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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 3 Review

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 3 Review
Monday, November 18, 2019
Only 36 teams remain from the original 602 that opened this fall with hopes of reaching the biggest stages in Michigan high school football. Suttons Bay, Colon, Pickford and Portland St. Patrick earned the first championship opportunities with 8-Player Semifinal wins o...
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Glen Lake Plays for Weekends Like This

Glen Lake Plays for Weekends Like This
Friday, November 15, 2019
There’s nothing that could spoil Jerry Angers’ mood right now. When you love coaching football as much as Maple City Glen Lake’s varsity leader, being able to continue preparing your team deep into the playoffs trumps any tough situations that might c...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 3 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 3 Preview
Friday, November 15, 2019
Detroit is only two wins away for Michigan’s remaining 11-player teams. But 8-player semifinalists need just one more win to complete a “March to Marquette” – and we’re flipping our usual format by leading off this week’s preview wit...
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Clip of the Week: Allen Park's Nico Tiberia

Clip of the Week: Allen Park's Nico Tiberia
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
This edition of State Champs Sports Network's “Clip of the Week” features Allen Park's Nico Tiberia scoring on a long run during his team's District Final win over Riverview.
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Early Wins Leader Maskill Built Champions

Early Wins Leader Maskill Built Champions
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The long shadows of “midcentury modern” coaching legends have mostly disappeared from the gridirons of Michigan. One more vanished in late October at the age of 96.
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Pirates' Football Voice Ends 30-Year Run

Pirates' Football Voice Ends 30-Year Run
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Bob Reason has been the voice of Pinckney High School football and basketball for more than 30 years. It’s his voice you heard over the public address system, good times and bad, through wins and losses.
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Review

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Review
Monday, November 11, 2019
You can stop trying to predict what’s going to happen in the MHSAA Football Playoffs this month. The first two weeks have showed us that’s pretty much a futile endeavor – and that’s what could make these playoffs some of the most memorable of th...
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Reading 'Nightmare' 2-Way Gamechanger

Reading 'Nightmare' 2-Way Gamechanger
Friday, November 8, 2019
Nick Affholter didn’t score a point for the Reading Rangers this season. No touchdowns, no extra points, no 2-point conversions. But, when it came time to vote for the Most Valuable Player in the Big 8, the conference coaches left no doubt that Affholter – ...
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Cass City Chases History in Rematch

Cass City Chases History in Rematch
Friday, November 8, 2019
Sandyn Cuthrell and his Cass City teammates have a simple way to make sure they are properly prepared for each game – treat every week like it’s Laker week. As they prepare for their District Final, the Red Hawks won’t have to pretend, as for the seco...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Preview
Friday, November 8, 2019
First-round games, and with them often familiar opponents, are out of the way as we move into District Finals for 11-player and Regional Finals for 8-player teams still alive in the MHSAA Football Playoffs.   This weekend, in most cases, we’ll get a str...
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Record Runner Helps Revive Manistique

Record Runner Helps Revive Manistique
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Schyler Andersen had no idea what he had just accomplished. The senior running back may have known he rushed for 126 yards in Manistique's 54-21 loss in the regular-season finale at Lake Linden-Hubbell on Oct. 26. What he didn't know right away is he had set the school...
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'Wakers' Continue Marching Together

'Wakers' Continue Marching Together
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
First the local media picked it up, which made sense – it was a great story, and easy to appreciate whether you’ve heard of Maple City or could find Fife Lake on the map. In what was still perhaps surprising but a logical next step, The Associated Press and...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Review

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Review
Monday, November 4, 2019
Everything starts fresh in the playoffs. It’s not supposed to matter which teams have dominated during the regular season or won the first time when two rivals are set to meet again. When coaches need a little help convincing their players of any of that, they sh...
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Pellston Writing Unforgettable Story

Pellston Writing Unforgettable Story
Friday, November 1, 2019
It’s a story that could easily derive from Hollywood. Only, this script is being written in Pellston.
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Preview
Friday, November 1, 2019
Whether your team's preferred final destination is Ford Field in Detroit or Superior Dome in Marquette, the first steps will be taken this weekend during 144 MHSAA Playoff games across both peninsulas.  Someone's season is on the line in every game from here on ou...
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Orchard View Buy-In Reaps Big Turnaround

Orchard View Buy-In Reaps Big Turnaround
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
It was far from love at first sight. When returning Muskegon Orchard View standouts like senior Dayton Rose and junior Owen Swanson first met their new varsity football coach Fred Rademacher back in January, they weren’t so sure what to expect moving forward.
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Drive for Detroit: Week 9 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 9 in Review
Monday, October 28, 2019
Just like that, nine weeks of Michigan high school football have come and gone this fall, and more than half the state’s 600+ teams are turning in their helmets and pads as we turn our attention toward the final 288 playing for MHSAA championships. But let’...
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NFHS Voice: Fall Fridays for HS Football

NFHS Voice: Fall Fridays for HS Football
Monday, October 28, 2019
Some of the top football matchups featuring Ohio teams Friday, Oct. 18, were Mentor vs. Shaker Heights, Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. Massillon Washington and Northwestern vs. Ohio State.
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Inside Selection Sunday: Mapnalysis '19

Inside Selection Sunday: Mapnalysis '19
Sunday, October 27, 2019
This will be the final MHSAA Football Playoffs under the format created in 1999, with significant changes coming beginning with the 2020 season. But the soon-to-be old way isn’t going out without a bang.
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Dundee Says Good-Bye to Longtime Home

Dundee Says Good-Bye to Longtime Home
Friday, October 25, 2019
One more memory. After 85 years of playing prep football in the same location, Dundee will close the doors on its stadium tonight with plans to move into a new athletic complex next fall. Vikings head coach Kyle McElvany called tonight’s game against undefeated a...
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