Prep Football Preview: Climax-Scotts leads way in SCAA

Prep Football Preview: Climax-Scotts leads way in SCAA


Prep Football Preview: Climax-Scotts leads way in SCAA


It is 39 victories and counting for Climax-Scotts in terms of the Panthers’ winning streak in league play as the kings of the Southern Central Athletic Association.

Climax-Scotts once again finished first in the SCAA standings in 2014 with a 6-0 record, going 8-1 overall.

So it makes sense that the Panthers are the team to beat again in the league, as the rest of the SCAA has been chasing Climax-Scotts for years now.

Three teams in the SCAA made the playoffs last year, as Colon and Pittsford both advanced, only to lose in the first round.

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Climax-Scotts made it to the second round, losing to rival Mendon.

Climax-Scotts once again finished first in the SCAA standings in 2014 with a 6-0 record, going 8-1 overall.

Climax-Scotts once again finished first in the SCAA standings in 2014 with a 6-0 record, going 8-1 overall.


Head coach: Joe Costello (1st season)

2014: 1-8

Top returners: Noah Briggs (jr. LB/OL), Dan Pluff (jr., RB/DB), Jackson Maduri (so. LB/OL), Brad Jones (jr. QB), Dawson Morgan (jr. WR/DB), Shane Flynn (sr. OL/DL), Dawson Staskus (so., WR/DB), Ryan Madry (so. RB/LB), Trent Neal (so. WR/DB)

Outlook: Joe Costello, Bellevue’s varsity basketball coach, takes over the football program and brings several years of football coaching experience at different levels. The Broncos were very young last season and the record showed that, going 1-8. But those players return with experience and a hope to improve, including eight starters who come back on the both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Bellevue expects contributions in the offensive backfield from returning quarterback Brad Jones and running backs Dan Pluff and Ryan Madry. The defense, which gave up 40 points per game last year, will look to improve behind returning linebacker Noah Briggs.

“Even though they only won one game last season, the team was made up almost entirely of underclassmen, graduating a total of only four seniors from last year’s team. The 14 sophomores and freshmen that were forced to play last year gained invaluable experience that we’re looking to expand upon,” Costello said.


Head coach: Kevin Langs (17th season)

2014: 9-2

Top returners: Logan Hunter (sr., DB/RB), Adam Audette (sr., OL/DL), Jeremy Scherer (sr., DL/RB), Zack Mobley (sr, LB/OL)

Outlook: Climax-Scotts is simply the most consistent team in the league and in lower Michigan. The Panthers have had eight or more seasons every year since 2003 under head coach Kevin Langs, now in his 17th season.

Always a senior-laden team, Climax-Scotts once again suffered heavy graduation losses. But, as has been the case in the past, new leaders should emerge. Current seniors Logan Hunter and Jeremy Scherer return in the backfield on offense with Adam Audette and Zack Mobley coming back on the offensive line in the Climax-Scotts wing-T offense.

” We will attempt to compete each week. The first priority is the conference and if we are blessed to make Week 10, we will see where we stand compared to the rest in the state of Michigan,” Langs said.


Head coach: Richard Roth (1st season)

2014: 5-4

Top returners: Brett Prell (sr., WR); Gabe Keely (sr., RB/S); Daniel Alva (jr., QB); Zach Greenwald (jr.,LB); Logan Vaughn (sr., RB/LB)

Outlook: After making the playoffs and finishing 5-4, Colon is looking to build on that momentum behind first-year coach Richard Roth. The Magi have a high-scoring offense, averaging more than 30 points per game last year.

With five returning all-league players coming back, Colon feels it could contend in the SCAA. Quarterback Daniel Alva, running backs Logan Vaughn and Gabe Keely and reciever Brett Prell all return on offense. Zach Greenwald comes back to lead the defense from his linebacker spot.

“I believe we could be very tough because of how athletic our kids are. They are tenacious and have no quit in their bones. They will play every team tough this season and should finish in the top half of our conference,” Roth said.

Bill Broderick can be reached at or 269-966-0678. Follow him on Twitter:@billbroderick

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