Kalamazoo Valley Association Preview

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-08 22:19:31-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — For years it’s been one of the most competitive conferences in West Michigan, will that continue in 2013?  Here is a preview:


The Eagles ran the table during the regular season in the KVA in 2012, only to lose to their old friends from Constantine in the playoffs.  This season Schoolcraft returns 9 starters, 5 on defense.  On offense, fullback Trevor Stoddard returns along with 3 offensive lineman.  The defense should be led by returning linebackers Carter Fowler and Nick Cakmakci.


The Panthers were 8-2 in 2012, it was their 14th consecutive trip to the playoffs.  The 2 losses were by a total of 9 points, Schoolcraft (3 points) and Three Rivers (6 points in the playoffs).  Pennfield will be a little inexperienced in 2013, the offense returns 4 starters, all on the line.  The defense brings back just 2 players led by linebacker Jonathan Clements.


The Falcons finished 3rd in the KVA last season but made it all the way to the division 6 championship for the 2nd straight season.  Constantine brings back just 6 starters from a season ago, but Justin Hull started the state championship game at running back.  On defense, 3 of the 4 defensive backs return.


The Irish were 4-5 in 2012 and this season will have a new head coach in John Blankenship.  Blankenship has been a varsity football coach for 32 year, most recently at Frankenmuth in 2008.  Hackett does return 11 starters, 6 on offense including all 4 wide outs from the spread offense that they ran under former coach Dob Drake.  On defense, linebacker Jack Schaefer leads 5 returners.


K-Christian was 3-6 in 2012, and over half of their roster was made up of seniors.  Look for junior Teddy Woznicki to play quarterback this year for the Comets.


The Panthers were 3-6 last season, they made the playoffs in 2011.


The Lions were 3-6 last season, but beat both Hackett and K-Christian who finished ahead of them in the standings.  Maple Valley does return quarterback Beau Johnson who started as a sophomore last season.  Austin Gonser was the teams leading receiver and 2nd leading tackler last year and also returns.


The Rams snapped a 33 game losing streak last season and went 2-7.  G-A will look for more improvement in 2013.


The Panthers were winless in 2012.  DK does return 10 starters in 2013, 6 of them on defense including 3 of their 4 linebackers.