August 31, 2010

CMU commit Kenny Rogers and Holt upset in week one

This past Friday Central Michigan commit and Holt High School standout Kenny Rogers got their season started against the very fast Sexton Big Reds. Unfortunately for the Holt Rams, turnovers and penalties killed their chances for an opening game victory which ended in a 35-9 loss. Holt held a large size advantage on the line but struggled all game long to deal with the speed of Sexton, particularly on offense. Rogers was kind enough to still interview after the game and disappointment was evident in his tone.

"We have a lot of work to do. It was an eye opener for us and shows the team how hard we must work this season if we want to win," said Rogers.

Kenny himself looked solid. He held his blocks and his feet are great, as he showcased multiple times on pulls and other blocks.

"I felt like I played solid," said Kenny. "I felt like I held my blocks and did what I was asked to do. As shown by the score it's goning to take a lot more then this to have a successful season."

As for the game Kenny felt like turnovers and penalties killed the Ram's chances at a victory. Holt was down 7-6 and threw an interception for a touchdown to go down 14-6. They compounded that mistake in their next series with a fumble deep in Sexton territory that Sexton recovered. Then Michigan State commit Onaje Miller capped off with an easy touchdown to put Holt in a deep 21-6 hole early in the first half.

"Turnovers killed us. Take away the early turnovers we have a completely different game," said Rogers. "Sexton was a good, fast team but the best thing they did was capitalize on our mistakes and they made us pay."

Holt's offense struggled all game long against a much faster Sexton defense. Holt struggled to pass the ball efficiently and could not get into any rhythm running the ball. On the positive side for Holt was a very stingy defense, led by stud linebacker Mike Smith that until late in the game held Sexton stud Onaje Miller relatively in tact. Miller finished the game with 143 yards on 24 carries ( 6.0 Yards per carry) but got a lot of yards late in the game against a tired Holt defense.

"The game was really frustrating but we have a lot of season left," added Rogers. "We are gonna have to work much harder to reach our goals and I'm confident we will but it's a tough way to start the season for sure."

As for his future team, Kenny and the CMU staff have not had a lot of contact of recent, stating both are very busy.

"I haven't had a ton of contact with the coaches or players as of recent. We have sent emails back and forth here and there but that's about the extent of it. The CMU staff is really really busy trying to get ready for the season and I'm trying to focus on making my team more successful as well so we have just been sending emails back and forth," said Rogers.

As a side note, some other players to take note of are Holt junior lineman Ben Steward, Holt senior linebacker Mike Smith and Sexton senior linebacker Dominique Hoyle. Steward is massive, standing 6-foot-7 and weighing over 290 pounds. He will be a name to watch and a sure fire Division 1 prospect. Smith and Hoyle were animals for their respective defenses. Both seemed to be in on almost every tackle and really anchored two really good defenses. Kenny Rogers was especially impressive showing great feet and driving defenders back very consistently despite their speed. He was very advanced compared to other lineman being used on multiple pulls and cutting defenders very well.

We will be keeping an eye on Kenny Rogers and the Holt Rams throughout the season eying the future Chippewa's progress and team success.

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