Who: Brighton (2-2 overall, 2-1 KLAA Black) vs. Livonia Stevenson (4-0, 3-0)
Where: Brighton High School
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: On The Livingston Post starting at 6;50 P.M. Click here for the link!
The big question
Starting quarterback Will Jontz went out early in last week’s win at Novi with a shoulder injury, but coach Brian Lemons says he’ll play tonight. “Will’s ready to go,” Lemons said. “He’s been at practice all week. We’ve been delicate with him, but that’s probsbly true about all quarterbacks this time of season. We’re going to keep (Spencer) Mykols ready to go. We split up some reps (during practice this week) to make sure he’s a little extra ready.”
The Spartans have ridden the arm and legs of quarterback Parker Graham, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in last week’s 27-23 win over Howell. “They’ve got a great offensive line,” senior Rudy Ramirez said. “It seems like they can keep (Graham) in the pocket for a pretty good time and beat a lot of teams with the long ball, so we’ll try to eliminate that the best we can.”
A quiet weapon?
Ramirez, one of the top offensive players in the county when he gets the ball, proved his foot can be a weapon against Novi. His first kick, a punt, rolled to the 1 before it was downed, and his six kickoffs all went into the end zone for touchbacks. “When you can eliminate a team from starting the ball on the 30 or 40, that helps defenses a lot,” Ramirez said.
On a roll?
On the face of it, Brighton doesn’t appear to be, having alternating between losses and wins so far this season. But the Bulldogs hope they’re on the upswing. “It’s definitely a lot easier walking into a locker room after you win a game,” Lemons said. “Our boys are starting to come together, and that positive reinforcement after a win against Novi might help us a ton.” So, too, might playing at home, according to Jack Johnson. “That’s a big factor,” he said. “Getting, like,8,000 people out here to cheer us on is huge.”