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Last Update: 9-22-2014 

2014 CAAC Red Standings
  School

Conf.

Overall

Week Four

Week Five
DeWitt

2 - 0

4 - 0

Beat Waverly 56-12

Haslett
St. Johns

2 - 0

4 - 0

Beat Mason 42-21

at  Owosso
Waverly 1 - 1 2 - 2 Lost to DeWitt 56-12 Mason
Haslett

1 - 1

2 - 2

Beat Owosso 35-0

at DeWitt
Mason

0 - 2

1 - 3

Lost to St. Johns 42-21 at Waverly
Owosso

0 - 2

1 - 3

Lost to Haslett 35-0

St. Johns

Panther Puzzle: In 2007, Coach Zimmerman had one of his highest scoring teams in recent history and they easily handled Haslett 41-18 during the regular season. In the first game of the playoffs, Haslett controlled the game with long time-consuming drives and led 10-7 until DeWitt mounted a furious last minute drive the length of the field. On fourth and goal from the Viking three with under 30 seconds to play, the Panther quarterback received the snap in the shotgun formation, sprinted to the line as if to lunge over but at the last moment floated a soft pass into the back of the endzone into the waiting hands of a Panther receiver and DeWitt won a squeaker 14-10. 

The Puzzle: Who was the Panther quarterback who engineered that last minute drive and who received the game winning touchdown pass. 

Answer: Thursday.

Did you know? It was nice to hear the Panthers sing 'DeWitt Forever' to the crowd Friday night after the first varsity home game. Did you know that tradition started in 1994 when the Panthers beat Haslett 14-0 in the famous "sprinkler game"? The Panthers were so excited after the game, they broke into song for the standing room only crowd, led by DJ Reyburn and Casey Laughllin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Haslett Vikings (2-2) VS DeWitt Panthers (4-0)

DeWitt, MI (09-22-2014):  It is Haslet week... Usually the Panther football defenses practice against the Haslett offense with the scout teams using a piece of paper for the ball to make sure everyone reads their keys. Tackle everyone. When everyone is down, look and see who has the paper. This year, Charlie changed his stripes.

Since 1994 when Charlie Otlewski took over the Viking program, he has run the full house T on offense. The only year that he did run some spread plays was 2005 when Nate Turner was his quarterback and he spread the defenses out to give Turner room to run. And man, did he run. He ran Haslett right to the Division 3 state finals. This year, Coach Otlewski has installed a pass oriented offense that has struggled at times. In the first three games of the season, Haslett passed for twice as many yards as they rushed. Then, last week in a win over Owosso, Haslett ran for more than three times the yardage than they passed.

So, the "Haslett Puzzle" this week is what offense will DeWitt face? If Haslett spreads it out, then we see DeWitt in their traditional 4-3 defense. If Haslett runs the full house, DeWitt will have to switch to a five or six man front. Coach Otlewski and Coach Zimmerman have played quite a few chess matches over the years.

Haslett has a number of athletes who can beat you on any given night. Andrew Harris, Jake Tahaney, Mykail Stinson and Brandon Allen have taken turns leading the Haslett offense this season. Defensively, the Vikings are getting better each week. In last week's shutout of Owosso, Haslett only allowed the Trojans 116 yards of total offense. They held the powerful St. Johns offense to 28 points and less than 200 yards rushing in week three. In St. Johns' other three games, they have averaged 452 yards rushing including a whopping 578 against East Lansing.

The game will be played at Memorial Stadium at 7:00p, Friday night. Rivals are rivals and this will be another good one.

DeWitt, MI (09-19-2014): There is no place like home.... There is no place like home... DeWitt coach Rob Zimmerman was clicking his heels together Friday night as his Panther offense clicked in the first half by scoring on all seven first half possessions on the way to a 56-12 CAAC Red Division victory over the Lansing Waverly Warriors. It was DeWitt's first Varsity home game after three straight away games to start the season.    

Last week against Mason, Jacob Johnson was suffering from the flu so Zimmerman's plan B offense (Plan Ben) carried the load. Ben Heinritz rushed 34 times for 184 yards against Mason. This week, Heinritz only carried the ball six times and scored on half of the carries. Heinritz capped a ten play 61 yard drive with a one yard plunge to put DeWitt up 7-0 four minutes into the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Wes England continued his exceptional special teams play with a hit on the returner that made the crowd grown and "ooo". After a Waverly punt, DeWitt scored on three plays and 40 yards with Johnson doing most of the damage with his feet. Behind a great open field block from Heinritz running down the near sideline toward the scoreboard, Johnson took the ball to the eight. Heinritz took it to the one yard line and England plowed in from the one to make the score 14-0. The next Panther drive, Johnson again used his feet with some outstanding faking taking the ball 72 yards to the Warrior seven yard line. Shonquise Trainor scored from seven yards out and it was 21-0 Panthers with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

The next touchdown was set up compliments of the defense. Brad Grost had the first of his two interceptions of a Joe Schwartz pass and set the table for Johnson who, rolling to his right, lofted a picture perfect pass to James Ross for a beautiful 14 yard touchdown pass in front of the scoreboard and once again lit the Panther, making it 28-0, still in the first quarter. Mason Bennett made a great catch getting both feet inbounds on the sideline to keep the drive alive. The next possession with DeWitt heading toward the flag pole end of the field, Johnson, this time rolling left, threw one of the nicest passes to Mason Bennet to the five yard line on the near sideline. Heinritz took the ball in from the five on the next play making it 35-0. Heinritz capped another drive with a nine yard run, still in the second quarter. Waverly got on the board with a nice six minute 17 play 83 yard drive when Schwartz hit Destin Jones for a three yard touchdown pass. With 45 seconds to go in the half, two plays and Johnson hit Ross for a 34 yard touchdown making it 49-6 DeWitt at the half.

After a nice half time performance by the DeWitt Marching Band, DeWitt kicked off to Waverly. On the first play of the second half, Mojet found a crease in the Panther defensive line and out ran the Panther defense for an 87 yard touchdown run. England and Ben Lippert carried the Panthers through the second half and England scored on a nice twisting turning bruising ten yard run to cap the scoring for the night.

A lot of players saw action tonight for DeWitt. Heinritz had three rushing touchdowns to go with his 27 yards. Trainor carried the ball six times including a TD and a thrilling 23 yard run. He had another exciting run called back. England had four carries for 61 yards and two scores and Lippert three runs for 54 yards. Chase McPhee saw some action on offense with four carries as well. The receivers looked the best they have all season. Ross had three catches for 66 yards and two scores, Bennett two catches for 54 yards, Michael Roberson three catches for 23 yards and Trainor three catches for 24 yards. Johnson finished the night 12 of 13 passing for 171 yards and two scores and no interceptions along  with 130 yards rushing on four carries.

Tonight also saw kicker Matthew Meagher continue to get better having his best night of the season, making good on all eight extra points and all of his kickoffs inside the 10 with a couple of touchbacks.

Defensively, Connor Grice had another fine night registering nine tackles, England with seven tackles, Ben Zamaira with six, Ross with five, Shane Cullen with five and Grost with two interceptions.

Next week.... Haslett with their new spread offense at DeWitt.

 Panther News & Notes:

Detroit, MI (09-19-2014): Must read, must share article by one of the finest high school writers in the State, Mick McCabe. Congratulations Ben Zamaira.

What a very special moment. with just over a minute to play in the DeWitt and Mason game, Brad Wilton took the snap from under center. The southpaw quickly turned to his left and threw a ball toward wide out Jay Granger. Granger made a great catch, put a move on DeWitt safety Ben Zamaira and rambled 65 yards toward the end zone,  where the band was sitting and cheering the play for Mason's only touchdown of the game. Granger, a special needs student at Mason HIgh School was able to enjoy the moment with his team mates as the Mason band played the fight song while players hoisted Granger to their shoulders to celebrate the touchdown.

 

Detroit, MI (08-25-2014): Please click here and enjoy the article Mick McCabe wrote on DeWitt being one of his top teams in the state. Jacob Johnson is also ranked in the top 25 players in the state by McCabe, please click here to view that article.

Tom Markowski of the Detroit News has the Panthers ranked in the top 10 as well. Please click here to view his article.

Jeff Dullack has written a nice article on Jacob Johnson, please click here and enjoy the article.

 

 

  Eight Conference Championships in a row!

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