Flivvers to face Division 3 football state title contender

ScuttleBu(r)t …

Kingsford’s 2014 football schedule includes a state powerhouse with a high caliber quarterback.

DeWitt, runner-up in the 2013 Division 3 state championship, and Central Michigan University-bound quarterback Jake Johnson will invade Flivver Field on Friday, Sept. 5.

“DeWitt coach Rob Zimmerman says Johnson is clearly the best quarterback he’s had in his glittering 15-year career,” Lansing State Journal columnist Tim Staudt wrote.

Johnson (6-foot-2, 202 pounds), who was recruited by several Big Ten Conference schools, has made a verbal commitment to the Chips. He can sign a letter of intent in February.

“Johnson wanted to get his recruiting over in time to concentrate on his senior season,” wrote Staudt, noting the Panthers have not gone through a losing season since 1999.

Flivver fans can get a look at Johnson when FOX Sports Detroit re-airs the 2013 DeWitt-Zeeland West state final at 4 p.m. Saturday. Also of area interest, Division 7’s Ishpeming-Detroit Loyola, 1 p.m. Saturday; Division 5’s Menominee-Grand Rapids West Catholic, 5 p.m. Monday, and Division 8’s Muskegon Catholic Central-Beal City, 8 a.m. Tuesday.

For area players looking forward to the coming season, may I suggest the 19th annual Dickinson Area Football Fundamentals & Skills Camp. Sessions, with top instructors involved, will take place Tuesday, June 24, through Thursday, June 26, at Flivver Field.

Brochures are available at the Kingsford High School office. For more information, contact camp coordinator Chris Hofer at 906-396-0104.

From minor league hitting coach and former Chicago Cubs slugger Leon Durham in John Feinstein’s book “Where Nobody Knows Your Name:” ” You can’t make a living looking to hit a breaking ball. You can make a living looking to hit a fastball. Look for a fastball.” …

If you can find your way to the blogs section on The Daily News Web site, we’ve compiled comments from NHRA Mellow Yellow drag racer Bob Tasca.

He talks about his “talented” team’s prospects. Kingsford High School grads Ryan O’Dette and Andy Mattord have a variety of duties working for Tasca’s team …

In what might be their earlier appearance ever at The Daily News, pocket schedules for the likely Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packer pocket schedules are now available.

The schedule says “Lambeau Field, an experience you’ll cheer about.” …

Kingsford’s Kevin Gravel seems have to found the right hockey organization. Gravel plays for the Manchester Monarchs, minor league team for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings, with just four players on the roster via free agency, like to build from within the system.

“LA invests its assets into drafting and developing,” wrote Boston Globe hockey writer Fluto Shinzawa. “It’s showed in the results.”

Gravel is a defenseman with the Monarchs. Former Monarchs defenseman Alec Martinez scored in double overtime to lift the Kings to the title.

By the way, congrats to Kevin on his St. Cloud State (Minn.) University accomplishments athletically and academically – graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science, finance …

Interesting conclusion to seventh flight in the U.P. Best Ball at Pine Grove Country Club. Steve Santini-Joe Reddinger tied the Hartman brothers, Chris and Johnny, for first place at 167.

A countback on the scorecard gave the title to Santini-Reddinger. Joe Reddinger, always a cool customer in pressure situations, happens to be the father-in-law of Chris Hartman.

Both teams posted opening round scores in the high 80s but bounced back miraculously with high 70s on Sunday …

From Brad Dickson, Omaha.com: “U.S. soccer coach Jurgen “Debbie Downer” Klinsmann said it’s unrealistic for the U.S. to win the World Cup. Just be glad this guy didn’t coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.” …

There’s another Evosevich playing for Elks in the Iron Mountain Little League. That makes three generations with Caleb Evosevich-Hynes joining joining his grandpa Randy and uncle Scott.

They have all participated in a state tourney – Randy with the 1971 Babe Ruth champs; Scott in 1994 Little League, and Caleb in 2013 Little League.

Caleb played the last couple seasons with Kiwanis before joining Elks …