Swami in questioning mode
Swami would like to know how the weather knows what time of year it is? This week’s cloudiness, rainy skies and cool temperatures are perfect for playing football.
Will the weather gods see that bright skies and moderate temps usher in fall, once the high school schedule is complete? His crystal ball does not have an answer. The All-Knowing-One says dress for the occasion and remember it is football season.
ALPENA (0-2) at PETOSKEY (2-0) — Friday — 7 p.m. — Alpena’s offense is taking steps forward, but the defense continues to be suspect. In Thursday’s loss to Cheboygan, quarterback Jake Zann had his best game, completing 12 passes for 212 yards. Alpena’s running game also gave it an early edge with Kaydn Budnik scoring twice in the first half.
But the defensive aggression was not there as Cheboyan marched down the field on an 11-play drive, then shut down Alpena’s offense. The second half was the perfect storm for Cheboygan long drives eating up the clock.
Petoskey started the season off with a win against Cheboygan. That gives Swami an uneasy feeling. The Northmen followed that up with a convincing 44-27 win over Escanaba.
Petoskey fans had waited a long time for a game like this, and its one new head coach Rick Winbigler will remember as well. It seems to the All-Knowing-One the Northmen have a one-two rushing combination that opposition has yet to stop. Swami feels it could be another long night for the Wildcats unless the defense is shored up in a short period of time.
Swami Sez: Petoskey 38, Alpena 12.
WHITTEMORE-PRESCOTT (0-2) at POSEN (0-2) — Friday — 7 p.m. — Someone has an excellent chance of picking up their first win. The Cardinals will be the second non-conference contest the Vikings will play.
The Vikings’ offense has been toned down for the first two games, including a single touchdown and a failed two point conversion in an 8-6 loss to Atlanta. Posen’s defense came to the forefront against the Huskies, but it was the offense that sputtered. Posen gave up 36 points in its opener against a less potent opposition; the Huskies have two main cogs that put points on the board and the Vikings completely shut them down.
Whittemore-Prescott ran into North Star powerhouses in Hale and Au Gres. The Cardinals proved to be no match for the 50 points Au Gres put on the board. Brady Oliver led the Cardinals’ offense with 20 rushes amassing 176 yards. Nick Smith also finished with over 100 yards of rushing, while accounting for two touchdowns. On the defensive side Nathan Lintz had five unassisted tackles to lead the way.
Something has to give here or it is going to be a very long season for one of these teams. This game is winnable for either team, it all comes down to who will take advantage of the others’ mistakes or big plays. Posen has improved to convert this game into a win.
Swami Sez: Posen 20, Whittemore-Prescott 12.
MIO (2-0) at AU GRES (2-0) — Friday — 7 p.m. — A battle of these two unbeatens, features a Mio team with back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2013. The real question here is which streak will be broken.
The Thunderbolts used two touchdown receptions from Nathan Hurst to put away a 12-0 win over Hillman. Quarterback Austin Fox threw for 10 receptions and 168 yards. Dallas Long also had a hand in the ground attack with 69 yards. Brandon Wiltse led the shut out Thunderbolts with 16 tackles and an interception. Louis Kuffel and Marshall Socia snuffed out drives with fumble recoveries.
Au Gres’ Evan Saunders hauled in six receptions, good for three touchdowns while racking up 106 yards. To Swami, it seems the Wolverines are a pass-orientated team. Don’t discount running the ball though, as they have plenty of speed in the backfield to get the job done. The All-Knowing-One has to think the coaching staff might just change up things to throw the opposition off. Time will tell what kind of game this is, but Swami thinks it will be played close to the vest.
Swami Sez: Au Gres 38, Mio 24.
ONAWAY (1-1) at ROGERS CITY (2-0) — Friday — 7 p.m. — Rogers City is having no ill effects this season en route to two wins. This will be a renewal of a rivalry that hasn’t taken place since 2013 in the battle for bragging rights of Presque Isle County.
Onaway has basically rebuilt the team from ground up, but that did not stop it from getting its first win against Bellaire. Hudson Decker, the lone returnee from last year’s team, has been the field general, having knowledge of every position. Swami says every game is going to be a learning experience and each win will go a long way to measuring success.
Rogers City had a coming out game against Brimley, after escaping with an opening win against Brethren. In the win against the Braves, quarterback Spencer Whitford did it all, having time to rush the ball, then set the defense up with two touchdown passes to Hayden Hentkowski. As a running back Hentkowski also crossed the goal line.
Swami likes the progression the Hurons have made.
Swami Sez: Rogers City 24, Onaway 14.