Swami in the fixing mood
If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it, is a famous saying. This has been the cry of some teams around the area, where others are looking for that quick fix at this late juncture of the season. With the influx of 8-man football, teams like Mio must be wondering, why they did not switch earlier, as the Thunderbolts have been on cruise control in their first year. While Oscoda has continued its success again this season, in the traditional 11-man setting.
Swami says that doesn’t mean that other teams sitting on the fence, won’t make that leap into playoff contention. If they are to do so they need a quick fix.
Let’s see, if any of these teams have come up with a fix this week.
ALPENA (2-3) at MARQUETTE (2-3) – Friday – 7:00 pm – The Wildcats face a critical juncture of their 2019 campaign. Alpena will travel some 260 miles, to the North. They are in a need of a win to remain in contention for the post season. Marquette owns a hard fought win Escanaba, which does not bode well for the Wildcats dropping an opening game to the Eskymos. The Redmen will take advantage of a turnover, which proved to be the downfall of the Eskymos. Everything goes through quarterback Austin Ridl, having the ability to read defenses and in a split second can pull the ball down to gain positive yardage. Against Petoskey last week was a different story, weather conditions upset the Redmen passing attack, with Ridl throwing three interceptions and couldn’t get anything going on the ground. With that in mind, Swami says if Marquette is in that zone then the Wildcats will certainly have a chance to pull out the win. But it is the arm of Ridl that sets up the defense for scores with his two favorite receivers Isaac Johnson and Drew Wyble. What is disturbing to the All-Knowing-One, the Redmen have played on a even keel with Traverse City Central, who is suppose to be the cream of the crop in the Big North, and last week lost to Petoskey, who gained their first win. How could the Redmen play with such intensity against the Trojans, and play into the hands of the Northmen, pure and simple, a wet ball is hard to throw.
The Wildcats reverted to the play of the opener, after two solid weeks, four turnovers and the inability to move the ball against the Titans. The Wildcats lone score was a 56 yard pass play from Ryan Voltz to Charlie Williams in the waning seconds, being Alpena’s only bright spot in a 37-6 drubbing. The Titans took away Alpena’s ground game in Eli Winter and Jordan Schultz, coupled along with early turnovers, made for a long night.
Coupled with the two earlier wins, makes this contest a make or break situation for the Wildcats, add in capable wins in the final two games, would give Alpena a shot. But a loss, would only present a win out situation for a chance. The same can be said about Marquette, with a win they get back to the .500 mark with three games to play. So the team that wants it more will be better for them, to make the final run.
Swami Sez: Marquette 27, Alpena 21.
ALCONA (2-3) at ROGERS CITY (0-5) – Friday – 7:00 pm – In a pre season that was filled with promise quickly turned sour in the first game and has not been sweeten since. At this point of the season, Rogers City is looking for a bright spot to build on for next year, and this game could be a breaking point to that loosing streak. The road is even harder to bear as last Friday Oscoda, shut out the Hurons.
Alcona clung to a two point win in their opener, three straight losses, made the Tigers look like they were going down the same track as the Hurons. The Tigers found a complete game against Whittemore-Prescott to revive their hopes for a successful season. Alcona found the missing ingredient to produce a win, a stellar defense and an opportune offense. The main player that produced the winning way, was Mason Clark, having missed last weeks game, made up for it scoring three rushing touchdowns. Clark was rock solid on defense recording 13 tackles, Jakob Tanner turned in 11 as the Tigers allowed a single score in the waning moments.
The Owls picked apart the Hurons defense early and often in the win, while Rogers City’s offense could not get untracked. Swami had thought the Hurons’ passing game would have had them in many a game, with a rushing attack that could suffice wins. But not is the case, being shut out over the last two weeks doesn’t help either, the ego and the outlook for an upcoming game. The intensity might just be there this week, playing an old Huron Shore foe in the Tigers.
Swami Sez: Alcona 14, Rogers City 8.
POSEN (3-2) at MIO (4-1) – Friday – 7:00 pm – It is a race to the finish for both Posen and Mio. Both are coming off big wins, and looking for a chance at post season. The Thunderbolts took a giant step against Hillman, handing them their first loss of the season. Quarterback Brendan Deflorio provided the offensive spark that jump started the Thunderbolts, going six of 10 for 89 yards with an opening TD to receiver Drew Hess and gave Hillman problems with rushing effort. Deflorio not only gained valuable yardage when needed, but broke down the defense recording two scores to go with 93 yards. To make matters worse for Hillman, Pete Socia pounded the defense 24 times with 157 yards to show for it. Swami says the Thunderbolts have dissected defenses in numerous ways with the end result being points. Mio’s defense has also been shored up over the last three contests allowing a mere 32 points, in comparison to giving up 86 in the first two. Swami has to say, the defensive backfield has stepped up to the challenge, while the line has been stingy in giving up yards, which has made the Thunderbolts hard to beat.
Posen kept pace with a 48-30 win over Hale, to make it three straight wins, which have overshadowed season opening losses. Once the Vikings had bought into the system, they have been able to overcome every obstacle placed in their way. The defense of the Vikings has only given up 20 points per game, which is extremely low, thanks to the play of Eyan Hincka, Tyler Hincka and Wyatt Romel recording double digit tackles. Tyler Hincka was also a force on offense rushing 29 times for 302 yards and four TDs, while Chase Dubie chipped in with 65 yards. George Kroll was eight for eight in the passing department for 141 yards, giving Posen over 500 total offensive yards. Swami says anytime you can amass yardage like that, you should be on the winning end. The only bad thing in the equation is that the Vikings are facing the Thunderbolts, who throttled Hillman, having the same type offense.
Swami Sez: Mio 45, Posen 38.
ATLANTA (1-4) at ONAWAY (3-2) – Friday – 7:00 pm – It has been a roller coaster ride for Onaway, a season of ups and downs, now the Cardinals are hoping to remain on an upward swing. Atlanta has been outscored 220 to 66 with four straight losses after an opening win against Charlton Heston.
Quarterback Austin Nash has led the surge to the latest win, with his passing ability and the strength of timely rush. Brendan Fenstermaker has been the rushing force when the air attack seems to be grounded, as well as Daniel Price. The Cardinals needed both an offensive explosion and defensive stand to turn back AuGres.
Atlanta has been playing with a minimum number, but it has been the arm and rushing of quarterback Aaron Cuzzort that has been doing the best, but just has not the Husky attack above beating Charlton Heston. The Huskies play with emotion and a lot of heart, but they just haven’t had enough offense to get them over the hump to record another win. Ethan Byrne and Trace Juergens have done more than a yeoman’s job in the backfield. The offenses of four straight losses have picked the defense of Atlanta, not just by the air, but on the ground as well. Swami says that Atlanta must shore up its defense, if they want to finish above the .500 mark on the season.
It seems to Swami that the Cardinals are on their way up with the win over AuGres, after suffering two losses at the hands of the top two teams in the Midwest Central 8 man football league. The Cardinals are in the middle of the pack right now, but a win would put them back in contention for third. Atlanta is in the lower third of the same conference, but the All-Knowing-One says with a win they could jump several spots.
Swami Sez: Onaway 27, Atlanta 12.