Last week was my first week actually picking games and I was a very mediocre 2-2 on the week missing on the Hartland win over Brighton and the Pinckney win over Grand Blanc. Hopefully we will fare a bit better this week although with injuries, there are a couple of games that could be toss-ups.
Getting things started!
Brighton (5-1) v Howell (5-1)
Homecoming in Brighton might not be the boost that you would expect for the Bulldogs coming on the heels of their 14-7 loss last week to Hartland. A game in which they lost their starting quarterback due to an ankle injury. Howell on the other hand is coming off of a victory against Milford (0-6) and is looking to clinch a playoff berth as well. Look for Brighton to come back with a new offensive plan to adapt to the QB change and to take home the Little Brown Jug in a tight contest.
Pinckney (1-5) @ Milford (0-6)
Pinckney swung into the win column last week in surprising fashion taking it to Grand Blanc 38-15 while the Mustangs of Milford played Howell strong in the first half before letting things get away from them in the second and losing 31-14. With only pride to play for at this point for both squads, I don’t see home field advantage helping the Mustangs much. Look for the Pirates to stretch it to 2 wins.
Hartland (4-2) @ Grand Blanc (4-2)
I have never decided if the up/down theory applies to high school football but if it does, this would be a classic example. Hartland is coming off of a HUGE 14-7 homecoming victory over Brighton while Grand Blanc is coming off of an equally huge loss to previously winless Pinckney. Hartland is 3-0 on the road while Grand Blanc is 3-0 at home so something has to give this week. I am throwing the up/down theory out the window as Hartland continues with the momentum from last and wins this one.
Grand Blanc 22
Fowlerville (3-3) @ Ionia (1-5)
The Glads went into Williamston and pulled off the upset last Friday night on a last second field goal and are riding high with a chance to the playoffs if they win out. Ionia on the other hand is working on building towards next season. Fowlerville wins this one setting up next week’s crucial game against Lakewood.
The Fowlerville Volleyball team hosted their "Pink Out" night this evening against Portland and in the beginning it looked like visiting Portland would be "out" quickly.
The Lady Glads jumped out to a quick 18-5 lead in the first game and cruised to a 25-7 victory. Portland however came back strong in the second game narrowly dropping it 25-22 to Fowlerville before taking the third by a 25-19 tally. The fourth game finished the match this evening as Fowlerville pulled ahead late to take a 25-22 victory and a 3-1 advantage in the match.
Grand Blanc 15
Last week was the first week that I picked any games for our new website and to be quite honest, it was a bit of a spectacular failure. I went with a single pick for the game that I covered between Millington and Frankenmuth up in the Thumb and I had Millington winning 34-28. As is often the case, the football god’s had something else in mind for me and Frankenmuth dismantled Millington by a final of 28-7.
This week we are going to come back into our coverage zone and run predictions for our local Livingston County football teams. There are only 4 games on the slate this week as Brighton will be traveling to Hartland for one of the contests.
Hartland (3-2) v Brighton (5-0)
The Bulldogs come into Hartland on a 5 game winning streak recently having beaten Milford 34-20. Brighton is also the only Livingston County team ranked in the top 16 of the MHSAA computer rankings in their respective division coming in this week at #4. The Eagles, after beating both Milford and Pinckney handily are looking to continue their winning ways. Their two loses on the season have come against winning teams with a combined record of 9-1 with the loss to Canton coming in OT. Expect the Eagles to give Brighton the biggest fight they have had all season but fall short in the end.
Brighton 22 Hartland 21
Howell (4-1) v Milford (0-5)
Howell lost their chance at a perfect season last week falling to Grand Blanc and will be looking to right the ship as they travel to Milford this week. The Mustangs are 0-5 to start the season and have been outscored by a 196-48 margin. While Milford’s losses have all been to good teams, the Highlanders are also a good team. Look for this game to be out of reach going into the 4th quarter.
Howell 35 Milford 7
Fowlerville (2-3) at Williamston (4-1)
Fowlerville heads into Williamston coming off of a 49-0 loss to highly regarded Lansing Catholic Central that dropped them to 2-3 on the season. The combined records of teams that the Glads have beaten this year is 2-7 while the opponents that they have lost to have a record of 13-2. Williamston has only beaten one team with a winning record (Holly 3-2) and the other three opponents have a 3-12 record on the season. Their one loss was to Lansing Catholic Central 35-0. Fowlerville needs this game to remain in the playoff hunt and after last week’s loss to LCC they should come out strong with something to prove.
Fowlerville 21 Williamston 15
Pinckney (0-5) v Grand Blanc (4-1)
This contest is another one that should be resolved before they get through the 4th quarter. While the Pirates hung tough with Howell two weeks ago they have given up 174 points this year and only scored 81. Grand Blanc on the other hand has done a fairly good job of controlling their opponents scoring in their victories this season with only Howell giving them any serious run. Look for Grand Blanc to continue their winning ways but the Pirates won’t go without some fight.
Grand Blanc 42 Pinckney 21
It certainly wasn’t the game that everyone was expecting when the Frankenmuth Eagles invaded Millington to face the Cardinals Friday night. What most expected to be a hard fought, close contest turned into a game dominated by the Eagles as they cruised to a 28-7 victory.
The Eagles defense set the tone for the game with Millington’s first possession holding forcing the Cardinals to turn the ball over on downs after four plays. The offence then needed only 3 plays before scoring on a 46 pass completion from Jack Taggert(10) to Jared Davis(3). With the PAT by Jack Veitengruber, the Eagles went up 7-0 and really never looked back.
Millington did manage to keep the game close early on keeping the score knotted at 7-0 until the second quarter when again Taggert would connect for a TD pass, this time from 6 yards out to Grant Bronner (14). After the successful PAT by Veitengruber the Eagles would go up 14-0 which is where things stood at half time.
On offense, Millington just wasn’t able to find the connections to move the ball down field with 10 of their 11 drives consisting of just 5 plays or less and only 3 of those 11 drives netting more than 10 yards. After averaging nearly 375 yards offense per game, the Eagles defense managed to hold Millington to only 129 yards with a bulk of those coming on 2 Caleb Wascher(12) 4th quarter scampers one of which was a 46 yard touchdown run finally putting the Cardinals on the board.
Frankenmuth put two more scores on the board, one in the 3rd quarter on a 47 yard Taggert TD pass to Brady Wood(2) and the second a 55 yard TD pass to Aaron Hubenstriker in the 4th quarter to round out the scoring.
For the night, Frankenmuth gained 219 yards on the ground led by their leading rusher Josh Szczepanski and Taggert’s 152 yards passing on 4/12 for 4 TD’s.
Millington was led by Wascher who tallied 121 yards on the ground and was 5/18 for 46 yard passing with 1 interception
Next week Frankenmuth looks to improve upon their 5-0 record against Garber while Millington will look to get back to their winning ways against North Branch.