Top Story of the Week:
One More Game...
By Jeff Szceszniak
Copyright © 2021
Clinton Football is headed to Ford Field for the Division 6 State Finals after a dominating performance over the Constantine Falcons last weekend, when Clinton head coach Jeremy Fielder loaded the boys up on the school busses for a trip to Tecumseh for a semi-final home game. Yea, you read the correctly, Clinton played a home game at Tecumseh High School. During any other year this would be a strange turn of events, but this is still the 2020 high school football season, so the fact that Wegner Field could not host the game after weather made the field unplayable is not surprising to anyone. Way back in September, Michigan high school football was paused right before it was set to begin, then, after a few cancelled games, football was back on, then it was paused again, then it was back on...everyone following along?
Clinton football has navigated this crazy season almost to perfection, thanks to the Clinton coaching staff as well as strong senior leadership. Seniors Will Felts, Tyler Bowles, Ryan Phillips and Luke Knight have not only anchored the offensive and defensive lines for fellow seniors Brayden Randolph and Jack Voll, they have also helped to keep the focus on football while dealing with COVID-19 tests, wearing masks during games as well as injuries to key players. Clinton has victories over four Top 10 teams this year, including semi final opponent Constantine.
Clinton opened the scoring 3 minutes into the game-- thanks to a Bradyn Lehman touchdown run -- and never looked back. Lehman would score a handful of touchdowns (4) as the Falcons had no answer to the Clinton running game. When the game clock read zeros, the final score was Clinton 40, Constantine 6. The team was welcomed back to Clinton with a police and fire truck escort, complete with sirens blaring. Nice job, fellas.
Coach Fielder and the boys now turn their attention to the 11 and 0 Montague Wildcats. The division 6 football playoffs started with 64 teams, and the State Championship is on the line Friday at 4:30 p.m.. Ford Field in Detroit will host the game, and this game will most likely be a better brand of football than what is usually seen at Ford Field.
My daughter, Lola, was up all night researching the Wildcats, and this is what she came up with.
Montague is undefeated this year and boasts a high scoring offense led by senior QB Drew Collins. The Wildcats averaged a whopping 48 points a game this year and posted 50 plus points 4 times this season, including a 75 point performance to open the playoffs against West Michigan Conference foe Hart.
The defensive numbers are just as impressive. Monty is only giving up 9 points a game this year, but the opponent will be Clinton Friday afternoon, not Hart.
Lola says Montague is located in Muskegon County -- out west on Lake Michigan -- and was named in honor of William Montague Ferry by his son, Noah Ferry. Montague is home to the “World’s Largest Working Weathervane,’ so they got that going for them, which is nice.
Let’s take a look at what Clinton is bringing to Ford Field.
Clinton’s numbers this year are just as impressive. The Red and Black (with a curious blue stripe on the shoulder) are averaging 36 points a game this year while only surrendering 16 points a game on D. Clinton’s last 4 opponents had a combined record of 34-1 and 2 of those playoff wins were by less than 3 points. Clinton is battle tested, knows how to win and plays at a high level. Montague has enjoyed success behind their offense, but will go up against Clinton football Friday, not Hart. Poor Hart, I bet Clinton will have some new fans in Hart for this game.
George Service has offered a prediction for every playoff game this year and is a perfect 5-0 with his picks. George is calling for a 22-20 Clinton win. Nice call, buddy.
I heard Coach Fielder a couple of days ago on the radio saying, “This game will be like a heavyweight fight, both teams will take some hits, and whoever is left standing will win the game.”
Throw all that into the prediction machine and Jeff SEZ, SHINE UP THE FIRE TRUCKS! Clinton 42 Kitty Kats 28…
I will see you at Ford Field, if you are lucky enough to snag a ticket for this one...GO CLINTON!!!