Gallery/Notes: Muskegon vs Kenowa Hills

Kenowa Hills (Mich.) lost big to Muskegon (Mich.) in the regular season, but the Knights made a tough game out of their playoff battle last week. The Big Reds came out on top, but it was hard fought, and we had a chance to see some great performances on both sides.


The top prospect on this team is junior defensive lineman Kenny Finley. At 6'3, 255-lbs, he currently plays defensive tackle, but colleges are seeing him in a variety of potential roles because he's quick enough to be an end in a 3-4, or a strongside guy in a 4-3, or grow into a true defensive tackle. In this game, he was his typical, active self. He made several plays behind the line of scrimmage including a big hit on the quarterback. His length and motor stand out and as he continues to grow into his body and firmly establish a position, there is little doubt he will receive more and more college attention. Currently, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Iowa, and others are recruiting him.

The Big Reds are lead by a strong offensive line. The junior of the group, Malik King, is the biggest at 6'5, 270-lbs. He plays guard right now, but will likely move to tackle next year and has the frame to play either spot in college. The three seniors: Quincy Crosby, Chandar Ricks and Antwan Billings are all likely college interior guys. Ricks is the biggest of the group, but Crosby and Billings are maulers. All three are currently without offers, but look like they will, at the least, receive Division II opportunities. One youngster who did not play in the game, but started a number of games as a freshman last year was 2015 OT Juanye Johnson, a 6'5, 250-lb prospect to keep an eye on.

Kenowa did a pretty good job of containing senior slot Marcus Smith, but we're still high on his hands and open field ability as a college player. He impressed this summer, and has had a good senior season, which may bring some late MAC attention, but the GLIAC schools will be more than happy if he slides through to them. Senior receiver Keyondre Craig is a big target at 6'3, 200-lbs. He made a nice play on a touchdown catch. We need to see more of him, but he flashed ability. Another senior receiver, Sherman Hodges is not quite as big as Craig, but is a nice athlete at 6'2, 165-lbs. Senior running back John King is a tough runner with a powerful lower body. He breaks arm tackles and is a downhill kid who doesn't waste a lot of time getting north-south.

Other to watch include 6'2 senior defensive back D'Vonte Dockery, junior linebacker Will Hunt and disruptive senior defensive lineman Ronald Jenkins, a player who was in the backfield quite a bit.

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Senior receiver Dylan Smith had a big game. He has good size, good hands and surprised me with his ability after the catch against a fast defense. He's a good football player who should draw a good amount of late looks once his senior film gets around.

Junior defensive end Zach Evans and sophomore defensive tackle Malik Swain both had solid games. Swain is an athletic 280-lb youngster who made a lot of plays. We'd like to see him do this consistently, but he served notice that he is a young guy to watch out for.

Senior tight end Luke Van Essen, a 6'4, 220-lber and 6'2 junior safety Josh Fransted, are two other prospects who made plays for the Knights.

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