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Monday, July 31, 2017

Super 11 in Michigan, July Week 5 - The most recent back-to-back-to-back State Champs




It is extremely tough to win 1 state championship.  It's tougher to defend a state championship when a target is on teams back for an entire season.  So when a team can win 3 titles in a row or more, that deserves some more recognition.  We'll review the most recent 3-time in a row or more state champions.

The Super 11 is a weekly feature done by The D Zone to highlight 11 key points throughout the week or in general related to Michigan High School Sports.



1.  Saint Mary's Eaglets (2014-Present)
-  OLSM is the most recent back-to-back-to-back State Champions as the D3 title game is the last of 8 state championship games on Thanksgiving weekend.  The Eaglets have been in the state finals every single year since 2007 that they earned a playoff berth.  Throughout the past 3 years, St. Mary's has cruised in every playoff game until they meet their final test in the finals.  In 2014 and 2016, The Eaglets and the Muskegon Big Reds had epic games.

2. West Catholic Falcons (2013-Present)
- The 7th game of the 2016 finals showcased West Catholic beating Menominee for their 4th straight D5 title.  In each of WC's four state title wins they beat Menominee early during the playoffs and also in the finals as well.   Lansing Catholic also is a team that the Falcons beat all 4 years, ranging from district games to the state finals.

3. Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders (2013-Present)
- MCC the past 4 years have engulfed Division 8 and have for the most part cruised their way to the top and will remain that way for a few more years.   Catholic Central's toughest test came in a defensive standstill in the 2015 finals vs. Our Lady of the Lakes as MCC won 7-0.

4. Ithaca Yellowjackets (2010-2013)
- An incredible streak of 69 straight wins took place during these four years that Ithaca won Division 6 four years in a row.  For the most part, all 4 final games were very interesting & close games.  In 2013 Ithaca escaped Montrose by a point in a deathly cold and windy semi-final game and then in 2012 starting QB Travis Smith was injured, Logan Hessbrook came in at QB and led Ithaca for the win over Constantine.

5. Brother Rice Warriors (2011-2013)
- Al Fracassa concluded his illustrious career by winning comfortably over Muskegon in 2013, after a nail-biter in 2012.  The Warriors were well tested through those 3 seasons and Division 2 on their side of the bracket was very tough at the time.

6.  East Grand Rapids Pioneers (2006-2010)
- Our first year back in 2010 concluded with EGR knocking off Saint Mary's in the D3 finals for the 3rd time in 4 years.  In 2007 and 2009 the two had 2 great games that East Grand Rapids won by the scores of 24-21 and 46-39 which was a 5 overtime game.

7. Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks (2001-2003)
- The Shamrocks are the only team to ever win 3 straight state titles in Division 1.  CC knocked out Eisenhower in 2001 and 2003 and East Kentwood in 2002.  CC's 2003 team scored 485 points which are a school record.

8. Harrison Hawks (1997-2001)
- Farmington Hills Harrison from this time period is considered the "measuring stick," as Harrison was absolutely loaded in this frame.  Harrison is the most recent team to win titles in different divisions.  In 1997 and 1998 they won the Class A title's which is essentially Division 2 now. In 1999 MHSAA went to its current Division 1 and 8 format and there Harrison won the next three Division 3 titles.

9.  DePorres Eagles (1981-1984)
- The now closed Detroit DePorres won 4 straight titles, 3 were in Class C and 1 was in Class D.  In those years the MHSAA had 4 state championships.  It wasn't until 1990 that the MHSAA added 4 more state title classifications.  DePorres cruised in their final wins over; Forest Park, Rogers City, South Christian, and Saint Francis.  In 1983 DePorres beat St. Francis in the finals and beat them again in a 1984 week 2 game.


No other teams since 1975 were able to win 3 titles in a row.  This doesn't include prior mythical state champions.

Grand Blanc Bobcats 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Grand Blanc / Genesee
School Mascot Name: Bobcats
2016 Record: 5-5
Conference/Division: KLAA Gold
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 1
Record last 3 seasons:  14-14
Record last 5 seasons:  27-22
Record last 10 seasons: 61-40

Head Coach: Clint Alexander
Head Coaching Experience:  First Season
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Director of Football Operations – Craig Blandford
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Joe Degain
Offensive Coordinator – Craig Rabidoux
Running Game Coordinator – Pat Dochenetz
Defensive Coordinator – Clint Alexander
Offensive Line – Pat Dochenetz
Tight Ends – Craig Rabidoux
Quarterbacks – Joe Lajewski
Running backs – Kendall Gaskins
Receivers – Tom Webber
Defensive Line – Mario Williams
Outside Linebackers – Chuck Schramm
Inside Linebackers – Clint Alexander
Defensive backs – Patrick Moore
Captains:
Joel Linden Sr Center 6'3 292 / Leonard Henry Jr Linebacker 6'4 216
Returning Starters on Offense: 2
Returning Starters on Defense: 2
Returning Key Players:
10 Leonard Henry 6’4 216 ILB Jr
11 Jace Parrish 6’1 182 DB Sr
71 Joel Linden 6’3 292 OL Sr
74 Aidan Martini 6’6 228 OL/LS
38 Tim Hayden 6’0 152 K Sr
Upcoming Players:
Players who were starters who were injured in camp last year or the first game.
2 Jayson Haralson 5’10 171 DB Sr
3 Carter Merrell 5’10 174 FL Sr
4 Alex Zaliagiris 5’11 171 WR Sr
17 Nick Flores 6’0 202 ILB Sr

Players who played in a limited role.
6 Donald Johnson 5’8 158 FL Sr
7 Ryder Brotebeck 5’10 194   QB Jr
8 Thomas Allen 6’0 166 DB Sr
9 Nicholas Erlenbeck   5’11 165   WR Jr
16 Ethan Aspberger 5’11 176 WR Jr
48 Kendall Green 5’10 236 FB/DL Sr
51 Donovan Gregory 6’0 226    ILB/DL Sr
54 Khalen Parker 6’1 218 OLB Sr
58 Drew McCullough 6’1 221   OL/OLB Sr
59 River Langford 6’3 202 OLB
90 Ja’Tavion Haymer 6’2 303 DL Sr
55 Jarrett Short         6’3 227   OL / DE Jr

New players to the program.
5 Colton Alexander 6’2 181 QB Jr
12 Aareon Broughton 6’3 211 OLB
20 Luke Bogan 5’8 152   FL Jr
21 Myles McNeal 5’9 154 RB/DB Soph
27 Kortez Toles 6’3 182 DB Jr
29 Kentrell Ware Jr 5’8 188 RB Sr
72 Chris Kipp 6’2 217 OL Soph
73 Brian Jones 6’3 238 OL Jr
84 Mark Wallace II 6’0 167 WR Sr
85 Mark Miller 6’4 201 WR Soph
87 Cameron Cyborowski 6’5 227 TE Sr
88 Mitchell Baggett 6’3 217 TE Sr
89 Cedric Givens 6’4 221  TE Jr
56 Connor Belcher 6’4 182 ILB Jr
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
We currently have 88 players on our varsity roster. This added depth should be a big help this season. Our kicking game should be strong behind senior kicker Tim Hayden and Jr Punter Colton Alexander.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Blake Bogan was Mr. Everything for the Bobcats last season. His loss will be felt in all three phases of the program. We also lost a starting QB and three offensive linemen.
2017 Season Outlook:
I am excited to see how fast we can learn and embrace the changes we will install during fall practice. We are excited and optimistic that we can have a successful season in my first year at Grand Blanc High School.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
This is Grand Blanc's last season in the KLAA so all the games will be major events. Being away from Michigan high school football since 2004 I am not as clear to which programs are consistently the strongest. I do know that Canton was outstanding when I coached at Northville in 2004 and they seem to still be there as the team to beat.

- 2013 Grand Blanc preview




Holly Bronchos 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Holly / Oakland
School Mascot Name:  Bronchos
2016 Record:  5-4
Conference/Division:  Flint Metro League
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division Division 2
Record last 3 seasons:  10-18
Record last 5 seasons:  19-27
Record last 10 seasons: 39-54

Head Coach:  Ryan Culloty
Head Coaching Experience: 10 at Holly, 15 total
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Greg Maynard-DC
Steve DeHart-OLB/Ends
Jim Rouen-OL
Dave Tooley-OL/LB
Darren Tooley-QB
Mike Millhouse-JV/FR HC
Dallas Lesperance-JV/FR
Paul McNeely-JV/FR
Heath Neubecker-JV/FR
Captains:
Collin Dallwitz (RB/LB 2018), Grant Tooley (End/LB 2018) others TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 8
Returning Key Players:
Dallwitz Collin  (RB/LB 2018)
Dallwitz Cade  (QB/LB 2019)
DeGriselles Collin (OL/LB 2018)
Elsey Paul (OL 2018)
Honstetter Jacob (RB/LB 2019)
Lannon JD (E/DB 2018)
Miller Zack  (OL 2018)
Scribner Wyatt (RB/DB 2018)
Tennis DJ (RB/DL 2018)
Tooley Grant (E/LB 2018)
Welch Adam (RB/E/DB 2019)
Upcoming Players:
Greer William (RB/LB 2018)
Domroese Benjymen (OL/DL 2018)
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Outstanding Team Strength and Conditioning
Hard Working and Athletic Team
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Depth will be our major issue facing the 2017 season.
2017 Season Outlook:
Our team will again be a hard working team that will be battling with all the top teams of our conference on a weekly basis.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The Flint Metro League should again be very competitive with the top 5 teams all being able to win the conference and qualify for the playoffs.

- 2016 Holly preview
- 2015 Holly preview
- 2014 Holly preview
- 2013 Holly preview
- 2012 Holly preview




Voyageur Cougars 2017 Football Preview

City / County: Detroit / Wayne
School Mascot Name: Cougars
2016 Record: 4-5
Conference/Division: Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 6
Record last 3 seasons: 10-17
Record last 5 seasons: 21-26
Record last 10 seasons: 27-37

Head Coach: John Pittman
Head Coaching Experience: 7 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Terrance Wilson (Ass. Head Coach Offensive Coordinator)
Brian Pryor (O--Line)
Richard Griffin (WR)
Joe Martin (D-Line)
Captains:
Dezmond Ambrose (QB 2019)
Charles McAdoo (WR/DB 2018)
Gerald Johnson (DE/O-Line 2018)
Myron Agee (O-Line 2018)
Returning Starters on Offense: 4
Returning Starters on Defense: 3
Returning Key Players:
Dezmond Ambrose (QB 2019)
Charles McAdoo (WR/DB 2018)
Gerald Johnson (DE/O-Line 2018)
Myron Agee (O-Line 2018)
Dewayne Washington (WR 2018)
Daniel Knight (DE 2018)
Upcoming Players:
Quentin Johnson (LB/RB 2021)
Nassin Green (RB 2018)
Ricky Worthy (O-Line 2021)
Terrell Hallman (DB/WR 2020)
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
With Dezmond Ambrose entering his third year as the starting quarterback for VCP, this makes the offensive side of the ball the teams strength. The third year signal caller have a few experienced skill guys with him and some young talent within the skill position as well.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
VCP will be looking to replace most of its secondary with Charles McAdoo as the lone starter returning for that unit. LB's will be anchored by freshman LB Quentin Johnson who has yet to prove himself at this level.
2017 Season Outlook:
2017 we will be focusing on gaining valuable game experience for our young talent and and putting our seniors in position to lead.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
With this being our first year in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference (Blue Division), we know it's going to be tough. River Rouge is atop of the division but I see us falling in that next tier of team competing for a league championship.




Belleville 2021 ATH Deion Burks Player Profile and Interview




- Most recent update: 7/31/2017
  • High School:
    • Belleville
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2021
  • Primary Position:
    • ATH
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 5'8"
  • Weight:
    • 150 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Sports medicine
  • Experience:
    • 1st yr. High School
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan
    • CMU
    • EMU
    • Grand Valley State
    • Wayne State
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • CMU
    • Grand Valley State
  • Intangibles:
    • I hear that I'm quick and I'm fast. Definitely strong. I'm learning to process the game faster.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game fast!  That's all I know but now I'm trying to become a student of the game. Learn how to be a leader for my team.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • The game is faster and more for me to learn. Trying to learn a new system and coaches has been my focus. I'm fitting in well.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I would love to take my game to the next level as of now I want to enjoy what high school has to offer and learn as much as I can to make it to the next level.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • I won MVP @ receiver @ SMSB this yr. Honor student with 3.8 average. Hope that carries over into high school. "DUAL THREAT"
    • I wish to see Belleville win a state title
    • Twitter:  @Deion_Burks4
    • Facebook:  Deion Burks

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Detroit Community 2018 OG/DT Johndre Wilson Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 7/31/2017
  • High School:
    • Detroit Community
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • OG
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • DT
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 285 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Business Management 
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of varsity
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Tennessee
    • Penn State
    • Western Michigan 
    • Central State
    • Eastern Michigan 
    • Michigan State
    • Toledo
    • Lane
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Eastern Michigan 
    • Central State
    • Lane
  • Intangibles:
    • My drive is to be better everyday on  the field and off the field, and my love for game of football. I have an eagerness  to learn as much as I can and to be the BEST!
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, coachable, positive leader, physical, flexibility 
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • My goals- all-state, get 5 offers
    • Plans-  have a undefeated season, make to playoffs, compete for championship 
    • Accomplishments- make all-city
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the next level definitely interests me. Because  I can become a better player and it can teach me how to be responsible and discipline. Can show me how to improve my leadership skills and make me a better man. I want the coach  to know that I am  coachable and  a physical player I work hard everyday I showed every practice and I'm consistent every game and I ask question when necessary.I have an eagerness  to be great.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • All-city 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Livonia Churchill 2021 QB/SS Gavin Brooks Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 7/31/2017
  • High School:
    • Livonia Churchill
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2021
  • Primary Position:
    • QB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • SS
  • Height:
    • 5'8"
  • Weight:
    • 153 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Business 
  • Experience:
    • Freshman in the fall 2017
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Kalamazoo 
    • Lake Forest
    • Stoney Brook
    • Ferris State
    • Wayne State
    • Saginaw Valley
    • Grand Valley
    • Hillsdale 
    • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Kalamazoo 
    • Lake Forest
  • Intangibles:
    • I am dedicated to the game and to my development.  I've been training year round, since I was 8 years old.  I will always outwork my competition on and off the field, both during the season and in the off season.  I pride myself at being a student of the game by preparing myself in the classroom and film room.  Most of all, I am coachable and always looking to improve.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game with poise and confidence, knowing I've put the time in to prepare.  I stay focused under pressure and continue to analyze what my opponent is giving me.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I look forward to challenging myself both athletically and academically.  Knowing that being dedicated in both areas will help me to achieve my ultimate goal of playing college football.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing college football has always been my goal.  I love every aspect of the game, which is why I train year round to improve my chances.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter:  @gavfootball9 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Coleman Comets 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Coleman / Midland
School Mascot Name: Comets
2016 Record: 1-8
Conference/Division:  Mid-State Athletic Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 8
Record last 3 seasons:  9-19
Record last 5 seasons:  20-27
Record last 10 seasons: 39-54

Head Coach: Chad Klopf
Head Coaching Experience: 9 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Doug Cellini-DC
Steve Fox-JV Head Coach
Nick Katzinger- JV DC
James Allen-assistant coach
Matt Middleton-O/D Line Coach
Captains:
Cody Finney-Offensive tackle/defensive end-2018
Jason Beckner-WR/Safety-2018
Karlos Moiser-WR/OLB-2018
Returning Starters on Offense: 9
Returning Starters on Defense: 10
Returning Key Players:
Cody Finney-OT/DE-2018
Jason Beckner-WR/FS-2018
Spencer Pnacek-QB-2019
Truman Webb-RB/CB-2018
Karlos Moiser-WR/OLB-2018
Tyler Stambersky-WR\CB-2018
Cooper Cozat-FB/MLB-2019
Logan Kleinhardt-Offensive Center-2019
Hunter Wood- G/DT-2018
Nick Lovejoy-RB/LB-2018
Nick Sysak- OG/DT-2018
Upcoming Players:
Trevor Schrank-WR/LB-2019
Gage Thornton- OG/DE-2019
Jared Porter-DT-2018
Tyler Germain- WR/SS-2020
Bryce Middleton- OT/MLB-2021
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Veteran leadership, varsity experience, team speed
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Only hole to fill was gaining knowledge and experience
2017 Season Outlook:
We look to be very competitive and strive for consistency. Offense will be more productive and defense will be much tougher.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
We feel the MSAC is a tough and highly competitive Small school conference. There will be some very good Offenses in the league this year. So, defense is very important.

- 2014 Coleman preview



Saginaw Trojans 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Saginaw / Saginaw
School Mascot Name:  Trojans
2016 Record: 2-7
Conference/Division: Saginaw Valley League - Blue
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons:  5-22
Record last 5 seasons:  10-35
Record last 10 seasons: 20-70

Head Coach: Nate Simington
Head Coaching Experience: 4 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Robert Kelly, Jason Riley, Famous Jones, Ralpheal Cooper, Phil Verdusco
Captains:
NeVen Simington OLB/DE/TE 2018, Del'Michael Jeffries QB/RB/LB 2018, Demetress Bryant LB/RB 2018, Antwan Gaines LB/OL 2018
Returning Starters on Offense: 6
Returning Starters on Defense: 7
Returning Key Players:
Del'Michael Jeffries QB/RB/LB 2018, NeVen Simington OLB/DE/TE 2018, Anthony Sanders WR/DB 2018, Marshall Price DE/TE 2018, Demetress Bryant LB/RB 2018, Toryan West Jr. OL/DL 2018, Antwan Gaines LB/OL 2018, Demitri Wells OL/DL 2018, Damarion Burton LB/RB 2018, DeVarius Shade OL/DL 2018, Devro Adkins DL/TE 2019
Upcoming Players:
Tony Martin RB/DB 2019, Ta'Varion Burrell OL/DL 2020, Cameron Culberson OL/DL 2018, Jessie Sanchez WR/DB 2018
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
We have an aggressive, fast, and experienced defense with returning players controlling our defense.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Lance Henderson, Johnathan Johnson, Cecil Granberry, Bennie Baber, E'Donis Scott, Jason Vaughn, Levi Parker, Henry Speight, Dakota Cain, Tamar Heart
2017 Season Outlook:
We plan on being very competitive season by putting a lot of emphasis on our offensive development. With leadership from our QB and OL's, it should be an fun and interesting season.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
I believe the SVL is a very strong conference to compete in week in and week out. It's hard to predict who'll win the crown at the beginning of the season with so many good teams competing. We're going to compete on every down to put W's in the win column.

- 2016 Saginaw preview



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Martin Luther King Crusaders 2017 Football Preview





City / County: Detroit / Wayne
School Mascot Name: Crusaders
2016 Record:  12-2
Conference/Division:  PSL
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 2
Record last 3 seasons:  34-4
Record last 5 seasons:  50-10
Record last 10 seasons: 90-27

Head Coach: Ty Spencer
Head Coaching Experience:  2 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Terel Patrick-Assistant HC/OC
Zach Carr-Oline
Brandon Walker-Tackles/TEs
Jerrel Noland-QBs
Donovan Dickerson-WRs
Richard Small-RBs
Aronde Stanton- DL
Leon Crenshaw- DTs
Matt Green- LBs
An'Tjaun Smith-DBs
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Returning Starters on Defense: 5
Returning Key Players:
Jaeveyon Morton WR/DB 2018, Dequan Finn QB 2019, Jeremiah Hardge OT 2018, Josh Mayberry OG 2018, James Davis OC 2018, Aric Thomas OG 2018, Tyrece Woods TE/DE 2019, Jalen Bell DT 2019, Marvin Grant FS/RB 2019, Maurice White DE 2018, Aaron Pitts SS 2018
Upcoming Players:
Ray Williams CB 2019, Deshawn Ingram OG 2019, Jalen McGaughy WR 2019, RaShawn Williams WR 2020, Josh Bogan 2019 QB, Walt Landers DT 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Overall Team Depth, Offensive and Defensive Lines
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Cepeda Phillips at LB, Ambry Thomas and Jesse Scarber at Corner
2017 Season Outlook:
We have a tough first two games in our schedule with Cathedral and Toledo CC. We hope those games will prepare us for the state playoffs.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
We have three separate divisions this year. It's going to be important for us to win our division. One mistake can possibly have us looking outside in on a conference title opportunity.

- 2013 King preview



Eastpointe Shamrock 2017 Football Preview




City / County: Eastpointe / Macomb
School Mascot Name:  Shamrocks
2016 Record:  1-8
Conference/Division:  MAC Silver
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 3
Record last 3 seasons:  5-22
Record last 5 seasons:  9-36
Record last 10 seasons: 21-70

Head Coach: Roland Bell
Head Coaching Experience: 3rd season, 2nd at Eastpointe
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Chris Vitale, D-Coordinator & DB
Steve Gavrilovski, LB
Rob Butler DL
Vince Phillips, O-Coordinator & QB
Kae Odister OL
Leon Maynard, WR
Captains:
Seniors: Zachary Bender WR/DB, Anthony Harris RB/LB, Dylan Brown Q/P, and Sophmore Dominic
Fusto OL/DL
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Anthony Harris, Zachary Bender, Demarco Rouse, Mykael Bufford-Anderson, Da’jshawn Ferguson,
Kamari Lewis, Dominic Fusto, Elmir Jakupovic, Uriah Sangster
Upcoming Players:
Davion Watkins, Anthony Williams, Jerimiah Sims, Dequandre Morris, John Cannon, Joshua
Forehand
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Senior leadership and Offensive and Defensive
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Christian Robinson QB (Adrian)
2017 Season Outlook:
This will be our first 2nd year class, they are buying into our goals and schemes for our program, our
coaches are excited to see them perform.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The MAC Silver is a strong conference with a lot of great coaches. Our program goal is to win the
Division. We first must beat longtime rival and MAC Blue opponent Roseville, We expect conference
rivals Fitzgerald and Madison to be the leading programs we will need to beat to have a shot at our
goal.

- 2015 East Detroit preview




Holland Dutch 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Holland / Ottawa
School Mascot Name:  Dutch
2016 Record: 2-7
Conference/Division: OK Green
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 2-3
Record last 3 seasons: 8-19
Record last 5 seasons: 9-36
Record last 10 seasons: 34-60

Head Coach: Andrew Pratley
Head Coaching Experience: 5 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Rick Cassel. Defensive Coordinator
Al Kapla Dline
Henry Cherry DB
Steve Grose ILB
Terry Gillespie OLB
Michael Pratley Oline
Corey Koopman WR
Captains:
Cole Schut OL/DL 2018
Ty LeFurge FS 2018
Isaac Cassel QB/OLB 2019
Mike Landon G/ILB
Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Cole Schut OL/DL 2018
Ty LeFurge FS 2018
Luke Buckman TE 2018
Isaac Cassel QB/OLB 2019
Mike Landon G/ILB
Jesus Martinez 2019 T
Donavon Webb 2019 RB
Calvin Tinney 2018 WR
Nate Alfaro 2018 LB/G
Ysrael Silguero 2018 CB
Gabe Brockington RB
Eli Mares RB
Eliseo Bustillos LB
Alex Torres DL
Upcoming Players:
Noah O'Shinski 2019 RB/LB
Rashaan Smith 2019 RB/DB
Sharaan Smith 2019 RB/DB
Cory Laman 2019 WR/CB
Anthony Valles C 2019
Andreas Garcia 2018 DE
Javier Ramos 2019 NG
Chris Abreu 2019 TE/OLB
Jacob Larson 2019 TE/OLB
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Offensive line and experience in backfield
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Brent Aalberts, Josh Rivas, Danny Elenbaas, Dante Jones
2017 Season Outlook:
We are excited for this season and have had a great summer so far.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Our conference is extremely tough with five of seven making the playoffs last year.  We expect another great league again and a battle week in and week out.

- 2014 Holland preview



Ithaca Yellowjackets 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Ithaca / Gratiot
School Mascot Name:  Yellowjackets
2016 Record:  11-1
Conference/Division:  Tri-Valley Conference - West
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 6
Record last 3 seasons:  38-2
Record last 5 seasons:  66-2
Record last 10 seasons: 118-10

Head Coach:  Terry Hessbrook
Head Coaching Experience:  14 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Brad Showers Def. Coordinator
Craig Snyder. Off. Coordinator
Todd Hessbrook LBs
Josh Rayburn.  Receivers
Trevor Marcy. Quarterbacks
Josh Macha OL
Justin Seaman OL
Andrew Snoblen DL
Tim Taylor. Receivers
Noah Moomey Special Teams
Andy Graham DBs
Jordan Hessbrook DBs
Nick White DL
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 10
Returning Starters on Defense: 9
Returning Key Players:
Joey Bentley senior QB
Adam Culp Senior Kicker
Nathan Bellinger senior DL
Zach Hessbrook. Senior LB
Seth Hessbrook senior OL
Trey Chapin senior receiver
Colton Campbell senior DBS
Seth Davis. Senior receiver
Devin Barnes senior receiver
Jacob Allen senior DB
Nic Jones Senior OL
Ethan McCormick senior OL
Brayden Shaw sophomore RB
Upcoming Players:
Brayden Shaw RB sophomore 2nd leading rusher on varsity as freshmen
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Experience and team speed
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Replace Greg Woodcock senior LB
2017 Season Outlook:
We expect to compete at a high level.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Our conference is much improved over the years. OE, Hemlock, Pinconning all make our division much more difficult.  MLS is always strong. St. Charles and St. Louis expect to compete very well this season. Very competitive conference.

- 2013 Ithaca preview



Friday, July 28, 2017

Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Westphalia / Clinton
School Mascot Name:  Pirates
2016 Record:  14-0
Conference/Division: Central Michigan Athletic Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 7
Record last 3 seasons:  37-4
Record last 5 seasons:  56-10
Record last 10 seasons:  100-22

Head Coach:  Jeremy Miller
Head Coaching Experience: 5 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Nathan Thelen - Defensive Coordinator
Brad Weber - Co- Offensive Coordinator/QB's
Jesse Thelen - WR/DB
Jason Kohagen - TE/DE
Vaughn Smith - Assistant to Head Coach
Ed Barrett - Strength & Conditioning
Captains: Selected Weekly
Returning Starters on Offense: 5
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Garrett Trierweiler WR/DB 2018
Peyton Heckman WR/DB 2018
Jimmy Lehman QB/DE 2018
Bryce Thelen FB/LB 2018
Cameron Wirth RB/LB 2019
Jared Thelen OL/DL 2019
Isaiah Schafer OL/DL 2018
Upcoming Players:
Matthew Baker  OL/DL 2018
Damon Schneider  TE/DE 2018
Nate Wirth  WR/DB 2019
Evan Thelen  WR/DB 2019
Noah Spitzley  OL/DL 2019
Brayden Platte  WR/DB 2018
Nate Simon OL/DL 2018
Alec Thelen QB/DB/K 2019
Ty Schneider OL/DL 2019
Andre Smith TE/DL 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Senior class experience, off season commitment, leadership
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
The entire Senior class last year has left incredible shoes for this year's team to fill.
2017 Season Outlook:
P-W returns numerous players with lots of experience in big games. If players can step in the roles left by the departing Senior class, we believe we will have another successful season.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Fowler, Laingsburg, & Dansville will be strong this season. The rest of league looks to be solid as well.


- 2016 Pewamo-Westphalia preview
- 2015 Pewamo-Westphalia preview
- 2014 Pewamo-Westphalia preview
- 2013 Pewamo-Westphalia preview



South Lake Cavaliers 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  St. Clair Shores / Macomb
School Mascot Name:  Cavaliers
2016 Record:  7-3
Conference/Division:  MAC Silver
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division 4
Record last 3 seasons:  17-12
Record last 5 seasons:  27-21
Record last 10 seasons: 48-47

Head Coach:  Vernard Snowden
Head Coaching Experience: 3 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Frank McCord
Thomas Snowden
Jimmie Anderson
Dominique Swoop
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 2
Returning Starters on Defense: 3
Returning Key Players:
Antonio Goines CB/WE 2018
David Alexander DT/OT 2018
Jamicheal Johnson LB 2018
Kameron Richardson DB 2018
Tyler Waters S/WR 2019
Jerimah Vines DB 2019
Upcoming Players:
Malcom Smith 2022 WR
Jaheem Frazier 2022 QB
Day'von Jones 2022 QB
Bryce Sammoms 2021 WR
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Our Defensive Backfield will be our strength with 2 starters from last year return.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Biggest holes to fill will be RB position and QB. Lance Mitchell and Datrell Milling graduated and were great leaders.
2017 Season Outlook:
We are very young and in a rebuilding stage. Our goal this season is to compete and get better as the season goes.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The Macomb Silver division is a very competitive division, always good playing Lakeview, Fitzgerald, and Madison. They have great coaching with great talent.

- 2016 South Lake preview
- 2015 South Lake preview
- 2013 South Lake preview
- 2012 South Lake preview



Mendon Hornets 2017 Football Preview




City / County: Mendon / Saint Joseph
School Mascot Name: Hornets
2016 Record: 8-3
Conference/Division:  Southwest 10 Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 8
Record last 3 seasons: 23-10
Record last 5 seasons: 45-12
Record last 10 seasons:  105-16

Head Coach:  Bobby Kretschman
Head Coaching Experience:  12th Season (2nd Year as Head Coach)
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Glen Samson Offensive Coordinator
Mitch Ulrich- Wide Receivers/ Defensive Line
Bob Critz- Offensive/Defensive Line
Lincoln Klinger- Head JV Coach/ Offensive Assistant
Skyler Ford- JV Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Assistant
Ron Friel- JV Assistant
Casey Oatley- Junior High Coach
Brandon Wenzel- Junior High Coach
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 7
Returning Key Players:
Wyatt Cool RB/DE 2018
Hunter Lovell QB/OLB 2018
Mikki Feister OG/ILB 2018
Kaden Frye OC/DE 2018
Corbin Weinberg TE/OLB 2019
Austin Rensi FB/ILB 2020
Noah Slaughter OT/DE 2020
Emmett Bingaman OG/DT 2020
Upcoming Players:
Arjun Vorster TE/DB 2018
Jake Allison OT/DT 2019
Sam Cleveland WR/DB 2019
Lincoln Crotser WR/DB 2019
Chris Rios RB/DB 2019
Justin Mathews OT/DT 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
- We return 4 out of 5 offensive lineman as well as our backfield.
- Our running game will be a team strength.
- Defensively we return all four linebackers as well as 3 defensive lineman
- Our younger kids will need to fill spots in the secondary but they are very athletic and capable of doing so.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Secondary on Defense is going to be a work in progress. We lost all 3 to graduation last year and will need to focus on developing in those areas.
2017 Season Outlook:
We have a good core group of players returning and should be able to move the football with an experienced offensive line and both of our leading rushers back. We will need to keep healthy and develop our passing game as well as the defensive secondary to make a run in the playoffs.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
We are in a new league (Southwest 10) We will play 6 new opponents so we will need to be sharp week in and week out. Cassopolis went to the semi-finals last year and Decatur joins our league after playing in a tough division in the SAC. I also look for White Pigeon to have a good group.




Grand Blanc 2019 QB/P/K Colton Alexander Player Profile and Interview





- Most recent update: 7/28/2017
  • High School:
    • Grand Blanc
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • QB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • P and K
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 180 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of JV, 1 year of Varsity
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Central Michigan
    • Eastern Michigan
    • Western Michigan
    • Toledo
    • Richmond
    • UVA
    • Concordia
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • UAB
    • UVA
    • Richmond
  • Intangibles:
    • My drive to get better and to become the best person and player that I can be. 
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, Positive, Leader
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I wish to contribute to my team in every way possible to ultimately compete for a championship.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the next level definitely interests me. I love the game and ever since I was young I've wanted to play college football.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Special teams player of the year last season at Woodberry Forest School
    • Twitter:  @notlocalexander 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Troy Athens 2018 WR/FS Christian Aurand Player Profile and Interview






- Most recent update: 7/28/2017
  • High School:
    • Troy Athens
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • FS
  • Height:
    • 6'3"
  • Weight:
    • 190 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Business
  • Experience:
    • 1 year Varsity 1 year JV 1 year Freshmen 
  • Stats:
    • 9 receptions 
    • 154 yards 
    • 1 touchdown
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • SVSU
    • Ferris State
    • GVSU
  • Intangibles:
    • I run every route 100% whether I am the primary receiver or not. I have a unique ability to block Down field because I was a lineman on freshmen and JV. I also run crisp routes and have a good sense of finding the zone.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play every play as if it were my last, I also try not to take anything for granted. I've always played with a chip on my shoulder and had to scrap for things so I always bring an extra physicality to the game.
  • Outlook on High School Football and its experiences
    • I've grown up and been around the program since 2008, so a high school football player has always been like a dream to me. I'm blessed to have had 3 healthy seasons this far.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • It would be a dream come true, to have the opportunity to play for any college.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • OAA honorable mention
    • Twitter:  @Littleaurand60

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Saginaw Valley State camp 7/26/2017
  • Ferris State camp - 6/20/2017
  • Western Michigan camp - 6/16/2017

Lamphere Rams 2017 Football Preview

Photo:  Lamphere Football


City / County: Madison Heights / Oakland
School Mascot Name:  Rams
2016 Record:  0-9
Conference/Division:  MAC Bronze
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division 4
Record last 3 seasons:  5-22
Record last 5 seasons:  10-35
Record last 10 seasons: 37-57

Head Coach:  Jeff Glynn
Head Coaching Experience:  First Year as Head Coach
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Garfrey Smith: Defensive Coordinator/LB
Andrew Micovich: Offensive Coordinator/RB/Slots
Rob Karagoshian: Special Teams/Defensive backs
James Causey: Defensive Line/JV DC
Joe Savel Offensive Line/JV HC
Jacob Ball: Outside WR's
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 6
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Zach Hilliard OL/DL 2018
Colton Diekman OL/DL 2018
Josh South OL/DL 2018
James Grams TB/LB 2018
Nathan Thomas WR/DB 2018
Justin Selimi WR/DB 2018
Josh Kincannon HBack/LB 2018
Mitch Lewis TB/DB 2019
Joe Heaslip OL 2019
Upcoming Players:
Joe Sammut WR/DB 2018
Jacob Thomas QB/DB 2018
Alex Uhlig HBack/LB 2020
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Talented Senior Class, Offensive Line and Linebacker corp
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Kyle Whitman
Dalton Templeton
Tony Newman
2017 Season Outlook:
Lamphere will be much improved this season in the first year of the new coaching staff. The Rams will play fast and physical. If the Rams can stay healthy, they can make a lot of noise in 2017
Outlook on Conference/Division:
If the Rams stay healthy, they will be able to compete for a MAC Bronze Title.




Lansing Catholic Cougars 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Lansing / Ingham
School Mascot Name: Cougars
2016 Record: 8-2
Conference/Division:  CAAC White
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 32-5
Record last 5 seasons: 46-12
Record last 10 seasons: 82-29

Head Coach: Jim Ahern
Head Coaching Experience: 9/48 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Jim Baker
Mike Doran
Kelly Carrier
Hub Waite
Pat Barner
Mike Terranova
Adam Zarotney
Paul Palmer
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 1
Returning Starters on Defense: 3
Returning Key Players:
Michael Lynn III QB
McKyle Stanfield LB
Jake Fichette LB
Alex Bres DB
Upcoming Players:
Matthew Abdullah R
Gave Lenneman DB
Ryan Ruieter RB
Roje Williams R
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Skilled Players
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Lost entire O Line
2017 Season Outlook:
Will depend on how the O and D line develops
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The conference will be tough. Top teams will be Portland,  Fowlerville, Williamston, and Lansing Catholic.




Warren Woods-Tower Titans 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Warren / Macomb
School Mascot Name: Titans
2016 Record: 3-6
Conference/Division: MAC Gold
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 3
Record last 3 seasons: 12-17
Record last 5 seasons: 22-26
Record last 10 seasons: 39-55

Head Coach: Al Gulick
Head Coaching Experience:  3 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Fred McCants -OC Wr coach
Brandon Gennette - Asst OC QB coach
Jake Garner - DC LB coach
Russell Correll- HC JV - ILB coach
Tim Doran - DB coach
Cody Roth -OL coach
Andrew Quesnelle- DL
Jim Glovac - RB coach
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 8
Returning Key Players:
Jordan Harrison - RB / OLB/ 2018
Matt Byrd - QB 2019
Edvan Walton - DE 2018
Miguel Martinez- OL / ILB 2018
Jeremiah Splunge - OL / ILB 2018
Wesley Kruise - OL 2018
Chaise Mayer - WR / DB 2019
Elijah Green - OLB / WR
Donovan Wilson - DL 2018
CJ Shier - OL 2019
Xzavius Allen- WR / DB 2018
D'Arries McCoullough - DB /WR 2019
Trey Barbour - RB / LB 2018
Joel Radvansky  ILB 2019
Jajuan Lovejoy DB 2018
Upcoming Players:
Marcus Davis - DE / OT 2018
Jeff O'Connell - HB/ QB/ OLB 2019
Jonathon Hollins - OLB 2018
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Return players with starting and quality minutes from last season. Defensive line and linebackers and offensively the running game with all but one returning offensive lineman and returning running backs and quarterback
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Middle linebacker with the loss of Nico Martini and OT with graduation of Dawson Borycz
2017 Season Outlook:
This season if we can reduce our turn overs on offense and improve in our defensive secondary we can have a special year. The speed at which we gel as a team will make a difference as well.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
I always argue that the MAC Gold is one of the toughest around week to week. It will be important for us to compete well vs Cousino in our opener and then open strong in league play vs St Clair who is an unknown with a new coaching staff. There isn't a down week and we will have to be prepared, be physical, be focused, and get a little bit lucky to compete for the Gold title which is a team goal!




Bridgeport Bearcats 2017 Football Preview




City / County: Bridgeport / Saginaw
School Mascot Name: Bearcats
2016 Record: 2-7
Conference/Division: Tri-Valley Conference - East
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 5-22
Record last 5 seasons: 10-35
Record last 10 seasons: 14-76

Head Coach: Kevin Lamont Marshall
Head Coaching Experience:  2 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Jim Miller- D- Coordinator
Kirk Carruth- Assistant Coach
Billy Maxey Assistant coach
Ben Taylor - Assistant Coach
Captains:
Charles Garrett III- QB/WR 2018, Marcel Colwye Jr.- MLB/HB 2018, Markele Garrett- WR/FS 2019 Brandon Genwright II- HB/SS 2019, SirQuarius Ball- WR/DB 2019
Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Returning Starters on Defense: 8
Returning Key Players:
Charles Garrett III- QB/WR 2018
Marcel Colwye Jr.- MLB/HB 2018
Markele Garrett- WR/FS 2019
Brandon Genwright II- HB/SS 2019
SirQuarius Ball- WR/DB 2019
Bobby Martin- OG/DT 2020
Jaden Parker- DE/OT 2019
Derrick Mushatt Jr. - HB/OLB. 2020
Kendrick Kilpatrick- HB/LB 2018
Jalen Jones- WR/DB 2018
Antonio Lasiter- WR/DB 2018
Upcoming Players:
Adam Bujak -OT/DE 2019
Brady Blackmon- C/DT 2019
Nasir Owens- OG/LB 2019
Roosevelt Little Jr. - WR/DB 2019
Ramone Keels Jr. - TE/ DE 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Will be our offense WR's and Backs and our year starting QB
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
DT positions and Right Tackle
2017 Season Outlook:
We will be a scoring team on the offensive side of the ball fully loaded with talent at all skill positions. We will have a solid defense still young but very aggressive players.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
I think our conference is a very talented one with a lot of teams that play very disciplined and good football. You have to bring it every night or you can get beat on any given Friday. I'm looking forward to my team competing with the best of them this season.




Thursday, July 27, 2017

West Bloomfield Lakers 2017 Football Preview





City / County:  West Bloomfield / Oakland
School Mascot Name:  Lakers
2016 Record:  6-5
Conference/Division:  OAA Red
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division 1
Record last 3 seasons:  24-8
Record last 5 seasons: 31-19
Record last 10 seasons:  52-44

Head Coach:  Ron Bellamy
Head Coaching Experience:  years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Ken Rys offensive coordinator
Tyrice Grice defensive coordinator
Zach Hilbers quarterbacks
John Garrett offensive line
Justin Ibe defensive line
Keith Cameron- defensive backs
Matt Bowman defensive backs
Captains:
Bryce Veasley - Nick Seidel
Returning Starters on Offense: 6
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Bryce Veasley - Taj Mustapha - James Faulkner - Tre Mosley - Javon Foster - Lance DixonMatthew Gu - Max Green - Blake Barnes - Limani Laster - Niko Mosley - Chase Swoope - Nick Seidel - Nick O'Shea (kickers are people too)
Upcoming Players:
Cornell Wheeler - Makari Paige - Tre Shorter - DJ Jenkins - Lenny White - Cole Hall - Shamar Dennis - Richie Sanders - Tyrone "Rudy" Broden - Christian Fitzpatrick - Anthony Romphf - Marcus Sailor - Christian Sailor - Ian Chambers - Desmond Simpson - Jamar Ross
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Senior Leadership and determination
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Garrett Winn and Davion Johnson. Two- 3 year starters
2017 Season Outlook:
Eager to compete against arguably the most difficult schedule in the state.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
OAA Red is a tough league top to bottom.

- 2016 West Bloomfield preview



Dundee Vikings 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Dundee / Monroe
School Mascot Name: Vikings
2016 Record: 4-5
Conference/Division: Lenawee County Athletic Association
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 9-18
Record last 5 seasons: 20-26
Record last 10 seasons: 45-50

Head Coach: Kyle McElvany
Head Coaching Experience: 3 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Tom Oestrike- Defensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Kevin Bechler- Offensive Line / Defensive Line / JV Defense
Spencer Eagle- Running Backs / Defensive Ends
Dan Fugate- Quarterbacks / Defensive Backs
Bill Koczman- Offensive Line / Defensive Line / JV Head Coach
Darrell Eaton- Quality Control / Defensive Ends
Captains: TBD in August.
Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Returning Starters on Defense: 8
Returning Key Players:
Cole Salenbien- Quarterback / Defensive Back (2018)
Ben Miller- Running Back / Linebacker (2018)
Austin Gabriel- Running Back / Defensive Back (2018)
Cal McAvoy- Running Back / Tight End / Linebacker (2019)
George Salenbien- Running Back / Linebacker (2018)
Calen Lewis- Offensive Line / Defensive Line (2018)
Kyle Reinhart- Offensive Line  Defensive End (2018)
Tim Vann Jr.- Quarterback / Defensive Back (2018)
Christian Cosner- Tight End / Defensive End (2019)
Thomas Zonca- Offensive Line / Linebacker (2019)
Upcoming Players:
Zac Bellaire- Running Back / Defensive Back (2018)
Blaze McBee - Running Back / Defensive Back (2020)
Austin Schultz- Offensive Line / Defensive Line (2019)
Tyler Parker- Offensive Line / Defensive Line (2018)
Carter Scott- Tight End / Defensive Back / Kicker (2019)
Evan Kerr- Tight End / Linebacker  (2019)
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
On offense, we consider our backfield to be the strength of our team as we will return all 3 starting running backs and our quarterback. On defense, collectively, we consider our linebackers to be our strength on that side of the ball as the majority of them either started or had significant playing time during the 2016 season.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
On offense, we have to fill some significant positions on our offensive line with the graduation losses of Gage Campbell, Joe Jarecki, Jacob Williams, and Tyler Turner. Defensively, we must find a way to replace Jarrod Layton, Turner, Devon Forrest, Wyatt Liedel, and Joe Jarecki. We must also find a replacement for special teams leader Gabe Gutierrez (kicker/punter). These young men were an important part of the core of our program when our coaching staff arrived to Dundee in 2015 and now we are trusting that those underclassmen at the time have developed and are prepared to put their own stamp on the program.
2017 Season Outlook:
We will enter the 2017 season with high standards within our program. In February, our senior class set the goals for our team for the 2017 season and it will require hard work, discipline, and attention to detail to achieve those goals. As a program, it has always been about us and working to be the best team we can be. We will trust our experienced group of seniors to lead this program on and off the field.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
While it may sound cliche', we feel that the L.C.A.A. will be very competitive.  Hudson and Brooklyn Columbia Central are the favorites entering the 2017 season with Ida, Hillsdale, and Blissfield not far behind them. Onsted will be returning an athletic core of varsity players in addition to bringing up possibly the best J.V. team in our league from last season. Coach Beaudrie is doing a great job creating a foundation at Erie Mason who will be much improved as well. Our non-conference schedule will be challenging as well with Carleton Airport returning their talented backfield and Whitmore Lake having one of their best teams in quite some time. It is critical for us to take advantage of every single practice opportunity to compete with our schedule.

- 2016 Dundee preview
- 2015 Dundee preview


Walled Lake Western Warriors 2017 Football Preview

WLW kicksoff at 2016 D2 State Final | Source: Ken Dettloff / The D Zone



City / County: Commerce Twp. / Oakland
School Mascot Name: Warriors
2016 Record: 12-2
Conference/Division: Lakes Valley Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 2
Record last 3 seasons: 33-5
Record last 5 seasons: 51-10
Record last 10 seasons: 85-28

Head Coach: Mike Zdebski
Head Coaching Experience: 20 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Mike Weiskopf, Alex Gammo, Wes Wishart, Tom Ropek, Jim O'Leary, Zaim Cunumlaj, Matt Fodal
Captains:
Zak Kempster, Justin Thomas, Joey George, Ryan Dickinson, Dylan McGorisk
Returning Starters on Offense: 3
Returning Starters on Defense: 2
Returning Key Players:
Joey George, Ryan Dickinson, Zak Kempster, Justin Thomas, Jon Moffett
Upcoming Players:
Ben Reilly, Zak Fodal, Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, Kevin Jackson
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Offensive Line
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Losing 5 all-staters and Mr. Football
2017 Season Outlook:
Talented, but inexperienced in key positions


- 2016 Walled Lake Western preview
- 2015 Walled Lake Western preview
- 2014 Walled Lake Western preview
- 2013 Walled Lake Western preview
- 2012 Walled Lake Western preview



Columbia Central Golden Eagles 2017 Football Preview




City / County: Brooklyn / Jackson
School Mascot Name: Golden Eagles
2016 Record: 7-3
Conference/Division: Lenawee County Athletic Association
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 17-12
Record last 5 seasons: 22-25
Record last 10 seasons: 41-52

Head Coach: Josh Kubiak
Head Coaching Experience: 5 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Nate Moore Defensive Coordinator
Jason Perry QB coach
Ron Randolph OL/DL
John Lesinsky LB
Marc Iott WR/DE
Richard Kraus LB
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 9
Returning Key Players:
Khol Partridge QB 2019
Levi Koebbe OL 2018
Connor Davenport WR/LB 2018
Eric Ernvall WR 2018
Brandon Scholl OL/DL 2018
Hunter Trumble OL/DL 2018
Sam Tumas WR/LB 2018
Carson Daniels RB/LB 2019
Gehrig Elliott WR/DB 2019
Lucas Gomez RB/DB 2019
Brandon Cripps DL 2018
Upcoming Players:
Nick Martin WR/DB 2018
Connor McLear WR/DB 2018
Noah Eisenmann OL/DL 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Our strengths will definitely be our experience and team speed.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Micah Raby RB
Micahel Low OL
Connor DuVall LB
2017 Season Outlook:
We have set high goals for us this year.  Our team saying is #ALL11.  We want to get the first playoff win in school history.  We feel both games the last 2 years are games that we let get away from us.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Our conference is going to be very tough again this year.  It is important to defend your home field and hope to squeeze a win or two out on the road.  We feel the top 2 teams in our conference this year is Hudson and Dundee, but we cannot take anybody lightly with other traditional powerhouses like Hillsdale, Ida, Onsted and Blissfield on our schedule and tough a non-conference schedule including our rival Napoleon and Leslie




Summit Academy Dragons 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Romulus / Wayne
School Mascot Name: Dragons
2016 Record: 0-9
Conference/Division: Charter School Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 1-26
Record last 5 seasons: 7-38
Record last 10 seasons: 25-66

Head Coach:
Head Coaching Experience:  7 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Matt Swain Defensive Coordinator
Dale Mckiff OL/ Special Teams Coordinator
Joe Trigg QB
Mike Gibson RB/LB
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 3
Returning Starters on Defense: 4
Returning Key Players:
Brady Pigott QB 2018
Brandon Kimbrough DB 2018
Felix Foucher OL 2020
Upcoming Players:
LeRoy Watson Jr ATH 2021
Dashawn Prather RB/LB 2020
Dajon Tatum LB 2019
Deston Rue DB 2019
Kumauri Bennett DB 2021
Derion Jones WR/DB 2020
Justice Tuggle WR 2021
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
The team will be more athletic and will play fundamental football.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Jalen Watson
We need to address the offensive line where we lost 4 starters.
2017 Season Outlook:
We look to be a team in transformation that will be competitive in every game, that will look to give our supportive staff and administration a historic season.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The division will be very competitive.




Hamtramck Cosmos 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Hamtramck / Wayne
School Mascot Name: Cosmos
2016 Record: 5-4
Conference/Division: Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 2
Record last 3 seasons: 13-14
Record last 5 seasons: 15-30
Record last 10 seasons: 20-70

Head Coach: Donny Scott
Head Coaching Experience:  4 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Tom Gjnoni Asst HC, Clarence Robinson D.C,  Arande Gillery O.C, Deyon Collins DBs,  Toberi Jobes QBs MSHC, Michael Taylor WRs, Darius Goodman Strength and Conditioning,  Coach Isiah Oline/Dline
Captains:
De' Andre Williams 2018
Kameron Bell 2018
Lawrence Napier 2018
Trudell Carter 2018
Daveon Hollis 2018
Adhem Alsumiri
Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Returning Starters on Defense: 7
Returning Key Players:
Masai Ray 2018 RB
Clarence Robinson 2018 NG/RG
Robert Evans DT/RT 2019
Joshua Coffey 2018
Upcoming Players:
Kevin Williams DB/CB 2018
Daniel Avery LB/RB 2018
Tyrice Ford Center 2020
Da'shaun Morris CB/WR 2020
Noah Price Stokes 2020
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Triple option read offense should be very strong led by Seniors QB Lawrence Napier RBs Masai Ray and Daniel Avery. Pass game looked efficient this summer with Kameron Bell, Kevin Williams, De'Andre Williams, and Josh Coffey
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Ty'rice Ford taking over for his older brother 4-year starter Ty'reke Ford at center
2017 Season Outlook:
Looking to become the first team in Hamtramck history to make the state playoffs.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The division is strong led by Rouge, Community, and Ecorse. Must win division games if you expect to make the states.

- 2014 Hamtramck preview



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