Beating former team a struggle for former Saline coach plus Week 4 leaders, notes, rankings
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It's one of the advantages of a medium sized, tight-knit community like Saline.
For ten years, Glennie called Hornets Stadium home, which made Friday night the toughest game he ever coached there. That’s because Glennie, who resigned as head coach of Saline after last season and is now offensive coordinator at Pioneer High School, was coaching for the visiting team.
Pioneer won 7-6, and afterwards the players jumped excitedly over the hard fought win. Pioneer had coach Paul Test said he was happy to get the win for Glennie, but you wouldn’t find Glennie celebrating among his fellow coaches or the Pioneer players.
Glennie, who still teaches at Saline High School, said it was a struggle to go against his former team.
“I love those kids,” said a solemn Glennie after the game. “It was difficult because I have very strong feelings about the (Saline) program and those kids and I love ‘em all.”
United we stand
There was a very cool moment in the Tecumseh vs. Lincoln at Lincoln High School game on Friday that drew both sides together in a standing ovation.
At the start of the second quarter, Lincoln's public announcer made a call for Tecumseh cheerleader Ginny Holly to step out onto the field. Holly was then surprised by the return of her brother, Corp. Nick Holly, who had just returned from a five-year Marine deployment.
Play was halted for several moments as the bother and sister had a reunion near midfield and both groups of fans welcomed Corp. Holly back with a well-deserved ovation.
Passing with "Stile"
Manchester head coach Wes Gall loves a high powered passing game, but to his dismay and credit, has adjusted to his personnel this year and employed a run-first attack for the most part.
That doesn't mean Gall can resist airing it out altogether, though. Manchester improved to 3-1 with a win over Addison on Friday and did so with a limited, yet high-powered, passing attack. Quarterback Ryan Stiles only threw ten passes against the Panthers, but completed six, half for touchdowns. Stiles threw for 194 yards.
Tough week for Washtenaw County Teams
Washtenaw County teams that played teams from outside of the area did not fare well on Friday night, going 2-7.
Washtenaw County teams were 0-2 against Monroe County with Huron falling to Temperance Bedford and Skyline losing to Monroe.
Washtenaw County teams were 1-3 against Lenawee County teams with Lincoln losing against Tecumseh, Dexter falling to Adrian, and Whitmore Lake falling to Britton-Deerfield. Manchester beat Addison, 34-8.
The area split with Wayne County Teams with Milan beating Grosse Ile and Willow Run falling to Ecorse. Father Gabriel Richard's loss to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep was the area's only game against an Oakland County school.
Washtenaw County Power Rankings
The Washtenaw County Power Rankings were shaken up at the top this week because the top two teams from the previous rankings, Pioneer and Saline, settled it on the field.
Pioneer escaped Hornets Stadium on Friday night with a 7-6 victory. That one point moved the Pioneers up one spot to No. 1.
Rank, School (Record), Latest result (last week’s rank)
- Pioneer (2-2), def. Saline, 7-6 (2)
- Saline (3-1), lost to Pioneer 7-6 (1)
- Chelsea (1-3),def. Ypsilanti, 43-18 (3)
- Milan (4-0), def. Grosse Ile, 21-14 (5)
- Lincoln (3-1), lost to Tecumseh, 41-14 (4)
- Gabriel Richard (3-1), lost to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 28-16 (6)
- Skyline (1-3), lost to Monroe, 61-29 (7)
- Huron (0-4), lost to Temperance Bedford, 42-14 (8)
- Manchester (3-1), def. Addison, 34-8 (9)
- Willow Run (2-2), lost to Ecorse, 44-7 (10)
- Dexter (0-4), lost to Adrian, 48-7 (11)
- Ypsilanti (0-4), lost to Chelsea, 43-18 (13)
- Whitmore Lake (1-3), lost to, 16-0 (12)
Heated Game of the Week:
Voting for AnnArbor.com's "Game of the Week" is open until Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Skyline vs. Pioneer game led throughout the weekend, but after a surge in voting on Monday, the Milan vs. Monroe St. Mary game now has a slight lead.
You are not limited to one vote, so vote early and vote often.
AnnArbor.com will give the Game of the Week winner its Super Bowl treatment, which will include two reporters covering the game, a live chat that you can follow from your iPhone or Android device, and a photo gallery as well.
-- Phil Lozen contributed to this article.