Traverse City Record-Eagle

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September 27, 2013

Week 5 prep football showdowns

Alpena at TC West

Records: Alpena is 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the Big North; West is 3-1 overall, 3-0 in the Big North

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.

Radio: AM-580

Background

Alpena played well for a half last week, leading Cadillac 14-13 at the break. It all felt apart for the Wildcats in the second half as the Vikings rolled 40-14. Cadillac’s Jalen Brooks threw five touchdown passes. West quarterback Jeff Turnquist might look to exploit that secondary after completing 10 of 12 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 31-14 win over Petoskey. The Titan defense continues to do its job. That unit was bolstered by the play of lineman Connor Hayes, who made a couple of stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Gaylord at TC Central

Records: Gaylord is 0-4 overall, 0-1 in the Big North; TC Central is 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big North

When: Saturday at 1 p.m.

Radio: AM-580, FM-101.5

Background

Only the second league game for both teams. Gaylord is coming off a 35-7 setback to Ogemaw Heights while Central rebounded from its heartbreaking loss to West with a 31-14 triumph over Lapeer East. The Trojans dominated on both sides of the ball in the second half. Quarterback Sean Williams, who did not start, ignited the offense while the defense limited the Eagles to 89 yards over the final 24 minutes.

St. Francis at Boyne City

Records: Boyne City is 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Lake Michigan Conference; St. Francis is 3-1 overall.

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.

Radio: FM-89.9

Background

Both teams started with tough losses to good teams, the Ramblers to Glen Lake and the Gladiators to New Lothrop. Boyne City has big-play capability on offense with quarterback Corey Redman and backs Malik Smith, Maceo Vroman and Brad Fouchia. In last week’s 47-6 win over Harbor Springs, Boyne City scored on its first two plays, a 47-yard run by Fouchia and a 58-yard scamper by Vroman. Fouchia, who later added a 75-yard TD run, finished with 146 yards rushing and another 83 yards on three receptions. Malik Smith, who had a 58-yard TD run, picked up 130 yards. St. Francis has put 70 points on the board in the last two weeks. In Saturday’s 34-14 win over Grayling, the Gladiators had three backs rush for over 100 yards. Perhaps more impressive, the Gladiator defense shut down a Grayling offense that came in averaging nearly 37 points.

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