DETROIT LIONS NAME BRAD ZUBE WEEK #4 COTW
BRAD ZUBE OF ORTONVILLE-BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL NAMED THE DETROIT LIONS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK #4.
Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Brad Zube of Ortonville-Brandon High School the week four recipient of the 2021 High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Zube’s Blackhawks defeated Flint Metro League opponent Clio 55-0 to move their record to 4-0 on the season. Currently, Ortonville-Brandon is ranked #4 in Division 4.
Zube is in his 26th year in coaching and 6th season as head coach at Ortonville-Brandon. During this time, Zube has led the Blackhawks to five consecutive playoff berths, extending the school playoff streak to 6 consecutive seasons, the longest in school history. He has a record of 42-13 (76.4%) at Ortonville-Brandon and a 72-39 (64.9%) overall. Prior to Ortonville-Brandon, Zube was head coach at Pontiac for two years and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek for four years. He also had assistant coaching stints at Romeo, Waterford Mott, Waterford Kettering and Notre Dame Prep. Ortonville-Brandon hosts Flint Metro League opponent, 1-3 Owosso on Friday, September 24 during the school’s 4th annual Salute to Service game.
Detroit Lions Football Education sat down with Brad Zube to talk about the importance of using football to recognize front line workers, first responders and military personnel and to inform him of his Coach of the Week selection on Head Coach Hangout. See his reaction and the entire interview by visiting DetroitLions.com/coachoftheweek.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
This season’s program will award $12,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions and the NFL Foundation.
Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $1,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2021 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $3,000 donation to his school’s football program. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Currently in its’ 25th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $467,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan. For more information on the High School Coach of the Week program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions’ Director of Football Education, at email@example.com.
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The West wins the 39th annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.
By DOUG DONNELLY
SOUTHFIELD – A couple of unlikely first half touchdowns spurred the West to a 48-14 victory Saturday in the 39th annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.
It was a new venue for the game and good-sized crowd watched the West light up the scoreboard in the second quarter with 28 points. It was the first all-star game since 2019 as the game was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
“It was great to see the coaches and players have the opportunity to have an all-star game this year,” said MHSFCA Executive Director Scott Farley. “After everything that happen during Michigan’s high school football season, seeing an all-star game was a fitting way to draw the 2020-21 season to a close.”
The game’s first touchdown came on the opening drive as the West went 70 plays in nine plays. Drew Collins (Montague) connected with Blake Bosma (West Ottawa) on third-and-goal on a play in which the East defender tip the ball and Bosma grab as it as he was falling to the ground.
The second unlikely scoring play came as the first half drew to a close.
The West scored with 14 seconds to go in the half on a 4-yard run by Dorion Riley (Jackson). After kicking off to the East, the West got the ball right back on an interception with seven seconds left in the half by Nate Malinowski (East Grand Rapids).
West quarterback Carson Gulker (Zeeland West) dropped back to pass, was pressured, rolled to his left and, turning against his body, threw a 45-yard Hail Mary into the end zone and Kameron Karp (Marquette) somehow came down with the ball.
“I was just running down the field, running and bumping into players all over the place,” Karp said. “The quarterback (Gulker) made a great throw, and I just went up and pulled it in. I don’t know how I caught it.”
The touchdown pass gave the West, coached by Rob Zeitman (Jenison) a 34-7 lead at the break.
Collins and Gulker both had short touchdown runs for the West in the first half. Collins’ score was set up by a long run by Riley, who would go on to lead all rushers with 84 yards on 10 touches.
The West also scored first in the second half on a 28-yard run by Austin Bills (Traverse City Central). That touchdown, and Mitchell Middleton’s fifth extra point of the day, put the West up 41-7 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
The East bounced back with an 8-play, 80-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 5-yard run by Maurice Davis (Detroit Eastpointe). The biggest play of that drive was a 40-yard pass from Noah Beaudrie (Erie Mason) to Zack Horky (Blissfield).
The West closed out the scoring with a short touchdown run by Malinowski.
There were several outstanding performances on both sides of the ball.
Jameson Chesser (Adrian Lenawee Christian) led the East with 60 yards rushing on just three carries. He scored the second touchdown of the game on a 55-yard run in which he got the handoff from Beaudrie, burst through the line of scrimmage and hit the outside where he outran everyone to the end zone. The 8-Man Player of the Year scored 40 touchdowns during the regular season in leading LCS to a state title in their first season of 8-Man. Chesser certainly showed he belonged in the all-star game with his touchdown run.
“The coaches made a great call and put me in perfect position for that play,” Chesser said.
Nolan Vanover (Monroe Jefferson) led the East in receiving yards with 50 and return yards with 55.
Bills rushed for 76 yards on just seven carries for the West while Tanner Williams added 49 yards on the ground (Grand Haven).
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