Monday, October 27, 2008

WEEK 9: Arthur Hill at Saginaw High

**Omari Humes runs in from 11 yards out**
**DeAnthony Arnett hauls in a pass**
**Mike Schaaf on the move**
**Mike Green makes 1 of his 5 catches**

Saginaw- Arthur Hill walked away with the win in the state's biggest city rivalry game Saturday afternoon. Arthur Hill used the 21-12 win from an emotionally filled game to secure theirselves a playoff spot and a rematch with Midland, who ended the Jack's season a year ago.

Arthur Hill took the early lead on the game's opening drive behind the running of workhorse Omari Humes. Humes ran the ball six straight times, and on the sixth carry he crossed the goal line from 12 yards out.

Saginaw managed to get on the score board with 27 seconds left until halftime when the Trojans' Ayinde Ashford connected with Mike Green for a 14 yard touchdown on fourth down.

Arthur Hill grabbed the game by it's horns in the third quarter with two solid drives that ended in touchdowns produced by Mike Schaaf. Schaff plowed in from a yard out on the first drive and threw a 6 yard strike to Humes for the second TD to give the Jacks a 21-6 lead. Saginaw capped the game's scoring with two minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 14 yard pass from Ashford to Montrel Frazier.


Arthur Hill- the Jacks have an explosive run game with a rotation that includes Humes, Jerrell Wilson, Demarcio Copes, and sophomore Chandler Young. All four runners bring a different aspect to the field and all four are capable of carrying the load. But the Jacks passing game just doesn't seem to be in sync and they will need to pass the ball against Midland. I'm not sure what it is but Schaaf just doesn't seem comfortable with all of his receivers.

The Jack defense grades out better than the offense because they answered the calling every time it was needed. They did give up a few big plays but they also came up with some big stops. The Jacks are solid at all 11 positions defensively, with a tough linebacker core leading the way.

Saginaw- the Trojans wrap up the season with a disappointing 3-6 record. The talent was there all year and at times it looked like it was coming together but other times it just didn't click. Saginaw has four receivers that have D-1 potential in seniors Jimmy Davis and Mike Green (although they might choose to play basketball at the next level), junior Greg Hayes, and sophomore DeAnthony Arnett. With a core like that Saginaw should have used their deep field threats more but at least Hayes and Arnett will return next year to give it another go.

GAME MVP- Omari Humes, Hill
I still don't know why Humes hasn't received more D-1 offers. As talented as the Hill is, it is Humes who has carried the Jacks all year. I still believe he is more useful as a receiver but he's a very powerful back that just runs people over, so I understand why the coaching staff likes him back there. Humes also chipped in with 11 tackles at outside linebacker. At 6-3/225 Humes can play either tight end or linebacker at the D-1 level.

Dequavion Green, Hill- at times the linebacker also know as "D.Q." gets unnoticed but he has been reliable all year long as an outside LB for the Hill. He does a good job of tackling between the tackles as well as falling back in pass coverage. He also knows how to wrap up and finish tackles.

Jerrell Wilson, Hill- Wilson took over the running duties in the second half, and finished with 54 yards but he still doesn't look 100% yet. He just can't get into that second gear and elude tackles like we're used to seeing him do. Hopefully he can get to 100% before Friday night.

Mike Green, High- led Saginaw with 5 catches for 96 yards and a TD. Green has the ability to play either hoops or football in college and I believe he could excel at both. His football skills are just so raw, he naturally runs crisp routes and he has great hands and can scoop up anything in reach. He knows how to get open and find the end zone.

Greg Hayes, High- at times I don't even think Hayes knows how good he can be with the speed he has, he's just a true playmaker. Saginaw can do a better job of getting Hayes the ball in open space, because his touches were limited against the Hill.

DeAnthony Arnett, High- the former Jack drew double coverage most of the game from his former teammates, but I guess they just knew how dangerous Arnett can be. He was held to 2 catches and 70 yards but only saw two passes thrown his way. I can't wait to watch Arnett next season, because I think he'll put up some huge numbers.

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