Friday, November 2, 2007

Elk Rapids Try to slowdown Menominee & the Single-Wing

Prep Football weekend preview

Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Central Lake host district games; Elks on road



Elk Rapids (8-2)
at Menominee (10-0)
Saturday 1 p.m

MENOMINEE: The Maroons are riding a 24-game win streak. They opened defense of their state title last Saturday with a 53-7 rout of Manistee.

A year ago, Menominee beat Elk Rapids 62-0 in a first-round district game. It was the Elks first playoff game in school history.

Menominee is led by linebacker Matt Eisenzoph and running back Ethan Shaver. Eisenzoph was the Upper Peninsula Class ABC Defensive Player of the Year. The Maroons first-team defense held Manistee to 16 yards last Saturday.

"When you don't get their middle linebacker (Eisenzoph) blocked, you're in for a long day," Manistee coach Gus Kapolka said. "He's the U.P. Defensive Player of the Year for a reason."

Eisenzoph is also a load offensively in the Maroons' single-wing attack. He ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns in just six carries against the Chippewas.

And he's not even the main threat.

Shaver is the Upper Peninsula's Class ABC Offensive Player of the Year. He's rushed for 1,183 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's also thrown for nine scores. He had 131 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last week.

ELK RAPIDS: The Elks are coming off their first playoff win in school history -- a 14-2 victory over Grayling.

Elk Rapids came up big defensively in stopping Grayling's potent spread offense, but that unit will face a more difficult task in trying to slow Menominee's single-wing attack.

"You can't simulate that in practice," Kapolka said.

The Elks struck quickly to put Grayling in a hole last Friday. Tyler Smith busted two runs off tackle for first quarter scores. The plays covered 41 and 55 yards. He finished with 173 yards.

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