Time is running out for Swami

Time is taken for granted. The formative years are just that with no concern for time. Even the years leading up to raising children, time never really comes to mind. It isn’t until everyone has left home that life slows down and people say, where did all that time go? At that point, it seems like it went by in a flash.

With Week 7 upon us, there is little time left for the seniors. Some will make it into the playoffs and some will not. For other players, there is always next game, but for the seniors time is running out.

So in essence, what Swami is saying to all players, but to the seniors especially: enjoy your grass time and your teammates and make every second on that clock meaningful because time is running and once it is done, you will look back and say where did the time go?

TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL (6-0) at ALPENA (3-3) – Time will tell all for the Wildcats on this homecoming night. Time almost took a toll on Traverse City Central as well last week. Central scored 21 unanswered points in the second half after Petoskey scored 21 in the first half. Only a failed 2-point conversion kept the Trojans from an overtime loss. The Wildcats took control over Cheboygan in their last ever meeting and never let up. As it stands now, the Trojans could wrap up at least a tie for the Big North Conference title with any of their last three games. The only logical team that stands in their way is the Wildcats.

In order to have a chance of springing the upset against the No. 9 team in Division 2, the Wildcats will have to play error-free football. The difference between the game with Traverse City West and tonight is the Wildcats are at home. Homecoming festivities should raise their emotions and their focus. Swami just sensed against West, the ‘Cats did not have the killer instinct they’ve had in their three wins.

Swami says to spring the upset in the biggest game of the year, the Wildcats will have to play as a team, the offensive line will have to get off the ball quicker, the back field will have to hit the holes and the receivers must run exact routes.

Swami Sez: Traverse City Central 28, Alpena 13.

OSCODA (4-2) at HILLMAN (5-1) – Hillman accomplished two of its season goals in one game last week against Atlanta. The Tigers won the traveling trophy they play the Huskies for and they won the North Star League’s Little Dipper division. Next up for the Tigers is the return to postseason play. A win and they are in, it is as simple as that.

Oscoda has yet to win a Big Dipper contest despite being 4-2 but the Owls still have time to make the playoffs.The Owls had all the makings of going 5-1 last week, until a 20-point explosion by Alcona over the final 10 minutes, left Oscoda a point short of completing the task. Hillman’s game against Atlanta, was less then perfect, giving up two fumbles to the Huskies. In addition, in the early going the Tigers offense could not get on track. Even so, the Tigers were able to pitch a shutout and gain the win.

Swami says the Tigers get their offense going sooner this week.

Swami Sez: Hillman 35, Oscoda 21.

ALCONA (5-1) at JOHANNESBURG-LEWISTON (5-1) – Either team will make it into postseason play with a win. Swami says both teams will make it over the course of the next three games. The difficult point is which team gets their first. The Tigers escaped last week with a 56-55 win over Oscoda and Joburg was in a similar situation against Detroit Consortium clinging to a 13-12 lead. An interception by Cody Hasse put the Cardinals in a position to break the game open. Once the offense started rolling it could not be stopped scoring six of the next nine touchdowns.

It was not as easy for Alcona; the Tigers had to fight back from a 19 point deficit against Oscoda with 10 minutes left. The All-Knowing-One has a hard time believing that the point spread like could be overcome, but it did happen. The All-Knowing-One says this should be a run and gun offensive show and the defenses of both sides will take a back seat. Or could it be that the team who has the ball last will bring home the victory. Both teams have the rushing ingredients that can set off the powder keg in an instant.

Swami Sez: Johannesburg-Lewiston 48, Alcona 45.

ONAWAY (4-2) at POSEN (6-0) – The latest victory for the Posen Vikings was very close, almost too close. A missed two point conversion in the waning moments by Cedarville spelled the difference. The margin of victory was not as important as the win that kept their perfect record intact. It seems to Swami the Vikings had a chip on their shoulder from last year. Cedarville completely demolished the effort of Posen to the tune of 52-0 in last year’s game.

Surprisingly it was not the offense propelling them to victory; the defense turned it up a notch resulting in turnovers by the Trojans. Skyler Tulgetske and Travis Sharpe picked off passes that resulted in touchdowns. Half back Evan Schuch provided a big shot in the arm of the Vikings giving the lead back to the Vikings on two different scores, in the second half.

The All-Knowing-One knows that the 84-8 massacre of Pellston by Onaway has to be the most lopsided win in school history. Pellston’s defense almost seemed non-existent, Brad Brewbaker chewed up 242 yards on the ground, totaling six touchdowns himself.

Swami Sez: Posen 32, Onaway 12.