Time for Frank to head up M-85 (Fort Street) to take a look at the reigning Huron League champs. Riverview went from 2-7 in 2016 to 11-2 in 2017 with a trip to the State Semi-Finals. How does the schedule shake out?
Aug 24: @ Romulus
Aug 30: @ Flat Rock
Sept 7: SMCC
Sept 14: @ Milan
Sept 21: Airport
Sept 28: Jefferson
Oct 5: New Boston Huron
Oct 12: @ Grosse Ile
Oct 19: Redford Union
Gut Check Game: SMCC. It’s a safe bet that this will be our Game of the Week in Week 3, as the Falcons come to town for the Pirates’ home opener. Will SMCC be able to avenge a 34-7 thrashing that took place at Navarre Field last year, or will Riverview get their first win over the Falcons at home since 2004? Get your popcorn ready for this one.
Trap Game: at Milan. After hosting SMCC, the Pirates make a trek to Milan. Playing the Big Reds a week after playing SMCC is no picnic. Coach Derek McLaughlin will have his work cut out for him keeping his squad focused. Special mention to Flat Rock, who handed Riverview their lone loss in the regular season.
Snoozer: Redford Union. 3-6 may not look like a snoozer, but the Panthers play in a fairly weak conference. In addition, the Pirates thrashed the Panthers 49-7 in Redford. This will likely be one final tune-up before postseason play.
Non-Con Challenge: at Romulus. For a third straight season, the Pirates will play the Eagles to open the season. Riverview won a high-scoring affair 46-30 last season. Romulus has qualified for the playoffs each of the last four seasons.
Notable: The Pirates will play outside of Wayne County once all season (Week 4 at Milan)…They are also one of five teams to not have a new opponent.
Final Analysis: We won’t have to wait very long to see if Riverview can build off of a run to the State Semi-Finals. If the Pirates get through Weeks 1-4 unscathed, another deep run could be in the cards, as well as a Huron League title. The real test still comes in Week 3 against SMCC. Another playoff trip is attainable, but the first four weeks don’t leave much room for error.
Thoughts from Chris: Typical Huron League schedule for the Pirates, but quite FRANKly (pun intended) the schedule doesn’t matter. Riverview must find a way to replace their offensive and defensive lines that were the backbone of last year’s Championship team if they are going to have a legit shot at the league title again.
Thoughts from Gary: The first 4 games will tell us all we need to know about the Pirates. Road games to Romulus, Flat Rock and Milan with a home game vs SMCC sandwiched in. All 4 of those games offer a compelling story line and will be must see football, out of the gates. Non conference foe Redford Union, will offer little contest in week 9.