The Games

Game 12 Watervliet @ Jackson Lumen Christi Oct. 26 Round 1 of the MHSAA Playoffs

Two years ago I remember putting my total faith and support into the maps app on my smart phone. My dad and I were traveling north to watch a division six regional game that we figured to be the best match up in the state. Somewhere hidden in a neighborhood of tall beautiful homes we found a field lit by stadium lights, shimmering gold, and a buzz for elite high school football. That day we watched Monroe Saint Mary Catholic on their way to winning a state championship that year outlast Jackson Lumen Christi. Outlast is the best way to put a 26-27 that went back and forth all the way down to the last possession. In a comfortably crisp fall night I watched Jackson Lumen Christi hand the ball fifty times to their singleback Khari Willis who on his last carry of his high school career fumbled. It was one of the greatest single game performances I have watched in person. Thousands of spectators watching one guy thrive on a big stage despite everyone in attendance knowing he was going to get it. We pulled out of the parking spot we found in a lovely cul de sac close by not feeling sorry for that single back but more speculating on a great athlete’s future and where he might end up. Khari Willis now plays defensive back for the Michigan State Spartans.

Fast forward to 2016 this Friday the local Watervliet Panthers are traveling to Jackson Lumen Christi to take on the Crusaders. In my opinion it’s the only intriguing match up with an area team as most first round games are either a rematch of a regular season conference game, Constantine @ Schoolcraft or Gobles @ Lawton, or a potential blowout. Watervliet has gained a reputation with their spread offense as a team that can score a lot of points, but they didn’t really start to see the major success they garnered lately until they started playing defense. They have scored just shy of five hundred points this year, but the two blemishes they have on their record are to the only two playoff teams they played this year. Watervliet surrendered fifty one points to Schoolcraft and sixty points in a close loss to Constantine. I’m not sure if they will stop JLC this weekend and to be honest I don’t really care. I just hope the Panthers can score enough to keep pace and have the opportunity to roll the dice a few times to make the game entertaining. I heard early in the year that they were toying with the new analytics out there that suggest to never punt and always onside kick. I’m not sure if this is true, but it is a gamble like that that I’m looking forward to seeing. Watervliet plays a typical spread system that uses a checklist type play calling system to attempt to take advantage of where they think the defense will line up. The offense is set up with wristbands that have all the plays so that they are able to call the play at the line of scrimmage. They typically aren’t a fast paced team but with the wristband system they can push the pace as the choose. Calling plays in this fashion is mainly so that they can play the counting game, how many people are in the box to stop the run? Where do they have the numbers advantage? Because of the counting, game high percentage passing plays are also needed to serve as another type of running play. Watervliet is so efficient with their screens that they should be considered an outside running play. Two screens in particular the bubble screen where an outside receiver or receivers block for their teammate who follows an arc like pattern toward the sideline in an attempt to catch the ball heading downfield; and a jailbreak screen that involves an outside receiver running underneath linemen releasing downfield. There are other names for these screens this is just the way I’ve come accustomed to referring to them. My favorite high percentage play they run is called the mesh where two players close to the formation cross and it often allows a player to emerge out of the wash in an open area. Now just because the Panthers like to throw screens and short routes it does not mean they won’t take a shot down the field. The idea of the spread offense is the attack all areas of the field and they most certainly will throw a deep ball on either a one on one fade or a four verticals type play. Defensively Watervliet usually  touts a 4-4 that switches between man and zone coverages. I expect a heavy run game from JLC and Watervliet’s two losses this year they didn’t have much success in stopping that sort of attack at all.

I say I’m expecting a heavy running attack from JLC but I’m just going off of what I remember, I’m having a tough time finding anything from them this year. From the snippets of film I could gather and based on their old tendencies I’m assuming they are still a single back oriented team. There are several different formations and motion combinations they might use but when it comes down to it they are a single back team. From what I have seen they are mainly a power play team in the mold of the University of Michigan. It is a pretty common offense because of the multiplicity it can display in the area of formations the team can run the same play in several different ways. From shotgun to a heavier I formation the looks change but the overall blocking scheme stays the same. So with that in mind it is no surprise that a serious back like Willis could have fifty carries in one game. This offense is designed to lean on that one dynamic running back while allowing other skill positions to act as a counter to any changes the defense may be forced to make. This year’s main guy is Bo Bell, only one of two returning starters on the Crusader offense. Bell on video looks like an average sized guy but he is fast and always seems to be falling forward. Fast enough to be a threat to break one every time he touches the ball. On defense JLC looks like they run a ton of different looks on defense. I think the base set is a 4-3 that can slide in and out of several different things which might be determined by the offensive formation they are going against or the down and distance of the given play. In the few plays I’ve found I have seen their defense go from a 4-3 to a 3-4 to even something that resembled a 4-2-5. Multiplicity in a defense like this can be tough to run if you don’t have the right personnel for it and substituting in packages can be difficult if the offense doesn’t substitute often, which is common in smaller school football. In my time experimenting with a defense like the 4-2-5 that could have several different looks, we had a difficult time finding safeties that were athletic enough to lay the pass but physical enough to play linebacker like in the box. Which meant we consistently had a person in a position they weren’t fit for based on their skill set. JLC has no problem finding athletes which is why they are able to compete against bigger schools during the season despite being smaller. Take for example 6’6, 260 lbs defensive end and tight end Jonathan Brys who will be one of the best athletes on the field this weekend. It doesn’t matter if he has his hand in the dirt or if he is standing up this guy moves great for such a big defensive end. I have seen in film a few times where the defense will set the strength to him and walk a linebacker up opposite in an under front knowing he will hold the edge. I have also seen them slip him inside to a more tackle like position just to rush the quarterback. He will be the man to watch on defense and I’m curious to see just how disruptive he will be or if will be slowed down at all by the Watervliet screen game.

It is easily an hour and a half hour drive for us to get to Jackson for this game. I have my fingers crossed we can make it there on time Friday to have a pregame meal. This will be the longest we have traveled for a game this year and I couldn’t be more excited. If you are planning on heading that way I’d love to hear from you or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom.

The Games

Playoff Time!

Playoff time! After watching the selection show I always like to fill out the playoff bracket March Madness style. I usually stick to just the divisions I thought I knew because of the size of most the schools around me. Believe it or not I don’t know what is happening in the world of football all across the state. It is difficult enough to stay up to date with the local teams let alone how the OK Conference races are shaping up. So for the playoffs this year I figured I would speculate into how the teams I’ve watched might fare this postseason. I don’t enjoy speculating on teams and things I don’t have a real understanding in so even with just sticking to the ones I have seen, I’m reaching on this one. My friends and I hate the scoreboard pickers who seem to make generalizations about teams only based on what the final score ended up. Unfortunately I have to do a little bit of that in this exercise, because of my limited knowledge of the teams beyond Southwest Michigan and the fact I’ve only been able to watch a handful of games. So now that I have fully attempted to discredit myself, here it is.

Starting with division two my teams are Traverse City West who I watched fall to the Benton Harbor Tigers and Portage Central who defeated Matawan way back in week one. Both teams have a cross town rival in their district as Portage Central will tangle with Portage Northern, which if history shows any indication as to how it will play out Portage Central shouldn’t have much of a problem. The only scary thought for the mustangs is that they have already played each other and it is a rivalry game so you never really know. TCW will face Traverse City Central and Central has had West’s number as of late, winning the last three matchups in a row including a hard fought 10-8 victory earlier this year. TCC also poses a threat to Portage Central being that the mustangs lost their only game of the year in week four to TCC 22-38. One other potential snag for these two teams later down the road is Lowell. The Lowell Red Arrows are a force in the playoffs. Last year the Red Arrows lost to Detroit Martin Luther King at Ford Field by a two point conversion and they are more then primed to make it back to the big game this year with their current undefeated record. Other than that I don’t have much of a clue as to if these teams will be able to make a deep playoff run. TCW has the steepest of climbs between the two and their lack of speed will hurt them eventually. I like the athletes Portage displays on defense, but they have somewhat tempered expectations due to a slightly limited pass game. In the games I watched I just don’t feel like they will be able to make enough plays downfield to make a deep run, but I feel strongly that they could win districts. I know so little about the big schools out of Grand Rapids all of this is tough say.
Division three has a rematch of the war by the shore as St. Joseph travels back to Lakeshore. The Lancers beat St. Joe 31-12 in a really lopsided game. It was quite honestly shocking to see how rattled the Bears looked in the first half of that game. St. Joe did have some success late in using some unbalanced formations running their outside zone but that was the only highlight for them all night. It’ll be unique to see what adjustments both teams make for the second game. Those two teams are in the same district as Edwardsburg. Last year Edwardsburg lost to St. Joe after beating Lakeshore, even though Lakeshore beat St. Joe in the regular season. But the Bears are much bigger than the Lancers up front and that gave the Wing T powered Edwardsburg Eddies are really tough time last year from what I was told. So the matchups between the three are pretty unique. Throw in Vicksburg who draws undefeated Chelsea after surprisingly dropping their last game of the regular season to Three Rivers 13-14. The Bulldogs also lost to Edwardsburg earlier in the year but I watched them impressively beat Paw Paw in all phases of the game on a beautiful Friday night in week seven. Vicksburg had a great showing by their quarterback to the point where I might say he has been the best at the position I’ve seen all year. They have a tall order in this Chelsea team and it is unlikely the Bulldogs will make it out of the first round. No matter who rises to the top they will have to play a semifinal game against Muskegon or Zeeland or Grand Rapids Christian or East Grand Rapids. I don’t really follow big school football and I recognize all those names, so yeah, my D3 schools have a nasty road ahead of them.
In division four the Benton Harbor Tigers start with Grand Rapids South Christian. Three Rivers is a spread team having a good year and they are also in that district. Not that a game with Three Rivers would give the Tigers much trouble, I’m not sure Three Rivers has the athletes to match up or the run defense to give them a shot at an upset. Three Rivers lost to Edwardsburg 0-38 and although Benton Harbor won’t be in the Full T they will be a run first team. That is honestly all I know, sadly division four is full of a bunch of teams I’ve never heard of. Sorry.
On to division six to which I’d like to pause from all this speculation and hop on my soapbox for a bit, I hate rematches in the first round of the playoffs. Watervliet, Constantine, and Schoolcraft are in the same district and will play each other at some point which most people would gush over. I know there are a lot of people who love the whole small town rivals meet again storyline but from what I remember for the people involved it isn’t fun at all. I loved making the playoffs in my playing days because each time we played someone new and got a chance to experience something different. New places brings excitement whereas a redo on a game brings, well mostly anxiety. My biggest complaint with the mhsaa playoffs system are these local conference game repeats they set up because of how they create districts. I’m sure schools wouldn’t mind the travel if it meant playing someone new. Quickly my potential solution would be to keep the regions drawn the same and seed out the teams based on playoff points like they would do normally. Eliminate the districts and create new matchups. Sorry about that, I’m done and glad that’s out of my system. The situation has set up the same as last year when Constantine beat the number two ranked Eagles in the playoffs after losing in the regular season to them. I’m not saying it will happen again it is just that the situation is similar. Either way the winner will have either a rematch with Watervliet or perennial power Jackson Lumen Christi. Historically speaking JLC is consistently one of the best teams in the state year in and out and it is awesome to see an area team take them on.
Lastly division seven has Saugatuck starting with some team I’ve never heard of before likely pairing up with Pewamo Westphalia. Saugatuck has been fantastic all year but with their poor conference schedule I would be worried about a lull heading into the playoffs. It is tough to win games by a wide margin week in and out and then be thrust into a serious contest. I’m confident Saugatuck will be prepared but I can imagine it must be a little troublesome. The Pirates have beaten Saugatuck in the playoffs a few times, once back in 2013 and most recently in last years district final 28-38. On top of that the Pirates return Jared Smith, the single season rushing touchdowns record holder which he set last year. It is too bad that an undefeated area team won’t have the opportunity to host a district championship and I’m not sure I will be up for the drive to Pewamo when it happens. Even if Saugatuck advances to the Regional, Traverse City St. Francis will likely be waiting. TCSF lost in last years semifinal to the eventual state champion Ithaca. Ithaca will be in division five for the first time this year.  I would love to follow Saugatuck to Ford Field like we did back in 2010, but this is easily one of the toughest roads of the teams I followed.

Out of the following teams I’d have to say Benton Harbor has the best opportunity to make a major run. I say that because I honestly don’t know any of the teams in that division and Benton Harbor has already beaten some much bigger schools this year. Schoolcraft has the ability to make a run and if they can get out of their district I could easily see them making it to the semifinals and beyond. I’m really rooting for Saugatuck to advance to the state finals, I feel like they were the best team I saw in person this year, but that is a really awful draw for them. I’ve got my fingers crossed for them as I do for all the area teams in the playoffs this year.

The Games

Game 11 Hartford @ Constantine Oct. 21st

I wasn’t sure I would write a blog entry for this week’s game. The last week of the season is exciting for only a select number of teams. Many area teams have their conference champions already crowned just waiting for the season to end and the playoffs to begin. Since most no longer have a crossover or a true end of the year championship game, only those teams with five wins looking for a playoff ticket are feeling a sense of intensity out of desperation. Sadly many teams will be playing hard this week because it will be their last time suiting up for their home team.

There is a feeling that never really goes away, the sting of a vivid memory I suppose and it always surfaces around this time of the year for everyone I’ve ever talked to. For the seven hundred and fifty or so high school teams that play in Michigan, only two hundred and fifty six teams will continue to play beyond this weekend. So for the seniors who have the sudden realization that they will likely never put on a football helmet again late Friday night, it can be a painful moment. I remember wearing my helmet long after getting back home from my last game for the simple reason that I felt most comfortable with my self when wearing it. It wasn’t just a protective piece of equipment, it was my confidence, my sanctuary, my identity up to that point. I knew that when I took my helmet off that day that I would never have the chance to put it back on again. I lost a piece of my self that day. If you find this overly dramatic then I apologize for my inability to convey just how devastating this time is for thousands of people who will never have the opportunity to play such a consuming game again. It took me a long time to come up with an adjective that best fit football, but consuming feels right although by no means is that word all encompassing. Between summer workouts, to practice in the fall, to hours of film study, and every thing in between football eats away at people, grinding those who are truly dedicated only to spit out a better person football consumes people. In the end it leaves a person that must learn to deal with loss.

Football is unique in the sense that when it ends there is no way to replicate it again. Statistics say a high school kid has less than a seven percent chance of playing football in college, so for only a select few the end of the line is constantly approaching. My cousin plays for the local town and even though he is only a junior, I don’t know what the future holds for him. I’m glad that he enjoys football as much as he does and his work ethic is something that I have always been proud of. Still yet he is running out of time and it pains me to think that he like so many others will eventually be without football. So this week my family and I are traveling to Constantine to watch him.  Which is the main reason why I won’t be writing a breakdown of the game this week. The game is secondary for a change.

Football teaches at all times and for many this weekend it will be the hard lesson of how to lose. They will learn to cope in different ways, but if you get the chance find a player you admire and tell them how proud you are of them. It could be a moment that will be so vivid that it will etch itself into their deepest of memories. A moment so genuine and pure it stays with them forever. Be a moment for someone this weekend. With that thank you dad and Coach Shoemaker for using football to teach me to be a better person. Go Luke!

 

The Games

Game 10 Constantine @ Schoolcraft Oct. 14

I’ve been told several times that Constantine playing Schoolcraft is a great rivalry. The word rivalry gets thrown around a lot, in fact way too much. Any sort of hard feelings spices up a game but a few ugly words doesn’t make a rivalry does it? So before breaking down this game, I think it would be best to explore what exactly makes a rivalry? 

Living in Michigan if someone would ask you to name a rivalry game I would have to imagine a high percentage of people would say Michigan v. Ohio State. The Game has several components that go into making a rivalry, first of which being location of the teams. Michigan shares a border with Ohio that has already been a point of conflict. It is so close that the famed old coach Woody Hayes once risked breaking down on a bus trip saying, “We do NOT pull in and fill up. And I’ll tell you exactly why we don’t. It’s because I don’t buy one (expletive) drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We’ll coast and PUSH this (expletive) car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!” (warning the link takes you to an OSU site). The closeness in proximity works well as a base for most rivalries no matter the level of competition as the town’s/states fans usually allow themselves to be sucked into the intensity of the matchup. Constantine is only a few miles from Schoolcraft and it’s probably the closest town they compete against although that wasn’t always the case. Constantine’s high school is literally minutes from White Pigeon High School and the two schools used to battle on the gridiron for the tomahawk trophy. At the time it was one of the longest running matchups at over eighty games, but because of conference realignment it’s over and Schoolcraft is now the Falcons chief foe. Location equals frequency and you can’t have a rival without playing each other several times. I have an unique dislike for Miami and Jimmy Johnson but I wouldn’t really consider those convicts a real rival of Notre Dame anymore. They just don’t play all that often. Whereas Michigan has played Ohio longer than the NFL has been running. Schoolcraft and Constantine have met sixty eight times which includes the two times they played last year. 

Of those many games it’s important to have a little parity in who comes out on top. A matchup that isn’t all square, isn’t a rivalry. There has to be some sort of uncertainty going into the game, upsets and gridlocked battles play up the mystique of the game. Case in point Michigan holds a 58–47–6 record over the people from the south (minus one loss because OSU vacated all wins from 2010). With consistency like that you “throw out the records” when the teams play, because of all the notable upsets that can and will likely occur. Fans of the rivalry will almost always point to Michigan’s upset of the number one ranked Buckeyes in 1969 starting the time period between the two as the ten year war. When the underdog has a chance that’s when magic happens, like last year Constantine beating Schoolcraft in the opening round of the playoffs. Schoolcraft at the time was the undefeated conference champion and surging to end the year having beaten the Falcons 42-24 with a week left in the season. That win for Schoolcraft almost meant knocking their hated rival out of the playoffs for the first time in sixteen years, but Constantine won their final game of the season to make it in as a 5-4 team giving them another shot at Schoolcraft. The game will forever echo in historic lore as Constantine upset the state’s number two ranked Eagles with a field goal in overtime. Fun enough Schoolcraft did the exact same thing to Constantine the year before in 2014, losing their regular season matchup only to win later in the playoffs.  

Which bring us to our last point of emphasis in a rivalry, the game needs to matter. Notre Dame plays USC every year as a major rivalry game. They aren’t geographically close nor are they the teams either have played the most (although they are up there). The battle for the jeweled shillelagh is important because the games have often mattered in terms of a national championship. No time span emphasized that more than the years between 1962-1977 “where there were 7 national championships won by either USC or Notre Dame. And in years like ’64 ’70, ’73, ’77 and ‘88 one team ended the national championship hopes of the other.” Constantine and Schoolcraft are often entangled in playoffs and conference championships. They are two of the premier teams this side of the state. The battle of the birds games matter. 

So finally onto this weeks matchup. I’ve looked into Constantine earlier this season on this site, but to quickly recap you’ll see a true Wing T team. Find the guard on offense and it’ll help you find the ball; but it’s hard to do with the nature of that offense and in the efficiency at which they run it. Schoolcraft is an option team in the mold of double wing teams or flexbone as they are often called, like Army and Navy (speaking of rivalries that’s my number one bucket list game). In this offense the decisions made by the quarterback run like a checklist, one after the other very quickly. You might see a wing go in motion, don’t let him distract you. This is a time where it’s totally ok to follow the ball and stay with the quarterback. Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson breaks this play down fantastically here. The main man for the Eagles is Ricky Clark. He is their Keenan Reynolds and like the navy great is a real threat to run the ball. One of the premiere athletes in the area Ricky will score if he gets loose, he is that fast. What’s unique about this guy though is he can throw really well too. I say unique because if you’ve watched Army or Navy, you would know that throwing the ball usually isn’t a forte of triple option teams, but Ricky Clark has an arm. Schoolcraft likes to go double wing double wide and try to force one on one matchups with usually very tall receivers on the outside. As everyone sucks inside to try and stop the run, Ricky with throw one over the top for a big gain. The ability to pass the ball is what made this team so dangerous last year, because they run the option so effectively you can’t really play both with alignment. If this is on the radio a fun game to play would be to count how many times they say “assignment football” because that’s what both teams offenses essentially put you into. Every potential ball carrier for Schoolcraft has to be accounted for and how does a defense do this without risking losing a battle with a big receiver on the outside. Constantine this year has run an old school fifty defense, that will need to respond in a big way after several weeks of ineptitude. To be quite honest Constantine has been winning shootouts, because of their struggling D. Also defensively watch the purple and gold load the box to gear up for the run. Usually teams facing Constantine will man up the tight ends and put everyone else up close in order to stop the cloud of dust from moving their way. So far this season with the exception of a few games the dust has rolled irregardless of how many people are around the line of scrimmage. 

Before the game I’m going to Bud’s Burgers in Schoolcraft. If you’ve never been you’re missing out on a seriously good burger joint. I’ve been here several times and I’ve never had a bad burger. If you’re feeling feisty get the garbage burger and prepare to undo the button on your pants. I’ll leave you with one more Michigan v. OSU video and this thought: rivalries are built on memories and traditions. Make Friday nights in your home town a family tradition and you’ll forever be rewarded. I’ve got my fingers crossed this will be another prized game I’ll talk about for years to come. 

The Games

Game 9 Vicksburg @ Paw Paw Friday Oct. 7th

This was a tricky week for my dad and I to select a game. Looking at the list of games over the summer nothing really jumped out at us this week, so we decided that it would be best to wait and see how the playoff chase was forming. Six wins guarantee teams a spot in the playoffs and if your team has had a slip up early in the season the heat really gets turned up around week seven. The pressure to get to six wins makes games intense sometimes beyond a select few teams’ conference championship aspirations. At the beginning of every season as a coach you look at the schedule and sort of circle the games you must have if you want to make the playoffs. Everyone wants to win them all but in reality looking at the schedule from an honest and probably harsher point of view, coaches will pick out a handful of games that really make or break the season. 

This week we are going to watch Vicksburg at Paw Paw. Paw Paw has lost three games on the year and need to win out to get to six wins. It’s not to say they won’t make it in if they don’t win out but playing the playoff points game is tricky and you just never know where you are until the state calls you with the good news. Paw Paw lost a game to their conference juggernaut Edwardsburg who is undefeated this year and has already amassed 266 total points on offense for the year. Edwardsburg was favored to win and their wing t offense has rolled over local teams for the past few years now, so it wasn’t much of a surprise. The other two losses came against similar offensive style teams in Three Rivers and Sturgis. Three Rivers is having a great year only one win away from the playoffs, while Sturgis is a middle of the road team this year and unlikely to make the postseason. It’s unique to point out that these teams are spread teams a moniker that used to highlight Paw Paw’s offense, but not any more. This is the first year of Paw Paw’s new look under head coach Matt Stephens who was also the head coach for Mattawan and Bangor high schools. Matt Stephens has pulled in the reigns on the spread formations and locked his kids into the old wing t. It feels as though I have talked about the wing t to the point of exhaustion on this website and yet here it is again. I think the thing I’m looking forward to seeing most with Paw Paw in this game is the players and fans reception to a ground based attack that while deceptive, it isn’t always the most fan friendly. I’ve seen even the oldest of wing t fans sit through a Friday night and never have the slightest idea who had the ball. It’s tough to cheer for a touchdown that you didn’t see. Or better yet the fan that is used to a spread team that throws the ball more times in one game then a wing t team likely might attempt in an entire season. It’s going to be unique to see how the players respond from a system that breathes open space to one that creates it in even the slimmest of spaces. Irregardless of what they do on offense, Paw Paw still plays good defense and in two of their losses they held their opponent to just fourteen points, but their offense struggled. I’m having a difficult time finding videos of Paw Paw this year and or old Mattawan games from when Stephens was there, but according to a great article written in the Paw Paw Courier Leader, Stephens plans to run a 3-5-3 defense which is really geared to stopping spread teams like Vicksburg. 

Vicksburg has only lost one game this year and it was to Edwardsburg, a team that runs the same offense as Paw Paw. It was exceptionally difficult to find any footage of Vicksburg playing defense against a wing t team. The fact I waited so long to select a game for this week probably didn’t help my chances of finding a video either. Wing t teams often force defenses to alter their look a bit and load the box in hopes of stopping the run. I can’t imagine the Bulldogs will be any different. Without the video though I can’t really say how Vicksburg will line up on D other than there will likely be a lot of people close to the line of scrimmage. On offense they will come out in a gun or pistol look with two or more wide outs almost all the time. The pistol formation is the one I like most when watching them because of the quickness their running backs show straight ahead. I especially like one particular play that is a complimentary play off of a straight dive look where the quarterback pulls the ball and follows a pulling lineman that logs the last defender on the line of scrimmage, enabling the qb to run around the end. I find it unique that instead of trapping the end defender the offense anticipates the D collapsing on the running back and making their ability to contain the ball vulnerable by going too far inside. It is a wonderful play that is a staple in pistol offenses and it is one that has been highlighted on this site before, when I discussed the uniqueness of Muskegon Mona Shores pistol offense. 

The game should be close and intense with a trip to the playoffs on the line. Paw Paw coach Matt Stephens is also an alumni of Vicksburg and although that isn’t going to impact the game at all, it adds a colorful bit of flare to the game for fans. 

I’ll be eating at Amore Pizza before the game. It’s really good pizza and I’ve always enjoyed myself when eating there. I apologize for the short write up this week, but being pressed for time it and having a surprising lack of resources it was the best I could do. If you have a question I would love to answer it in the comments section or if you’re out in Paw Paw this Friday don’t be shy.