Part One: Big Day Prep Showdown Preview [Friday]

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This is part one of the two part preview. This portion will cover the three contests that take place on Friday. I know a lot of people intend on getting out to Rynearson Stadium on Friday or Saturday to check out the teams and prospects as they open their seasons.

I’d continue to reference my 2010/2011/2012 rankings/watchlists for the time being. I’ve continued to update it as I’ve seen players who I think are deserving of being on the watchlists.

This Friday/Saturday at Eastern Michigan’s Rynearson Stadium the Big Day Prep Showdown is taking place.  For more information on the event, check out the BDPS website. The schedule for the event is as follows:

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2009
GATES OPEN AT 1 PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2009
GATES OPEN AT 10 AM

2 PM

MADISON HGTS. LAMPHERE V. WARREN FITZGERALD

 11AM

 ADRIAN V. MONROE

5 PM

 DET. KING V. MUSKEGON

 2 PM

 SALINE V. BELLEVILLE

8 PM

 HUDSONVILLE V. LAKE ORION

5 PM

ANN ARBOR HURON V. CHELSEA

 

 

8 PM

 INKSTER V. ANN ARBOR PIONEER

 Obviously the most high profile game is the Saturday night contest pitting Michigan commitments Devin Gardner and Ricardo Miller against one another. However, there are many big name players and recruits who are taking part in the game. I’ll list some of the players to look out for if you are attending the event.

 

MADISON HGTS. LAMPHERE V. WARREN FITZGERALD

Lamphere

Ryan Horvath (2011 QB) – Threw for 12 TDs and 7 INTs as a sophomore. Returns for his junior season as Lamphere’s quarterback.

Mitch Kozlowski (2011 ATH) – All purpose guy for Lamphere last year, with 500 yards receiving, 300 yards rushing, and sharing kick return duties. This year, he has big shoes to fill with graduated 1,000 yard rusher David Shoeobttom moving on.

Jackson Lewis (2011 LB) – Looks to follow up a great sophomore year campaign with an even better 2009 season. Had many a 15+ tackle game last year.


Warren Fitzgerald

Austin Gray (2010 LB, Iowa commitment) – Fitzgerald’s highest profile player, Gray spurned the Spartans of MSU to pick the Hawkeyes. Gray has averaged over 100 tackles in the past two seasons.

Larry Masters (2010 QB) – Threw for 16 TDs and only 4 INTs last season for the Spartans of Fitzgerald.

Edwin Limmitt (2010 RB) – Fitzgerald’s most prolific offensive weapon, Limmitt rushed for 1500 yards and 16 TDs last season.

Scotty Brown (2010 WR) – Masters’ main target, Brown caught 36 passes last fall.


Game Prediction

In a game that was dominated by defense last year, Fitzgerald came out on top 16-3 based on 82 yards rushing from Edwin Limmitt. I expect a closer game this year, but a similar result.

Prediction: Fitzgerald

 



DET. KING V. MUSKEGON


Detroit King

Dontavious Bryant (2010 FB/S) – Bryant was an all-Detroit honorable mention for King last year.

Martell Goodson (2010 LB)—Fearless hitter in run support.

Dennis Norfleet (2012 RB/CB)—Guy to keep an eye on on the hardwood and gridiron. Started as a freshman last season both ways for King.

Delector Durley (2010 DL)—The team captain holds a Central Michigan scholarship offer.

Sam Sillmon (2010 DL)—Very athletic jumbo athlete flies off the end as a speed rusher.

Robert Williford (2010 DL)—Just another member of a loaded defensive line for King.

Langford Williams (2012 QB/ATH)—Struggled as a freshman passer last season, but showed the athleticism to be a prospect to watch in the next few years.


Muskegon

JaMicah Cooper (2010 DB)—Very good cover corner at the high school level

Errin Briggs (2010 RB)—The senior runningback is expected to have a big year for Muskegon this fall, stepping in to the starting runningback spot

Offensive Linemen (2010 OLs)—Muskegon’s offense line is loaded in 2010, with three senior starters in Willie Coulter-Hill, Dejuan Howland, and Alvin Fletcher.


Game Prediction

Muskegon spanked King in the Big Day Prep Showdown last year by a count of 35-3 in a year where Muskegon was supposed to be rebuilding. Apparently, they weren’t. Muskegon wins this contest again, by a similar margin. King will be improved, but not that much

Prediction: Muskegon

 

HUDSONVILLE V. LAKE ORION


Hudsonville

Logan Anes (2010 RB)—Replacing 1500 yard rusher Jordan Jonker won’t be very easy, but Anes will be up to the task. The Hudsonville staff prepared Logan with a solid junior season, where he rushed for 8 TDs and 600 yards.

Shane Trevino (2011 QB)—The junior takes over for Michigan State walk-on Casey Blackport. (Note: Trevino was injured earlier this week in practice, but it sounds like he will play on Friday).


Lake Orion

Kim Bruce (2010 RB)—Ran for over 1,000 yards and 14 TDs last season and is back for his senior season.

Pat Fehlberg (2010 OL)—One of the best high school offensive linemen in the state.

Ben Walker (2010 OL)—Lake Orion’s strength lies in its two bookend offensive tackles, Walker and Fehlberg

Sean Charette (2012 QB)—Quarterbacked Lake Orion to the state championship game last year.

Vinnie Booker (2010 DB)—The star defensive back missed Lake Orion’s 2008 playoff run due to injury.

Kane Hayes (2010 DL) and Phil Serzo (2010 LB)—Two of the stars for Lake Orion’s 2009 defense.


Game Prediction

I think Hudsonville is going to be a little down this year and Lake Orion looks like a really good team. Lake Orion squeezes out a victory in their opener.

Prediction: Lake Orion

Comments

Nickel

August 25th, 2009 at 6:22 PM ^

Exactly what the diaries are supposed to be for. Great information and very much appreciated by an out of stater like myself.

It'll be interesting to see how Gardner's improvement over the summer during the camps translates to his game play.

the_white_tiger

August 25th, 2009 at 6:34 PM ^

OK-Red wooo!

I agree, Muskegon should roll (as usual), but Hudsonville is probably going to be down. They lost a lot more than jonker and Blackport, I believe, and their very good departing senior class had one of the best teams in the state last year.

I nominate you designated high school football reporter. Good job.

bouje

August 25th, 2009 at 6:46 PM ^

As a Monroe Grad I always look for the Trojans to do well but we haven't done well in a while. (probably since I was a freshman/sophomore in high school).