Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 5, 2013

Prep Football Week 2 Previews


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Escanaba at TC Central

RECORDS: TC Central (0-1), Escanaba (0-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

RADIO: AM-580

Last Week

The Trojans dropped a 31-23 road decision against Marquette. Their second straight Upper Peninsula foe comes in off a 15-7 loss to Alpena as Wildcats new coach Mel Skillman missed the game with a family emergency. The Eskymos turned the ball over three times (four, counting another time on downs) and their only score came on an 81-yard pass from quarterback Travis Heller to receiver Cam Beversluis.

Meanwhile, TC Central fell behind Marquette 21-0 by halftime. A second-half rally fell short, however, even though the Trojans outscore the Redmen 23-10 over the final 24 minutes. Tailback Ethan Campbell ran 13 times for 123 yards. Marquette QB Brett Place completed 11 of 18 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

TC West at Ogemaw Heights

RECORDS: TC West (0-1); Ogemaw (1-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

Last Week

TC West struggled to move the ball, but its defense played well in a 16-0 loss to Midland. The Falcons survived a 38-34 scare against Hastings, which travels to Petoskey this week.

What they’re saying

“Ogemaw is going to bring a different style (than Midland). I think they’ll be better than Midland was offensively. I watched them in a scrimmage, and they’ve got some incredible athletes. They’ll pose different challenges to our defense with their athleticism. Hopefully we can get some things ironed out offensively so we don’t put so much pressure on our defense.” — West coach Tim Wooer.

Gaylord at TC St. Francis

RECORDS: TC St. Francis (0-1); Gaylord (0-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

RADIO: FM-89.9

Last Week

St. Francis was tied 7-7 with New Lothrup with 13 minutes left, but the game finished up with a 28-7 loss as the Hornets found the endzone three times late to pull away. Amari Coleman touched the ball nine times for 99 total yards and two touchdowns, but otherwise, the Gladiators mostly stymied the New Lothrup offense. TCSF’s offense, however, couldn’t get going. The Glads pounded the ball 46 times for an average of 5 yards a carry, but couldn’t keep drives drives going.

Gaylord dropped a 19-13 decision to Cheboygan in coach Will Cleaver’s return to the Blue Devils’ sideline. Cotton Neff racked up 194 yards on the ground, with Shane Foster adding 99 yards, as Gaylord outgained Cheboygan 409-292.

Kingsley at Elk Rapids

RECORDS: Elk Rapids (1-0); Kingsley (1-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

Last Week

Elk Rapids rang up a surprising 35-0 victory over Mancelona, which had won 29 games in the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Kingsley opened up the season with a 21-14 victory over McBain.

What they’re saying

“I think we’re in the same boat as far as low numbers. We have five sophomores up. They have two or three or more. They have a lot of speed. ... They’re scary when they’re out in space.” — Kingsley coach Jason Leonard.

“Both our team and Kingsley are very similar. We both have a lot of speed and are coming off big opening-game wins. Both of us are going to learn more about our teams Friday.” — Elks Rapids coach Ed Schindler.