Madison, Erie Mason, Sand Creek, Summerfield and Whiteford set for Round 2 of playoffs

By DOUG DONNELLY

Five TCC teams are alive in the state playoffs. Here are capsule previews for each of those games:

Madison (6-1) at Michigan Center (4-1)

Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Coaches: Madison: Taz Wallace, 9th season (29-50); Michigan Center: Troy Allen, 9th season (55-29).

Series: First meeting

Listen/Watch: K105.3 FM in Jackson will broadcast the game live. It will be livestreamed on the Michigan Center Football Facebook page.

Game notes: Rovahn Roberts is Madison’s big-play threat and showed that with four touchdowns and one called back vs. Quincy. He is averaging 20.5 yards per carry with 637 yards rushing on just 31 attempts. Isaiah Casarez-Ruiz leads Madison with 809 yards on the ground while Max Palpant has 681 yards passing and six touchdowns through the air. Michigan Center is led by senior quarterback Joe Olkowski, has has 527 yards passing. Kaydin Hiland leads the team in rushing (398 yards).

Coach Wallace: “Our kids have been resilient all season. Once you get to the second round, there are no bad teams.”

Next round: The winner plays the winner of Jonesville-Stockbridge.

Erie Mason (7-0) at Clinton (6-1)

Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Coaches: Erie Mason: Rob Beaudrie, 4th season (11-23); Clinton: Jeremy Fielder, 3rd season (23-5).

All-time series: Clinton leads 14-13

Listen/watch: 96.5 The Cave will broadcast the game live. It will also be available through the Hometown Media Network that Clinton has utilized all season. The can also be hard at www.monroecountyradio.com.

Clinton playoff history: Clinton is in the playoffs for a county-record ninth straight season and 21st time overall. They played in the state finals in 2013.

Erie Mason playoff history: The Eagles picked up their first playoff win since 2003 last week and are 11-6 all-time in the playoffs.

Game notes: Erie Mason’s Noah Beaudrie has 1,393 yards passing with 25 touchdowns. He also needs 36 yards for 1,000 yards rushing. Tanner Herrera is his top receiving target with 26 catches for 629 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cooper Kinsey leads Mason’s defense with 21 tackles for loss. Clinton has four running backs with at least 400 yards – Brayden Lehman (708), George Ames (634), David Campbell (481) and Brayden Randolph (430). Clinton has just four pass completions for 97 yards on the season. Defensively Ridge Ahrens has four interceptions.

Coach Fielder: “Beaudrie is a very talented football player but one of the reasons they have been so good this year is that the line has really developed. We are going to have to play our best football game of the season Friday night.”

Coach Beaudrie: “We just need to keep focused and stay the course. The kids have not let anything on the outside disrupt what our plan has been and have been motivated on a daily basis for what needs to happen to keep going strong. We are getting better every day and will continue to do so until the goal has been met.”

Next round: The winner faces the Blissfield-Ida winner.

Hudson (4-3) at Sand Creek (6-1)

Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Coaches: Hudson: Dan Rodgers, 1st season (4-3); Sand Creek: Scott Gallagher, 4th season (24-13).

All-time series: Hudson leads 5-0.

Listen/Watch: 95.3 FM WQTE will carry the game live. It will also be available via Sand Creek’s athletics Facebook page.

Game notes: Hudson’s Dylan Smith leads the Tigers in rushing (770 yards), passing (636 yards) and touchdowns (12). He also has 42 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Ambrose Horwath is a big-play threat, averaging 14.9 yards per reception and five touchdown catches. Sand Creek’s Will Alexander has scored 14 touchdowns rushing with his 1,134 yards on the ground and has passed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. His brother John Alexander has 663 yards rushing.

Coach Rogers: “The Single Wing is similar to the T in that you have to be very disciplined and do your job and not try to do someone else’s job. … We are happy and excited to be here and still playing football.”

Coach Gallagher: “When you get to playoff football, this is what it’s all about. It is what the kids have been working hard for. Hudson is a great defensive team and that new offense presents a lot of challenges.”

Next round: The winner plays the Addison-Dansville winner.

Whiteford (5-2) at Detroit Leadership Academy (4-3)

Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Series: First meeting

Coaches: Whiteford: Jason Mensing, 9th season (81-21); Leadership: Kareem Sadler, 3rd season (16-10).

Whiteford playoff history: The Bobcats have been in the playoffs the last nine seasons and 21 times all-time, including a state championship season of 2017.

Leadership playoff history: Last week was Leadership’s first-ever playoff win. This is the fifth year for the school and second straight season in the playoffs.

Game notes: Shea Ruddy is closing in on 1,000 passing yards for Whiteford. He stands at 877 despite missing a game. He’s also an outstanding runner with 510 yards on the ground. Devon Shaw (722 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns) leads Whiteford in scoring and rushing. Jaheim Stokes is Leadership’s best athlete. He plays quarterback and Sadler says he has “two or three” college offers. Leadership’s best receiver is Michael Lee.

Coach Sadler: “We are a young program trying to change the culture and they are a championship-caliber team. They have a lot of great athletes. One thing I know is that we’ll come in and play stout defense.”

Coach Mensing: “They have some talented athletes and about three running backs that they distribute the ball to. We are excited to get to continue playing football this week and give our young kids another week to grow.”

Next round: The winner plays the winner of Summerfield-Detroit Southeastern. If Whiteford and Summerfield and both win the Bobcats would host the game.

Summerfield (2-5) at Detroit Southeastern (6-1)

Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Series: First meeting

Coaches: Summerfield: Alex Lipka, 2nd season (6-10); Southeastern: Courney Dinkins, 4th season (22-15).

Summerfield playoff history: The Bulldogs are in the playoffs for a ninth time. Playoff record is 7-8.

Southeastern playoff history: The Jungaleers are in the playoffs for just the sixth time and are 7-5.

Game notes: Southeastern was a Class A school with more than 2,300 students as late as 20019, but the enrollment is now 206. Southeastern played St. Mary Catholic Central tough two weeks ago, losing 49-34. Jungaleer quarterback Leron Roseboro (6-2, 235) threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons. The top Southeastern receiver is Donald Echos. For Summerfield, Devin Albain leads the team in rushing (309 yards), touchdowns (7) and passing (1,368 yards). Ethan Eyler is the top defensive player with 111 tackles.

Coach Lipka: “Southeastern is an athletic team that is not afraid to take their shots down the field. In order to have success against a team like them, we have to make sure everyone is accounted for and everyone does their job. Their quarterback has a cannon for an arm and one of their receivers is their best athlete without a doubt. Our team is going to have to have another solid week of practice like last week.”

Next round: The winner plays the winner of Whiteford-Detroit Leadership Academy.

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