Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation
There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.
He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.
Montabella’s girls cross country team made their second trip in as many seasons to Michigan International Speedway Saturday for the Division 4 state finals. The Mustangs ended up 15th among 27 teams in the meet, getting 426 points to finish just ahead of Wixom St. Catherine’s 427 and behind Hillsdale Academy’s 414.
The Montabella Mustangs won its last two regular season games to qualify for the postseason. Unfortunately, that meant a playoff matchup with the No. 5 ranked Whittemore-Prescott Cardinals on Friday night in a Division 7 first round game.
The Montabella Mustangs have been in playoff mode for the past three weeks. After back-to-back losses to Carson City-Crystal and Coleman, the Mustangs’ record stood at 4-3. Six wins guaranteed a playoff spot, meaning Montabella needed to win its final two games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.
The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.
CC-Crystal 56, Potterville 28: The Eagles will go into the playoffs with momentum after beating the Vikings Friday night. Dallas O’Green had the hat trick, getting two touchdowns running, catching a touchdown pass from Zach Pringle and returning a kickoff 70 yards for another score…
It’s been over 20 years since the Detroit Lions and their fans have had to even entertain the thought of a struggle in their kicking game. They’ve more than made up for it by experiencing difficulty in other areas, as we all know.