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Friday, September 2, 2011

Ubly slips past pesky Redskins

UBLY — During a 34-game winning streak, wins are going to come in all varieties.
Some are nearly flawless, some are gritty defensive efforts.
Ubly’s 14-6 victory over Sandusky to begin Greater Thumb East play on Thursday night falls in the latter category. 
“We will take any win that we can get,” said first-year head coach Dave Kaufman.
The Bearcats are used to seeing the best out of their opponents. Thursday, they didn’t see Sandusky’s best offensive effort, but the defense was up to the challenge.
 “Every win is a big win for these kids because everyone is coming after us,” Kaufman said. 
“We try not to talk about the streak, but we know other teams are talking about it. They all want to be the ones to stop it. Every game we go out, we’re getting every team’s best effort.”
The teams traded field position for most of the first half, until Ubly forced a fumble with time running down in the second quarter.
Kurtis Booms was on the spot to take the ball back 37 yards for the score, making it 8-0 after Austin Drake hit Jason Kaufman for the 2-pointer with 3:46 to play.
“At that time, it was really a stalemate, so we needed that,” Kaufman said. 
To allow Ubly’s first score to come from its defense was deflating for Sandusky.
“That was tough because we didn’t want to make a mistake with the way our defense was playing,” said Sandusky coach Brad Bays. 
“We played well enough defensively to win the game.”
During last week’s 43-0 win over Cass City, the Redskins had their way on offense. But even then, Bays told his team it would need to run the ball better to defeat Ubly.
“I thought our defense played great tonight,” he said.  “Offensively, we had several chances to make a play — and we didn’t. Our offensive line did not play well tonight. We had chances, and we just didn’t do it.
“We knew that they would have a good defense.”
Ubly’s defense forced another three-and-out to begin the second half.
The Bearcats took advantage of a short field, as Nick Sweeney came through with a nice 31-yard TD scamper. 
Sweeney’s score made it 14-0 with 8:41 to play in the third.
Sweeney began the fourth quarter with a 60-yard run to set Ubly up on the Sandusky 3-yard line. A fumble prevented it from becoming a three-score game.
“Two touchdowns, anything can happen, but if you get up three it really takes the wind out of their sails,” Kaufman said.
Sweeney was filling in for the injured Bret Cleary. He ended the night with 132 yards on 19 carries. Ryan Haag, filling in for Jimmy Shaw, came through with 80 yards on 20 totes.
“The two juniors played great today,” Kaufman said. “Jesse Franzel only had one carry, but he’s lead blocking for Nick Sweeney. He’s creating a lot of space.”
Another failed red zone conversion led to Sandusky finally getting on the board.
Quarterback Justin Mills broke loose down the Ubly sideline for a 89-yard touchdown.
The conversion failed, and Josh White recovered the ensuing onside kick for the Bearcats. 
Even with Mills’ run, the Redskins mustered just 157 yards of total offense. It was a far cry from the 426 combine yards Mills and Brandon Tucker put up against Cass City in Week 1.
Tucker was held in check, with only two receptions and no yards after the catch.
“If you take away that 89 yards, that’s 68 yards of total offense with three minutes to go in the game,” Kaufman said. “I can’t say enough about the way our kids played defense.
“For him to have two catches against us... (Assistant coach) Chuck Wright had a good game plan to get our team ready.”
Sandusky returns home to host winless Mayville next week and will stay home the following week to play Memphis.
“It’s going to be a tough conference top to bottom,” Bays said. “This could be one of the best teams I’ve ever had, but if we don’t pull it together, we may not make the playoffs.”
Ubly hits the road for the first time, traveling to Marlette next week. The Red Raiders lead the GTE in scoring, racking up 99 points in two games so far.
Marlette features the dangerous offensive trio of quarterback Kolby Lange, along with receivers Donnie Thomas and Brad Schaub.
In two games, Lange has completed 21-of-28 passes for 386 yards and four scores. He has also rushed for 270 yards and five touchdowns.
Schaub has caught nine balls for 169 yards and a TD while Thomas has hauled in eight passes for 187 yards and three scores.
“We have Marlette next week. They have three of the fastest guys in the area,” Kaufman said. 
“It’s going to be the same (challenge) we saw this week.”

Here are a couple of photos from the game.

Pirates cruise over Warriors

HARBOR BEACH — The early-season get-to-know-your-team quizzes are now over for Harbor Beach.
Next week, the big tests start to arrive.
The Pirates moved to 2-0 here Thursday night with another convincing and impressive victory, this one a 48-0 blanking of North Huron.
Throw in last week’s 42-0 shelling of Bad Axe and the Pirates have outscored their first two opponents, 90-0.
Ah, but the schedule gets a tad bit tougher starting next week when 2-0 Reese pays a visit to the northeastern part of the Thumb.
“We have a lot of respect for Reese and how good they are,” said Harbor Beach coach Troy Schelke. “We have to be ready for a dogfight next week.”
In fact, Harbor Beach’s next four games are against teams which haven’t lost yet. 
“It’s going to get tougher, no doubt,” Schelke said.
There weren’t many things that were tough for the Pirates against the Warriors, who played hard from start to finish, but never mustered much offense, and really couldn’t stop the Pirates on defense.
Aaron Ginther scored three times — once on the ground and twice via the pass — while four others scored once for the Pirates, who led 20-0 after one quarter and 34-0 at the half.
Travis Essenmacher, Derek Pfaff, Tyler Krueger and Sloan Klaski scored the other TDs for Harbor Beach, which picked up 375 yards rushing overall and 82 yards passing from quarterback Eli Kraft.
Ginther and Pfaff each had 78 yards on the ground while Krueger added 70, Klaski 55, Essenmacher 44 and Kraft 32. Kraft also threw for 82 yards, including scoring strikes of 36 and 46 yards to Ginther in the first quarter which set the tone.
“I thought our passing game looked pretty good,” Schelke said. “That’s a plus for us to have a threat there.”
For North Huron, it was limited to 102 total yards. Brandon Moore had 82 all-purpose yards while Kyle Case completed four passes for 42 yards, with Eric LesPerance hauling in two passes for 27 yards.
Schelke likes what he sees from his defense so far this season.
“We have guys on that side that like to hit and are good athletes,” “he said. “Our defense is young, so I hope we get better and better as the year goes on.”
Defensively for Harbor Beach, Kurt Messing had a fumble recovery and Averey Wehner had an interception.
Defensively for North Huron, Moore, Tom Fischer and Nick Strozeski had nine tackles each. Evan Dhyse and Jake Schramski had eight stops apiece while LesPerance notched six stops. Fischer and Dale Johnson had fumble recoveries while Strozeski added a forced fumble.
The Warriors resume their non-league trek next Friday when they host another Greater Thumb East team, Brown City.
Meanwhile, Schelke knows his team has to clean up some things if it’s going to compete with a very potent Reese squad next week. The Pirates put the ball on the ground several times and had numerous penalties.
“Obviously, we have to hang on to the ball better and do a better job with the penalties,” he said. “Next week, if we make a turnover here or there we’re going to have to overcome it, but we just can’t put the ball on the ground against a team like Reese.”

Here are a couple of photos from the game...


Week 2 Updated Standings/Scores/Roundup

Team W L W L PF PA
Reese 1 0 2 0 88 12
Vassar 1 0 2 0 85 12
USA 1 0 1 1 16 36
C. City    0 0 0 2 21 71
Bad Axe 0 1 0 2 0 88
BCAS 0 1 0 2 14 69
EPBP 0 1 0 2 12 106

Team W L W L PF PA
Ubly        1 0 2 0 42 6
Marlette 1 0 2 0 99 27
B. City 0 0 2 0 70 21
HB           0 0 2 0 90 0
Sand.      0 1 1 1 49 14
Mayville   0 1 0 2 28 102

Team W L W L PF PA
Deck. 1 0 1 1 48 53
Mem. 0 0 1 1 58 41
N. H.       0 0 0 2 8 82
Peck 0 0 0 2 0 82
Kingston 0 1 1 1 67 48

Team W L W L PF PA
CPS         0 0 2 0 87 14
O-G    0 0 2 0 113 0
A-F     0 0 1 0 80 72
MCCM 0 0 1 1 60 68
F MSD    0 0 0 1 0 71
Reese 46, Bad Axe 0
Vassar 50, EPBP 12
USA 16, BCAS 8

Ubly 14, Sandusky 6
Marlette 60, Mayville 21

Deckerville 48, Kingston 7

Brown City 28, Cass City 21
Harbor Beach 48, North Huron 0
Whittemore-Prescott 40, Peck 0
Memphis 37, Dearborn Heights Star Int. 0
Akron-Fairgrove 50, Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy 20

CPS 38, MCCM 8
Owen-Gage 42, Burr Oak 0

BROWN CITY — Cass City was unable to make a first-half lead hold up against Brown City on Thursday night.
The Red Hawks led midway through the second quarter, but couldn’t hold off the Green Devils, dropping the 28-21 Greater Thumb Conference crossover decision.
Cass City led 16-7 in the second quarter, after Nick Kappen came through with a 21-yard touchdown run. 
Brown City closed the half with touchdown runs from Ryan Spokaeski and Nathan Primeau to lead 21-16 at the break. Spokaeski made it 28-16 with a 5-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Josh Jensen got Cass City within one score in the fourth quarter, returning a fumble 80 yards.
Braedon Perzanowski began the scoring for the Red Hawks with a 65-yard run in the first quarter. 
Jensen led Cass City with 138 yards on 13 carries while Kappen added 93 yards on 13 totes.
Brown City gained 391 yards on 43 carries. Primeau had 173 yards while Aaron McIntosh added 150 yards.

Reese 46, Bad Axe 0
REESE — Reese improved to 2-0 with the help of some big plays from Matt Frost.
Frost got the Rockets going, scoring on runs of 41 and 59 yards in the first quarter. He also caught a TD in the second quarter. 
Troy Elbers added a pair of scores while Evan Campbell had a 38-yard TD and Adam Lefler picked off a pass for a touchdown.

Vassar 50, EPBP 12
PIGEON — Vassar moved to 2-0 overall with a Greater Thumb West win over Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port.
For the Lakers, Nick Post completed six passes for 129 yards and one TD. He also rushed for 50 yards and another score.
Defensively, Nathan Kosinski had 10 tackles while Brody Truemner added nine stops. Nate Krohn chipped in four tackles and a fumble recovery.

USA 16, BCAS 8
BAY CITY — Unionville-Sebewaing Area picked up its first win of the season by beating Bay City All Saints.
USA led 8-0 early on a 45-yard TD run from Tim Zube. 
The Cougars tied the game in the second quarter before the Patriots went ahead early in the third quarter on a 5-yard dive from Brandon Harper. Dan Rieck converted the 2-pointer.
Zube rushed for 118 yards for USA while Harper added 108.
Defensively, the Patriots had Mike Bednarski with 15 tackles while John Bauer notched 10 stops.

Deckerville 48, Kingston 7
DECKERVILLE — Deckerville’s Andrew Estrada rushed for 220 yards and six touchdowns in lifting the Eagles to a bounce back North Central Thumb League win over Kingston.
The Eagles led 20-7 after one quarter and 35-7 at the break.
Overall, the Eagles had 540 total yards, including 428 on the ground.
Deckerville’s other score came on a 10-yard strike from Tyler Pattullo to Mason Handley.
Evan Bootz rushed for 200 yards for the Cardinals, including an 80-yard TD scamper in the first quarter.

Marlette 60, Mayville 21
MAYVILLE — Marlette put up big numbers for a second straight game.
The Red Raiders jumped out on Mayville, leading 21-7 after the first quarter and 44-7 by halftime.
Kolby Lange accounted for four scores, tossing for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Donnie Thomas.
Lange also rushed for 127 yards and two more TDs.
Ryan Miller also had 121 yards and a score.

Owen-Gage 42, Burr Oak 0
OWENDALE — Owendale-Gagetown pitched its second straight 8-man shutout in beating Burr Oak.
Hunter Champagne scored three times while Jordan Kain also had a TD. Tommy Kennedy notched 101 yards on the ground for the winners.
Defensively, Andrew Fahrner had 11 tackles while Champagne added nine and one interception, and Kennedy eight and one pick. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday Night Football

Week 2 kicks off tonight with a couple of interesting contests in the Greater Thumb Conference.

In the GTE, Adams will be at Ubly where the Bearcats put their 33-game regular season winning streak on the line against a very good Sandusky squad. Last week, the Bearcats picked up a 28-0 win over Unionville-Sebewaing Area while the Redskins bounced Cass City, 43-0.

Bogan is planning to head to Harbor Beach where the 1-0 Pirates host 0-1 North Huron in a GTE vs. North Central Thumb League matchup.
The Pirates pounced on Bad Axe last week, 42-0, while the Warriors dropped a 34-8 decision to Au Gres.

In the GTW, 0-1 Bad Axe travels to 1-0 Reese, 1-0 Vassar is at 0-1 Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port and 0-1 USA is at 0-1 Bay City All Saints.

In the GTE, 1-0 Marlette travels to 0-1 Mayville.
The GTC crossover this week is 0-1 Cass City at 1-0 Brown City.

The lone NCTL game is at Deckerville where the defending league champions are looking to shake off a disappointing showing against a powerful Mendon squad last week when  they host 1-0 Kingston.

In NCTL non-leaguers, Peck is at Whittemore-Prescott and Dearborn Heights Star International travels to Memphis.

In 8-man tonight, Burr Oak is at Owendale-Gagetown, Marine City Cardinal Mooney is at Carsonville-Port Sanilac and Flint MSD travels to Akron-Fairgrove.

I will post all the scores when I get into the office early Friday morning...

John Creguer wins Week 1 blog contest

Congrats to John Creguer, who won the Week 1 Tribune Blog Contest.
John got 13 of 15 picks correct, missing only Kingston vs. Big Rapids Crossroads and Lakers vs. Carrollton.
It was plenty close this week...
John email me with an address and I will get you the crinkled 20...
Here is what I have after Week 1...

John Creguer 41
Jeff Maikrzek 40
Nathan Meredith 39
Jimmy Jam 39
Chad Wingert 39
T-Dog 39
Dan Gentner 39
Craig H. 39
Robert Rockefeller 39
2 Cents Worth 37
Dave Green 36
Chiuk czlek 36
Jeff Loomis 34
jillms22 34
EPBP 92 34
eddie fury 34
justchimingin 34
PGPape 34
Cracker Snake 34
NCTL Alum 32
Horseshoe 31
Gary Hunkins 31
Cory Will 31
Kellen Bickel 31
Shane O 30
Bob Bechtel 29
Eric 29
Ed Witkowski 28
Bodeen 25
Marty Baker 23
TD 23
willow run 22
Dennis Rievert 22

Please let me know if there are any corrections needed. My math isn't that great!
Thanks for all who are playing and good luck this week!

Monday, August 29, 2011


Here are the games for Week 2 of the Tribune Blog Football Contest.
Remember, these have to be in by 7 p.m. Thursday because of the Labor Day holiday.
Good luck. Another 20 to the winner.
Week 1 results will be up later.

1 pointers
Bad Axe at Reese
Vassar at EPBP
Marlette at Mayville
Peck at Whittemore-Prescott
Kingston at Deckerville
Western Michigan at Michigan
Youngstown State at Michigan State

5 pointers
Cass City at Brown City
Dearborn Hts. Star Int. at Memphis
North Huron at Harbor Beach
South Carolina St. at CMU

10 pointers
Sandusky at Ubly
Oregon vs. LSU
Boise State at Georgia

Tie break – Sandusky at Ubly, total points

Week 1 football standings

Team W L W L PF PA
Reese 0 0 1 0 42 12
Vassar 0 0 1 0 35 0
Bad Axe 0 0 0 1 0 42
BCAS 0 0 0 1 6 53
C. City 0 0 0 1 0 43
EPBP 0 0 0 1 0 56
USA 0 0 0 1 0 28

Team W L W L PF PA
Br. City 0 0 1 0 42 0
HB         0 0 1 0 42 0
Marlette 0 0 1 0 39 6
Sand. 0 0 1 0 43 0
Ubly        0 0 1 0 28 0
Mayville 0 0 0 1 7 42

Team W L W L PF PA
Kingston 0 0 1 0 60 0
Deck 0 0 0 1 0 46
Mem. 0 0 0 1 21 41
NH         0 0 0 1 8 34
Peck        0 0 0 1 0 42

Team W L W L PF PA
MCCM 1 0 1 0 52 30
OG         1 0 1 0 71 0
CPS          0 0 1 0 49 6
A-F          0 1 0 0 30 52
F. MSD 0 1 0 1 0 71
Sandusky 43, Cass City 0
Armada 41, Memphis 21
Owen-Gage 71, Flint MSD 0
MC Cardinal Mooney 52, A-Fairgrove 30

Harbor Beach 42, Bad Axe 0
Carrollton 56, EPBP 0
Reese 42, Houghton Lake 12
Vassar 35, Caro 0
Valley Lutheran 53, BCAS 6
Ubly 28, USA 0
Mendon 46, Deckerville 0
Saginaw MLS 42, Mayville 7
Marlette 39, Otisville-Lakeville 6
Brown City 42, Peck 0
Au Gres 34, North Huron 8

Kingston 60, Big Rapids Crossroads 0
CPS 49, Wyoming Tri-unity 6

Bad Axe at Reese
Vassar at EPBP
Cass City at Brown City
Sandusky at Ubly
North Huron at Harbor Beach
Marlette at Mayville
Kingston at Deckerville
Peck at Whittemore-Prescott
Dearborn Heights Star Int. at Memphis