October 26, 2009

Future Chippewas prepare for playoff runs

With many high school seasons having wrapped up around the Midwest, some of Central Michigan's 2010 commits will next suit up for the Chippewas. But, for a select few, their team qualified for the state playoffs and their journey for a state championship begins this weekend.

Inkster wide receiver Johnathan Taylor and his squad were in a must win last week against Steubenville (OH), who is led by fellow CMU recruit Dwight Macon. In a dramatic game that featured 864 total yards of offense and seven lead changes, but Inkster prevailed 36-29, punching their ticket to the state playoffs. Taylor and the Vikings will face 8-1 Dearborn Edsel Ford in round one.

Macon, who on the season has 867 passing yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 12-1, did most his damage against Inkster on the ground. He totaled 147 yards on 19 carries, but threw his lone interception of the year on the Inkster 28 to seal the game. Macon and the Big Red sit at 8-1 and play Tonawanda Cardinal O'Hara (NY) before starting their playoff quest.

Utica Eisenhower tight end/defensive end Joe Wirth and his squad finished the season at 6-3. They drew 7-2 Pontiac in round one and face a likely rematch with Macomb Dakota (who Ike beat earlier this season) if they can get past Pontiac.

Also qualifying for state playoffs was running back Ben Brown and Romeo. They finished the season an impressive 7-2, but face a formidable opponent in round one in the offensive powerhouse Grand Blanc. Grand Blanc finished the season 9-0 and is led by Northwestern bound wide receiver Tony Jones and talented junior Justice Hayes.

Kevin Henry and his Morris (IL) squad qualified for the Illinois state playoffs with a 5-4 record. They face Chicago (Raby) in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Playing the role of team nobody wants to play is Division 6 number one seed Montague and quarterback Cody Kater. Montague finished the season 9-0, including a 42-0 beatdown of 2008 Division 5 state champion Muskegon Oakridge. For the season, Montague outscored their opponents 408-137 and their closest game was a 13-0 week 9 win over Fremont. Kater and the Wildcats will begin their repeat quest against 7-2 Lake City.

Colin Voss, who verbally committed to CMU for basketball, also plays football for East Grand Rapids and like Montague, they are also looking to repeat. At 9-0, EGR drew 5-4 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern in round one

Piketon (OH) and defensive end Caleb Southworth currently sit at 5-4 and face Westfall this Friday in what may be a must win for them to qualify for playoffs. Southworth a jack of all trades for Piketon this year and has racked up over 200 yards rushing to go along with his defensive and receiving prowess. In a game against Southeastern (OH) earlier this year, Southworth had 8 rushes for 72 yards and three touchdowns, 5 receptions for 108 yards and recorded 10 tackles on defense.

Central Michigan commits who did not qualify :

LB Nores Fradi, Dearborn (5-4)
OL Kent King, Gladstone (5-4)
WR Montrel Robinson, Southfield-Lathrup (4-5)
RB Tyler Lombardo, L'Anse Cresue (5-4)
DL Andy Phillips, Waverly (1-8)

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