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FP’s Graff: Regional Coach of the Year

CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park varsity football coach Dave Graff has been named Regional Coach of the Year in Region 1 of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
    In Graff’s first season as head varsity coach, his Trojans went 7-1 and reached the regional finals in the Division 8 state playoffs. The award will be presented during the association’s clinic in Lansing on Jan. 16.
    • The coach’s son, Forest Park senior Lee Graff, was recently named U.P. Small School (Division 8 and eight-man) Offensive Player of the Year by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
    Lee earned the honor, and the stats back it up: He ran 238 times for 2,015 rushing yards (8.47 average) and 30 touchdowns; passed for five touchdowns and caught one TD pass. He also returned an interception for a TD and ran in 12 two-point conversions.
    So that’s a grand total of 31 TDs and 12 conversions: a total of 210 points scored on offense. Add in the pick six and it’s 216 total points scored. On defense, Lee compiled a total of 133 tackles, including 90 solos.
    How does that compare with the old man?
    Like father, like son. Thirty years ago, Dave Graff was the star at Forest Park at middle linebacker and running back. He was selected dream team running back and U.P. Class D Back of the Year.