Football preview 2015: Grand Ledge Comets

Football preview 2015: Grand Ledge Comets

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Football preview 2015: Grand Ledge Comets

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Senior Malek Adams was a first team all-CAAC Blue receiver last fall and is a key offensive returner for Grand Ledge.

Senior Malek Adams was a first team all-CAAC Blue receiver last fall and is a key offensive returner for Grand Ledge.

LAST YEAR

7-4 overall, 5-2 CAAC Blue (T-2nd)

SCHEDULE (last year’s score)

Aug. 27 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 7 p.m. (W 28-24)

Sept. 3 at Holland West Ottawa, 7 p.m. (L 28-21)

Sept. 11 at Sexton, 7 p.m. (L 32-21)

Sept. 18 Okemos, 7 p.m. (W 20-7)

Sept. 25 Jackson, 7 p.m. (W 48-9)

Oct. 2 at Eastern, 7 p.m. (W 47-6)

Oct. 9 Everett, 7 p.m. (L 38-24)

Oct. 16 East Lansing, 7 p.m. (W 49-13)

Oct. 23 at Holt, 7 p.m. (W 41-7)

COACH

Matt Bird

Age: 41

Playing experience: Lansing Catholic 1989-91

Head coaching experience: Grand Ledge 2006-present

Career record: 58-32

Full-time job: Grand Ledge teacher

Assistant coaches: Blake Wegenke, Jeremy Howe, Nick Kissane, Chad Guild, Mike Rademacher

FOURCAST

SUCCESSFUL RUN

The Comets have been one of the top programs in the CAAC Blue since 2008 and have reached the state playoffs six times over the last seven years. Grand Ledge also captured three conference titles — two outright — in that span and hasn’t finished lower than third in the Blue. The Comets will be trying to end Sexton’s reign atop the Blue and capture their first league title since 2011 this fall.

TWO-SPORT STANDOUT

Malek Adams was one of the area’s best basketball players last winter and he is also one of the top returners on the football field for the Comets. Adams was one of the top skill position players in the CAAC Blue as a junior, earning first-team all-league honors at receiver.

SENIOR CONTINGENT

The Comets have a large veteran presence with 29 seniors on their roster. Grand Ledge has several seniors back that earned all-league honors last season. Joining Adams as first team all-CAAC Blue selections were defensive linemen Cooper Alspaugh and Matt Lloyd. Other Grand Ledge seniors that are returning all-league honorees are receiver Cam Collins, running backs Caden Evert and Ba Blamo, offensive lineman Bryce McMann and defensive lineman Jordan Goebel.

TALENT TO REPLACE

Grand Ledge’s defense will be experienced with eight starters returning this fall. But one of the areas the Comets were hit hardest by graduation was in the secondary with three all-CAAC Blue performers gone in Cassell Jones, Stefan Jones and Cam Edlin. Grand Ledge still has some players with starting experience returning to the back of the defense with Brendan Baker and Luke LaLumia.

ROSTER

2 Xavier Farr WR jr.

3 Jason Arbour WR sr.

4 Alex Platte LB/DB sr.

5 Sam Goodman Def. jr.

6 Brendan Baker DB sr.

7 Evan Shelton WR sr.

8 Mitchell Painter WR sr.

9 Cal Johnston DB so.

10 Austin Tyler DB sr.

11 Cameron Collins WR sr.

12 Luke LaLumia DB sr.

13 Nolan Bird QB so.

14 Dillon Ross K jr.

15 Rashad Thompson Def. jr.

16 Wesley Barnes Def. jr.

17 Hunter Piper Def. jr.

18 Zachary Hanes LB sr.

19 Sam Davison DL sr.

20 Jacob Songer SB sr.

21 Malek Adams WR sr.

24 Antonio Rush DB jr.

26 Brendan Barry LB sr.

28 Brady Schlossberg Def. sr.

30 Jawad Haddad Def. jr.

31 Blake Swearingen Def. jr.

32 Caden Evert RB sr.

33 Colton Stephens Def. jr.

34 Ba Blamo RB sr.

36 Andrew Sada FB jr.

37 Curtis Benham Off. jr.

38 Justin Updike Def. jr.

40 Alex Addai Off. jr.

42 Robert Willoughby LB sr.

43 Nate LaLumia TE jr.

44 Garrett Liddell Def. jr.

45 Patrick Britt Def. jr.

51 Noah Nye sr.

52 Cooper Alspaugh DL sr.

53 Jason Huson Def. jr.

54 Chris Ford Def.jr.

55 Alex Van Horn Off. jr.

56 Nick Bayes Def. sr.

57 Renzo D’Alessandro jr.

60 Bryce McMann OL sr.

61 Daylan Kimbrough Off sr.

63 Derek Perez OL jr.

64 Sean Pelfery OL sr.

65 Alex Sauers Def. jr.

66 Sam Haddad Def. sr.

68 Kyle Smith Def. sr.

70 Nicolas Lloyd OL jr.

74 Cole Johnson OL jr.

75 Brock Gilmartin OL jr.

77 Freddie Groves OL jr.

78 Matt Lloyd OL sr.

80 Tristyn Brown Off. jr.

85 Jordan Goebel DE sr.

89 Ty McMann TE sr.

90 Josh Martin DL jr.

Amari Swain OL sr.

RETURNING STARTERS (7 on offense, 8 on defense)

OFFENSE

Malek Adams WR

Cam Collins WR

Luke LaLumia WR/RB/QB

Ba Blamo RB

Caden Evert RB

DEFENSE

Cooper Alspaugh DL

Matt Lloyd DL

Jordan Goebel DL

Sam Davison DL

Robert Willoughby LB

Brendan Barry LB

Brendan Baker DB

Luke LaLumia DB

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Antonio Rush RB

Xavier Farr WR

Evan Shelton WR

Nolan Bird QB

Nate LaLumia TE/RB

Sean Pelfrey OL

Nicolas Lloyd OL

Cole Johnson OL

Amari Swain OL

Jacob Songer RB/WR

DEFENSE

Austin Tyler DB

Alex Platte DB

Cal Johnson DB

Zachary Hanes LB

Antonio Rush DB

– Brian Calloway

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