(St. Mary’s and Milan tied for first)
1. Monroe Saint Mary Catholic Falcons 1. Milan Big Reds 2. New Boston Chiefs 3. Grosse Ile Devils 4. Riverview Pirates 5. Carleton Airport Jets 6. Monroe Jefferson Bears 7. Flat Rock Rams
Carleton Airport (3-6, 3-4)
Top Players: RB/DB Robbie McGrath; RB/DB Keagan Brinson; Jr. RB/DB Dylan Meiring; LB AJ Goretski; OT/DT Logan Turner; OT/DT Tyler Girt; OG/MLB Brendan Fitzpatrick
Outlook: Carleton Airport coach Chad Bass has high expectations for his second season as head coach. He’s hoping the Jets improve from last year’s 3-6 season. Returning seniors like Robbie McGarth, who had 39 carries for 364 yards and seven touchdowns last year or senior linebacker AJ Goreski who led the team with 77 tackles last year, will be key to any improvement for the Jets.
Riverview (7-3, 5-2)
Strength: Solid Core, Experiance
Top Players: QB Drew Kroll, C/DT Adam Borgert, TE/DE Stephen Pinkava, FB/LB Joseph Porter, WR/CR Nolan Glime
Outlook: Riverview’s new Head Coach Jeff Stergalas is taking things on a day-to-day basis and relying on The Pirates’ solid core of returning seniors. “All the new terminology and the new things that come with being a new head coach and teaching them some of the stuff that I do,” said Stergalas of the challenges he faces. “You know it’s always a race to get ready from the start of two-a-days to that first game,” added the Head Coach. “That right now is our challenge.”
Grosse Ile (5-4, 3-4)
Strength: Experience on defense
Top Players: QB Andrew Mitroka, OL/LB Phil Camilleri, C/DL Max Gilliam, OL/LB Dean Ziberi, RB/DB Andrew McAughey.
Outlook: “I see us as middle of the road” said Grosse Ile Head Coach John Bodner, whose team will start the season off with three road games. The key for the Devils this year are three-year-starters like quarterback Andrew Mitroka, who is coming off an ACL surgery. “We have a lot of guys who’ve played a lot, but we have a lot of guys who haven’t,” said Bodner.
Flat Rock (0-9, 0-7)
Top Players: OT/DT Erik Antolak; Soph. TB/SS Dontel Hampton; OT/DT Robert Salter; WR/S Connor Harris; OT/ML Alan Talley
Outlook: Flat Rock coach Tom Oestrike is taking a grounded, but optimistic view toward the upcoming season. “We’ll probably only have 26 or 27 guys so we’re not going to have a ton of depth, but at the same time that could be a blessing,” said Oestrike. To improve upon last year’s 0-9 season Oestrike is focusing on improving on a day to day basis. “Obviously staying healthy in our league, which is very physical, is definitely something that would be an obstacle,” said Oestrike.
Milan (10-1, 7-0)
Top Players: WR/SS CJ Duffiney; OL/DL Ryan Faulkner; Jr. TE/DE Jordan Hendricks; Jr. RB/ML Cortez Gray; Jr. OL/DL Max Protske
Outlook: Milan, coming off a perfect season within the Huron last year, could still pose a threat again this year. “We are young and inexperienced, but we feel like we are also fast and have some solid talent,” said head coach Jesse Hoskins. “We’ve won games the past two years by playing good defense and not turning the ball over. We have to continue to do that to be successful.”
Monroe Jefferson (1-8, 1-6)
Top Players: C/DECarter Paddy; RB/DE Sean Kirchner; HB/OL Eddie Bechard; WR/CB Brandon Liparoto; Jr. QB Justin Kull
Outlook: Jefferson is looking for improvement this year. Second year Head Coach Bruce Pickens said players are adjusting to the system better this year. Improving from last year is going to require the Bears to be “…willing to battle for four quarters and when something goes wrong not putting your heads down and put your tail between your legs,” said Pickens.
New Boston Huron (5-4, 3-4)
Strength: Line on both sides
Top Players: G/NG Jon Krug, T/OL Chase McKay, LT/DE Dustin Vukas, TB/SS Ian Robinson, WR/FS Devin Collins
Outlook: With a lot of returning seniors, it could very well be a good season for New Boston Huron. Seniors like 5′ 9″ 210 Krug, a nose guard and offensive lineman who “kind of anchors our offensive and defensive lines in a way,” said Head Coach Kalbfleisch. His only worry is depth. “We have a lot of seniors, but we need those juniors to step up and play well.”
St. Mary Catholic Central (10-2, 6-1)
Top Players: RB/LB David Howey, QB/DB Bryce Windham, RB/LB John Lako, WR Travis Vuich, TE/RB Troy Hilkens
Outlook: Coach Jack Giarmo is aiming to win the conference, calling it the teams “number one goal.” “We had a little playoff run so a lot of our young guys got an opportunity to play and they’re seniors now,” he said of last season. Giarmo still has some reservations. “I think we lack depth on the offensive, defensive lines and defensive backs,” said the Falcons coach.