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East Lansing and DeWitt high schools are 11.5 miles apart yet have met only five times. Each game has been in the state playoffs.
East Lansing has won three of the games, 2006, 2008 and 2011. DeWitt won in 2010 and 2016.
East Lansing dominated the 2008 game defeating DeWitt 28-0. DeWitt dominated two years ago in 2016, 21-7, rolling to 21 first downs while giving up only three.
The 2011 game was close with EL kicking three field goals and defeating DeWitt 23-14. DeWitt jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 14-10 at the half but EL nipped away at the Panther defense. Two field goals put EL ahead in the third quarter and the Trojans scored the deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The 2006 game in DeWitt was a showdown between the aerial show of the Panthers and QB Dan VanDreumel and the EL ground attack let by Isaac Harper. With over 1000 yards of total offense in the game, DVD passed for 380 yards on 30 of 48 passing (no interceptions) but it was Harper, with 218 yards rushing who floated left on a pitch, found a gap and shot 42 yards for a TD in the last three minutes of the game to give the Trojans a 42-35 win.
At East Lansing in 2010, the playoff game was nip and tuck and a hard hitting game. . The Trojans ground out three long time consuming drives of 16, 19 and 19 plays to keep the quick strike Panther offense off the field. With under five minutes to play, Panther QB Caleb Higbie rolled left to pass then tucked the ball and tip-toed down the western sideline for 50 yards for the final score of a 27-23 win for DeWitt. Trojan QB Tyler Tucker was 22 of 29 passing and three TDs while Spencer Tredwell carried it 29 times for 103 yards. The fast break Panthers only passed six times but Higbie rushed for 178 yards and Nathaniel Deak for 129.
DeWitt has shown good balance in their offense this year. Although game one was mostly rushing and game two a lot more passing but in all, DeWitt likes to have a balanced attack. This season, DeWitt has 14 TDs rushing and 8 passing. Usually, the coaches will see something with the other team's defense to devise a game plan or maybe to keep the other team's offense off the field, they will run the ball more.
In the 2010 EL game, both Higbie and Deak rushed for over 100 yards in the game even though that team was a very balanced team. For the season, DeWitt had 3,063 rushing and 2,571 passing yards. Because of the balance, you typically don't find DeWitt with a lot of gaudy stats for one player as they don't typically rely on one player.
The Panthers have, on occasion, had two players over 100 yards rushing in a game.
The Puzzle: What duo were the last Panthers to have over 100 yards in a game? They actually had three a consecutive game streak with both over 100 yards.
Answer: This one is a Loch.... You mean lock? Nope, Loch. Long O. As in Locher. David Locher and JD Ross had a three game stretch in 2016 where both hit the 100 yard mark. Portage Northern (Locher-123, Ross-170), East Lansing (Locher-102, Ross-154) and Mason (Locher-118, Ross-100). Locher was over 100 with the previous two games as well, 154 against St. Johns and 161 against Menominee. Nice five game streak of 658 yards. Prett good for a sophomore.
Puzzle 2: Bill Feraco is an excellent and well respected coach at East Lansing. After a number of successfull coaching gigs, he settled in at East Lansing in 2004. His resume includes the 2013 West All-Stars coach and was also on the '65' and '66 MSU National Champion teams as a player under the legendary Duffy Daugherty. He knows football.
Sometimes when a coach takes over a program after a long time successful and well liked coach and, well... it is not always easy to do. He took over from one of the most successful and long time coaches in the Lansing area and has done a fine job.
Who did Feraco succeed as the head of the Trojans?
Answer: Hard to believe it has been fifteen years since Feraco took over at East Lansing from Jeff Smith. Smith took over at East Lansing in 1971 and retired after the 2003 season. He took the Trojans to the Division 3 state finals in 1983 and 2000 and won it all in 1991. He compiled a 293-93-2 record for his coaching career which included stints at Grass Lake (1964-1966), St. Johns (1968-1971). His 293 career wins are 12th all time in the State.
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The potent JV offense. 205 points so far this season.
DeWitt, MI (9/15/2018): The DeWitt Panthers will travel for the first time this season, but only about 15 minutes. And it will be a big game. A very big game.
Friday night the Panthers (2-0, 4-0) will travel to East Lansing to take on the Trojans (1-0, 4-0) at Lynn C. Adams Stadium at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5.00. After four games this season, these two teams seem to be top two in the CAAC Blue Division. Both are undefeated on the season and undefeated so far in the conference.
East Lansing has played only one conference game so far, defeating Grand Ledge 31-28 at Grand Ledge. The Panthers have defeated Okemos and Holt. Both teams will need to get past dangerous Lansing Everett. DeWitt will play Everett at home next week and Grand Ledge in two weeks. East Lansing plays Everett the same night DeWitt is at GL. However, right now, the conference championship seemingly will go through the winner of this week's game.
Lynn C Adams Stadiumis off of Abbott Road south of Saginaw (M-43) and then left on Burcham Street. There is a large lot on the visitor side of the stadium. If that lot is full, continue north on Old Hickory Lane and St. Thomas Aquinas church lot is on the right. While you are there...
So, while we try NOT to be very bias on our game preview and provide information on the upcoming game, after watching a little available video on EL, we were just too nervous. SO, we called upon Brian Calloway, the outstanding Prep Sports Editor for the Lansing State Journal to preview the game this week.
Here is a quick look at the big game next week.
Hope this works for you. The lone two unbeaten teams in the CAAC Blue will meet in a Week 5 showdown as DeWitt travels to East Lansing for a matchup of Division 3 state-ranked squads.
Here is a look at what to watch.
When East Lansing has the ball: Joe Benbraham has taken the reins of the offense the last three weeks for the Trojans and has had success running the show. He led a game-winning drive in a 31-28 win over Grand Ledge in Week 3 and had a 200-yard passing performance in a win over Portage Northern on Friday. The Trojans have been getting it done both on the ground and in the air. Kobe Hayward has rushed for close to 500 yards on the season, while Jack Morse and Andrel Anthony have been reliable targets through the air. The Trojans will face their stiffest challenge to date Friday while facing a DeWitt defense that hasn’t surrendered points since Week 2 against Walled Lake Northern.
When DeWitt has the ball: The Panthers have been one of highest-powered offenses in the area once again this fall. DeWitt has averaged 39.7 points and scored at least 39 points over the last three weeks. Senior quarterback Blake Gatfield has made plenty of things happen with his arm and legs for the Panthers, who have plenty of weapons around him making plays like Derek Hamp, David Locher and Tyler Warren. East Lansing has allowed 48 points over the last two weeks while posting wins over Grand Ledge and Portage Northern. Kobe Hayward has three fumble recoveries and Kaleb Elam has a pair of interceptions, while Jamar Mills and Justin Brown have been leading tacklers for the Trojans.
What to watch on special teams: The lone blemish on the scoreboard for DeWitt was when it allowed a kick return for a score. Jace Preston has been an effective punter for the Panthers and pinned both of his kicks inside the 20 in the Week 4 victory over Holt. Carson Hayes has done well handling place kicking duties and has been successful converting extra points. The special teams have been a strength for East Lansing, which got a kick return for a touchdown by Justin Brown last week. Jack Morse has converted 4 of 4 field goals with a long of 45 yards.
Thanks, Brian. Looking forward to your write up after the game.
This week, the Panther JVs and Freshmen will be home for a double header Thursday night. Freshmen at 4:30 and the JVs about 20 minutes following. Sneak out of work a little early and c'mon up and watch these two teams. They deserve a large crowd. And with the East Lansing teams, they should be two great games. Plan on having supper from the DeWitt Schools Booster Club concession stand.