and we won last year. It would mean alot to me because I love my team,and I want the seniors I play with to have something to remember about their senior year.

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - Was that win over Cass Tech earlier in the season the team's signature win?

Tyson Smith - "So far yes,but that might change Saturday nigh!"

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - You played a really good game versus Catholic Central in the Prep Bowl,who would you say is O'Lake's biggest Catholic League rival,and why?

Tyson Smith - "Between CC and Brother Rice i would say Brother Rice because they always have a potential state champsionship quality team.\

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - You are only a sophomore,but what schools have begun to show you interest?

Tyson Smith - "I'm hearing from UCLA,Ohio State and Bowling Green so far.

Branden Hunter/The DZone - How does playing alongside teammate Jalen Watts-Jackson help your game and what kind of teammate would you say he is?

Tyson Smith - "Me and Jalen have been playing football since the 6th grade,so we're normally on the same page helpinh each other out,and he's a great teammate.

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - How has coach Porritt been preparing you guys for the title game this weekend?

Tyson Smith - "He has always told us to out physical every team,and he says to always have fun. He tells us to play for each other and have fun doing it.

Branden Hunter/TheDZone - What player and/or team would you say gave you guys the best competiton this season?

Tyson Smith - "I would have to say our toughest competition was probably Muskegon,and we've seen all types of players,but I would have to say Anthony Darkangelo of Catholic Central,because he was pretty tough and a good player both ways.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Michigan High School Football Fan Vote for State Finals

All votes are compiled from fans on Twitter.  Simply retweeting who they think will win this Saturday.

170 RT's for Cass Tech over Catholic Central (Vote Here Now)
132 RT's for Catholic Central over Cass Tech (Vote Here Now)
As of Wednesday Night, Cass Tech 56% and Catholic Central 44%

106 RT's for Brother Rice over Muskegon (Vote Here Now)
47 RT's for Muskegon over Brother Rice (Vote Here Now)
Brother Rice 69% and Muskegon 29%

116 RT's for Orchard Lake Saint Mary's over GR Christian (Vote Here Now)
35 RT's for GR Christian over Orchard Lake Saint Mary's (Vote Here Now)
Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 77% and GR Christian 23%

53 RT's for Country Day over Grand Rapids South Christian (Vote Here Now)
32 RT's for Grand Rapid South Christian over Country Day (Vote Here Now)
Country Day 62% and South Christian 38%

82 RT's for Portland over Grand Rapids West Catholic (Vote Here Now)
44 RT's for Grand Rapid West Catholic over Portland (Vote Here Now)
Portland 65% and West Catholic 35%

56 RT's for Ithaca over Constantine (Vote Here Now)
1 RT for Constantine over Ithaca (Vote Here Now)
Ithaca 98% and Constantine 2%

26 RT's for Loyola over Ishpeming (Vote Here Now)
2 RT's for Ishpeming over Loyola (Vote Here Now)
Loyola 93% and Ishpeming 7%

30 RT's for Beal City over Harbor Beach (Vote Here Now)
6 RT's for Harbor Beach over Beal City (Vote Here Now)
Beal City 83% and Harbor Beach 17%

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Michigan High School Football Teams and Schedule for State Finals 2012

Friday, Nov. 23

Division 8 - 10 am
Beal City (13-0) vs. Harbor Beach (12-1)

Division 2 - 1 pm
Muskegon (12-1) vs. Birmingham Brother Rice (11-2)

Division 6 - 4:30 pm
Ithaca (13-0) vs. Constantine (11-2)

Division 4 - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids South Christian (10-3) vs. Detroit Country Day (11-2)

Saturday, Nov. 24

Division 7 - 10 am
Ishpeming (12-1) vs. Detroit Loyola (13-0)

Division 1 - 1 pm
Detroit Catholic Central (9-4) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (11-2)

Division 5 - 4:30 pm
Grand Rapids West Catholic (10-3) vs. Portland (12-1)

Division 3 - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Christian (12-1) vs. Orchard Lake St Mary's (11-2)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Past Players of the Year in Michigan

Since The D - Zone began in September 2010, we have selected an award for the Overall player of the year, offensive player of the year, and defensive player of the year.  2012's selection will be released in the upcoming weeks.

The D - Zone's 2010 Michigan High School Football Player of the Year:
Valdez Showers - Madison Heights - RB/DB

Showers rushed for 2,024 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior and added 18 receptions for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns.  In Showers last two season's he compiled 49 rushing touchdowns.

Valdez Showers committed and signed with the Florida Gators, where he was redshirted his Freshman season at Free Safety.

2010 Offensive Player of the Year:
Ryan Burkard - Romeo - RB/P

Rushed for 1,267 rushing yards his senior season with 21 rushing touchdowns in just 10 games.  Burkard was a nightmare for defenses to tackle, often times you seen 2-3 players trying to bring down Burkard.

Ryan Burkard did not sign to play football.

2010 Defensive Player of the Year:
Desmond Morgan - West Ottawa - LB

After an injury plagued Senior season at West Ottawa, Morgan still went crazy with 72 tackles and 4 forced fumbles.  Morgan was also the team's quarterback when he was healthy.

Desmond Morgan received the Michigan scholarship offer following the season and immediately committed and then signed with the Wolverines a month later.  Morgan has since played in all but 2 games for Michigan.

The D - Zone's 2011 Michigan High School Football Player of the Year:
Prescott Line - Oxford - RB/LB

From the opening hit against Lake Orion last season until the last carry against Rochester Adams in the playoffs, it was clear Prescott Line was the most dangerous player in the state.  In Line's Senior season he would finish with 2,454 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns. Plus 128 tackles as a linebacker.

Prescott Line signed with Southern Methodist (SMU) and is currently redshirted.

2011 Offensive Player of the Year:
Kyle Dinkins - Ecorse - QB

As a Junior, Dinkins had his best season, throwing for 2,803 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Dinkins also was a major threat running the ball, illustrated by 83 carries for 601 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.

Kyle Dinkins is currently a Senior and undecided on where he will sign in February.

2011 Defensive Player of the Year:
Jordan Fields - Grand Blanc - DB/WR

Jordan Fields followed his breakout Junior year with 31 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups as a Senior.  On the offensive side of the ball, Fields caught 67 passes for 1,088 yards, and 13 touchdowns in his final season.

Jordan Fields would commit to Central Michigan and wound up getting offered Kentucky and Michigan State, but Fields remained committed and is currently redshirted at Central Michigan.

Note:  All 6 of these players were selected the year their season ended.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2013 Michigan High All Star Game Set for June 22nd at Grand Valley State

Allendale, Mich. (Nov. 15 2012)  -- The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) announced today that the 33rd MHSFCA East-West All Star Game will be played at Arend D. Lubbers Stadium on the campus of Grand Valley State University on Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Game time will be announced at a later date.

“The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association is very pleased to announce that the 33rd East-West All Star Game will be played at Grand Valley State University,” said Jim Sparks, 2013 MHSFCA East-West All Star Game chairman and head football coach at Clawson (Mich.) High School. “We have received a tremendous welcome from Grand Valley State and look forward to working with the GVSU Athletic Department to host a great high school football event at Lubbers Stadium.”

The game will feature 88 of the best high school players in the state as selected by a state-wide group of MHSFCA member coaches.  Player selection will be announced by MHSFCA in January.

“We are extremely excited to host the 33rd Annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All Star Game at Arend D. Lubbers Stadium,” said Grand Valley State University Director of Athletics Tim Selgo. “We have one of the finest Division II football facilities in the country and it will be a great venue for this game.”

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Week 12 High School Football Fan Poll

All votes are compiled from fans on Twitter.  Simply retweeting who they think will win this Saturday.  

All voting is now complete. Good luck to all teams tomorrow.

168 RT's for Catholic Central over Rockford (Vote Here Now)
67 RT's for Rockford over Catholic Central (Vote Here Now)
As of Friday Night, Catholic Central 71% and Rockford 29%

95 RT's for Lake Orion over Cass Tech (Vote Here Now)
80 RT's for Cass Tech over Lake Orion (Vote Here Now)
As of Friday Night, Lake Orion 54% and Cass Tech 46%

50 RT's for Caledonia over Muskegon (Vote Here Now)
23 RT's for Muskegon over Caledonia (Vote Here Now)
As of Friday Night, Caledonia 68% and Muskegon 32%

103 RT's for Wyandotte Roosevelt over Brother Rice (Vote Here Now)
98 RT's for Brother Rice over Wyandotte Roosevelt (Vote Here Now)
As of Friday Night, Wyandotte Roosevelt 51% and Brother Rice 49%

41 RT's for DeWitt over Grand Rapids Christian (Vote Here Now)
28 RT's for Grand Rapids Christian over DeWitt (Vote Here Now)
DeWitt 59% and Grand Rapids Christian 41%

83 RT's for Orchard Lake Saint Mary's over Harper Creek (Vote Here Now)
72 RT's for Harper Creek over Orchard Lake Saint Mary's (Vote Here Now)
Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 53% and Harper Creek 47%

7 RT's for Grand Rapids South Christian over Comstock Park (Vote Here Now)
3 RT's for Comstock Park over Grand Rapids South Christian (Vote Here Now)
South Christian 70% and Comstock Park 30%

46 RT's for Country Day over Saginaw Swan Valley (Vote Here Now)
43 RT's for Saginaw Swan Valley over Country Day (Vote Here Now)
Country Day 52% and Swan Valley 48%

5 RT's for Grand Rapids West Catholic over Menominee (Vote Here Now)
4 RT's for Menominee over Grand Rapids West Catholic (Vote Here Now)
West Catholic 55% and Menominee 45%  

60 RT's for Portland over Father Gabriel Richard (Vote Here Now)
37 RT's for Father Gabriel Richard over Portland (Vote Here Now)
Portland 62% and Father Gabriel Richard 38%

28 RT's for Ithaca over Shelby (Vote Here Now)
1 RT for Shelby over Ithaca (Vote Here Now)
Ithaca 96% and Shelby 4%

62 RT's for Saint Mary Catholic Central over Constantine (Vote Here Now)
7 RT's for Constantine over Saint Mary Catholic Central (Vote Here Now)
Saint Mary Catholic Central 90% and Constantine 10%

7 RT's for Pewamo Westphalia over Ishpeming (Vote Here Now)
2 RT's for Ishpeming over Pewamo Westphalia (Vote Here Now)
Pewamo Westphalia 78% and Ishpeming 22%

29 RT's for Flint Beecher of Loyola (Vote Here Now)
25 RT's for Loyola over Flint Beecher (Vote Here Now)
Flint Beecher 54% and Loyola 46%

18 RT's for Beal City over Saint Ignace LaSalle (Vote Here Now)
4 RT's for Saint Ignace LaSalle over Beal City (Vote Here Now)
Beal City 82% and Saint Ignace LaSalle 18%

8 RT's for Muskegon Catholic Central over Harbor Beach (Vote Here Now)
4 RT's for Harbor Beach over Muskegon Catholic Central (Vote Here Now)
Muskegon Catholic Central 67% and Harbor Beach 33%