Big events often cast big shadows

It’s been said that coming events cast big shadows.

If that’s the case, there are some mighty big shadows looming for the Michigan Tech, Lake Linden-Hubbell and Baraga and Ontonagon High football teams this coming season.

For the Huskies, the defining moment in the season could come on Oct. 18 when the Huskies host Grand Valley State at Sherman Field.

Meeting preseason GLIAC favorite Grand Valley is always a challenge for any team in that league. The Lakers, a perennial Division II national power, appear to be loaded again.

But coach Tom Kearly’s Huskies won’t roll over for the Lakers. They have one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Tyler Scarlett, one of the most prolific signal callers in MTU history.

Tech can also benefit from a loud and boisterous home crowd and that could provide the difference if it’s a close game.

Lake Linden-Hubbell will take a step back in its glorious history when it hosts Maple City Glen Lake on Sept. 26 in the Superior Dome.

The two schools have a bit of history going in this one, having met in the state semifinals a couple of times.

The Lakes of coach Ron Warner defeated the Lakers at Newberry in 1989 and also recorded a playoff victory in 1995 in the Superior Dome.

Coach Andy Crouch may field a strong team this season, bolstered by tailback Tyler Roose and one of the largest LL-H lines in years.

Glen Lake, a Division 6 playoff team last season, lost plenty of good talent from a year ago. But with a high school enrollment of 800 students, they will be a tough matchup.

A win could lift the Lakes into a favorable playoff position.

Finally, Baraga and Ontonagon will meet on Oct. 24 in Ontonagon in a game that may feature an interesting scenario. Baraga is playing its final season of 11-man football before reportedly switching to 8-man next year, while OAHS will be playing 8-man the entire season.

It’s expected the two teams will play the eight-man version in this meeting, but that’s still undecided.

I can remember when both the Vikings and Gladiators were in the playoffs often. They even played for a state championship, BHS in 1995 and OAHS in 1989.

But that’s in the past, and as they say, the past is prologue.