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Quick Lane Bowl Set at Ford Field

The annual bowl game at Ford Field has been decided. New Mexico State (6-6) will travel to face Bowling Green State (6-6). Last year saw another team from the southwest, Nevada, travel to Detroit and face Western Michigan. BGSU is likely to be slightly favored and have the benefit of a regional fan base, but expect a competitive matchup.

The teams meet December 26 at 2:30 pm.

Images from 2021 Quick Lane bowl in Detroit between Western Michigan and Nevada. – Jake Szetela, Photojournalist.

Mark Uyl, MHSAA, Issue Statement on State of Coach Availability

Via Mark Uyl, MHSAA:

There is a crisis in Michigan schools today that centers on one problem:
Not having enough people.


In discussions with school district personnel, we are being told there has never been a more difficult time for finding people than today. All of us are searching high and low to find coaches for athletic teams, and officials, referees and umpires to administer those games in an orderly and safe way. Dig a little deeper, and school districts are desperate to find those willing to serve as substitute teachers and bus drivers.
Because of this current reality, we continue to be dumbfounded over the approval of Public Act 184 this past summer. This created a new set of retirement rules stipulating that a retiring teacher or administrator cannot be rehired to serve as a coach until after a nine-month waiting period. Even more frustrating: Individuals who had served as high school coaches for many years, who retired from the classroom last June but had planned to keep coaching for a few more seasons, are being told they cannot do so. Those coaches are sidelined, and for no sensible reason.


Cheri Ritz has been the varsity softball coach at Wayland High School since 1995. Cheri has won numerous championships, and has been a model coach and great leader of students throughout her career. Cheri retired as a teacher in June and planned to keep coaching the softball team for a few more years, making a small fraction of what her classroom salary was before retirement. Under the “old” retirement law, Cheri could have retired in June and been detached from the district for 30 days, and then returned and worked for the district in any capacity as long as she was making less than 30 percent of her compensation at the time of her retirement. Under PA 184, this scenario can no longer happen.


In the state of Michigan, we have hundreds of recently-retired school people who want to continue to be some of our best coaches, making pennies on the hour for their time. Now they simply aren’t allowed to do so because of a law that had no intention of impacting coaches and school sports. Cheri is just one example. The same issue has found several more longtime, successful coaches including Northville’s golf coach Chris Cronin and cross country & track field’s Steve Porter at Milan High School.
For the past few months, the MHSAA has met with the Office of Retirement Services, representatives from the Governor’s office and even the bill sponsor of PA 184. Every single conversation revealed the fact that coaches were not even part of the discussion when this new retirement law was passed. In other words, recent retirees continuing to coach were not the issue, but yet this new law now treats coaches as some sort of enemy with zero phase-in period, modification or even the ability to seek a waiver of this new law which became effective immediately on July 25, 2022. We have tried to work within the system to seek some commonsense approaches and solutions to this problem, but to no avail as of yet.


We need your help. We need you to contact the Governor’s office and your State Representative and State Senator’s offices. Let them know PA 184 needs to be fixed now. We need to find a way to let these individuals continue to coach and lead our student-athletes. Let them know our kids cannot play their games without individuals who want to coach, and let them know our kids will miss out on learning valuable life lessons if these coaches are not allowed to continue. And let them know that PA 184 could not have been passed at a worse time given our most valuable resource – people – is at an all-time low.

Kent City Concludes Season at Muskegon Catholic Central

Kent City traveled west to Muskegon Catholic Central for a first round showdown a year after missing the post season. MCC made their debut in Division 6 and took the victory over the visiting Eagles after a close first half that widened inside the final two minutes of the half when a Crusader interception gave MCC field position and another touchdown to go up 21-7 at half.

The Eagles had a key injury to burly senior running back and linebacker Mason Westbrook, which hampered Kent City on both sides of the ball, but most noticeably on offense. The Eagles suffered another devastating injury that stopped gameplay for an extended period of time as KC senior linebacker and tight end Chase Moreno went down with a broken fibula.

The Eagles made one more push for a score, but were stifled at the goal line and ended the season with a 42-14 loss.

Perhaps, interestingly enough, electrical service to the stadium was experiencing issues, which kept half the lighting from functioning and the scoreboard was only lit intermittently throughout the night.

Muskegon Catholic Central will travel to face a formidable foe in Reed City in what is likely to be a very tough contest for the Crusaders.

RECAP: Week 1 of Lions Training Camp

The 2022 Lions are out of the gate and have officially completed the first week of the 2022 training camp in Allen Park, MI. While there are a number of new faces, the question always persists if it will be another year of “the same old Lions.” While fans balance hopeful optimism with historic cynicism, there is a lot to take stock in so far.

Jared Goff enters year two under second year head coach Dan Campbell. Late season wide receiver addition Joshua Reynolds, a player Campbell likened to a “praying mantis” and “freaking spider of death” now finds himself at home with a full off-season as a Lion. Off-season acquisition DJ Chark brings an experienced NFL starter to the mix. Draft picks Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams will add much needed dynamic weapons to the offense and defense (though fans will likely have to wait a little longer for Williams to take the field following rehab on his torn ACL).

These reasons and more have fans and media critics, alike, wondering if this could be the year that the Detroit Lions make a huge leap forward and find themselves the beneficiary of a wildcard playoff berth; a dream that may have seemed much further off after last season’s disappointing 3-13-1 finish that saw Detroit fail to notch a win until week 13 in a win over the Vikings at Ford Field.

So far, the Lions look to be doing the things they should be at this early stage. The defense looks to be much improved and forces the offense to check down to running backs or underneath routes, while rarely giving up the big play. While those moments are bound to happen in camp with miscommunication or just stellar offensive play, they have been limited. Likewise, Goff looks extremely comfortable in his second year as a Lion and runs through reads with efficiency and poise to find the best possible option.

While, we predict the Lions will fall just outside the wild card, a move from the bottom to the bubble is a huge step and sets an important foundation for year 3 when the Lions should be poised to vie for a division title.

OLSM Star Pitcher Brock Porter Signs with Texas Rangers

Brock Porter was recently drafted #109 by the Texas Rangers after being projected to go much higher. The Gatorade National Player of the Year had committed to Clemson after an incredible career and senior campaign. However, Porter said he would not sign at the slot amount and instead go to college. The Rangers negotiated and gave him a deal for just under 4 million dollars to sign and the recent graduate will be heading to Texas as a professional baseball player.

What to expect of Goff in year 2

Jared Goff came into Detroit with high hopes, but middling expectations. The young quarterback was not long removed from a Super Bowl appearance, but the LA Rams decision to move on was troubling for an organization that had just drafted him in recent years. The trade was part of a deal that sent veteran Matt Stafford to Los Angeles for a season that ended with a championship and Super Bowl MVP.

The sad reality was fitting and not at all surprising for Lions fans. Meanwhile, Goff struggled early and the Lions didn’t fare well either under first year head coach Dan Campbell. But while the bitter taste of watching your ex living it up in Hollywood was a tough pill to swallow, there is reason to be optimistic that things will fare better in the second season with Goff at the helm.

Goff threw for only 3,245 yards, his worst full season since entering the league, but protected the ball and posted a respectable 19-8 touchdown to interception ratio. Part of what should excite Lions fans is the organization’s commitment to adding weapons in hope of moving the ball more effectively and earlier in the season.

A year into the office and improved weapons around him, Goff should be expected to put up decent numbers in the realm of 4,000 & 25-12. That improvement should translate in at least 3-4 wins over Detroit’s ‘21-22 campaign.

Predicting Every Game of the 2022-2023 Lions Regular Season

The revamped Lions are looking to make sizable gains this upcoming season. My prediction is they trade games the first quarter of the season before falling to 2-4 in a loss to Dallas. Things will start to click for the young team and they will eventually pull even at 7-7 against the Jets and end the season just outside the playoffs with a season finale loss to the Packers. While not peaking early enough to make the playoffs, young talent proves things are headed in the right direction and the Lions will finish tied for second in the division, splitting games with Minnesota and edging out the Bears who bring up last place in the NFC North. The Packers claim the division… again.

PHI

PHI 1:00 PM Loss 0-1

WSH

vs WSH 1:00 PM Win 1-1

MIN

@ SEA 1:00 PM Win 2-2

NE

@ NE 1:00 PM Loss 2-3

DAL

@ DAL 1:00 PM Loss 2-4

MIA

vs MIA 1:00 PM Win 3-4

GB

vs GB 1:00 PM Loss 3-5

CHI

@ CHI 1:00 PM Loss 3-6

NYG

@ NYG 1:00 PM Win 4-6

BUF

vs BUF 12:30 PM Loss 4-7

JAX

vs JAX 1:00 PM Win 5-7

MIN

vs MIN 1:00 PM Win 6-7

NYJ

@ NYJ 1:00 PM Win 7-7

CAR

@ CAR 1:00 PM Loss 7-8

CHI

vs CHI 1:00 PM Win 8-8

GB

@ GB TBD Loss 8-9

Forecasting Week Two of MHSAA Football

Game of the Week
It may be July, but the days are quickly passing like a 7 on 7 tournament happening all over the Mitten state as teams prep to chase their dreams at a state title. While some may have more reasonable hopes of achieving that dream, squads of helmeted teens prepare, nonetheless, to take the field in just over a month.

We wanted to take an early look at what will be our game of the week taking place during Thursday/Friday week 1 action the Rockford Rams and visiting Mona Shores Sailors.

The Sailors finished their season last year with an 8-3 (6-1) record with victories and defeats that were lopsided. When the Sailors won, they did with emphasis. When they lost, it was by a large margin. Much of this was due scheduling some difficult opponents in eventual state champion Detroit Martin Luther King and perennial power Muskegon. Mona Shores eventually fell in the second round of the playoffs in a lopsided 49-12 defeat to Caledonia.

Rockford had a tremendous season 11-1 (7-0) that saw them finish the regular season with a conference championship and undefeated record before being bounced in heartbreaking fashion in the third round of playoffs to Grand Blanc 28-27. The Rams came through in clutch time with several close victories throughout the year, but were unable to do it one more time and the magical run came to an end.

If the game had been played last year, Rockford would have been the clear favorite, but a single year can make a large difference; even at schools with larger class sizes. Rockford graduated a considerable number of impact players on both sides of the ball in 2021 and will see someone new under center in 2022. Replacing such incredible talent won’t be easy. On the flip side, Mona Shores also graduated star quarterback Mark Konecny. Both teams will be looking to find success regardless of changes in the lineup.

Mona Shores struggled to keep up when their defense put them in a position to make the game a shootout last year. If the Sailors are going to have a chance, it will be with stout defense in a game that keeps the score tight and low. If the Rams start stacking up points, the game will likely get out of reach for Mona Shores’.

Our “too early” prediction for the week one game of the week is: Rockford 38 Mona Shores 20

Other Week One Predictions:
Coopersville 28 – Sparta 7
GR Catholic Central 35 – Port Huron 20
Unity Christian 48 – Whitehall 14
Cedar Springs 7 – River Rouge 56
Reeths Puffer 14 – Grand Haven 13
Kent City 20 – Newaygo 13
Forest Hills Central 21 – Jenison 14
Northview 27 – West Ottawa 20
Forest Hills Northern 40 – Wyoming 13
West Catholic 28 – Edwardsburg 35



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