Swami has a flashback

As football weeks go by, it gets a little harder for Swami to come up with intros for his column. Here it is Wednesday evening and nothing’s come to mind. With a vow of no NFL watching and silence in the house after his son Kevin went back to school, Swami was thrown for a loop.

Then out of nowhere, a flashback gave Swami an idea. A while back Romeo Bourdage, a cohort of Swami’s from the press box said he should add something new to his column; more wizardry instead of numbers and facts. Just for Rome, Swami will pull out his magic powers.

TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL (4-2) at ALPENA (2-4) –  The Wildcats needed a good outing last week and gave the game away instead with eight turnovers. Alpena can still finish with a winning season, but it’s not going to be easy with Central coming for homecoming.

The Trojans had their hands full playing a young Petoskey team last week. Petoskey had every bounce go their way over the first two and half quarters building a 28-7 lead. The lead started to dwindle midway through the third quarter as quarterback Tobin Schwannecke single-handedly brought the Trojans back, rushing for three touchdowns. With the game tied at 28 in the final minute, the Northmen provided the gift Central needed to pull out the win as Conner Morrison scooped up the fumble and waltzed into the end zone.

Swami says Alpena has put forth good efforts against their conference rival the Trojans, but have few wins to show for it. The Wildcats have to prepare for two different offenses: the Trojans can pass, but the running game helped them win last week. Which one will Alpena see tonight?

Swami Sez:  Traverse City 26, Alpena 18.

PICKFORD (6-0) at ONAWAY (3-3) – Friday – If you want to be the best, you must beat the best. Swami says that is the chant of the Cardinals this week. With a playoff berth locked up, the Panthers will concentrate on other goals like a conference championship, in addition to hosting a playoff game or two. To do that, Panthers must keep winning, but Onaway needs wins too to have a shot at the playoffs.Onaway battled tooth and nail to pull out a 28-22 win over Posen last week The Cardinals attack was throttled somewhat as Trevor Wregglesworth only connected on 9 of 24 attempts, but the completions were still good for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Lucas Tollini had the Vikings number rushing for 106 yards, two touchdowns, including the game winner.

Onaway will have to find a way to slow down the Panthers. Pickford can sub any of four backs and not miss a step like last week when six different Panthers found the end zone in a 70-20 shellacking of Brimley. Swami says if the Cardinals can not adjust to the speed of the Panthers, it will be a long night.

Swami Sez:  Pickford 62, Onaway 24.  

HILLMAN (3-3) at OSCODA (4-2) – Who will get a boost from a win tonight? That is the question of the hour for Swami to answer. Both teams are in need of a win to keep their playoffs aspirations alive. The Tigers have awakened from their sluggish 0-3 start and earned three straight wins. If the Tigers are to make it this season, they have to win out and that would start with a win against the Owls.

The Owls are not going to roll over and play dead. Even with a loss tonight they could still get in with wins over Muskegon Heights Academy and Tawas, but they won’t leave anything to chance. Swami also knows the Owls will come out with a chip on their shoulders being run over by Alcona last week.

With all the variables in play, the All-Knowing-One has to look at every angle. The Tigers passing attack may not be as strong as Alcona’s, but if Hillman goes out of different sets, it could be just as effective.

Swami Sez:  Hillman 28, Oscoda 24.

AU GRES (6-0) at MIO (0-6) – It has been a rough season for the Mio Thunderbolts. Swami says it must be discouraging to be beaten by some of the best teams in the North Star League week after week. One thing the All-Knowing-One knows for sure is the Thunderbolts are taking it one game at a time and spirits are still high on the sidelines.

Offensively, the Thunderbolts have been able to move the ball between the 20s, but touchdowns have been few and far in between. When Mio has connected, quarterback Brenden DeFlorio has gone to River Waisanen. Will Ciske has been the workhorse in the Thunderbolt backfield.

Au Gres continues to roll earning a playoff berth following a 54-14 thrashing of Whittemore-Prescott. The game marked the fifth time in six starts, the Wolverines have put up 50 or more points.

The arm of quarterback Caden Zeien continues to impress the opposition and recruiters. Another golden helmet winner has been running back Ryan Schwiderson. It seems to Swami that the only thing that has stopped him is the end zone. He scored three touchdowns on three carries against the Cardinals.

Swami has bad feelings for the Thunderbolts as their offense does not stack up to that of the Wolverines. It is the year of the Wolverines; regardless of who they line up against, they have simply solved defenses from the get-go. It is only a matter of time before they score and then it is all downhill from there for the opponent.

Swami Sez:  Au Gres 52, Mio 8.