The Son of Swami was busy writing Saturday afternoon when the doorbell rang.
SOS got to the door and took a peek outside and saw a man standing there with some papers in hand.
Was SOS being served with a subpoena? Had Mrs. SOS finally wised up after 40 unimaginable years of marriage and filed suit?
It turns out that the man was 81-year-old Jim Twigg, a 1952 graduate of Frankfort in the northwestern part of the state, not far from Traverse City.
“You’ve got Frankfort ranked too low,” Twigg complained.
SOS had Frankfort (5-1) ranked No. 9 in Division 8, and Twigg had printouts pointing out that while Frankfort is one of the smallest 15 schools playing 11-man football, it has victories over Class B Benzie Central and Kalkaska.
The evidence was convincing enough to get SOS to bump Frankfort up to No. 5, and had there been some cash money amongst the printouts, the Panthers might have been ranked higher.
To help Frankfort this week, SOS is sending his main man, Connor Wood, to check out the Panthers. He will be available to crown the homecoming queen while SOS will be tweeting Frankfort’s score as well as every other score in North America, and you can keep track on Twitter by following @MickMcCabe1.
Negaunee (6-0) at Ishpeming (5-0), 7, Friday. The best rivalry in the U.P. will tell us a lot about both teams. Negaunee has tremendous offensive and defensive lines, and George Johnson takes advantage of the blocking to ram his way through opposing defenses, but the Miners are without their top two quarterbacks. SOS would volunteer to fill in, but he has difficulty fitting a helmet over his turban. The passing ability of Ishpeming QB Ozzy Corp could be the difference. Ishly 28, Nagging 24.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (5-1) at Novi Detroit Catholic Central (5-1), 7, Friday. This game will be decided in the trenches because both teams will try to pummel the other with strong running attacks. CC’s Nicholas Capatina, Cameron Ryan and Alec Bock will pound the ball at the St. Mary’s defense while St. Mary’s Justin Myrik and Brandon Adams will take turns attacking the CC defense. The X-factor could be St. Mary’s QB Brandan Tabone. The Vatican 21, St. Mary’s by the Lake 17.
Midland (6-0) at Lapeer (6-0), 7, Friday. This decides the Saginaw Valley’s Red Division, and it is difficult to imagine any defense shutting down the Lapeer running tandem of Mike Marston and Eli Hunt. The Lapeer defense, which has yielded only 29 points over six games, will have its hands full trying to stop the passing combination of Payton DeWildt to Luke DeLong. The Pier 33, Chemical Spills 22.
Almont (6-0) at Algonac (6-0), 7, Friday. The winner here leaves with the Blue Water title, and something tells SOS that while Almont may win, it won’t be by the 65-point margin by which it beat Algonac last year. QB A.J. Garshott has led Algonac’s incredible turnaround from last season’s 1-8 record. But shutting down Almont’s monstrous running attack, sparked by Zach Revoldt, will be a difficult assignment. Almond Joy 38, Muskrat Love 26.
Canton (5-1) at Plymouth (5-1), 7, Friday. Plymouth can wrap up the KLAA South title, but a Canton win could lead to a three-way tie. Canton has been ranked as high as No. 2 in Division 1, but no matter how many yards Marcus Sanders gains, it can’t survive a four-turnover epidemic like last week. Michael Jordan leads an excellent Plymouth offensive line that protects QB Chris Walls and a stable of running backs. Can’t Win 28, Plymouth Rock 27, OT.
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Week 7 high school football schedule