On big weekend, Lee T vows to persevere with Bay City area football predictions

BAY CITY, MI – “Press! To squeeze! Squeeze! ”I found myself screaming at the top of my throat.

My stepson Brady had his opponent in his signature headlock and was about to win his first high school wrestling career.

And it gave me one of my all-time favorite moments in my sports father career.

Brady had gotten into wrestling out of the blue, left his comfort zone, and gone into the unknown. He had never wrestled in a youth club, attended any camps, or even seen it on television. And I’m pretty sure he was without a win in his first 16 years of living room wrestling against big brother Preston.

And he was 0-17 years old when high school wrestler entered his senior year.

But Brady stuck with it, had a senior record of .500 – highlighted by a pin against a future New Lothrop state champion with his beaming stepfather going ballistic in the stands – and walked away with a rewarding experience.

This weekend, Brady ventures into the unknown again and marries his college girlfriend Amara.

We always talk about life lessons in sports, and here’s a good one for Brady. In marriage, you will have 0-17 stretches, but you will also receive an abundance of rewards. And you will always have at least one superfan who is so proud of you and pulls for you with everything they have.

Brady’s persistence inspires me this week as I try to move on from a disastrous 5-4 record in week 10 of my high school football predictions.

It was certainly a tough week because only 14 of the 31 people who shared their tips on my Facebook page exceeded my terrible grade. Jeff “Wolfman” Thompson led the way with a sparkling 8-1 record. If Wolfman can do it, I can do it.

Let’s start picking!

Spotlight Games: Week – 5-4 (.556)

Spotlight Games: Season – 78-21 (.788)

All games: week 9 -5-4 (.556)

All Games: Season – 157-37 (0.809)

8-1: Jeff Thompson; 7-2: Ayden LaLonde, Drew Porter, Matt Reed; 6-3: Larry Brinkman, Mike Debo, Jeff Doan, Charlie Glocksine, Brian Herek, Walter Mulligan, Mark Pieniozek, Kurt VonSteenburg, Nate Warsaw, Michael Wenglikowski



This season was a turning point for the Warriors, and last week’s picture-perfect win over Midland Dow underscored their incredible belief in themselves. There is no doubt that they believe they can win again this week. And I believe they can too, I’m just predicting they won’t. Led by one of the best players in the state in Josh Burnham, Traverse City Central has a clout that can counter the smashmouth style of westerns. Traverse City Central 28, Bay City Western 22

W5: CLARE (7-3) at KINGSLEY (9-1)

Clare has his big win. Can the Pioneers now duplicate the crap they showed in the Gladwin rematch? That’s the challenge. Clare has shown in all three losses that she can compete with almost anyone. Last week it finally proved it can win these types of games. Kingsley is a long-standing program that presents a formidable challenge. It will take a powerful response. Clare 42, Kingsley 40


There’s no denying that something magical is brewing at Standish-Sterling all season long. Even the optimists in Panthers Country probably didn’t expect an eight-win campaign – after winning a game a year ago. The Panthers have found that certain something in which all areas of offensive and defensive seem to fit together. And they’re ready to ride that magic for another week. Standish-Sterling 21, Boyne City 20

W7: LAKER (8-2) vs. HEMLOCK (6-4)

Spoiler alert: I’m not voting against Laker. The Lakers were expected to go through an adjustment period under their first year head coach Dave LeVasseur. But there was no regression in this adjustment. It was shocking to beat Bad Ax for a fraction of the league title. It was impressive to beat Reese to avenge a regular season loss. Hit hemlock? Seems like the next logical step in this miraculous transition. Laker 28, Hemlock 21

8-D2: KINDE NORTH HURON (10-0) at AU GRES (10-0)

Au Gres has officially achieved the biggest turnaround in the state this season, from one win in 2020 to 10 wins in 2021. QB Mason VanSickle and Co. have been amazing from the start. Now the Wolverines are just one win away from hitting the program record for one-season wins. Unfortunately, North Huron is writing its own memorable season and looking like a team that could play for a crown. North Huron 50, Au Gres 44

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