Michigan High School Football Week 4 Preview

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Can you believe it? After the games tonight, some seniors could be looking in the mirror, realizing that their final season is half over! Some will get to play a game or two in the playoffs, while others will hang up the cleats for good. This week has some awesome games. I highly suggest going to a high school game. These guys work their tails off throughout the week to prep for Friday nights. Go enjoy a game, go to your homecoming, hit the local school, or pick one of the top games. Any way you slice it, you can’t beat the entertainment you’ll get for the price. Andiamo!

Flint Powers Catholic (3-0) @ Saginaw Nouvel (3-0) (Friday September 14, 7pm)

These two teams don’t exactly like each other. Both are highly decorated Catholic schools from cities that are rivals themselves. Last year, both won state titles. No one expected that from Powers as they lost their four of their first six games and made the playoffs as a 5-4 team. Last week, they played Flint Northwestern and lightning caused the game to be called at halftime, securing a 36-0 win over the school that is right next door. Quarterback Garrett Pougnet completed eight of his 10 passes for 123 yards and three scores. He also ran four times for 27 yards. Running back Nick Sullivan ran six times for 114 yards and two scores. Prescott Myers caught two passes for 58 yards and two scores.

For Nouvel, they are coming off a state championship season as well. They had to replace a top notch running back and are doing alright so far. Last week, they beat a Canadian team, La Salle St. Thomas of Villanova by the score of 14-0. Running back Ryan Sullivan scored both touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 179 yards and those two scores on 26 carries. Tyler Jacqmain made 13 tackles. Joshua Schipper made eight tackles and had two sacks. This should be a great game. With no love lost between these two programs, both will be looking for bragging rights. They both have strong offenses and could make runs for another state title this season.

Monroe St. Mary Catholic (2-1) @ Carleton Airport (3-0) (Friday September 14, 7pm)

With the exception of last season’s 4-5 squad, St. Mary Catholic Central has been really good. They made the state finals in 2009 and 2010 and found themselves in the semifinal in 2008. This isn’t a team that throws the ball all over the place with the spread offense; this is a running team. That’s why I find it curious that they lost to Gross Ile last week on an interception that was returned for a score. SMCC likes to use the trap play a lot, and it can be very useful against aggressive defensive lines. They will want to get back to the winning way if they want to make the playoffs this season.

The Jets of Carleton Airport had a nice win last week. They beat Flat Rock 14-7. Midway through the second quarter, the Jets were leading 14-0. Flat Rock’s defense was tough and stuffed Carleton Airport on multiple occasions. They had a punt blocked that set up Flat Rock for their only score of the game. Although there isn’t a ton of information on the two schools, both are pretty good at football. The huge difference is the enrollment numbers. Carleton Airport has nearly double the enrollment of SMCC. That doesn’t always mean a thing though.

Zeeland East (3-0) @ Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (3-0) (Friday September 14, 7pm)

Both of these teams are highly ranked going into the game. Zeeland East is #2 in Division 3 (trailing Orchard Lake St. Mary’s). Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central is #6 in Division 2 (behind powerhouses like Lowell, Muskegon, and Brother Rice). Last week, Grand Rapids FHC beat East Kentwood 45-14. The first two scores of the game didn’t even come from the offense; Grant Shull hit a 20 yard FG and Nick Lamica returned an interception eight yards for a score. In the game, FHC forced five turnovers. Zach Walker ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. David Evens ran 14 times for 86 yards. Quarterback Justin Chopp completed six of his 14 passing attempts for 132 yards and two scores. For a team that typically passes the ball, the weather forced them to run much more than normal.

Zeeland East, a team we have already examined this season, is good. The first few games of the season, the offense was exploding and scoring a ton of points. That wasn’t the case this past week in their 15-14 win over Hudsonville. The interesting thing to me is the amount of points scored in a 14 second period of the 4th quarter. Quarterback Michael Custer ran in a score and they converted the two point attempt. The ensuing kickoff was returned 96 yards for a touchdown by Louie Diaz. The difference in the game was the blocked extra point that followed by Tyler Smith. Custer finished with 50 yards on six completions of 11 attempts for 50 yards. He also ran in the touchdown. Spencer Viening ran 26 times for 96 yards. Levi Vanorman caught a 13 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the first score of the game.

Flint Carman-Ainsworth (3-0) vs. Flint Northern (0-3) (Friday September 14, 7pm at Atwood Stadium)

I tried to find another great game to profile. Nothing looked that great to me. So, I decided to give the Spartan Nation what it wants! Here is a game that has a future Spartan playing in running back Gerald Holmes. Last week, he didn’t have a fantastic game, but did run for 62 yards on seven attempts. Holmes didn’t get more carries because the game was called in the second quarter due to lightning. Malic Seales scored twice and racked up 69 rushing yards. He started the scoring with a 60 yard run up the middle early in the first quarter. Jevonte Alexander caught a 43 yard strike from Seales in that 28 point first quarter explosion over Inkster.

This past week, Flint Northern was down to Davison 48-0 before the game was called in the fourth quarter. The shuffling of the enrollment numbers at the Flint schools is nuts. From just under 1,000 in 2009 to over 1,500 in 2010, and now back down to 901. The Vikings play their home games at Atwood Stadium in downtown Flint. Atwood is a very historic stadium that was built in 1929.  These two teams are both part of the new Saginaw Valley League South Division.