October 29, 2010
Future Chippewas prepare for playoffs
Many of Central Michigan's 2011 commitments will be busy tonight as playoffs begin for high school teams around the country. Look below to see who still has state championship dream alive in this playoff update.
Ithaca QB Alex Niznak
-All Niznak and Ithaca have done is go 9-0, beat opponents by an average of 45 points and rise to the No. 1 ranking in Division 6. The Yellowjackets host Laingsburg (6-3) tonight on their home field. Through nine games, and many that he didn't play past halftime, Niznak completed 89-128 passes for 1,773 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 and 226 pound dual-threat quarterback also ran for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns on 78 carries.
Holt OL Kenny Rogers
-Holt won defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer last week 38-14 in what really was a defacto playoff game, as both teams came into the contest at 5-3 overall. The win pushed Rogers and Holt into the playoffs and they play fellow 6-3 squad Hartland. The Rams averaged over 220 yards per game on the ground, with much of their running game going straight behind the 6-foot-6 and 260 pound Rogers.
Cardinal Gibbons (FL) athlete Denzel Wimberly
-Cardinal Gibbons currently sits at 5-2 overall and their playoff prospectus has dramatically improved after a 42-13 win over Pompano Beach last Friday. Wimberly would score on a 55-yard run in the game as he continues to impress on both sides of the ball.
Farmington WR Jason Wilson
-Despite a gut wrenching 21-0 loss to rival Farmington Hills Harrison in the final week of the regular season, Wilson and Farmington will get a chance to take out their frustration on Berkley (8-1) tonight.
Brother Rice LB Tim Hamilton
-Everyone knew they would come back, and after a rocky 1-3 start, the Warriors strung together five straight wins and qualified for the playoffs at 6-3 overall. Their prize? A matchup with 9-0 Farmington Hills Harrison in one of the most intriguing/confusing playoff matchups in the first round. Hamilton will play a large role in the Warriors defensive scheme, and he once again put together a stellar season. He would finish the regular season with 96 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. And his defining moment may have came last week in a playoff clinching game against Orchard Lake St. Mary's when he stuffed a OLSM running back on 4th and goal from the two yard line to preserve a 17-14 victory at the end of the game.
Kaneland (IL) athlete Blake Serpa
-Kaneland finished a dominating regular season by going 9-0 overall and averaging over 40 points per game. The 6-foot-3 and 225 pound Serpa has done it all for his team this season, playing running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive end and linebacker. Kanlenad will host King (5-4) tonight in the first round of the playoffs.
Plainfield North (IL) linebacker Cody Lopez
-The Tigers finished the regular season at 7-2 overall as they won a share of their conference title. Plainfield North will travel to play Glenbard West (8-1) in the first round of the playoffs
Waverly (MI) offensive tackle Ramadan Ahmeti, Rich Central (IL) linebacker Germaine Calmes (74 tackles on the season), South Haven running back Joshua Taylor and Big Rapids (MI) athlete Ben Randle squads did not qualify for playoffs.
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