The memories never fade for Swami as football playoffs begin
It has been awhile since the area has seen four teams make it into the postseason. Win or lose, the All-Knowing-One says each team should be proud of their accomplishments. A short nine weeks ago, every team in the area wanted to make the playoffs.
Overall, Swami has to say the thrill of just putting that jersey on is an important thrill in a football player’s life. Sure, the more wins make it easier to go to practice. But the lifetime of memories created on the field count the most. Not only to the teams that are playing tonight, but to every team in the area, it was a very enjoyable year. Thanks for the memories.
ATLANTA (5-4) at PICKFORD (9-0)– The Huskies worked hard to get into postseason play, but will really have their work cut out for them. Pickford has blown everyone away en route to capturing the Bridge 8-Man Football Alliance title.
The Panthers secured their first unbeaten regular season since back-to-back perfect seasons in 1990 and 1991. If the Huskies are to continue on, they will have to play perfect football against the top-ranked Panthers.
Swami has seen the Panthers have tremendous speed. It showed against a very good Rudyard team, which also made the playoffs.
Lane Warner had 89 yards on 13 carries, with a touchdown. Jimmy Storey needed just 32 yards to score three times. Joey Boik the third back in the offense had 48 yards and a score. Quarterback Jonah Bailey set up the rushing game, going 6-of-9 for 137 yards passing.
The All-Knowing-One has to give recognition to Huskies for making it to the playoffs, but he is afraid it will be a short trip.
Swami Sez: Pickford 42, Atlanta 14.
OSCODA (6-3) at BRECKENRIDGE (8-1)–The Owls will be seeking their first playoff victory since 2000. It also marks the first time the Owls have played Breckenridge. So in Swami’s eyes a win would accomplish a lot of firsts for the Owls.
Breckenridge quickly turned the program around in 2016, after a winless 2015 season. In capturing the title, the Huskies faced a determined St. Louis squad which also made it into the postseason, with a narrow 12-7 win.
The All-Knowing-One has gotten some inside information Quarterback Carter Staley has rushed for some 800 yards on 85 carries with a total of 15 touchdowns. He also has had time to throw for 400 yards, including five touchdowns. Running backs Hunter Collins and Lukas Ebright have combined for 1,100 rushing yards, while Ebright has 300 receiving yards.
The All-Knowing-One has a vision the Owls will attempt to beat the Huskies through the air. But he fears the Huskies’ secondary will be ready.
Swami Sez: Breckenridge 35, Oscoda 28.
HILLMAN (5-4) at AU GRES (8-0)–The first matchup between these two teams ended on a sour note for the Tigers. Now six weeks later, they meet once again. Will the tables be turned or will the Wolverines roll?
Hillman wasted little time, in getting what they wanted: a good start that eventually turned into a win propelling the Tigers into the playoffs.
Swami says Au Gres’ physicality is what the Wolverines pride themselves on. Offensively, Au Gres will go as quarterback Caden Zeien goes. If he is on, like he has been throughout the year, then the Tigers will be in for another long night. But if the Tigers can put pressure on him, then they have a shot at an upset.
Swami knows next year will be a learning year for Hillman with a new coach and a new scheme of playing 8-man, but he expects the Tigers to catch on quickly. But this night still remains as one last hurrah and the seniors will a great remembrance of what it was like to be part of Tiger football.
Swami Sez: Au Gres 48, Hillman 14.
JOHANNESBURG-LEWISTON (6-3) at ALCONA (7-2)–A battle of two evenly matched teams. Johannesburg needed two strong efforts to ensure it would be solid for the postseason. The Cardinals did everything they had to do to get in, lambasting East Jordan and Harbor Springs.
The offensive line has been controlling the trenches allowing the speedy backs to get free. Jacob Marsh has led the offensive rush, accumulating well over 100 yards per game and he is closely followed by Nick Mays, Kyle May and Brett Crandell. The Cardinals do have a secret they only use in jumbo situations, Devin Koscielniak will plow through the opposition to keep drives going. In the deciding game against Harbor Springs, it was the duo of quarterback Tanner Shimel and Kevin Gehringer that scored four touchdowns in the second quarter swinging the game in the Cardinals favor for good.
Alcona used its Senior Night to gain a home advantage for the playoffs and to tune up for the postseason. The Tigers used seven rushing touchdowns to defeat the Mio Thunderbolts. Jack Hutchinson, Alex Stephenson, Kyle Haeger, Ethan Long, Tim Hutchinson, Mason Clark and Jacob Sytek scored in the Tigers’ runaway victory.
Swami says home field is fitting for the Tigers. Alcona came within a single point twice of gaining a perfect season. It might be cold and nasty with rain, but the end result will warm the Tiger faithful and players.
Swami Sez: Alcona 28, Johannesburg-Lewiston 24.