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Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday night - Week 6 FINALS

Here are the updated standings and scores.

Team W L W L PF PA
• Reese 4 0 6 0 234 68
USA 4 1 4 2 153 117
Vassar 3 1 4 2 195 107
BCAS 3 2 4 2 182  137
Cass City 1 3 3 3 153 100
EPBP 0 4 1 5 72 155
Bad Axe 0 4 0 6 42 328
• Clinched playoff berth

Team W L W L PF PA
*• Ubly 4 0 6 0 241 70
Sandusky 3 1 4 2 212 121
Marlette 2 2 3 3 132 160
H. Beach 1 2 3 3 154 145
Brown City 1 2 3 3 180 91
Mayville 0 4 0 5 44 239
* Clinched at least share of title
• Clinched playoff berth

Team W L W L PF PA
*• Deckerville 4 0 6 0 284 68
Kingston 2 1 3 3 148 174
North Huron 1 1 2 4 128 232
Memphis 0 2 1 5 75 263
Peck 0 3 0 5 48 175
* Clinched title
• Clinched playoff berth

Team W L W L PF PA
CPS 3 0 5 0 249 106
A-Fairgrove 3 1 3 3 186 165
Owen-Gage 0 2 2 4 152 234

Reese 55, EPBP 16
BCAS 26, Cass City 18
Vassar 34, USA 20

Sandusky 20, Brown City 16
Marlette 45, Harbor Beach 36

Deckerville 48, Memphis 0
Kingston 27, Peck 24

Ubly 56, Bad Axe 22
Mio 60, North Huron 8

Akron-Fairgrove 58, Flint MSD 8 (Thurs.)
Eastern Washtenaw 52, Owen-Gage 12

Bad Axe at EPBP
Cass City at Vassar
Reese at USA

Ubly at Brown City
Sandusky at Harbor Beach

Memphis at North Huron

BCAS at Mayville
Marlette at Deckerville
Saginaw BV at Kingston

A-Fairgrove at CPS
Owen-Gage at Bellaire
Arenac Eastern at Peck

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 6: Eagles on the verge

A Week 6 preview, plus my picks for the week.

DECKERVILLE — Deckerville has plenty to play for Friday night on Homecoming.
Not only can the undefeated Eagles keep their perfect record intact, they can clinch the outright North Central Thumb League championship, as well as secure their sixth consecutive playoff berth.
Look out, Memphis.
“Playing on Homecoming and all the rest will give us some motivation for sure,” said Deckerville coach Bill Brown. “The kids have worked their tails off. We keep telling them, ‘If you’re going to be the last one standing, you have to get better week to week.’ The better teams are going to do that. We have to do that.”
The Eagles have breezed through the first five weeks, outscoring opponents 236-68, capped by a 52-32 victory over Saginaw Buena Vista last Friday.
Deckerville led 32-6 at the half against the Knights. Rick Wilfong had a night to remember. Deckerville’s senior tailback, who was filling in as the No. 1 ball carrier in place of fellow senior Cody Ross, who didn’t play because of a foot injury, rushed 31 times for 162 yards and five touchdowns. He also grabbed a 47-yard TD reception.
Overall, the Eagles rushed for 379 yards and had 25 first downs.
Deckerville’s offense has averaged 47.2 points through five games, helping the Eagles break out to big leads in most of their games. 
“I really like the way we have played in the first half of games,” Brown said. “We have come out with some intensity and have been physical.
“But our focus in the second half is something that we have to work on. It’s lacked at times.”
Saginaw BV scored three times in the second half, including a pair of touchdown passes. Overall, the Knights threw for 280 yards.
“Their quarterback was as good as anyone we will probably see this year,” Brown said. “And they had a couple of quick wide receivers.”
Memphis comes in at 1-4 overall, dropping a 56-12 decision to Vassar last week. The Yellowjackets’ lone win came in Week 2 over Marine City Cardinal Mooney (35-6).
The Eagles and Yellowjackets had a two-game non-league series back in 2005-2006. Deckerville picked up 60-15 and 52-26 victories in those games.
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” Brown said. “We know a win for them would make their season. We have to come out early, play physical, and take control.”
The Eagles, in their first year in the NCTL after several in the Greater Thumb Conference, have used their GTC-type physicality to overpower league opponents so far this season. 
“You might have a little more room to make some mistakes in the NCTL, but our (league) schedule is out of our control,” Brown said. “We just have to take care of business no matter who we are playing.”
Deckerville is just one of six Class D teams which remain unbeaten, though its 49.600 playoff points total is the lowest of the six. 
But don’t fret, Deckerville fans. The Eagles have a chance to rack up major playoff points in the coming weeks, starting Friday against Class C Memphis.
They close out the season with games against 2-3 Marlette, 5-0 Ubly and 4-1 Lincoln Alcona. All are Class C schools and — with victories — will be worth major playoff points.
“We know we have some important games coming up,” Brown said.

Deckerville’s Cody Ross runs for yardage earlier in the season against North Huron. Ross is battling a foot injury and his status for Friday’s game with Memphis is questionable.

Bad Axe at Ubly - Not much needs to be said about this game.
SCORE: Ubly 50, Bad Axe 0

EPBP at Reese - At 1-4, the Lakers are one of my biggest disappointments this season.
SCORE: Reese 32, EPBP 18

Cass City at BCAS – This is a definite trap game for the Red Hawks. They need this one badly.
SCORE: Cass City 30, BCAS 26

USA at Vassar – USA is playing with so much confidence.
SCORE: USA 26, Vassar 21

Brown City at Sandusky – I think the Redskins are a better team.
SCORE: Sandusky 23, Brown City 16

Harbor Beach at Marlette – The fourth straight game I might get wrong. There are some tough ones this week. I like the Pirates, though, to rebound from their loss to Ubly.
SCORE: Harbor Beach 30, Marlette 21

Memphis at Deckerville – The Eagles go to 6-0 with no problem.
SCORE: Deckerville 49, Memphis 12

Peck at Kingston – I am going with Kingston, but I am not very confident in the pick.
SCORE: Kingston 18, Peck 12

North Huron at Mio – I think the trip to the north will be too much for the Warriors.
SCORE: Mio 32, North Huron 22

Wisconsin at Michigan State – Could this week get any tougher? I hate going against MSU at home, but I have to.
SCORE: Wisconsin 28, MSU 20

Michigan at Indiana – This isn't going to be easy for the Wolverines.
SCORE: Michigan 35, Indiana 23

Ball State at CMU – The Chips played Northwestern very tough last week.
SCORE: CMU 40, Ball State 20

Stanford at Oregon – This one is another tough one. I like what Harbaugh's done at Stanford.
SCORE: Stanford 35, Oregon 34

Florida at Alabama – This isn't the same Florida team from years past.
SCORE: Alabama 24, Florida 13

Lions at Packers – Poor Lions. The Packers are ticked after losing to the Bears on Monday night.
SCORE: Packers 32, Lions 17

Who else thinks this is the toughest week this season?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cabrera out for the season

I know this isn't Thumb related, but it does involve the Tigers...
I'd like to know what Thumb Tiger fans think should be done with the team next season.

Here is my take on next season's team.
1B – Cabrera - One of the top 5 players in the game today.
2B – Rhymes - He's shown me enough to give him the edge over Sizemore and Guillen.
SS – Peralta - I think he likes it here and could be a 20 homer, 80 RBI guy who hits .275.
3B – TBA – As much as I think Brandon Inge is a great guy, I think his days are done in Detroit. An upgrade is necessary.
C – TBA – I would really like to see an upgrade here, too. Avila has shown enough to give him another shot, but Laird has not. He has to be gone. Victor Martinez is out there, but he may be overpriced.
CF – Jackson – Hopefully he is here for another 15 years.
RF – Ordonez – I think he deserves at least another year. Boesch, while he's been terrible in the second half, is a suitable backup.
LF –  Raburn - He's got 14 homers and 59 RBI in just 107 games. He deserves a shot to win the job.
DH – Damon/Guillen – Yes, they're old, but they also - if healthy - can hit. Both need to realize they are not the players they were even a few years ago.

No. 1-2 - Verlander & Scherzer – When they are on, it's as good as it gets for Nos. 1 and 2.
No. 3 –  Porcello – I hope he's learned a lot this season. I still think he needs to trust his stuff. He nibbles on the corners too much.
No. 4 - Galarraga – He's been a roller coaster, but I think he deserves a shot at No. 4.
No. 5 - TBA – If Bonderman is around, he should have a shot. I have heard they would like to convert Coke to a starter. That means Schlereth needs to step up and become a workhorse.

Turner and Oliver - top draft picks - are probably still a year or two away from the big leagues.

A strength to start the season has become a question mark in my mind in 2011. Valverde was great in the first half, terrible in the second half. Perry has been erratic. The futures of Zumaya and Seay are up in the air. I am not sold on anyone else right now, including Thomas, Bonine, Weinhardt, etc.

I thought the Tigers had a great shot at winning 90-plus games this season and winning the AL Central. Instead, injuries and some shoddy stretches of pitching did them in. To me, next year is make or break for Leyland. If they don't make the playoffs, he needs to go. I will give him this year, but there is too much talent on this team to be done in August.

So, who else wants to play GM?

CLEVELAND (AP) — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is done for the season.
Manager Jim Leyland announced Wednesday before the start of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians that Cabrera, whose 126 RBIs leads the majors, will not play again in 2010 because of a sprained right ankle.
“It seems strange not putting Cabrera’s name in there,” Leyland said. “It wasn’t broken. That’s a blessing. He’s got a long time to heal up.”
Cabrera was injured on a pickoff attempt at first base Monday night and hoped to return during Detroit’s final six games. An MRI exam performed Tuesday night revealed a high ankle sprain and Cabrera will not accompany the team to Baltimore for its final four-game series.
Leyland said if the injury had occurred earlier in the season that Cabrera, who is wearing a walking boot, would have been placed on the disabled list and would miss at least three weeks.
Cabrera is tied for second in the AL with 38 homers and is hitting .328, third in the league. Leyland thinks he should win the voting for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
“I think he’s been the best player in the league this year,” Leyland said. “I don’t want to be on a soap box. I think he’s the MVP and I’ll leave it at that.”
Cabrera’s production has come despite being intentionally walked a league-high 32 times.
“He probably gets more respect from an offensive standpoint than any hitter in the league,” Leyland said. “There aren’t many guys who can do what he can do. They’ve been trying to pitch around him and he’s still hitting homers.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Week 6 Sports Blog Football Contest...

Here are the games for Week 6 of the Tribune Sports Blog Football Contest.
Week 5 winner and overall standings coming later.

To the games...
1 pointers
Bad Axe at Ubly
EPBP at Reese
Memphis at Deckerville
Lions at Packers
Michigan at Indiana

5 pointers
Cass City at BCAS
Wisconsin at Michigan State
Ball State at Central Michigan
Stanford at Oregon
Florida at Alabama
Penn State at Iowa
Texas vs. Oklahoma
Ohio State at Illinois
Saginaw Valley State at Hillsdale
Ferris State at Lake Erie

10 pointers
USA at Vassar
Brown City at Sandusky
Harbor Beach at Marlette
Peck at Kingston
North Huron at Mio

TIEBREAKER – USA at Vassar – Total points