Playoff Preview: Summit Academy @ Flat Rock

Summit Academy (8-2) enters the MHSAA District Final fresh off of a 17-8 victory over Romulus while Flat Rock (7-3) handily beat Milan 42-0. This will be the second consecutive District Final match up between the Dragons and Rams.

Summit Academy

Head Coach: Matt Swain

Summit Playoff Record: 5-5

Record vs. 2023 Playoff Teams: 1-2 ( L 49-0 vs Michigan Collegiate, L 44-34 vs Detroit Edison, W 17-8 vs Romulus)

Players to Watch:

Mike Bethune, Senior: “Money Mike” is a hybrid on offense, playing both RB and Wildcat QB. On offense he has nearly 1,300 all-purpose yards and has accounted for 15 TD’s. Defensively from his MLB position, he has recorded 90 tackles and 4 scaks and 2 forced fumbles.

Desmond Murphy, Junior: Like Bethune, Murphy will take snaps at multiple positions on offense including; QB, WR, and RB. On the ground, he has 386 rushing yards and 8 TD’s to go along with 15 receptions and 4 receiving TD’s. Defensively, 46 total tackles and 3 Int’s.

Dylon Suddoth, Senior; Suddoth is the QB for the Dragons and has thrown for 775 yards 13 TD’s.

Kalab Harris, Senior: Harris plays both ways for Summit. Is is the teams starting center and plays nose on defense. He has recorded 25 tackles including 11 TFL’s and 5.5 sacks.

Jaden Barrow, Senior: Barrow is 6-6, 290 lbs and starts at offensive tackle for the Dragons. He has recorded over 50 pancake blocks during the 2023 season.

Coach’s Quote: “We feel honored and blessed to be able to play in back to back district championship games against such a formidable opponent”.

Flat Rock

Head Coach: Buck Reaume

Flat Rock Playoff Record: 5-4

Record vs. 2023 Playoff Teams: 3-2 (W 33-21 vs Airport, L 36-34 vs Riverview, W 49-21 vs Milan, L 28-17 vs SMCC, W 42-0 vs Milan)

Players to Watch:

Brian Booms, Senior: Booms is an FNV Overall Player of the Year candidate after excelling on both sides of the ball in 2023. The rugged RB has rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and 24 TD’s. On defense he has recorded over 100 tackles.

Graham Junge, Junior: Junge is having another great season as he has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards in 2023 and has thrown 22 TD’s.

Jacob Hagen, Junior: The speedy S/LB for the Rams has recorded 70 tackles this season and is arguably the fastest player on the Flat Rock squad.

Michael Beaudrie, Senior: The 6-4, 220 lb 3 year starter is a standout player for the Rams on both sides of the ball. On offense he anchors the line at OT and has recorded nearly 40 tackles from his defensive line position.

Rocco Breslin, Senior: The physical TE/LB Breslin has had a solid year on both sides of the ball as he has recorded 50 tackles on defense and caught 24 passes for 7 TD’s on offense.

Overview: This is a rematch of last years District Final where the Rams literally stole the game from the Dragons as they scored 11 points late in what was a 29-28 Ram victory. While the Dragons have the better record, there is a reason the Rams have the homefield advantage. Flat Rock appears to have played the tougher schedule and should be considered the favorite against their upset minded opponent from nearby Huron Township.

8 thoughts on “Playoff Preview: Summit Academy @ Flat Rock”

  1. Last year summit was a very talented but undisciplined team… this year they are a lot less talented and the same discipline issues. Rams by 21.

  2. Summit doesn’t have a chance. I was at the game last year and summit just doesn’t have the discipline or coaching to pull it off. This season they have only played against two decent teams and lost to both. Flat rock has seen real coaching and real competition, where as summit has been playing remedial competition. I can’t see this one even being close. RAMS by 28!!!!

    1. Flat Rock needs to stop admiring all the records their players are setting, and get ready for the game.
      Save that stuff for the post season banquet.

    2. Flat Rock needed a minor miracle to win on their home field last year, when summit played a very similar schedule to this year’s. The only 2 teams summit have lost to this season are still playing as well. If Summit controls the line of scrimmage like they did last year IMO this game will be very close.

      1. It’s not a bad take but I personally dont see it.

        Summit will have to play a clean game, which in the past has been an issue.
        Their speed will have to be on full display to keep this within 20.

      1. Flat Rock will win by 4 TDS.
        They have record setting QB, record setting RB, record setting LB.
        This game will be a running clock.

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