Teams listed alphabetically
seniors unless noted.
Ann Arbor Pioneer (2-3, 5-4)
Top 5 players: QB John Kunec, Jr. RB/LB Antjuan Simmons, OT Muad Motan, DE/WR Derrick Hubbard, Jr. DE/TE Jordan Nwogu.
Team strength: Experience
Outlook: Simmons is already on the MSU radar so he must be a great player. Eight starters return on offense and five on defense. The seniors are expected to help create a great season.
Temperance Bedford (3-2, 5-4)
Top 5 players: DT Tim Stevens, Jr. QB/FS Joe Wiemer, Jr. QB/C Jared Nanney, OT Grant Nieszala, K/P/SE/FS Brad Williams.
Team strength: Depth
Outlook: The varsity has 67 players, 41 juniors and 26 seniors. Bedford’s special teams should be top-flight with Williams. They key will be the battle at quarterback, linebacker and fullback.
Monroe (4-1, 7-4)
Top players: LB/RB Jalen Wilkerson, DB/RB Marlin Martin, QB/DB Travis Kellems, OL/LB Kevin Couturier, TE/DL Craig Couturier, OL/DL Sam Green
Team strength: Returning starters
Outlook: Depth along the offensive line is an issue, but six starters on the offense return and the unit should be explosive with the likes of Wilkerson, Martin and Kellems.
Ann Arbor Skyline (0-5, 0-9)
Top players: LB/TE/DE/RB Daelin Hayes, Jr. RB/LB Charles Jones, Jr. WR/DB Hunter Rison, QB/DE Joe Bob Walker, DB/WR Guy Brent, DT/OG Robert Turner.
Team strength: Skill on offense, linebacker
Outlook: The Eagles should soar after going winless last year. Hayes is a D-1 recruit as it Rison. The team should be able to put some points on the board if Hayes and Rison are the top targets on offense.
Saline (5-0, 12-2)
Top players: QB Josh Jackson, WR Jeb Palka, TE Bryce Wolma, T Tyler Schzran, Jr. DE Sean O’Keefe, G Alex Bromley, DE John Raupp
Team strength: Playoff experience
Outlook: Saline looks to make another run to the championship game, where it lost to Clarkston a year ago. Jackson has committed to Virginia Tech after throwing for 1,800 yards last year. Palka hauled in 77 passes for 990 yards a year ago. Wolma had 30 receptions and on defense O’Keefe had 58 tackles and Raupp tacked on 59. Bromley tips the scales at 300 pounds.
Ann Arbor Huron (1-4, 2-7)
Top players: WR/DB Marcus Edmonson, LB/TE Max Bernstein, WR/DB Nate Gur-Arie, RB/LB Ray Miles, Jr. OL/DL Ahmad Mamaha.
Team strength: Running game.
Outlook: A man of few words, coach Andre Parker said: “We will compete each week.”
Top players: RB/LB Cooper Stiverson, WR/DB Matt Cumbow, OL/DL Isaiah Espinoza, WR/DB Jzavion McGowan, QB Joel Hill
Team Strength: Work ethic.
Outlook: First-year coach Scott Cripe has stressed hard work and discipline. “We have to continue to improve on a daily basis and build team chemistry in which everyone executes their job, on any given play, on a consistent basis.”
Chelsea (3-2, 9-3)
Top players: WR Bailey Edwards, WR Noah vanReesema, OLB Jake Rhodes, FS Graham Kuras, CB Ryan Stasiak.
Team Strength: Wide receivers, defensive backs.
Outlook: Coach Brad Bush has 35 returning seniors from last year’s quarterfinal team so Chelsea looks to make the playoffs again in 2015. Edwards should be exceptional and Kuras and Stasiak man the secondary.
Dexter (0-5, 0-9)
Top players: OL/DL Pat Mayrand, WR/LB Chase Rojeck, Jr. WR/DB Joey Hiser, QB/DL Nick Winston, Jr. OL/LB Will Feldkamp.
Team strength: Returning starters
Outlook: Six starters return on offense and defense for a winless team. The team had a great off-season of conditioning which Coach Ken Koenig hopes turns into some victories. Winston is an interesting two-way player as quarterback and defensive line.
Tecumseh (3-2, 5-5)
Strength: Team Speed
Top players: RB Mitch Meger, QB Jacob Coker, TE/OLB Tom Mammel, LB Landon Pelham, Jr. OL/DL Josh Treadway.
Ypsilanti Lincoln (5-0, 6-4)
Outlook: Undefeated in the White last season before losing to Wyandotte in the playoff opener for the second straight year.
Ypsilanti Community (3-2, 6-4)
Top players: OL/DL Wallace Hall, WR Marquis Smith, WR/DB Rayjon Jackson-Williams, RB/DB Troy Willis, OL/LB Georgio Mack
Team strength: Experience.
Outlook: The Grizzlies are expecting another playoff berth with speed and quickness on offense and experience throughout the lineup. Hall is a 250-pounder and Mack will be a hard hitter at linebacker at 215 pounds and also will provide help along the offensive line.
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