One word on the Lansing Everett Vikings – WOW! If anybody wondered going in to Week 2 if Marcelle Carruthers' Vikings were for real, nobody need wonder anymore. What an impressive performance by Everett, as it manhandled perennial power DeWitt 38 to 10. ChaQuan Love provided the most electrifying play of the season so far and it may well stand up as the top play of the season, intercepting a pass in his own endzone and retruning it 103 yards for a touchdown the other way to spearhead the Vikings' 2nd victory in as many starts. Quarterback Lucas Barner is maturing by the game. Now a junior, Barner—who was inserted as a starter when he was a freshman---continues to reward his coach's early confidence in him. Everett IS for real but will have to play just as hard to knock off an angry 0-and-2 Okemos team this Friday.
And hats off to DeWitt Coach Rob Zimmerman, who refused to use the injury to his starting QB Jacob Johnson as an excuse, saying after the game, "it probably wouldn't have made a difference in this game had he gotten hurt or not."
I'm not ever sure Zimmerman believes that, but the fact that he would say that publicly moments after a tough loss, in the heat of battle, shows again what a class coach and a class person he is.
Speaking of Okemos, what a tough start to the Okemos coaching career of veteran Head Coach Jack Wallace. He has suffered two gut-wrenching losses in his first two games at his new school, after 33 years as the Head Coach at Fowlervillle and a season on Bill Feraco's staff at East Lansing. The Chieftains are still down in talent depth, but have fought hard both weeks and Wallace has restored the energy in this program and Okemos WILL BE GOOD in time, if even not this year. Wallace was a GREAT hire there.
Tough start to the season for Lansing Sexton Friday… the Big Reds lost in the final 30 seconds at Monroe to fall to 0-and-2. It marks the first time since 2003 a Sexton team was winless after 2 games. My guess is Coach Dan Boggan will find a way to keep this team together and be a factor in the CAAC Blue Race. He has had a remarkably resilient group of kids over the years.
How about the heart-stopping end to the Dansville-Saranac game? The Dansville Aggies survived a 2-point conversion try by Saranac with 5 seconds left and danced off with a 14 to 13 victory.
And kudo's again to the powerful Ithaca Yellow Jackets, who exteneded their winning streak to a remarkable 30 games with a 62 to 14 thumping of Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary. What a way for the Jackets' to open their new-look stadium, known as "The Palace on U.S. 127."
More thrills sure to come in week 3. Make sure you check out our expanded highlights of your games on this new webpage and we will see you at 11:15 Friday night on the Dean Trailways 5th Quarter!
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