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Pioneers not feeling pressure in big game against Algonac | USA Today High School Sports

It’s no secret, there is a big game with tremendous Blue Water Area Conference implications taking place today in Croswell-Lexington.

But don’t ask Pioneers football coach Garrett Grundman.

“What big game? There is a big game?” Grundman said.

Grundman might be playing coy, but his Pioneers (3-1, 4-1) could very well be playing to stay in the thick of the BWAC title race at home today against Algonac (4-0, 5-0).

Algonac and Almont remain the only undefeated teams in league play and the Pioneers will play each team in the next two weeks. A loss today however, would be a big step back in the standings for the Pioneers and likely knock them out of contention for a league title.

“Things are going good,” Grundman said. “Obviously we are making adjustments. We see Algonac as a very good football team. It’s homecoming for us and the kids are going to come out ready and motivated.

“We are hoping they will be sharp and continue to progress. The goal is to get better.”

The Pioneers are coming off of a 40-13 victory over Capac. Algonac meanwhile, earned its third consecutive shutout with a 28-0 victory over Yale.

“We were able to put up quite a few points in the first half,” Grundman said of the victory over Capac. “In the second half we made adjustments like we needed to. I thought we got better. We have to continue to improve as the year goes on.”

As for the pressure of playing such an important game, Grundman said he is not placing undue pressure on his team.

“We don’t think about the pressure, we go out and play football,” Grundman said. “We have a game plan and if we do what we are supposed to do, we will do well. We will come out with a victory.

“The keys for us are the trenches, we can’t have any turnovers and we have to play well on special teams. If we do those things right we will be in good shape.”

In other BWAC action

Richmond (3-1, 4-1) will look to rebound when it takes on Armada (0-4, 0-5). Yale (1-3, 1-4) hopes to pull an upset over Almont (4-0, 5-0). Imlay City (1-3, 2-3) will be searching for its second consecutive victory when it plays Capac (0-4, 0-5).

GTC East

Sandusky (4-0, 5-0) is undefeated and has been on a tear in the Greater Thumb Area Conference. Sandusky is 2-0 in the East Division and hopes to improve on that record today at Marlette (0-2, 3-2), which is coming off of a pair of league losses.

Brown City (2-0, 2-3) meanwhile is coming off of a pair of league wins against Memphis and Marlette and will look to hold its own at Harbor Beach.

If Sandusky and Brown City win, it will set up a big Week 7 match-up that could eventually decide the conference champion.

Memphis (0-4, 1-5) meanwhile hopes to break its four game win streak when it takes on Ubly tonight.


Deckerville (3-0, 5-0) has been humming along in the North Central Thumb 8-Man Division.

The Eagles are coming off of a 44-0 victory over North Huron and hope to make it six straight victories when they head to Morrice today.

Peck (3-0, 4-1) meanwhile, has won three straight games since losing to Morrice and hopes to stay on a tear against Big Rapids Crossroads Academy.

Carsonville-Port Sanilac (0-2, 0-5) will be looking for its first victory of the season when it travels to Kingston.

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