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Huron League prep football preview

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News
Carleton Airport head coach Chad Baas gives instructions to junior tight end/linebacker Brent Mossburg (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), who has offers from Ferris State and Davenport.

Predicted order of finish

(Consensus of coaches)

2015 record in parentheses

1. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-2, 7-0)

2. Milan (9-3, 6-1)

3. Riverview (6-4, 5-2)

4. New Boston Huron (5-5, 3-4)

5. Grosse Ile (4-5, 3-4)

6. Carleton Airport (1-8, 1-6)

7. Monroe Jefferson (3-6, 2-5)

8. Flat Rock (3-6, 1-6)

Top four players

1. Milan senior running back Trace Lindeman has run for 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. “I call him my fifth-year senior because it feels like he’s been around forever,” coach Jesse Hoskins said. “He’s a legit 4.4 kid, fast and strong.”

2. Grosse Ile quarterback Justin Moores (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) has gotten the attention of opposing coaches. “He’s a heck of an athlete,” Hoskins said of Moores, who also plays forward on the school’s basketball team.

3. Airport junior tight end/linebacker Brent Mossburg is also a consensus pick by league coaches. Mossburg, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, has offers from Ferris State and Davenport.

4. St. Mary C.C. junior running back/safety Colin Woolford is the rising star to watch. “He was a pretty solid safety for us as a sophomore starter,” coach Adam Kipf said. “This year he’s going to be going both ways. He’s got a lot of speed and he’s going to be burning a lot of teams when he gets out in the open.”

Top four story lines

1. All eyes are on St. Mary C.C., which has won the league title the past two years. Despite that, coach Adam Kipf said his team is playing the season one game at a time, like everybody else. “There’s not one game (circled on the calendar),” he said. “We’ve got a lot of great teams we play this year.”

2. Flat Rock coach Brandon Reaume said he’s optimistic about the season, and so too is his team, which has picked up 10 players since last year. “That was one of our goals, was to get more kids interested and involved,” Reaume said. “It’s nice because now we can throw against a secondary and not against air. We get a lot better looks in practice because of our numbers.”

3. Jefferson coach Bruce Pickens said he wants to see improvement from last year’s 3-6 record. “We’ve just got to play together and be able to finish,” he said.

4. Airport coach Chad Baas said his six returning juniors are going to be the backbone of the team this season, with the most noteworthy being tight end/linebacker Brent Mossburg. “I think those kids are going to be the ones who make or break us,” Baas said.