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Friday, October 15, 2010



Cass City 46, EPBP 6
BCAS 21, Reese 14
Vassar 56, Bad Axe 6

Harbor Beach 48, Mayville 6
Brown City 55, Marlette 20

North Huron 33, Kingston 32

Sandusky 12, USA 0
Ubly 40, Deckerville 0

Eastern Washtenaw 40, A-F 26
CPS 41, Owen-Gage 12

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eagles eye bounce back vs. 7-0 Ubly

A preview of the Deckerville vs. Ubly game, plus my picks for the week.    

    UBLY — Deckerville may be down, but the Eagles aren’t going to be counted out.
    Not with rival Ubly next on the schedule.
    After breezing through its first six games en route to the North Central Thumb League championship,   
    Deckerville saw its perfect season unravel last week in a stunning 21-20 setback to Marlette — its first loss to the Raiders since Bill Brown has been coach.
    “I do not want to take anything away from Marlette — they played a heck of a game,” Brown said. “We can’t make any excuses. They are a good football team, but it was pretty disappointing.
“But there is nobody who is going to feel sorry for us. What can you do? You just have to learn from it.”
    The 6-1 Eagles hope to do just that when they travel to 7-0 Ubly this Friday in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season
    And while the loss last week, combined with it being a non-league game for the first time since 1975, takes away a bit of luster from the Eagles-Bearcats showdown, it’s still one of the area’s best and most balanced rivalries.
    Ubly holds a slim 8-6 advantage in the series since 2000, which includes playoff games in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. The teams split those postseason contests.
    “I think this is a good way to come back from (the loss to Marlette),” Brown said. “We’re going to play hard, no matter what. But mentally, we have to be strong.”
    Last week, the Eagles controlled the stat sheet, but little else. The Eagles held a 420-213 offensive yards advantage, including 325-168 via the rush. 
    “We got down into the red zone a few times, but we didn’t execute,” Brown said. “And that’s my fault more than anybody’s. Marlette didn’t have many penalties and didn’t put the ball on the turf. When they limit those things, they are going to be tough.”
    Regardless, the Eagles led 20-14 with four minutes to play before Marlette quarterback Kolby Lange took over, driving the Raiders down the field for the game-winning score with 20 seconds left. Lange rushed 24 times for 166 yards and all three Marlette TDs.
    “Their quarterback is a very good player. He played one heck of a game for them,” Brown said.
    Brown knows his team is up against another kind of challenge against the Bearcats.
    While Lange posed problems with his speed and open-field antics, Ubly’s grind-it-out, hard-nosed offense will be just as demanding to stop.
     “Ubly just doesn’t make many mistakes,” Brown said. “They are tough on both offense and defense. Offensively, they are still very good. And on defense, they just don’t give up many big plays.
    “To me, they aren’t much different than they have been over the last few years.”
    The Bearcats come in riding a 30-game regular-season winning streak, capped by a 30-6 victory over Brown City last week.
    The Green Devils actually scored first in the opening quarter before the Bearcats rattled off four straight touchdowns and took control. 
    Bryan Nash and Tyler Peruski each scored twice for the Bearcats, who have limited opponents to one score or less in five of their seven games.
    “Their defense is as tough as it’s ever been,” Brown said. “It’s going to be a challenge for us.
    “Up until last week, we hadn’t seen many second-and-10s, or even fourth-and-twos. We saw some of those last week, and I think that’s only going to help us.”
    This game also is worth mega playoff points. 
    For the Bearcats, they are one of 16 ‘Class C’ teams still unbeaten. Of those squads, Ubly’s 69.714 playoff points total ranks right in the middle of the pack.
    For the Eagles, they are one of 12 ‘Class D’ teams which are 6-1 or better. Of those squads, Deckerville’s 50.905 playoff points total is No. 7.

1. Vassar at Bad Axe – The Vulcans can clinch a playoff spot with a win.
PICK: Vassar 49, Bad Axe 6

2. EPBP at Cass City – A few weeks ago, this one might have been a blowout. It won't be so easy for the Red Hawks now.
PICK: Cass City 31, EPBP 26

3. BCAS at Reese – The Rockets are the class of the GTW.
PICK: Reese 45, BCAS 21

4. Brown City at Marlette – I am taking Marlette, but I can see the Green Devils pulling the mini upset.
PICK: Marlette 31, Brown City 21

5. Mayville vs. Harbor Beach – A victory on Homecoming for the Pirates.
PICK: Harbor Beach 35, Mayville 8

6. North Huron at Kingston – North Huron's passing game will make the difference.
PICK: North Huron 28, Kingston 17

7. Memphis at Peck – The Yellowjackets have potential on offense.
PICK: Memphis 24, Peck 6

8. Sandusky at USA – This will be a real test for the Patriots on Homecoming. Regardless of how conditioned the Patriots are, I just think the Redskins will wear them down late.
PICK: Sandusky 30, USA 21

9. Deckerville at Ubly – I still think the Eagles will give the Bearcats a battle for a while. 
PICK: Ubly 32, Deckerville 20

10. Illinois at Michigan State – Beware of a letdown, Sparty.
PICK: Michigan State 24, Illinois 21

11. Iowa at Michigan – Is Iowa's No. 15 ranking a fluke? I am not sure. I am torn on this one.
PICK; Iowa 21, Michigan 20

12. Arkansas at Auburn – A pair of pretty good quarterbacks in this one.
PICK: Auburn 31, Arkansas 28

13. Ohio State at Wisconsin – As much as I'd like to see the Buckeyes flop, the Badgers haven't shown me much.
PICK: Ohio State 22, Wisconsin 13

14. Miami, Ohio at Central Michigan –  The Chips need a win.
PICK: CMU 33, Miami 26

15. Lions at Giants – The Lions are improving, but not that much.
PICK: Giants 33, Lions 23

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Here are the games for Week 8 of the Tribune Sports Blog Football Contest...

2 pointers
Vassar at Bad Axe
BCAS at Reese
Mayville at Harbor Beach
Lions at Giants
Owen-Gage at CPS

4 pointers
Brown City at Marlette
Illinois at Michigan State
Iowa at Michigan
Miami, Ohio at Central Michigan
Western Michigan at Notre Dame

8 pointers
EPBP at Cass City
North Huron at Kingston
Sandusky at USA
Deckerville at Ubly
Ferris State at Northern Michigan

10 pointers
Memphis at Peck
Arkansas at Auburn
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Indianapolis at Saginaw Valley State
Michigan Tech at Hillsdale

Tie breaker – Deckerville at Ubly, total points

And the winners are...

OK, I know it's been a few weeks since I have been able to post winners of the blog contest.
Sorry about that. We have been going through some (MORE) changes with programs here at the Tribune and I have been beating my head against a wall trying to learn them.

But I finally have some time today.
WEEK 5 winner – Anonymous – He was 19-1. He tied with Fletch Lives and Ed Witkowski, but Anonymous hit the tiebreak right on the nose at 44.
I have the IP address so I will be able to tell when you email me with your address... Please do so I can get out the prizes, which of course are old $20 bills.

WEEK 6 winner – Kellen Bickel is the winner of Week 6, with a 17-3 mark. He won the tiebreak over coachestake. Email me Kellen and we will get the prize out to you!

WEEK 7 winner – Anonymous again is the winner of Week 7. He was 14-6, but missed 5 2-point games and just one of the other games – Alabama vs. South Carolina. And everyone missed that one!

Anonymous and Kellen Bickel please email me at so I can get your addresses.