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Brighton over Hartland, 49-21

Hartland (1-1) lost to rival Brighton Friday night, 21-49.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-24-2017)

Hartland starts season with a win

Hartland (1-0) defeated Westland John Glenn Friday night, 17-16, in overtime.

Varsity: Week 9 (10-21-2016)

Hartland ends season with victory over WLC

Photo credit: Nancy Gigliotti

2016 Senior Varsity Football players. Senior night, October 21, 2016, and post win over Walled Lake Central. Ending the season with a win is something that has not been done the past few years. Congratulations Seniors!

Hartland (3-6) ended the season with a convincing 27-15 win over Walled Lake Central (3-6) Friday night.

Tim Robinson at the reported.
Jack Slavin rushed for more than 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Eagles (3-6) finished the season on a two-game winning streak. “The seniors went out on a good note the last two weeks with wins, and that was good for them,” Hartland coach Brian Savage said. “They earned the wins and played hard, and it’s always good to end the season on a positive note when the season didn’t go the way we thought. But we’ll take it.” Tristan Meadows and Bryce Watson had key interceptions for the Eagles on defense.

Varsity: Week 8 (10-14-2016)

Hartland tops Grand Blanc, 31-28

Hartland (2-6) defeated Grand Blanc (4-4) Friday night, 31-28. Hartland’s last game of the season is a crossover game (TBD) next week.

Varsity: Week 7 (10-7-2016)

Brighton tops Hartland, 17-3

Hartland (1-6) traveled to Brighton Friday night, but could not pull-off an upset. Brighton went on to win 17-3. Hartland hosts Grand Blanc next week.

Varsity: Week 6 (9-30-2016)

Pinckney spoils Hartland Homecoming, 19-0

Hartland (1-5) was unable to get on the scoreboard Friday night. Pinckney went on to defeat Hartland, 19-0. Hartland travels to Brighton next week to face the 5-1 Bulldogs.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-24-2016)

Hartland tops Milford, 48-28

Photo credit: Nancy Gigliotti

Hartland players take to the field before Friday’s battle against Milford.

Hartland (1-4) notched their first win by defeating Milford, 48-28. Hartland will host Pinckney (3-2) this Friday for homecoming. Go Eagles!

Varsity: Week 4 (9-16-2016)

Howell over Hartland, 21-13

Hartland (0-4) continues to struggle early in the season after losing at Howell, 13-21. Hartland remains winless going in to Friday’s contest with Milford (2-2) at Hartland Stadium. It’s Fireworks Night, so bring the kids!

Varsity: Week 3 (9-9-2016)

Hartland falls to Canton, 21-35

Hartland faced-off against Canton Friday night and came up short — losing 21-35. Hartland is now 0-3 on the season.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-2-2016)

Salem too much for Hartland

Hartland falls to 0-2 on the season after a 25-38 loss to Salem Friday night. The Eagles hope to rebound next week for their home-opener against Canton.

Freshmen/JV: Week 2 (9-1-2016)

Freshmen win, 27-14, over Salem

The Freshmen team defeated Salem, 27-14.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-25-2016)

Hartland drops first game to Novi, 28-49

Photo credit: Nancy Gigliotti

Hartland’s Reece Potter scored three touchdowns in Thursday’s loss to Novi.

Freshmen/JV: Week 1 (8-24-2016)

Hartland handles Novi, 40-0

The Freshmen and JV squads combined (it’s assumed due to low roster numbers) to beat Novi, 40-0.

Andy Maschke plays in 2016 All Star Game

June 25, 2016: All Star Game at Saginaw Valley State University. Andy Maschke with a few of the Hartland Coaches. East team won, 20-14. Great game with lots of sun. Awesome time was had by all who attended. Kudos, Andy!

2016 Schedule Posted

Click on the Schedule link on the left for the 2016 season schedule. Please note that the first game vs Novi has changed to a Thursday Varsity Game (8/25). This means we will host Freshman and JV on Wednesday (8/24). All three levels will practice on Sunday 8/21 from 4-7pm due to playing early that week.

Players Help Local Seniors with Yard work

As part of community service, members of Hartland’s football team helped Hartland area senior citizens with yard work.

2016 Summer Football Camp

Players will learn position specific skills & techniques needed for the Spread Offense, and playing the 4-4 defense. These camps are for all skill positions and offensive and defensive linemen. Camps are open to players from other schools. If you know someone looking for a football camp please pass along the info. Download the Registration Form below for more information on dates and pricing.

Memorial Day Run, May 30

The 11th annual Hartland Memorial Day Run takes place Monday, May 30, 2016. Visit for more information or download the forms below to help support the Hartland Football program. For sponsorship opportunities, email Coach Savage at

Varsity: Week 10 (10-30-2015)

Hartland blanked by Brighton in First-Round

Hartland’s (6-4) season came to an end Friday night in first-round playoff action as Brighton defeated Hartland 35-0. Great season boys! And good luck to Brighton with their continued post-season play.

Varsity: Week 9 (10-23-2015)

Hartland defeats Salem; qualifies for playoffs

Hartland’s football team (6-3) qualified for the playoffs after defeating Salem, 31-20, Friday night. Way to go, boys! Stay tuned for details on first-round playoff pairings.

Freshmen/JV: Week 9 (10-22-2015)

JV finishes season with a win

Hartland’s JV team finished the season with a 5-4 record after defeating Salem, 28-7.

Varsity: Week 8 (10-16-2015)

Hartland falls to Walled Lake Western

Hartland’s football team (5-3) lost its third game of the season to Walled Lake Western, 28-3. The Eagles host Salem on 10/23 for Senior Night.

Freshmen/JV: Week 8 (10-15-2015)

Freshmen/JV split

Hartland’s freshmen team (7-1) beat Walled Lake Western, 41-7. JV (4-4) lost 34-0.

Varsity: Week 7 (10-9-2015)

Hartland repeats after beating Grand Blanc

Hartland’s football team (5-2) repeated West Division Champs with a 30-27 victory at Grand Blanc. Read more at

Freshmen/JV: Week 7 (10-8-2015)

Freshmen/JV split

Hartland’s freshmen team (6-1) beat Grand Blanc, 27-16. JV (4-3) lost 35-28.

Varsity: Week 6 (10-2-2015)

Hartland tops undefeated Brighton

Hartland’s football team (4-2) provided many homecoming memories Friday night as they battled an undefeated Brighton team and won, 14-7. Read more at

Freshmen/JV: Week 6 (10-1-2015)

Freshmen/JV continue to roll

Hartland’s freshmen team (5-1) beat Brighton, 26-14. JV (4-2) also won with a 21-7 victory.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-25-2015)

Hartland over Pinckney, 52-14

Hartland moves to 3-2 after defeating Pinckney (0-5) Friday night, 52-14.

Freshmen/JV: Week 5 (9-24-2015)

Freshmen/JV notch wins over Pinckney

Hartland’s freshmen team (4-1) beat Pinckney, 55-0. JV (3-2) also won with a 14-7 victory.

Varsity: Week 4 (9-18-2015)

Hartland tops Milford, 39-7

Hartland moves to 2-2 after defeating Milford (0-4) Friday night, 39-7.

Freshmen/JV: Week 4 (9-17-2015)

Freshmen/JV both stun Milford

Hartland’s freshmen team (3-1) beat Milford, 58-0. JV (2-2) also put a lot of points on the board with a 49-6 win.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-11-2015)

Hartland drops one to Howell

Hartland (1-2) lost to Howell (3-0) Friday night, 45-27.

Freshmen/JV: Week 3 (9-10-2015)

Freshmen/JV split with Howell

Hartland’s freshmen team (2-1) beat Howell, 7-6, but the JV team (1-2) lost, 22-12.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-3-2015)

Hartland loses home-opener to Canton in OT

Hartland (1-1) lost to Canton (2-0) Friday night, 27-21, in a thrilling overtime shootout.

Freshmen/JV: Week 2 (9-2-2015)

Freshmen/JV fall to Canton

Hartland’s freshmen team (1-1) lost to Canton, 26-6. The JV team (1-1) also fell short with a 42-14 loss.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-27-2015)

Hartland wins opener over Grosse Pointe North

Hartland (1-0) kicked off the season with a 34-12 victory over Grosse Pointe North.

Freshmen/JV: Week 1 (8-26-2015)

Freshmen/JV beat Grosse Pointe North

Hartland’s freshmen team (1-0) defeated Grosse Pointe North, 51-0. The JV team (1-0) also notched a W with a 12-6 victory.

2015 HHS Football Training Rules

These rules address attendance policies, injury policies, drug and alcohol use policies, bus, uniform and awards policies. Contact a head coach with further questions.

2015 Season Merchandise/Apparel

2015 Football Apparel is now available. Download the form below.

The Patriot Game: September 11, 2015

7:00pm – Hartland High School Football Field
Hartland High School Varsity Football players will wear red, white and blue specially designed jerseys to honor veterans and current military personnel. Fireworks will follow the evening’s game and events! Click the link below for more details and to sponsor a jersey.

2015 Summer Football Camp

Players will learn position specific skills & techniques needed for the Spread Offense, and playing the 4-4 defense. These camps are for all skill positions and offensive and defensive linemen. Camps are open to players from other schools. If you know someone looking for a football camp please pass along the info. Download the Registration Form below for more information on dates and pricing.

Memorial Day Run, May 25

The 10th annual Hartland Memorial Day Run takes place Monday, May 25, 2015. Visit for more information or download the forms below to help support the Hartland Football program. For sponsorship opportunities, email Coach Savage at

2015 Football Schedule

The 2015 schedule is out. Click Schedule for more information.

Varsity: First-Round Playoffs (10-31-2014)

Season ends with a first-round playoff loss


Hartland’s Max Cadman takes the handoff from QB Noah Marshall.

Hartland’s post-season play ended Friday night when visiting Grand Ledge held Hartland scoreless. Grand Ledge scored two touchdowns in their 14-0 win over Hartland. Game details at

Varsity: Week 9 (10-25-2014)

Hartland defeats Salem, 15-6

Hartland finished the regular season with a 7-2 record after beating Salem 15-6. Game details at

Varsity: Week 8 (10-17-2014)

Hartland drops one to Walled Lake Western

Hartland moved to 6-2 on the season after falling to Walled Lake Western (7-1) in the Lakes Conference showdown. Hartland finshes-out the regular season on 10/25 at Plymouth Salem (2-6) before entering post-season play.

Freshmen/JV: Week 8 (10-16-2014)

Freshmen/JV fall to Walled Lake Western

Hartland’s freshmen squad lost, 23-37, and the JV team (3-5) also came up short with a 13-35 loss to Walled Lake Western.

Varsity: Week 7 (10-10-2014)

Hartland wins thriller over Grand Blanc

Photo credit: Tara Cowell

Hartland celebrates after winning their 2nd KLAA Division Title in three years.

Hartland won the KLAA West Title Friday by defeating Grand Blanc, 29-26. Game details at

Freshmen/JV: Week 7 (10-9-2014)

Freshmen/JV fall to Grand Blanc

Hartland’s freshmen squad lost, 14-21, and the JV team (3-4) also came up short with a 15-20 loss to Grand Blanc.

Varsity: Week 6 (10-3-2014)

Hartland defeats Brighton, 24-7

Photo credit: Tara Cowell

Quarterback Noah Marshall (5) directs traffic on the run in Hartland’s 24-7 victory in Brighton.

Hartland continues to roll — beating Brighton (in Brighton!) by a score of 24-7. Up 17-0 in the first half, Hartland’s powerful offense added another in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Hartland’s amazing defense held Brighton to only one score the entire game. Hartland will battle Grand Blanc this Friday to determine which team wins the KLAA West title. Both teams are 5-1 going into the matchup.

Freshmen/JV: Week 6 (10-2-2014)

Freshmen/JV fall to Brighton by one point each

Hartland’s freshmen squad lost, 20-21, and the JV team (3-3) also came up just short with a 6-7 loss to Brighton.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-26-2014)

Homecoming win over Pinckney, 34-14

Photo credit: Tara Cowell

Max Cadman carries the ball in the first half of Hartland’s 34-14 homecoming victory over KLAA West opponent, Pinckney.

Hartland beat Pinckney 34-14 on Friday to remain undefeated at home this season. The win was extra sweet because. well, it was homecoming! Game details at | Photo gallery

Freshmen/JV: Week 5 (9-25-2014)

Freshmen/JV go two-for-two over Pinckney

Hartland’s freshmen squad beat Pinckney, 39-19. The JV team (3-2) followed suit with their win over Pinckney, 31-26.

Varsity: Week 4 (9-19-2014)

Hartland defeats Milford, 50-14

Hartland moved to 3-1 on the season after easily defeating Milford 50-14 Friday night. Hartland was up 35-0 at the half. Game details at

JV: Week 4 (9-18-2014)

JV tops Milford, 41-33

After being down 21-26 at the half, Hartland’s JV team (2-2) went on to defeat Milford 41-33.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-12-2014)

Howell tops Hartland, 28-21

Photo credit: Tara Cowell

Brett Oliver (#9) and the Eagles defense played tough in the conference opener at Howell.

Howell (1-2) scored in the final seconds of Friday’s game (at Howell) to beat Hartland, 28-21. Hartland (2-1) could not tie it up and finished with their first loss of the season. Game details at

JV/Freshmen: Week 3 (9-11-2014)

Freshmen win, JV loses

Hartland’s Freshmen team (3-0) beat Howell, 21-7. The JV team (1-2) lost 7-21.

Athletes of the Week: Brett Oliver

As a senior on the varsity football team, Brett was named one of State Bank’s Athletes of the Week. Congrats, Brett!

Varsity: Week 2 (9-5-2014)

Hartland defeats Canton, 24-21

After poor weather caused Friday’s game to be postponed, Hartland finished the game Saturday with a win over Canton, 24-21. Hartland starts the season 2-0. Game details at

JV/Freshmen: Week 2 (9-3-2014)

Freshmen beat Canton, JV falls short

Hartland’s Freshmen team (2-0) beat Canton, 14-8. The JV team (1-1) lost 28-27 after a last-second Hail Mary pass fell incomplete.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-28-2014)

Varsity rolls in season opener, 26-7

Photo credit: @AliceLashbrook

Hartland players celebrate with fans after Thursday’s home win over GPN, 26-7.

Defense played a huge roll in Hartland’s opener over visiting Grosse Point North. Hartland won the game, 26-7. Game details at

JV/Freshmen: Week 1 (8-27-2014)

JV and Freshmen route opponents to start season

Hartland’s JV and Freshmen teams both won their season openers with shut-outs over Grosse Point North. The Freshmen team won 43-0 and the JV team followed with a 41-0 victory.

Summer Football Schedule

The 2014 Summer Schedule is out. Download the document below for more information on dates.

2014 Season Merchandise/Apparel

2014 Football Fan Apparel is now available. Download the form below.

Estimated Family Expenses

The 2014 Estimated Family Expenses worksheet is now available. Download the worksheet below.

Congratulations to senior Carmine Finelli

Carmine was among five winners of the 2014 MHSFCA Competitive Scholarship from the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. The MHSFCA awarded five scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Each scholarshipi was awarded $1,000. The five scholarships include one that is funded by MHSFCA partner, Adrenaline and one sponsored by the Michigan National Guard. The scholarships will be awarded at halftime of the Border Classic Football Game in June. Each recipient will be presented with a plaque proclaiming the award and a check for $1,000 for post high school education.

Summer Football Camp

Players will learn position specific skills & techniques needed for the Spread Offense, and playing the 4-4 defense. These camps are for all skill positions and offensive and defensive linemen. Camps are open to players from other schools. If you know someone looking for a football camp please pass along the info. Download the Registration Form below for more information on dates and pricing.

A Night at Big Tommy’s Comedy Club

Help Support Hartland Football

Need a hearty laugh to take some of the chill off of this long winter? Maybe some camaraderie with the football family? We have the solution! We have planned an adult night out at Big Tommy’s Comedy Club! This IS a fundraiser. our first of the 2014 football season. We are raising money to replace outdated equipment and could use your help! Last year, the parent club purchased 33 new helmets. this year we need to replace several pair of should pads. We already have several pair on order. but our focus this year will be to replace as many as we can. For those who are not familiar with the parent club, we raise money to help support the needs of our boys out on the field! As parents. I think we can all agree that SAFETY is our number one priority. So. to kick this season off, please plan to join us for this fun night that will help us to purchase new equipment!

Tickets are $15.00 and are on sale now! Please contact your team mom to reserve your tickets! She will give you all of the particulars on how to obtain your tickets to this event! Below are the details:

WHEN: Friday, April 4th, 2014

TIME: Seating starts at 7:00 p.m., show starts @ 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Big Tommy’s Comedy Club, located inside Big Tommy’s Parthenon @ 40380 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48375

PRICE: $15.00 per person. This is for the SHOW only. Come early and have dinner at the Parthenon. The food is excellent!

Reserve your tickets no later than March 26th, 2014.

Memorial Day Run Sponsorships

The 9th annual Hartland Memorial Day Run takes place Monday, May 26, 2014. Visit for more information or download the forms below to help support the Hartland Football program.

Seychel heading to Michigan

Congratulations to senior Kyle Seychel. Kyle will be walking on at the University of Michigan as a preferred walk-on kicker. The Hartland football team wishes him the best of luck as a Wolverine.

2013 Season Wrap-up

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland’s seniors raise their helmets after their final home game of their high school career.

Congratulations Brett Oliver

Junior defensive back, Brett Oliver, was named honorable mention on the Michigan Associated Press’s Division 1-2 All-State Football Team. Congrats, Brett!

Banquet head count needed ASAP

We need a head count to get to our banquet hall for the upcoming banquet. ALL RSVP’s need to be in no later than Friday, November 22nd. Families can contact their team moms for the RSVP form. Forms can be turned in to the athletic office in the box on the counter or mailed to Colleen Evans.

Special Message for our Seniors

The last game has been played and our seniors have taken their last “hits” on the stadium field. We want to take this time to thank all of the fans, coaches, board members, camera crews and anyone that volunteered their time to make this past football season a memorable one for our athletes! We wish our seniors the best of luck in their futures outside of our little Hartland community and we hope that your experience as a Hartland Eagle football player will serve you well! Whether it is the lessons of winning and losing, team work, brotherhood, respect or the anticipation of the Friday night lights in front of the best fans and student section in the county. Whatever you choose to hold in your heart as your fondest memory of this time with us, know that in turn, you will forever be in our hearts and will always be a Hartland EAGLE!

Banquet Information

Preparations are underway for the 2013 football banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at Crystal Gardens on December 8th. Details will be coming out within the next couple weeks. be watching your emails! If you would like to help plan this special afternoon, as we honor all of the athletes that kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats on Thursday and Friday nights, please contact Kathy Rindle, Colleen Evans or Lisa Glasco. Email addresses can be found in the board contact section of the website. We are having a planning meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th in the high school commons (location is tentative. we may be in room 500 or 501). If you are interested in running for a board position, please let us know that as well! We need names of all nominees by 11/15/2013. All positions are voted on annually and include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Merchandise Chair, Fundraising Chair, and Team Moms.

KLAA All-Conference Award Winners

KLAA All-Conference: Brett Oliver, Austin Pierce & Travis Sweeten

KLAA Honorable Mention: Anthony Colaianne, Jake Economou, Patrick Evans & Kyle Parks

Varsity: Week 9 (10-25-2013)

Hartland defeats Walled Lake Central, 27-10

Hartland (3-6) sent their seniors out with a big win by beating Walled Lake Central (2-7), 27-10, Friday night at the Hartland Stadium. Check back for additional links and photos.

JV/Freshmen: Week 9 (10-24-2013)

Freshmen and JV end seasons with wins

The Freshmen team finished 8-1 after defeating Walled Lake Central, 28-0. The JV team also won their final game — defeating WLC, 21-18, and ending 3-6 overall.

Varsity: Week 8 (10-18-2013)

Walled Lake Central tops Hartland, 24-17

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland’s senior RB, Austin Pierce (7), takes the handoff from sophomore QB, Noah Marshall (5) in Friday night’s game vs Walled Lake Central. The Eagles lost the contest, 17-24, but will face them again in the final game of the year.

Hartland (2-6) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but WLC (2-6) fought their way back and in the third quarter when they took the lead 17-14. A fourth quarter Hartland field goal and a WLC TD closed out the scoring with WLC earning the win, 24-17. Week 9’s season finale has Hartland hosting Walled Lake Central for Senior Night on 10/25.

JV/Freshmen: Week 8 (10-17-2013)

Freshmen and JV post wins over WLC

The Freshmen team improved to 7-1 after defeating Walled Lake Central, 28-0, Thursday afternoon. The JV team also won their game — defeating WLC, 15-14 to move to 2-6. Both teams travel to Walled Lake Central on Thursday (10/24) for their final game of the season.

Varsity: Week 7 (10-11-2013)

Hartland slips after tough loss to Grand Blanc

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

A showing of sportsmanship and mutual respect after hard-fought battle between two tough KLAA West teams. Hartland came up short, losing 7-17.

Hartland (2-5) kept it close all game until late TD secured the win for the 6-1 Grand Blanc Bobcats. Week 8’s crossover game (10/18) will be at Walled Lake Central — the same team they will face in their home finale on 10/25. WLC is 1-6 on the year.

Freshmen: Week 7 (10-10-2013)

Freshmen team continues to pound opponents

The Freshmen team improved to 6-1 after defeating Grand Blanc, 40-14, Thursday afternoon. They will host Walled Lake Central on Thursday (10/17) in the KLAA Crossover match-up.

Varsity: Week 6 (10-4-2013)

Comeback falls short, Hartland loses 33-49

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Zach Messner makes a huge gain to re-inspire the Eagles to come back from a major scoring deficit. Eagles lose 33-49 to the Brighton Bulldogs.

Down 35-7 at the half, Hartland fought its way back after two weather delays to put 33 points on the board. Unfortunately, the magic of homecoming just wasn’t enough and Brighton went on to win 33-49. Hartland will travel to Grand Blanc (5-1) next week Friday, Oct. 11. Grand Blanc beat Brighton two weeks ago, 44-21.

JV/Freshmen: Week 6 (10-3-2013)

Freshmen moves to 5-1; JV struggles continue

The Freshmen team moved to 5-1 on the season after defeating Brighton, 20-0, Thursday afternoon. The JV team fell to 1-5 after their 40-7 loss later that night. Both squads host Grand Blanc next Thursday (10/10).

Varsity: Week 5 (9-27-2013)

Pinckney too much for Eagles

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Sophomore Noah Marshall looks for Senior Jake Gaines to complete the pass and the Eagles second TD of the night. The Eagles take the loss and move to 2-3 (1-2 in the KLAA).

Hartland finished their second of a two-game road trip with a loss to a tough Pinckney team. Pinckney took a 19-0 lead into halftime. Hartland fell to 2-3 overall, while Pinckney improved to 4-1. Hartland will host Brighton (3-2) next week for homecoming on Friday, Oct. 4.

JV/Freshmen: Week 5 (9-27-2013)

Freshmen roll; JV has setback

The Freshmen team moved to 4-1 on the season after defeating Pinckney, 48-19 at home on Thursday afternoon. The JV team fell to 1-4 after their 39-6 loss later that night. Both squads are travel to Brighton next Thursday (10/3).

Varsity: Week 4 (9-20-2013)

FG with 7.6 seconds remaining, lifts Eagles

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland’s Spencer Hayes gets raised in the air by team mates after kicking the game winning, 30-yard field goal Friday against Milford.

In dramatic fashion, Hartland’s field goal unit took the field with 7.6 left in regulation to attempt a 30-yard field goal. Miss it, and the ball gets turned over to Milford. Make it, and Hartland wins by one point. Thanks to junior K/WR Spencer Hayes — HE MADE IT! — Hartland finished with the win. Hartland (2-2) is on the road again next week when they travel to Pinckney (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 27.

JV/Freshmen: Week 4 (9-19-2013)

Freshmen and JV teams split

The Freshmen team moved to 3-1 on the season after defeating Milford, 26-0 at home on Thursday afternoon. The JV team fell to 1-3 after their 21-0 loss later that night. Both squads are home again next Thursday (9/26) and will face Pinckney.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-13-2013)

Hartland comes up short in loss to Howell

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland’s Austin Pierce (7) carries the ball with big Nate Smith (75) leading the way in Friday’s 14-12 loss to Howell.

In the first KLAA West match-up this season, Hartland (1-2) lost to rival Howell on Friday night, 14-12. Hartland made it a game when Austin Pierce scored early in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass reception from Trevor Sudbay. However, the two-point conversion attempt from Sudbay to Pierce was incomplete. Hartland travels to Milford next Friday, Sept. 20.

JV/Freshmen: Week 3 (9-12-2013)

Freshmen and JV teams notch losses

The Freshmen team moved to 2-1 on the season after losing to Howell, 21-6. The JV team fell to 1-2 after their 42-14 loss Thursday night. Both squads are home next Thursday (9/19) and will face Milford.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-6-2013)

Hartland defeats John Glenn, 37-28

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland players celebrate after Friday’s 37-28 victory over Westland John Glenn.

Hartland (1-1) defeated Westland John Glenn, Friday night, 37-28, in front a packed home crowd on HAYAA Night. Austin Pierce rushed for 154 yards and scored three touchdowns. Hartland plays host to the Howell Highlanders next Friday, Sept. 13.

JV/Freshmen: Week 2 (9-5-2013)

Freshmen wins big; JV stumbles

The Freshmen team moved to 2-0 on the season after soundly defeating Westland John Glenn, 49-0. The JV team fell to 1-1 after their 41-25 loss Thursday night. Both squads travel to Howell next Thursday (9/12) for their Week 3 match-up.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-29-2013)

Varsity Falls Short in Season Opener, 28-10

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Hartland players take the field in Thursday’s 2013 season-opener vs Ann Arbor Skyline.

Hartland traveled to Ann Arbor Thursday evening to face the Skyline Eagles. Hartland scored in the first quarter on a 50-yard field goal by Kyle Seychel, but big plays by Skyline helped them take a 21-3 lead into half-time. Trevor Sudbay cut the lead to 21-10 after scoring in the third quarter, but Skyline responded with another TD to put the game out of reach, 28-10.

JV/Freshmen: Week 1 (8-28-2013)

JV and Freshmen Start the Season with WINS

Wow! What a start! Congratulations to the Hartland JV and Freshmen teams who both won their season openers versus Ann Arbor Skyline Wednesday night. The freshmen team won 50-0 and the JV team followed with a 36-20 victory. Congrats, boys! Way to kick-off the season!

2013 Eagle Nation Fundraiser starts Aug. 12

Hartland Football is proud to present the 2013 Eagle Nation, Our Team / Our Town fundraiser! For more information, download the PDF flier below.

A Parent’s Guide to Concussions

All of the Hartland football coaches have completed a concussion training course that covered this information. This guide is meant for parents to help them recognize head injuries. For more information, download the PDF guide below.

2013 Merchandise Orders

General merchandise pre-orders are now being accepted. Place your order by August 16, 2013. When games start, we will have a completely different design with limited quantities at the merchandise table for sale. They can be turned in during weight lifting or preferably turned in during the camp at the end of July or during two-a-days. For more information, download the form below.

Four players medal in Squatfest

HHS Football took four athletes to the WLW Squatfest on June 8th, 2013. All four took home medals! Kaleb Ketchum, Kyle Parks and Andrew Maschke all took 1st place for their weight brackets while Garrett Carland, an incoming freshman, took 2nd place. Great job, boys!

Milarch named Male Athlete of the Year

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Stephen Milarch signs Letter of Intent to play football for Adrian this Fall.

Senior quarterback Stephen Milarch was named Hartland High School Male Athlete of the Year. Milarch will play football for Adrian this Fall. Congrats, Stephen!

2013 Summer Youth Football Camp

Get ready for football, learn some great technique and meet the HHS Football Team. Come get your skills ready for the fall football season. Work with the Hartland High School football staff and players during this summer skill night. Download the flier below to learn more.

2013 Football Camp Dates Announced

Players will learn position specific skills & techniques needed for the spread Offense, and playing the 4-4 defense. These camps are for all skill positions and offensive and defensive linemen. Camps are open to players from other schools. If you know someone looking for a football camp please pass along the info. Cost is $30 for all camp dates. Download the PDF document below for more info.

2013 Football Schedule Released

May 12, 2013 — The 2013 (tentative) football schedule has been released.

Dead Weeks Scheduled

May 12, 2013 — To make it easy to plan your summer trips, there will be two “dead” weeks this summer: Jun 28-Jul 7 and Aug 2-Aug 11. NO football activities are planned during these dates. Fall practice will begin on Aug 12.

MHSFCA Publishes Recruiting Position Paper

“The purpose of this Recruiting Position Paper is to bring focus and clarity to the high school football recruiting process. The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association and our State of Michigan College Coaches have joined together to educate our parents and student athletes. There are a number of commercial recruiting practices that do nothing to help students fulfill their dream of a college athletic career.”

New Website Coming Soon

May 12, 2013 — I’m very happy to announce that has teamed-up with the Hartland Football Parents Club (HFPC) who previously managed a separate website, It makes a lot of sense to have a single, dedicated site for all players (past and present), families, coaches and staff to use for Hartland Football news, information and entertainment. This summer, a completely revamped website will launch. Stay tuned! GO EAGLES!

2012 Season News and Updates

May 12, 2013 — Because this website was not actively updated during the entire 2012 season, Game Summaries, Scores, and Season Updates were never posted. However, as part of the 2013 Website Rebuild Project, we will try to post as much info on the 2012 season as we can so that there will not be a “gap” in reporting.

The Future of

Aug 12, 2012 — The future of is uncertain. Being the site’s sole contributor since 2004, it has become increasingly difficult for me to gather, report, and maintain the site as I once did (the photography alone took several hours each week). I’m not sure what will become of the site just yet, but until its future is determined, you can head over to the Parents Club website at for information about the program. Good luck this season, boys! GO EAGLES!

Hartland selects new Head Coach

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Brian Savage named Hartland’s new varsity head coach.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, Hartland named Brian Savage as their new varsity head football coach. Savage comes to Hartland from Milford where he was an assistant this past season. Before that Savage assisted at Walled Lake Northern then Walled Lake Western where he spent 12 seasons as their offensive coordinator. Read the full story at

2011 All-County Selections

The Daily Press & Argus announced their 2011 All-County football teams on Dec. 11, 2011. Congratulations to the following Hartland Eagles:

First Team: Anthony Villar and Travis Spears.
Second Team: Stephen Milarch, Brandon Gigliotti, Trey Conner and Brad Maschke.

First Team: Anthony Martino and Andrew Roy.
Second Team: Austin Lenart, Cameron Fritts and Austin Pierce.

Honorable Mention (overall): Matt Ostermiller.

Head Coach Marcus Dukes Resigns

Citing family commitments, varsity head coach Marcus Dukes resigned on Nov. 7, 2011. Search for new head coach underway. Full story

Varsity: Week 9 (10-21-2011)

Hartland ends the season with back-to-back wins

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland’s junior defensive back Zachary Hauk makes a play on Ypsi’s quarterback in the 14-13 win over Ypsilanti Lincoln.

Hartland (4-5) ended their season Friday night with a 14-13 win over Ypsilanti Lincoln (6-3). For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch.

Varsity: Week 8 (10-14-2011)

Hartland tops Waterford Kettering, 34-14

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Hartland’s senior linebacker Anthony Martino returned a third quarter interception for a touchdown in Friday’s 34-14 win over Waterford Kettering.

Hartland (3-5) will host Ypsilanti Lincoln (6-2) for the season’s final game next Friday.

Varsity: Week 7 (10-7-2011)

Hartland’s playoff hopes dashed

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland’s offensive line blew open a huge hole allowing backup quarterback Spencer Wright to walk-in from one-yard out. Wright scored the only touchdown of the night for Hartland who moved to 2-5 on the season.

Hartland dropped out of playoff contention after losing their fifth game of season to Grand Blanc, 28-6. For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch.

Hartland is on the road again this week (opponent yet to be determined) for a North Conference crossover game.

Varsity: Week 6 (9-30-2011)

Hartland falls to Brighton, 20-9

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland’s defense had to put three and four tacklers on Brighton’s Shane Dokey (2) to take him down.

Brighton spoiled Hartland’s homecoming with a 20-9 win. The loss moves Hartland to 2-4. For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch and

Hartland travels to Grand Blanc (4-2) on Friday.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-23-2011)

Hartland tops Pinckney, 25-17

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland quarterback Stephen Milarch scored on this keeper with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Hartland an 18-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. Milarch finished with 116 yards and one touchdown rushing and 146 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Hartland moved to 2-3 on the season with a victory over Pinckney Friday night. For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch and

Hartland hosts Brighton (4-1) next Friday for homecoming.

Varsity: Week 4 (9-16-2011)

Hartland falls to 1-3 after 24-14 loss to Milford

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland blitzed their linebackers Andrew Skowyra (15), Trey Conner (45) and Cameron Fritts (11) forcing Milford’s quarterback to let the pass go early.

For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch.

Hartland travels to Pinckney next Friday. The 7:00pm kick-off will be at Pinckney’s new stadium and the Pirates are flying high after upsetting Howell last night, 37-21.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-9-2011)

Howell outlasts Hartland, 20-13

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Hartland’s junior wide receiver, Anthony Villar, catches this pass in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Howell. Villar’s receptions helped move the ball, but penalties killed the drive — forcing Hartland to punt.

After a 30-minute rain delay (that turned into halftime) Hartland took a 13-12 lead in the 4th quarter with six-yard run by Travis Spears. That lead was short-lived as Howell (2-1) marched down and scored on the next possession. Spears scored both touchdowns for Hartland (1-2). For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch.

Hartland travels to Milford next Friday for a 7:00pm kick-off.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-1-2011)

Hartland Defeats Franklin, 15-6

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland’s powerful offensive line led by Brad Maschke (55), Jonathan McGrath (50) and Phillip Rowland (79) helped pave the way for junior quarterback Stephen Milarch (5) to score at the end of the first quarter. Hartland (1-1) went on to beat Livonia Franklin, 15-6 — avenging last year’s 27-0 loss.

For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch and

Hartland faces Howell at home next Friday with a 7pm kick-off.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-26-2011)

Hartland Comeback Falls Short in 28-25 Loss

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland junior quarterback, Stephen Milarch (5), scores on a QB keeper late in the fourth quarter. Milarch followed with a successful two-point conversation pass to Trey Conner which allowed Hartland to pull within three points of Ann Arbor Skyline with 2:31 left in the game.

Hartland fell to Ann Arbor Skyline 28-25 Friday night at the 2011 Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University’s Rynearson Stadium. After trailing 28-3, Hartland mounted an impressive comeback that led to a dramatic last-second field goal attempt that would have sent the game into overtime.

Turnovers and costly mistakes plagued both teams, but what was most impressive was Hartland’s second half performance. It’s easy to lie down after getting scored on back-to-back times, but Hartland came out fighting and almost pulled-off a wild come-from-behind victory.

For a game recap with photos, check out Hartland Patch.

Hartland faces Livonia Franklin at home next Thursday (Sept 1) with a 7pm kick-off.

JV/Freshmen: Week 1 (8-25-2011)

JV and Freshmen Start the Season with WINS

Congratulations to the Hartland JV and Freshmen teams who both won their season openers versus Ann Arbor Skyline Thursday night. The freshmen team won 37-14 and the JV team followed with a 27-6 victory. Congrats, boys!

Season Previews Now Available

Gearing-up for the this season’s action, below are some previews from local news agencies.

2011 Season Opener vs Ann Arbor Skyline in Big Day Prep Showdown at EMU

According to, it was announced Monday (1/17/2011) that Hartland will play in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University’s Rynearson Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 against Ann Arbor Skyline at 5:00pm.

“For the coaches and players, it’s an experience that not everyone gets the good fortune to do,” Hartland coach Marcus Dukes said. “An opportunity like this is good for our program, because our kids get to be seen by people who might not get out to Hartland to watch them play. Maybe it will mean a little more exposure to our players.”

“There’s barely enough time,” Dukes joked, asked about the season opener. “It’s going to be a nice target for our kids. They’re excited.”

Hartland’s official 2011 season schedule will be posted here shortly. Go Eagles!

2010 All-County Selections

The Daily Press & Argus announced their 2010 All-County football teams on Dec. 19, 2010. I would normally post a link to the complete list, but the Press & Argus has not provided this content on their website.

Congratulations to the following Eagles:

First Team Offense: Danny Richmond, Chad Hunt, Jordan Martin and Adam Schiller.
First Team Defense: Josh Domke.

Second Team Offense: Nick Long and Ryan Conway.
Second Team Defense: Youssef Darwich and Mike Bair.

Honorable Mention (overall): Josh Miller and Dakota Redpath.

Tribute Video Posted to YouTube

Special thanks to YouTube user krheatman for posting the above tribute (produced by another, unknown person) to the seniors of the 2010 Hartland Football team. Congrats boys!

I also want to take a moment to thank the players, coaches and administration for allowing me to provide some of the great memories (via photos) this year — many of which are featured in this video, and of course here. – David Lee

Playoffs: Round 1 (10-29-2010)

Hartland falls to Holt, 41-16

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Head coach, Marcus Dukes, chats with his team after Friday night’s loss.

Hartland’s season ended Friday night in a first-round playoff loss to Holt, 41-16. Scoring for Hartland were Chad Hunt, Ryan Conway and Adam Schiller. The Eagles finished the season with a 6-4 record.

Varsity: Week 9 (10-22-2010)

Hartland beats Ypsilanti Lincoln, 37-13

Photo credit: David Lee

Senior RB, Chad Hunt, rushed for four touchdowns (251 yards on 34 carries) in Hartland’s 37-13 win on Friday night. Photo Gallery

Hartland defeated Ypsilanti Lincoln Friday night, 37-13. The win puts Hartland at 6-3 on the season and secures a playoff berth next week. Hartland should know by Sunday who they will face in the first round. Congrats! Photo Gallery

JV/Freshmen: Week 9 (10-21-2010)

JV and Freshmen go UNDEFEATED

Congratulations to the Hartland JV and Freshmen teams who both finished their seasons undefeated with a perfect 9-0 record! The freshmen team beat Ypsi Lincoln 27-12 Thursday and the JV team followed with a 42-6 win. Great season boys!

Varsity: Week 8 (10-15-2010)

Hartland defeats Walled Lake Northern, 30-6

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Senior WR/DB, Josh Domke, intercepts a pass from Walled Lake Northern’s QB in Hartland’s 30-6 win on Friday night. Photo Gallery

Hartland moved to 5-3 on the season after beating Walled Lake Northern Friday night, 30-6. It was a perfect night for the seniors to finish their high school career — winning their last home game.

Hartland wraps-up the regular season away on 10/22 against Lincoln (Ypsilanti). A win next week will automatically qualify Hartland for a first-round playoff spot. Go Eagles!

JV/Freshmen: Week 8 (10-14-2010)

JV and Freshmen one game away from Perfect

Photo credit: Nancy Gigliotti

Quarterback, Spencer Wright holds the ball for Chad Selby in Thursday’s 52-0 JV win over Walled Lake Northern.

Hartland’s JV team (8-0) beat Walled Lake Northern Thursday night, 52-0. The freshmen team also remained undefeated with their 21-6 victory. Both teams will play their final game at home on 10/21 against Lincoln (Ypsilanti).

Varsity: Week 7 (10-8-2010)

Grand Blanc Tops Hartland, 35-17

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The Hartland sidelines watches closely the outcome of the next play. Photo Gallery

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Hartland hosts Walled Lake Northern on Friday, Oct. 15.

JV/Freshmen: Week 7 (10-7-2010)

JV and Freshmen move to 7-0

Hartland’s JV team (7-0) beat Grand Blanc Thursday night, 41-34. The freshmen team (7-0) also won their game, 35-26.

Varsity: Week 6 (10-1-2010)

Hartland Beats Brighton in Overtime

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Senior WR, Shane Felix, catches the game-winning touchdown pass from Danny Richmond in Hartland’s 35-28 overtime victory Friday night in Brighton. Photo Gallery

Hartland (4-2) defeated Brighton, 35-28, in overtime Friday night to complete a sweep of victories at all three levels.

Ryan Conway scored first for Hartland early in the 1st quarter on a long pass reception from Danny Richmond. Richmond connected on another pass play to Josh Domke just before halftime. Then it was Josh Miller’s turn — scoring on a TD pass from Richmond in the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter, Chad Hunt pounded one in from five yards out to give Hartland a 28-20 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

Brighton was able to tie the score on a great drive and a two-point play — sending the game into overtime. Hartland got the ball first and scored on a TD pass from Richmond to Shane Felix (see photo above). Adam Schiller’s extra point kick was good — making the score 35-28 with Brighton waiting their turn on offense.

Hartland’s defense stepped up in a way HUGE way in overtime! They forced the Brighton QB to scramble and rush his passes — allowing the Hartland secondary to react and break-up the catches.

Great game, boys! GO EAGLES!

Hartland hosts the Grand Blanc Bobcats next week.

JV/Freshmen: Week 6 (9-30-2010)

JV and Freshmen continue to roll

Hartland’s JV team (6-0) put 28 points on the board in its 28-7 win over the visiting Brighton Bulldogs Thursday night. In an earlier match-up, the Freshmen also remained undefeated by handing Brighton a 17-8 loss. Both teams travel to Grand Blanc next Thursday.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-24-2010)

Sweet Homecoming Victory

A big shout-out goes to WDIV’s Friday Football Frenzy crew who attended Friday’s homecoming game vs Pinckney. Watch the Video

Photo credit: David Lee

Senior tackle, Jordan Martin helps push Chad Hunt (SR RB) to score, but Hunt was ruled down just inches short. Danny Richmond (SR QB) popped it in on the next play. Hunt got his touchdown later in the game. Photo Gallery

Hartland (3-2) defeated a stubborn Pinckney team Friday, 21-13. Down 13-7 at the half, Hartland scored twice in the second half while shutting-down Pinckney’s offense. Danny Richmond (SR QB) scored on two QB sneaks, and Chad Hunt (SR RB) added another. Congrats to the seniors for the great homecoming victory!

Hartland travels to Brighton (4-1) next week who just beat Milford in overtime on Friday, 18-17.

JV/Freshmen: Week 5 (9-23-2010)

JV and Freshmen remain undefeated

Photo credit: Danna Castillo

Freshman running back, Austin Pierce, leaps over a Pinckney defender on his way to a touchdown in Thursday’s win over Pinckney.

Hartland’s JV team (5-0) held Pinckney scoreless until the last :06 seconds of the game Thursday night in Pinckney. Preceeding the JV game was the freshmen game which ended in a 29-0 Hartland route. The freshmen team also sits at 5-0 on the season. Both teams host Brighton next Thursday.

Powderpuff: Homecoming Week (9-22-2010)

Seniors hang on to beat Juniors

Photo credit: David Lee

The senior sideline reacts to their first touchdown on the night. They outlasted the juniors, 14-7. Photo Gallery

Varsity: Week 4 (9-17-2010)

Milford’s comeback sinks Hartland

Photo credit: David Lee

Anthony Villar catches this 38-yard touchdown pass from Danny Richmond in the second quarter to lift the Eagles to a 21-14 lead. Photo Gallery

Hartland moved to 2-2 after falling to Milford (4-0) Friday night, 31-35.

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Hartland hosts Pinckney this Friday for homecoming.

JV/Freshmen: Week 4 (9-16-2010)

JV and Freshmen continue to roll

Hartland’s JV team improved to 4-0 on the season after handing Milford a 17-0 loss on Thursday night in Milford. Hartland’s freshmen team also remain undefeated with their 40-18 victory over Milford earlier in the day.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-10-2010)

Hartland Beats Howell, 26-21

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Hartland quarterback, Danny Richmond, hands off to Chad Hunt while Jordan Martin helps create a huge hole.

Hartland’s varsity team (2-1) bounced back from last week’s game by handing it to Howell Friday night.

Adam Schiller kicked two field goals in the first quarter — getting Hartland off to a 6-0 lead. After a Howell score, Hartland went back on top with a run by Chad Hunt. The two-point pass was knocked down.

Danny Richmond then connected with Ryan Conway on a 38-yard TD pass with :06 seconds left in the second quarter. Schiller’s extra point kick was good and Hartland went into halftime leading 19-7.

After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, with 10 minutes left in the game, Howell blocked Schiller’s punt and ran it in for a score. The extra point kick was good, but Hartland still led, 19-14.

After both teams traded punts, Schiller booted one down inside the Howell 2-yard line. On the next play, Conway intercepted the Howell QB. The very next play, Richmond ran a QB draw up the middle for a touchdown. Schiller’s kick was good and Hartland went up 26-14 with 1:43 left in the game.

Howell managed to score another TD, but in the end Hartland was able to run the clock out on offense for the victory.

Read-through the Twitter feed below for more details

Congrats to all the seniors for that sweet victory!

JV/Freshmen: Week 3 (9-9-2010)

JV and Freshmen beat Howell

Photo credit: David Lee

Hartland’s Freshmen defense came up BIG on the goaline — denying Howell on 4th down.

Hartland’s freshmen team defeated the visiting Howell Highlander’s, 14-13. They improve to 3-0 on the season.

The JV (3-0) team edged Howell, 7-6. Ryan Hill scored for Hartland on a 1-yard run in the 2nd quarter. Alec Bain kicked the extra point. See the Twitter feed below for more info.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-2-2010)

Hartland Goes Scoreless vs Franklin, 27-0

Hartland traveled to Livonia Franklin Friday night in a game that Hartland knew would be tougher than last week’s opponent. They were right. Franklin controlled the ball most of the night with long, time-consuming possessions. Hartland was able to move the ball into the redzone a few of times, but came up short each series.

Hartland travels to Howell (2-0) next Friday. Howell had a convincing win over Sterling Heights Stevenson (35-0) in week one and beat Plymouth tonight, 18-10. Go Eagles!

JV/Freshmen: Week 2 (9-1-2010)

Hartland JV and Freshmen Record Shut-outs

Hartland’s JV and Freshmen teams shut-out Franklin 39-0 and 31-0 respectively.

Varsity: Week 1 (8-27-2010)

Hartland Crushes AA Skyline, 64-26

After a rather even first half (35-26 Hartland), Hartland’s defense shut-out Ann Arbor Skyline in the second half while their offense put an additional 29 points on the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter alone.

Read the full write-up (with photo gallery) over at

JV/Freshmen: Week 1 (8-26-2010)

Hartland JV and Freshmen Win BIG

Hartland’s JV and Freshmen teams opened the 2010 season away with convincing wins over Ann Arbor Skyline Thursday night. JV won 47-6 and the Freshmen won 35-0.

Press & Argus Season Preview: Hartland

The Press & Argus ( compiled a 2010 Season Preview of area football teams. Read what they had to say about Hartland. Read Full Article

Also in this article (in the right column), they select their “Players of the Decade.” There were 16 players that made the list. See if you’re one of them!

THIS. is what it’s ALL about

I think anyone that has ever played high school football will agree — this one hits home. To all the seniors on this year’s team, make it count. You WILL miss playing this sport and all the great Friday night experiences. trust me. And to all you kids coming through the HAYAA program — play your hearts out, but HAVE FUN.

2009 Highlights DVD Now Available

Only $30! Order TODAY!

Sure, you can watch the highlights in the tiny Web player below — but now you can watch them on the big screen while sitting on the couch! That’s right. for the first time, I decided to compile a season’s worth of highlights (177 highlights of the 2009 season) to a convenient DVD for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

The highlights total over 36 minutes of footage and include clips from the following games: Livonia Churchill, South Lyon East, Grand Blanc, Milford, Walled Lake Western, and Livonia Franklin. Each game marks a new DVD chapter so you can quickly jump from game to game.

If you would like to order your copy, just download the order form and send it in with your payment. Depending on the success of this offer, I may or may not offer this service/product in the future, so please help support the cause. Thanks and GO EAGLES!


2009 All-County Team Announced

The Press & Argus announced their All-County teams on Sunday, Dec. 6. Congrats to the following players:

First Team: Max Nystrand, Matt Kenwell, Danny Richmond, and Zach Walker
Second Team: Taylor Garner, Phil Annese, Jordan Martin, and Adam Shiller
Honorable Mention: Trey Connor, Youssef Darwich, Nick Holton, and Nick Long

2009 Player Awards Announced

The 2009 season Player Awards were handed out at the banquet Nov. 10. In addition to the over 30 Academic Awards on the varsity alone, the following athletes were also honored:

KLAA All-Conference
First Team: Max Nystrand, Matt Kenwell, Danny Richmond, and Phil Annese
Honorable Mention: Taylor Garner, Zach Walker, Nick Long, and Jordan Martin

Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Kenwell, Phil Annese

Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Walker

Special Teams Player of the Year: Adam Shiller

Most Valuable Player: Danny Richmond

Athletes of the Week: Matt Kenwell, Danny Richmond

Coaches Award: Jimmy Munofo

Iron Man: Jake Harmon

Most Improved: Brandon Brassfield

Congratulations, boys! Go Eagles!

Varsity: Week 9 (10-23-2009)

Hartland falls to Livonia Franklin, 8-19

Hartland’s season came to end Friday night after losing to Livonia Franklin, 19-8. With a 4-5 regular season record, Hartland does not qualify for post-season play.

The Eagles struggled offensively for most of the night. And although they were able to move the chains and produce first downs, their drives usually ended with punts. Franklin did a great job defensively — holding Hartland to only one score.

Being it was Senior Night, it was fitting that a couple of seniors put some points on the board. First, it was Matt Kenwell scoring his last touchdown as an Eagle on a one-yard run late in the game. Then it was Max Nystrand who caught a pass from Danny Richmond on the two-point conversion.

Even though the season ended on a loss, there are many things to look forward to next season. There were a number of juniors that contributed this year — including starting quarterback, Danny Richmond and his favorite targets Phil Annese and Matt Poches. Then there’s the incoming JV players who went 6-3 this season.

To all the seniors. thank you for all the great memories. GO EAGLES!

JV: Week 9 (10-22-2009)

JV drops last game to Livonia Franklin

The JV team finished their season a respectable 6-3 after losing their last game to Livonia Franklin, 14-35. If anyone wants to forward information on who scored for Hartland, please send me an e-mail to or use the feedback form. Thanks!

Freshmen: Week 9 (10-22-2009)

Freshmen Team Goes Undefeated

Thanks again to the anonymous person who supplied the recap below.

The Hartland Freshmen team finished a perfect 9-0 Thursday night after defeating Livonia Franklin, 45-16.

The scoring started with Marcus Inman’s 53-yard touchdown run over the left side on his first carry of the year! The two-point attempt was no good and the Eagles led 6-0. Franklin came right back with a 56-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion to make the score 8-6 — the first time all season Hartland trailed their opponent. Hartland came right back with a 32-yard TD run by Stephen Milarch. The second two-point attempt was no good, but Hartland still led 12-8.

After a Ryan Hill interception, Milarch connected with Brett Shirley for a 60-yard TD, Alec Bain kicked the extra point and Hartland went up 19-8. However, just before the half ended, Franklin connected on a last second 30-yard TD pass. Their two-point conversion was good and Hartland found themselves in a battle going into half-time leading 19-16.

Photo credit: David Lee

Freshmen kicker, Alec Bain (shown here running in a two-point play vs. Howell) kicked a 16-yard field goal in addition to making three extra points in Hartland’s 45-16 win over Franklin. Bain has also made field goals of 27, 33, and 40 yards this season.

With their undefeated season on the line, the defense came out inspired. Led by Andrew Skowyra and Austin Lenart, they shut-down Franklin’s offense. The defense started the scoring with a safety. And on their next possession, Bain kicked a 16-yard field goal and Hartland increased their lead to 24-16. After the Hartland defense forced Livonia to go three and out, Hartland scored again with another touchdown pass to Shirley. The point after kick was good and Hartland led 31-16.

The defense was flying around with big hits that could be heard up in the stands. One hit caused the Franklin ball-carrier to fumble — allowing Milarch to alertly pick-up the loose ball and run 21 yards for the score. The defense applied constant pressure on the QB. With the Franklin QB on the run, Anthony Villar was able to intercept a pass and return it down to the Franklin 28-yard line. Josh Orlando had the honor of scoring Hartland’s last touchdown of the season when he scampered around the left side for a 28-yard touchdown. The extra point kick was good — capping-off Hartland’s perfect 9-0 season.

Congratulations, boys! What a season. We are ALL looking forward to watching you play in the coming years. Go Eagles!

Varsity: Week 8 (10-16-2009)

Hartland Loses to Walled Lake Western, 33-40

Hartland took another one on the chin Friday night — losing to Walled Lake Western, 33-40. Hartland moves to 4-4 on the season with one game left (home this Friday vs. Livonia Franklin).

Senior Max Nystrand put on quite a show — catching five passes for 113 yards; scoring four touchdowns (although two were called back); returning a kick 80 yards; and running over a DB on his only rush of the night. Not bad — but knowing Max, he would have traded all that for a team victory.

First Quarter
Other than Nystrand’s electrifying kick return that ultimately setup an Adam Schiller field goal, WLW dominated the first quarter. WLW 14, H 3 at the end of the first.

Second Quarter
Phil Annese brought the Hartland crowd to their feet with a tremendous 94-yard kick return for a touchdown. Schiller’s point-after kick was good. Two Hartland touchdowns were called back on penalties — one long pass reception to Nystrand and the other on a reverse to Nystrand. Right before the half ended, Danny Richmond connected with Nystrand on a 15-yard pass for a touchdown. Hartland’s attempted two-point play pass failed. WLW also scored twice in the second quarter and led at the half, 26-16.

Live Updates
This game, like the others, was micro-blogged live via Twitter. Check out or view the posts below this story to see the updates as they happened.

Third Quarter
Hartland started the third quarter scoring with Richmond again connecting with Nystrand — this time a a 78-yard wheel route for the touchdown. Schiller’s point after kick was good. WLW scored next with a run. Matt Kenwell added another Hartland score on a 2-yard counter on the left side of the line. Schiller’s kick was good and at the end of the third quarter WLW still led 33-30.

Fourth Quarter
WLW answered Kenwell’s TD with one of their own in the beginning of the fourth quarter — increasing their lead to 10 with 9:31 left. Hartland was able to drive down close, but could not punch it in and settled for a 33-yard Schiller field goal. WLW’s offense continued to produce first downs and ultimately ran-out the clock for the 40-33 victory.

Hartland’s play-off hopes are slim and it will first depend on if we win our last game vs. Livonia Franklin. If we do then our play-off points will be tallied by the MHSAA. If it’s determined that our 5-4 record was against more difficult teams, then we get more points and we might make the cut. Stay tuned.

JV: Week 8 (10-15-2009)

Hartland Improves to 6-2

The JV team improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the visiting Walled Lake Western Warriors, 21-9 Thursday night. I was not in attendance, so if there was a parent or fan that can provide a brief summary (like the someone did for the Freshmen game below) I would be happy to post it here. Thanks!

Freshmen: Week 8 (10-15-2009)

Freshmen Remain Undefeated with 33-0 Victory Over Walled Lake Western

Thanks again to the anonymous person who supplied the recap below.

The Hartland Freshmen (8-0) started slow in the first quarter against a good Walled Lake Western (5-3) football team. Brett Shirley started the scoring with a 12-yard TD pass from Stephen Milarch. Alec Bain kicked the extra point and the Eagles led 7-0. The cold, windy and wet weather contributed to early miscues from both teams, but Hartland was able to capitalize and with good field position. On a crucial 3rd down, Ryan Hill (in for Milarch who was injured) completed a 12-yard pass to Zach Hauk. Hill later ran 32 yards right through the middle for Hartland’s second score. The two-point conversion was knocked down and Hartland led at half time 13-0.

To start the second half, Hartland again scored quickly on an interception by Anthony Villar who took it 36 yards to the house. Bain’s extra point kick was good and Hartland went up 20-0. The defense held with strong pressure from Austin Lenart, Sam Poekler and the entire defensive line. A Walled Lake punt was blocked and Spencer Wright picked up the loose ball and ran it 32 yards to the 10 yard line. A 3-yard pass to Villar resulted in another touchdown for Hartland. The two-point conversion try was no good. Hartland ended the scoring when Hill ran over the right side for a 39-yard TD run. The extra point was good, 33-0. Once again the offensive line of Marcus Inman, Jonathan McGrath and Adam Wiley opened up big holes for big gains.

It was Hartland’s eighth win on the season and its third shut-out. Next week Hartland travels to Livonia to play Franklin for the last game of the year. and a possible undefeated season. GO EAGLES!

Varsity: Week 7 (10-9-2009)

Hartland wins in OT; defeats Pinckney 29-28

Hartland improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating Pinckney, 29-28, in a dramatic overtime win before a surprisingly packed (considering the weather) homecoming crowd.

Similar to the Milford game two weeks ago, Hartland rallied from behind in the final minute of regulation to score. Here’s how the game unfolded:

Live Updates
This game, like the others, was micro-blogged live via Twitter. Check out or view the posts below this story to see the updates as they happened.

Video Highlights
I did not shoot any video for this game. I did learn after the game that the administration would have let me shoot video from the press box, but by then it was too late. Doh! No worries, I should have proper clearance for our Oct. 23 home game vs. Livonia Franklin.

After controlling the ball for almost the entire first quarter, Pinckney scored first with :49 seconds left in the quarter to go up 6-0 after their extra point failed.

Hartland’s Matt Kenwell answered back with a touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter and with Adam Schiller’s kick Hartland went up 7-6.

Pinckney scored again at 7:48 in the second quarter. They successfully converted on a two-point play and the score was Pinckney 14, Hartland 7.

After trading possessions — including a Taylor Garner interception — Hartland marched down the field to score right before the half. A pass reception to Phil Annese and a long scramble run by Danny Richmond set the stage for a great TD run by Kenwell who dove for the end zone marker for the score. Schiller’s kick was good and the score was tied at 14.

Pinckney attempted a field goal with :01 remaining before the half ended — but Hartland blocked the kick. Half-time score was Hartland 14, and Pinckney 14.

Like the first quarter, Pinckney controlled the ball most of the third quarter — missing an attempted a field goal late in the third. Hartland was unable to score in the third quarter and the score remained tied at 14.

Pinckney went on another clock-consuming drive and eventually scored on a 3-yard run with 3:57 left in the game. They decided to go for two and punched it in to go up 22-14.

This is where the similarities to the Milford game came into play. Quarterback Danny Richmond was tasked with leading his team down the field in the last minutes of play to pull out a victory for the Eagles.

With very determined runs by Kenwell and Richmond, Hartland was knocking on Pinckney’s door with about a minute left to play. Then, after mishandling the snap, Richmond averted disaster by picking up the loose ball and running up the left sideline for the score. Hartland needed to go for two to tie and send the game into OT. Kenwell’s number was called and with the help from his studly offensive line he delivered big time with a run off the right side. Game was tied at 22.

Hartland kicked the ball deep and with just a few seconds left in regulation Pinckney took a knee and we were headed to overtime.

Pinckney went on offense first in OT and scored. However, they decided to go for two — but this time they were denied when Hartland’s defense stuffed the Pinckney running-back short of the goal line. Pinckney led 28-22, but Hartland still had their shot at the end zone.

After a few short plays from the 10 were unsuccessful, Hartland was looking at a 4th and goal on the 6 yard line — this was do or die. The crowd was on their feet and people lined the entire fence bordering the field. Danny Richmond took the shotgun snap, faked to Kenwell, then threw a perfect 6-yard pass to a wide-open Phil Annese on an out route to the right corner of the end zone. TOUCHDOWN! The TD tied the game at 28 — all we needed was the extra point kick from our red-hot kicker, Adam Schiller to win the game. The kick was up. IT WAS GOOD! Hartland wins! The Little Big House went crazy as the players celebrated their 29-28 overtime victory on the 50-yard line.

What a way to remember their homecoming game — especially for the seniors. Congrats, men! You pulled-off another come from behind win — this time adding a little overtime drama.

I’ll confirm this later, but I believe Hartland will face Walled Lake Western next Friday in the North Crossover game. Stay tuned.

JV: Week 7 (10-8-2009)

Hartland falls to Pinckney, 15-44

The JV team slips to 5-2 on the season after losing an away game to the Pinckney Pirates Thursday night. I was unable to attend this match-up, but if there was a parent or fan that can provide a brief summary I would be happy to post it here.

Freshmen: Week 7 (10-8-2009)

Freshmen Still Undefeated with 41-20 Win Over Pinckney

Thanks again to the anonymous person who supplied the recap below.

The Hartland Freshmen team remains undefeated beating a determined Pinckney team 41-20. The Eagles scored quickly on a 4-yard TD pass from Stephan Milarch to Zach Hauk. Hauk had a “pick six” on Pinckney’s next drive as he took the interception 55 yards for the score. Two extra point kicks by Alex Bain and the Eagles led 14-0.

The Eagles quickly scored two more touchdowns via passes from Milarch; a 12-yard pass to Anthony Villar in the right corner of the end zone and a 22-yard pass to Andrew Skowyra in the left corner of the end zone. Add Bain’s two extra-point kicks and Hartland went up 28-0 early in the game.

Hartland finished their first-half scoring with a 3-yard run by Josh Orlando over the left side. The offensive line did an outstanding job with pass protection and opening up holes for the backs. The defense also played a very strong first half, but allowed a Pinckney score just before the half ended. The score was 35-8 at the half.

Pinckney came out strong in the second half and scored back-to-back touchdowns — which closed the gap to 35-20. Hartland then moved the chains with a very nice drive, finished-off by a 2-yard QB sneak by Milarch, which ended the scoring.

Once again, a total team effort by the 7-0 Eagles.

Hartland’s next opponent has yet to be determined. As I understand it, it is based on the varsity standings in each division after Friday’s game. As it stands now, we would face Walled Lake Western as they are 4th in the North division and Hartland is 4th in the West division. Stay tuned!

Varsity: Week 6 (10-2-2009)

Hartland loses to Howell, 13-48

As a junior running back last year, Matt Kenwell had a great game rushing the ball against Howell (pictured above). This year, the senior continued his personal rivalry when he scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in Friday’s loss to Howell. (File photo credit: Josh Blasier)

In each of the three games leading up to Friday’s match-up with Howell, Hartland’s defense has given-up over 40 points — putting a lot of pressure on the offense to put-up just as many points in order to register a win. Unfortunately, Friday night’s game was no different — Hartland’s defense gave up 48 points to the visiting Howell Highlanders and the offense was unable to keep pace.

I want to thank everyone for the great comments on the video highlights, but I’m sorry to report that I do not have any to post for this game. I could not find a good place to position myself after being denied access to the press box roof and the field. (Especially sorry to the Kenwell family for missing Matt’s huge TD run. I was in the middle of moving to another location when he busted it open.) I will try again to work with the administration in time for the homecoming game this Friday.

Hartland’s Matt Kenwell electrified the crowd on Hartland’s first possession with an 80-yard run down the left sideline for the score. Adam Schiller’s point-after kick was good and Hartland led 7-0.

It didn’t take long for Howell to match that score, and then some. Hartland almost went on the board again right before the half when a would-be 42-yard touchdown reception by Phil Annese was called back on an “ineligible man down field” penalty was called on Hartland.

Hartland’s only other score came in the third quarter when Matt Poches snagged a 4-yard slant pass from Danny Richmond (5-16 for 81 yards and 3 ints). Schiller’s extra point kick failed.

For additional information on the game as it happened, see the posts (below this story) or click here to read them all at once. For each game I post drive-by-drive updates to my Twitter account which feeds directly into this page on

Hartland will host the winless Pinckney Pirates this Friday for homecoming.

JV: Week 6 (10-1-2009)

Hartland’s JV shuts-out Howell, 40-0

JV quarterback Tony Annese (#15), running-back Travis Spears (#16), and the big offensive line prepare for another Hartland score.

Led by quarterback, Tony Annese, the Hartland JV team improved to 5-1 on the season after a convincing 40-0 victory over Howell. Annese scored three first-half rushing touchdowns — giving Hartland a commanding 19-0 lead going into half-time.

Hartland continued their dominance in the second half with Annese scoring his fourth rushing touchdown at the end of the 3rd quarter. Then, after controlling the ball for much of the 4th quarter, it was Travis Spears who punched one in from the 3-yard line with 4:05 remaining. Big Brad Maschke ran over Howell players for a two-point conversion — making the score 34-0. But Hartland’s scoring wasn’t complete until backup quarterback, Zach Coykendall, busted a simple QB sneak wide open for a 42-yard score!

The defense again played a tremendous ball game with big hits being heard all around the stadium. Keep it up, fellas!

Hartland travels south next week to face Pinckney. Go Eagles!

Freshmen Gold: Week 6 (10-1-2009)

Freshmen Gold defeats Howell, 36-6

Freshmen quarterback, Stephen Milarch, runs for a 1st down in Thursday night’s victory over Howell.

Special shout-out to the anonymous person who supplied the recap below. Thanks!

In a match-up of two undefeated teams, Hartland (6-0) defeated Howell (5-1) 36-6 Thursday night in Howell. The scoring started when Howell fumbled Brandon Giglioti’s 38-yard punt and Hartland recovered on the 1-yard line. Ryan Hill then scored on a 1-yard run up the middle. Alec Bain’s extra-point kick was good. Both defenses played strong until about 3:00 minutes to play in the first half when a 30-yard pass from Stephan Milarch was tipped to Andrew Skowyra who ran it in 14 yards for Hartland’s second touchdown. Again, Alec Bain converted the extra point. Hartland started the second half up 14-0 when a Anthony Villar took a pitch and went around the outside for a 60-yard TD. Alec Bain’s extra point put the Eagles up 21-0.

Once again Hartland’s defense played a strong game with Josh Orlando, Ryan Hill and Andrew Skowyra each notching an interception. The defense held Howell’s offense scoreless through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Dane Bourdo took a screen pass from Milarch and ran it in 12 yards for Hartland’s 4th touchdown, the extra point was good and Hartland’s lead was 28-0. Howell came back and scored but their two-point conversion was stopped short. Spencer Wright finished the scoring with a 2-yard run off the right side. Bain picked-up the missed snap and ran it in for the two-point conversion. Final score: Hartland 36, Howell 6. Hartland remains undefeated and travels to Pinckney next week. Go Eagles!

Freshmen Blue: Week 6 (9-30-2009)

Freshmen Blue defeats Walled Lake Western, 63-12

Chad Selby scores one of his four touchdowns early in the first half in Wednesday night’s victory over Walled Lake Western. Selby also had two interceptions and recovered a fumble for a safety.

After leading 54-6 at the half, Hartland went on to win the game 63-12. Sources tell me that Chad Selby scored four touchdowns; Trevor Sieman scored two; Tyler Zauel, Clay Garner, and Nick Kryskowski scored one each. It was an impressive defensive night for Hartland — forcing a safety and racking-up three interceptions (Selby had two and James McMahon had one). I was also told that Trevor Seiman threw some huge blocks in the landslide victory. Keep rolling, boys!

Freshmen Gold travel to Howell Thursday for a 4:30pm match-up with the Highlanders.

Varsity: Week 5 (9-25-2009)

Hartland beats Milford in Thriller, 42-41

It’s games like this that make us love high school football so much. These memories will last a lifetime.

Wow! This was one of the best displays of “never quit” that I’ve ever witnessed in high school football.

Hartland was down by two touchdowns with under two minutes to go in the game when things started to just click. Quarterback, Danny Richmond (on his way to a 347-yard passing night) scrambled left, then right before hurling the ball down field to a leaping Phil Annese. Annese (7 catches for 144 yards) came down with the ball and was determined to get in the end-zone by weaving his way through the Milford defenders. TOUCHDOWN! (see video #1707) That 55-yard score and the extra point put Hartland within one touchdown of at least a tie with :53 seconds left in the game. Milford’s crowd was in shock, Hartland’s crowd whipped into a frenzy with many wondering, “could we actually pull this off.” So, naturally Hartland went for the onside kick hoping to get the ball back into Richmond’s red-hot hands one more time. Matt Kenwell kicked a great one-hopper that bounced off a Milford player and into the hands of Aaron Matthyssen (see video #1708). Could it be.

Watch Channel 7’s coverage of the Hartland/Milford game. They got the receiver wrong (it was Taylor Garner, not Nick Manely) on the receiving end of Danny Richmond’s pass, but how cool is it to have our school on the news for the second year in a row! Click here to watch the highlight.

The onside kick recovery gave Hartland another chance to score with :53 seconds left. Richmond went back to work — hitting Annese twice and Max Nystrand once — taking us down to the two-yard line. The crowd on both sides of the field were on their feet. A moment later. TOUCHDOWN! Kenwell scored his third TD of the night. Hartland immediately called time-out to discuss the “kick to tie vs. go for two and the win” options. The Hartland crowd wanted the win, and the jacked-up offense took the field — then Milford called timeout. By this time, the enormity of what just transpired in the last 60 seconds — and what might in the next 21 seconds — really started to sink-in with the Hartland fans. Many of them came out of the bleachers and lined the fence down at the end zone. Hartland again took the field. They lined up in a double-tight right looking like they were going to power the ball off the right tackle. Nope. Poches on a reverse to the left. There was NO WAY Poches was going to come up short on one of the biggest plays of his high school career — running over three Milford defenders on his way to crossing the goal line. The place went nuts! (video #1713)

Milford’s last chance was halted when Taylor Garner intercepted a Milford pass with :09 seconds to go to ensure the victory. Richmond took a knee and Hartland completed the most unlikely and memorable comebacks in recent history. It was a defining moment for the Eagles — a much-needed lift after recent back-to-back losses. Great job, boys!

For more detailed game highlights (as I reported them live on Twitter) click here. See more information on following me on Twitter below.

For additional game coverage, read the full story by Jeff Theisen of the Daily Press & Argus.

Hartland hosts the 4-1 Howell Highlanders this week.

JV: Week 5 (9-24-2009)

JV holds-off Milford, 19-13

Hartland’s Zach Coykendall, who started in place of the injured Tony Annese, threw for three touchdown passes in the 19-13 victory over Milford. Coykendall first hooked-up with Jimmy Francis on a 20-yd touchdown reception, then went on to throw two more touchdowns — both long receptions to Travis Spears. Milford’s last attempt to take the lead late in the game was cut short when Hartland’s Justin Charneski intercepted Milford’s quarterback. Hartland improved to 4-1 on the season.

Freshmen Blue/Gold: Week 5 (9-24-2009)

Freshmen defeats Milford, 52-0

The Freshmen team continued their outstanding play on both sides of the ball — easily defeating visiting Milford, 52-0, and moving to a 5-0 season record. I have not yet received word on who scored for Hartland (someone e-mail me a brief scoring recap to I did hear that Alec Bain kicked a 40-yard field goal. Wow! Great job boys!

Varsity: Week 4 (9-18-2009)

Brighton handles Hartland, 47-13

Quarterback, Danny Richmond scored both of Hartland’s touchdowns, but it was the offensive power of Brighton that was the star Friday night. The opening kick-off set the tone for the night when a Brighton return man took it the distance for the score.

Hartland needs to bounce-back in week five after taking two on the chin from the likes of Grand Blanc and Brighton. Hartland’s defense has given up 92 points in the last two games, but only put-up 27.

Hartland travels to Milford (3-1) this Friday, then Howell the following week.

JV: Week 4 (9-17-2009)

JV Loses to Brighton, 13-24

Tony Annese and Trey Conner scored rushing touchdowns for Hartland in the loss, but Brighton’s powerful offensive ground-game was too much for the Hartland defense. Hartland moves to 3-1 on the season and play host to Milford next week.

Freshmen Gold: Week 4 (9-17-2009)

Freshmen Gold Crushes Brighton, 57-0

Freshmen Gold easily handled Brighton Thursday afternoon — routing them 57-0. I came to the game with one minute remaining, so I didn’t get a chance to record who scored for Hartland. UPDATED 9/18/09 @ 7:38am: Thanks to one of the parents attending the game, I was able to post the brief game recap below.

Hartland’s defense was outstanding. Brighton had only two first downs all game — one in each half. On offense, Hartland racked-up 57 points for the second week in a row. Seven Hartland players scored: Ryan Hill had three rushing TDs; Josh Orlando and Dane Bourdo scored one each on the ground; Stephen Milarch threw for three touchdowns. one each to Anthony Villar, Andrew Skowyra and Brett Shirley; and Alec Bain kicked a 23-yard field goal to go along with his seven extra point kicks.

Freshmen Blue: Week 4 (9-16-2009)

Freshmen Blue Loses to Howell, 0-14

The Blue team was unable to get on the board Wednesday night, dropping their first game of the season to Howell, 0-14.

Varsity: Week 3 (9-11-2009)

Hartland Falls to Grand Blanc, 14-45

Hartland lost their first game of the season to their new KLAA rival, Grand Blanc, 45-14.

Matt Kenwell scored in the 1st quarter on a 13-yard run and again in the 3rd quarter on a 2-yard run. Arron Matthyssen and Max Nystrand played outstanding all-around games, and Jake Owstroski continued to tear it up on defense. Ben Willey provided the hit-of-the-night when he leveled a Grand Blanc punt returner in the 1st quarter (see video #1653).

For additional game coverage, read the full story by Rick Shepich of the Daily Press & Argus.

Hartland travels to the Dog Pound to face Brighton this Friday.

JV: Week 3 (9-10-2009)

JV Improves to 3-0; edges Grand Blanc, 38-32

Running back, Travis Spears, scored first for Hartland on a rushing touchdown in the 1st quarter. Quarterback, Tony Annese scored the second on a keeper in the 2nd quarter. Annese hooked-up with wide receiver, Jimmy Francis, for a 32-yard touchdown reception right before the half — making the score 19-10. Annese went back to work in the 3rd quarter by connecting with Francis on a long pass play down to the 10 yard line. Annese capped-off that drive with another QB-keeper for a score on the very next play. The score was 25-10 until late in the 3rd quarter when Annese scored on a one-yard QB sneak to increase the Hartland lead to 32-10.

Grand Blanc went on to score back-to-back touchdowns — pulling within eight points of Hartland. Grand Blanc’s attempted onside kick was recovered by Hartland, and it wasn’t long before Tony Annese had the ball back in his hands — registering another score on a 50-yard scramble for a touchdown. Hartland went up 38-24. Grand Blanc drove down the Hartland 8-yard line on the next series, but Hartland’s defense made an impressive stand to deny them a touchdown.

Hartland took over on downs, but couldn’t move the ball — opting to punt out of their own end-zone. Grand Blanc’s punt-rush overwhelmed Hartland and punter, Jimmy Francis, was sacked for a 2-point safety making the score 38-26. Grand Blanc was out of time-outs on their next offensive possession, but with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, they scored on a pass play as time expired. Final score: Hartland 38, Grand Blanc 32. Whew! That was close, but a win is a win. we’ll gladly take it.

Freshmen Gold: Week 3 (9-10-2009)

Freshmen Gold Demolishes Grand Blanc, 57-14

(UPDATED: 9/11/09 @ 3:18pm) Seven different Hartland players scored in Thursday night’s game. Ryan Hill and Zack Hauk each scored two touchdowns. Andrew Skowyra, Dane Bourdo, Josh Orlando, and Marcus Inman added a touchdown each. Alec Bain kicked a 27-yard field goal. Wow!

Freshmen Blue: Week 3 (9-9-2009)

Freshmen Blue Spanks Walled Lake Western, 50-6

The Blue team played Walled Lake Western Wednesday night and easily defeated them, 50-6. Chad Selby (RB) stole the show with his four rushing touchdowns. Spencer Wright (RB) added another two, and Nick Kryskowski (RB) scored one of his own. Great job, boys!

Hartland Splits Freshmen Squad

In an effort to get more kids on the field — therefore getting them more game-time experience — Hartland split their Freshmen roster to create two teams. As I understand it, there is a Blue team and a Gold team. The Blue team will play a five-game schedule and recombine with the Gold team on weeks where they do not have an opponent. Week 3 was the first game they played with the two teams, and by looking at their scores above, it appears the kids have really responded to the opportunity. Great move for the program. It should add to some much-needed numbers at the JV level next season.

Varsity: Week 2 (9-3-2009)

Hartland Brings Down the House

The varsity team didn’t disappoint the large crowd — trouncing South Lyon East, 55-6 in our home opener. Here’s a quick recap of the scoring:

  • Danny Richmond threw an 8-yard strike to a slanting Phil Annese.
  • Jake Ostrowski intercepted a pass and took it 37 yards for the score.
  • Matt Kenwell faked everybody out on a reverse and took it the distance — 67 yards!
  • Richmond threw his second touchdown to Matt Poches — hitting him perfectly in stride for the 37-yard TD.
  • Chad Hunt scored on a rambling, 16-yard run after bouncing it to the outside.
  • Max Nystrand added another score when he picked-off a pass and ran it back 25 yards.
  • Hunt scored his second rushing TD of the night off the right side of the line with the help of some great blocks.
  • Taylor Garner finished the scoring with a huge, 45-yard QB keeper down the left sideline.

Wow, what a game! You can read the full story by Rick Shepich of the Daily Press & Argus. (Great coverage, Rick. Thanks!)

JV and Freshmen: Week 2 (9-2-2009)

JV and Freshmen win Big!

The Freshmen team defeated South Lyon East Wednesday night by a score of 35-18. The JV team followed with a 44-0 victory of their own. Great job, boys!. Varsity. you’re up!

Varsity: Week 1 (8-28-2009)

Hartland Crushes Livonia Churchill, 31-7

See videos highlights in the player above!

The rain held off and for the second year in a row, the varsity team easily handled our KLAA South Division foe, the Livonia Churchill Chargers. Hartland jumped out to an early lead and went on to score 21 points in the first quarter to set the stage for the rest of the game. Hartland’s defense did a tremendous job holding Churchill scoreless until the last few minutes of the game. Below is a breakdown by quarter.

First Quarter

Hartland kicked-off to Churchill. Taylor Garner (Senior WR/DB) intercepted a Churchill pass on the first series. Hartland went three and out on their first series. Hartland’s Brent Kinsey recovered a fumble on Churchill’s next series. Hartland scored on a swing pass to Matt Kenwell (Senior RB/DB), but it was called back because of a penalty. Danny Richmond (Junior QB) found Matt Poches (Junior WR/DB) on a slant route for a touchdown at 7:01. Extra point kick by Adam Schiller (Junior K/P) was good and Hartland led 7-0.

Churchill couldn’t do much on their next series and punted the ball away. Hartland took over on the 49 yard line and started a nice drive. They changed-up the offensive personnel a little — putting Phil Annese (Junior WR/DB) at QB and running for the 1st down — to keep Churchill guessing.

Second Quarter

Hartland continued their first quarter drive down inside the one yard line, then Richmond popped one in on a QB sneak. Schiler’s extra point was good and Hartland went up 14-0 with 11:57 left in the half.

Churchill again struggled on offense and after punting Hartland was in control. Three great reception efforts by Garner, Gerry Francis (Junior TE/LB) and Poches kept the drive alive with first downs. Kenwell added a nice rush down left side line to the six yard line. After a Churchill timeout, Kenwell punched it in for the score with 4:35 left. Extra point was good and Hartland led 21-0.

Hartland’s defense fed off their offense’s success and continued to shut-down the Churchill offense — forcing them to punt. Hartland took over deep in their own territory, then struggled with a couple of penalties. Schiler’s attempted punt was blocked and Churchill took over on our own 10 yard line. However, Churchill burned all their time-outs and were a little rushed. They attempted a field goal on 4th and 10, but after their holder mishandled the snap Hartland was able to take advantage by rushing the kicker and blocking the attempt. Richmond kneed-out to end the first half.

Third Quarter

Churchill kicked-off to Hartland and we started to eat-up the clock. Hartland drove down to the around Churchill’s 40, then a very timely reverse to Max Nystrand (Senior WR/DB) was called. Nystrand ran the reverse all the way down the left side-line for the touchdown. Whatever life Churchill hoped to have in the second half, died on that play. Schiler’s kick was good and Hartland went up a commanding 28-0 with 7:47 left in the third.

Schiler was having a great game — he booted the ensuing kick-off out of the end zone forcing Churchill to start at their own 20. Hartland’s defense was again relentless. Hartland’s Josh Kulesza (Senior OL/DL) was all over the Churchill quarterback. Churchill was forced to punt. Hartland didn’t produce on their next drive and punted back to Churchill. Our defense came up big again, forcing Churchill to punt back to us. The quarter ended with Hartland in possession.

Fourth Quarter

Hartland continued to eat up the clock. Richmond led his team all the way down inside the Churchill 10 yard line. After a few missed opportunities, Schiler lined up for a 28-yard field goal. It was good. Hartland led 31-7 with 4:19 left in the 4th.

Churchill avoided the big goose egg by scoring with 2:54 left in the game.

Great start, boys!

Hartland opens at home vs. South Lyon East on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00pm.

Local Paper Previews Hartland’s Season

Read Hartland’s Football Preview by our local newspaper, the Livingston County Press & Argus.

JV: Week 1 (8-27-2009)

JV Handles Livonia Churchill, 31-7

The JV squad — looking a little thin in numbers — won convincingly over visiting Livonia Churchill by a score of 31-7. Quarterback, Tony Annese scored on the first play of the game — running a keeper, untouched down the left side line for a 66 yard touchdown. Annese scored again at the end of the 1st quarter on a keeper (off-tackle right) inside the 10 yard line. Eric Poisson (WR/DB) then scored on a 63-yard run in the 2nd quarter to make the score 19-0. Poisson added an interception on defense to finish the first half.

In the 3rd quarter, Tony Annese went to work again — this time in the air — throwing a 30-yard strike to Trey Conner (WR/LB) for the touchdown. Annese threw another touchdown pass at the end of the 3rd quarter — finding Aaron Hayes (WR/DB) for the 38-yard score. The score remained 31-0 for most of the 4th quarter, then Churchill scored with 11 seconds left.

Great way to kick-start the season, boys! GO EAGLES!

Freshmen: Week 1 (8-27-2009)

Freshmen Start Strong; Win 15-8

The Freshmen team defeated Livonia Churchill 15-8. Hartland QB, Stephen Milarch, hooked-up with Anthony Villar for a touchdown pass and followed that with the two-point conversion pass. Later in the game, Dane Bourdo scored from 11 yards out to put the game away.

Three Players Sign Letter of Intent

Jon Stevens (WR/DE) and Josh Theis (OT/DT) both signed to play at Northern Michigan University. Kicker, Zach Minor, signed to play soccer with Saginaw Valley State. Congratulations, boys! We’re all so very proud of you and wish you great success at the collegiate level.

Varsity: Week 12 (11-15-2008)

Hartland falls to Rockford in Regional Final, 8-24

Division 1, Region 1 Final: Rockford 24, Hartland 8

Watch QB Chris Cagle scramble for a 1st down in video 014.

Hi-def videos now available! I experimented with a hi-def video camera for Saturday’s game and wow. I gotta tell you these clips are looking great. Watch them now!

It didn’t look like it would be much fun when we left Hartland in the rain. But, in Rockford it was dry and mostly cloudy albeit chilly and windy. I was impressed and proud with the number of Hartland fans that made the trip — what a great day tailgating with friends and family on a Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere felt like ESPN’s College Game Day! Very cool!

Here’s the possession-by-possession recap.

Hartland went on offense first starting at the 20 and gained two first downs on a Matt Kenwell (junior RB) run and Jon Stevens (senior WR/DE) pass reception up the middle. Hartland was then looking a 4th and 4 after getting past mid-field but had to punt the ball away.

KLAA Honors 12 Hartland Players as 2008 All-Conference

My sources confirm that the following Hartland players have been selected to the 2008 KLAA Lakes Conference’s “All-Conference” Team:

FIRST TEAM: Chris Cagle, Vonn Jones, Josh Theis, Charles Putz, Jake Warner, Ryan Simancek, and Jared Felix. HONORABLE MENTION: Carson Pippin, Matt Poches, Kyle Summerfield, and Jon Stevens. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR: Zach Minor.

Other teams in the Lakes Conference include: Brighton, Howell, Milford, Pinckney, Lakeland, WL Central, WL Northern, WL Western, Waterford Kettering, and Waterford Mott.

Congrats, boys! Well deserved.

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