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complain about the switch and made a
"Max is passionate about football. He
battled for four quarters every game no
matter what was happening:' Graf said.
The coach said Himelhoch pushed
himself hard between his junior and
senior seasons and improved tremen-
dously. Himelhoch was one of the Cranes'
captains this fall, and he played on most
special teams in addition to Cranbrook's
offensive and defensive units.
"I knew it was probably my last sea-
son to play football, so I wanted to make
the most of it:' said Himelhoch, who
most likely won't be continuing his grid-
iron career in college.
He's looking to attend a big university
like Michigan State or Miami of Ohio to
study business. His dream job would be
with an NFL team.
Himelhoch said all the losses the last
two seasons at Cranbrook were disap-
pointing, but not necessary discouraging
because of the nature of football.
"I love the game because the people on
your team are like your brothers;' he said.
"Whether you're undefeated or winless,
you share the same experiences:'
As for the anonymity of the offensive
line, "it's frustrating because nobody
seems to know when you make a good
play, but the guys next to you know it."
ffensive linemen toil in relative
anonymity on the football field.
It seems the only time they're
noticed is when a yellow flag flies out of
an official's pocket, and they're penalized.
Max Himelhoch received some positive
publicity after the end of the Cranbrook
Cranes' football season. He was one of 15
players of the Bloomfield Hills-based pri-
vate high school named to the Catholic
League All-Intersectional Division I team
"It was a nice reward for all the hard
work I've done Himelhoch said.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior two-
way tackle (offense and defense) was a
two-year starter for the Cranes — and a
shining light during two tough seasons.
Cranbrook lost all seven of its Catholic
League games this season and last (its
first two years in the league) and went
"Max rarely made a mistake said
Cranbrook coach Steve Graf. "He had a
see and feel for the trenches. If I wanted
to know what was going on there, I
looked to him because he understands
the game so well."
Graf changed Cranbrook's offense dra-
matically when he took over as coach in
2010. The Cranes ditched their conserva-
tive, run-oriented attack for a more open,
West Coast offense. Himelhoch didn't
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