Who: Brighton (1-2 overall, 0-1 KLAA Black) at Novi (1-2, 1-0:
Where: Novi High School
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on The Livingston Post. Click here for the broadcast!
Last week: Brighton lost to Salem 10-7; Novi beat Howell 20-0
Revenge? Not so much
Last year, Brighton saw its playoff run end in the first round with a loss to Novi, but coach Brian Lemons says that was a long time ago. “I’m sure a couple of guys had that on their minds,” he said. “Most importantly, we’re going to try and take care of our own business. The players change every year, which makes it a different puzzle.”
“They’ve got a really nice backfield,” Lemons said. “They’ve got a terrific receiver (Traveon Maddox) and their defense has been pretty tough.” Maddox, who scored on a 70-yard pass reception against Howell last week, has committed to play basketball at Oakland while also drawing plenty of Division 1 interest. But Lemons says Maddox is only part of his defense’s focus. “They have a couple of athletes on that side of the ball,” he said. The running back (Kyle Klosterman), the quarterback (Sean Gilliam) and (Maddox) are all top-notch kids. We’re going to have a full night trying to take care of those guys.”
Back in sync up front?
The Bulldogs have lost two games by three points apiece, due in part to breakdowns on special teams (the opening 34-31 overtime loss to Belleville), and offense (last week’s loss to Salem). Brighton was held to just 71 yards on the ground, which hampered quarterback Will Jontz in the passing game (9-for-20 for 121 yards. Both, Lemons says, are situations that are fixable. “Our biggest adjustment is trying to limit the number of missed assignments,” he said, “and making sure up front that we’re making holes.” Injuries have played a factor, but Lemons wouldn’t use it as an alibi. “We were a little banged up (on the offensive line),” he said. “We have guys coming back healthy. I think you’ll see a considerable difference.”