Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 27, 2013

Week 5 prep football showdowns


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.

Glen Lake at Kingsley

Records: Glen Lake is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the Northwest; Kingsley is 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Northwest

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.

Background

The lead in the Northwest Conference is on the line. Glen Lake takes pride in its defense and that unit has surrendered just 19 points in four games. The Lakers, with nine interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries, have a +16 in the takeaway department. Offensively, the Lakers, who average better than 32 points a game, spread it out. Four players have rushed for 131 or more yards, led by Trevor Apsey’s 384. Quarterback Carter Lee is 21 of 39 for 194 yards and three scores. Kingsley plays well at home, handing McBain its lone loss in Week 1. The Stags have not lost at home in over three years. In last week’s win over Frankfort, Nate Zenner rushed for 215 yards.