Football practice officially starts on Monday.
Yeah, where did this summer go?
So with the excitement of another fall filled with Friday night lights, let’s crack open the time capsule from last year and take a look at each area team’s best game from the 2015 season.
Algonac – Algonac 13, Almont 0 (district title): Picking a “top game” from this season was tougher than going against the Muskrats defense. This win gave Algonac its first district title, and the smash mouth game was won with timely offensive plays and gritty defense. The game could have gone on for 10 more quarters and I’m not sure any points would have been surrendered by the ‘Skrats.
Armada – Clawson 35, Armada 34 (week one): The Tigers had a tough season last year, but they opened up with a hard-fought loss to playoff-contending Clawson. Armada will have a chance to get their revenge this season as they open up against the Trojans for the third straight year.
Brown City – Brown City 29, Marlette 19 (week five): The Green Devils knew they had plenty of athleticism, and it all came on display against their rivals at home. Joe Hagner was the man that game, tallying three touchdowns for Brown City.
Capac – Capac 20, Imlay City 14 (week six): Jeremy Webster was a monster for the Chiefs this game, recording 20 tackles on defense and scoring the third and final touchdown late in the second quarter. After a tough start in the BWAC season, it was just what the Chiefs needed.
Cardinal Mooney – Mooney 29, Dearborn Heights Star 28 (week seven): Teams are tested the most in close, stressful games and the Cardinals passed their test in the week seven matchup. They also double downed on their win the following week, topping Star once again with a 35-28 win.
Carsonville-Port Sanilac – Caseville 26, C-PS 12 (week five): The Tigers were a young team last season, and this was defensively their best game of the season. The Tigers will look to rebound in 2016 as they are seeking their first playoff berth since 2013.
Croswell-Lexington – Cros-Lex 28, Almont 27 (week eight): This one is a no-brainer. This absolutely thriller at home booked the Pioneers into the playoffs with a score in the final minute of the game. It could have been scripted for a movie, but Cros-Lex is thankful it was real life.
Deckerville – Deckerville 40, Morrice 20 (regional title): The Eagles have a knack for performing in big games, and this one was no different as they won their third regional title in the last four seasons. It would be a surprise to not see Deckerville fighting for another regional title this year as they return a barrel of talent.
Marine City – Marine City 42, Warren Cousino 27 (week nine): It was gut-check time for both teams as they each needed a win to guarantee a playoff berth. Despite being on the road and having an enrollment a third of Cousino’s, the Mariners won and grew their playoff streak to 18. That was a program statement win.
Marlette – Marlette 29, Merrill 15 (week one): The Red Raiders started their season on the right note, topping a team on the road that would go on to qualify for the playoffs. Tyler Ladd had a heck of a game, coming up with two interceptions and scoring on a 75-yard touchdown.
Marysville – Marysville 48, Sterling Heights (week seven): Sterling Heights was rolling at this point of the season, entering the game at 5-1. The Vikings throttled them out of the stadium, picking up a crucial win to set up the three-way title share in the MAC Gold.
Memphis – Memphis 22, New Haven 20 (week one): What a way to start the season, huh? It was the second year in a row the Yellowjackets kicked off the year with a two point win over the Rockets, but for the first time in five years they will open up their season against another opponent – Burton Atherton.
Peck – Peck 28, Kinde North Huron 22 (week three): For Peck, this was surprisingly low-scoring as its offense put up as much as 81 points in a single game last season. This game showed the defense had what it took to win a game, opening conference play with a hard-fought victory.
Port Huron – Port Huron 42, Port Huron Northern 0 (week nine): There’s beating your crosstown rival, and then there’s annihilating your crosstown rival. The Big Reds did the latter, out-rushing the Huskies 349 yards to 87. Now that’s how you end a season.
Port Huron Northern – Northern 21, St. Clair 18 (week six): The Huskies had a phenomenal stretch in the middle of the season, and this tight win capped off a four-game win streak. The game was a wire-to-wire thrill, and the blocked punt by Malik Norris early in the fourth quarter set up the eventual game-winner in front of a home crowd.
Richmond – Richmond 15, Algonac 14 (week eight): This was simply the game of the year in the BWAC as the unbeaten Muskrats came into Richmond looking for sole possession of their first-ever conference title. The Blue Devils denied it with a big time 92-yard score by D’Sean Hamilton and also denied Algonac of scoring in the second half to split the conference title.
Sandusky – Sandusky 7, Cass City 0 (district title): The Redskins had a lot of wins to choose from – 11, to be exact. None was more heart-racing than their district title game against Cass City that was won on a wild 57-yard touchdown. On fourth down. With 53 seconds left in the game. It was a storybook season, and this win was the perfect final victory of the season.
St. Clair – St. Clair 28, Clintondale 8 (week five): After polishing off Clawson in a 47-6 game the previous week, the Saints beat another eventual playoff team with a home win over the Dragons. Riley Gleason put up a hat trick of touchdowns, also helping the Saints out-rush Clintondale by 200 yards on the ground.
Yale – Yale 13, North Branch 7 (week nine): The Bulldogs rattled off three straight wins to end the season after a challenging start in BWAC play. Yale’s record didn’t represent the amount of talent on their roster, but capping off the season with a 13-7 win was a great way for the Bulldogs to close their season.