Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Scott Cuthrell of Cass City High School the week five recipient of the 2018 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Cuthrell's Red Hawks defeated the Vassar Vulcans 54-12 to run their record to 4-1. On Friday, September 28, the Red Hawks host the Bad Axe Hatchets (3-2) in a Greater Thumb Conference -West Division game.
Cuthrell has coached high school football for 27 years and is currently in his 17th season as head coach at Cass City. He spent two seasons as an assistant at Muskegon Orchard View, two seasons as an assistant and four seasons as a head coach at White Cloud and two seasons as an assistant at Cass City before taking over as head coach in 2002. The Red Hawks have reached the MHSAA playoffs the past four seasons and seven seasons in all during Cuthrell's tenure. Cuthrell's career record at Cass City is 87-74 (54%).
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2018 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best demonstrates success on and off the field, develops players' character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community. The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members—Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle) and Scott DeCamp (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle).
This season's program will award $22,000 to aid the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions, the NFL Foundation, presenting partner, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and associate partner, Gatorade.
Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school's football program and a Gatorade performance package, compliments of Gatorade. At the conclusion of the 2018 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season's Coach of the Year will receive a $4,000 donation to his school's football program, in addition to the Gatorade performance package. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions' head coach Matt Patricia and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, a personalized game ball as well as acknowledgement at an upcoming Lions home game.
Currently in its' 22nd year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $411,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan. For more information on the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions' Director of Football Education, at 313-262-2248.