Week 9 previewon October 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Two teams are in the playoffs. Two others have high hopes of getting in. Here’s a look at Week 9 of the TCC although with some thoughts about the season:
Sand Creek at Clinton: The Redskins started the season with an outstanding quarterback in T.J. Baker and a lot of young players. For the most part, they were an unknown commodity. What emerged from the season was a resilient team that never broke under pressure. Clinton beat a Manchester team headed for the playoffs in the opener, pounded Blissfield, then came from behind to beat Britton-Deerfield and beat Whiteford in a 26-24 thriller. They are 8-0, clinched a share of the TCC title and are ranked No. 4 in Division 6. Sand Creek won a couple of games during the mid-season and have been getting great play from Kolton Alcock, but are facing a 2-7 season unless they pull off the upset this week. That’s the fewest wins for the Aggies since 1974.
Summerfield at Whitmore Lake: Want an offense to watch this week? Watch the Bulldogs. Josh Golkiewicz is nearing 1,000 yards rushing and Steve Schankin has more than 700 yards receiving. If the Bulldog offense is on, both could put up some big offensive numbers. The Trojans have won twice in TCC play this year. They haven’t won 3 league games in a year since 2008.
Madison at Whiteford: The Bobcat defense has made a major turnaround, having allowed only 89 points all season. Whiteford figures they will host an opening round playoff game with a win Friday — and they haven’t lost to Madison since 1980. The Trojans are 3-5 and it appears only a matter of time before Taz Wallace gets this Trojan program going.
Morenci at Britton-Deerfield: Last year, BD made a great end-of-the-season run to get into the playoffs. It looks like that history could repeat itself as the Patriots are 5-3 and a win secures a playoff spot. Leighton Merritt and Josh Reau are two of the best players in the league. Morenci has had a rough go of it lately as injuries and lack of numbers have taken its toll on the team, which will dress only 14 or 15 players Friday.