Country Day @ Flat Rock

This is an unexpected match-up between a true Michigan “Blue Blood” in Country Day (7-3) and upstart Flat Rock (8-3). Country Day has made the playoffs sixteen of the last seventeen years and has been to Ford Field 6 times during that time span while winning the state title in 2020. Flat Rock has won two playoff games since winning the state title in 1976, both of which have come this season.

Flat Rock is flying high after two exciting playoff victories against Dundee and Summit Academy. The Rams are led by QB Graham Junge who has thrown for 2,528 yards and 28 TD’s while completing 67% of his passes. The heady sophomore has been sacked just 3 times all season and has thrown just 6 interceptions. Junge has completed passes to 7 different receivers this season with seniors Aaron Salazar and Corey Lannon combining for 20 TD receptions. Junior RB Brian Booms leads the Ram’s rushing attack.

Graham Junge

On defense, the Rams are led by LB’s Joey Godfrey, Rocco Breslin and Andrew Given. Given is an undersized defensive player who gives teams fits with his quickness and grit. Jacob Hagan and Michael Beaudrie are underappreciated defensive players while Lannon is one of the best cover corners in the area.

Country Day comes to Flat Rock led by Head Coach Dan MacLean. MacLean has been the head coach at DCDS since 1998 and owns a career playoff record of 52-17 with two state titles Between the lines the Yellowjackets are led by Sophomore QB Chase Dawkins. Junior RB/OLB Gabe Winowich who holds power 5 offers from Rutgers and Maryland is a physical player at 6-1, 220 lbs. Senior Gabe Zeldes is a versatile player who scored on offense, defense and special teams last week against Pontiac Notre Dame. Country Day has a massive line that includes 6-3 280 lb Lucas Shallal, 6-4 260 lb Eric Grenadier and 6-4 270 lb Cade Wilhelmi. Senior RB/LB Graham Doman was an All-State selection on defense last season.

While statistically, Country Day’s offensive and defensive numbers aren’t great, this is a game that should scare the Flat Rock faithful. Country Day is big and physical and the Rams will have trouble running the ball while also defending the run. The good news is the Rams have a great QB and an excellent group of receivers that should allow the home team to move the ball through the air. Throw in the huge playbook and the creative offense of Head Coach Buck Reaume and the Rams should have a chance to win this game.

Chris: Country Day 34 Flat Rock 24

Frank: Country Day 38 Flat Rock 28

Gary: Country Day 33 Flat Rock 20

9 thoughts on “Country Day @ Flat Rock”

  1. I am calling for the upset. After watching the Rams play my Falcons, then following their season, especially the beatdown they put on Huron, I feel like Flat Rock just has that “it” factor right now that helps them win big games.

    My prediction:
    Flat Rock 31, DCD 29

    Flat Rock recovers an onside kick then hits one of their infamous trick plays before kicking the game winning field goal. The defense goes back on the field and gets a stop to secure a Regional title!

  2. Country Day

    Pro-style ish look but more of a power running team behind that big offensive line. QB (dual threat) is a better runner than passer. They seem to run to open up the pass. Disciplined and athletic.

    Good overall size and athletic.
    Nice exotic blitz packages.

    Flat Rock
    Will score points and Find A Way!

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