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August 26, 2014

Return to the gridiron: St. Clair Shores Sentinel

A look at the local squads as prep season kicks off
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Return to the gridiron: St. Clair Shores Sentinel
The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football team is looking for its first winning season since 2010. Pictured is Shorians senior quarterback Will Bobek during an Aug. 15 practice.
The St. Clair Shores South Lake football team returns four starters to an offensive unit that tallied 24 points per game in 2013. Pictured is Cavs junior running back Martell Pettaway during an Aug. 12 practice.
The St. Clair Shores Lakeview football team moves to the MAC Blue this season. Pictured is Huskies senior tight end/defensive lineman Rex Stockwell during an Aug. 12 practice.
 

C & G Sports Staff

The prep football season kicks off Aug. 28 on fields across the state.

Here’s a look at your local squads, along with some thoughts from the coaches regarding what they hope will make this a season to remember.

The opening game for each squad is also listed.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Shorians
Last season’s record: 4-5, 1-4 MAC Gold
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: Nine
First game: vs. Port Huron Northern, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys: Lake Shore coach Tom Iwanicki, in his 10th year with the program, is looking for his veteran offensive line, anchored by senior center Aaron Schultz, to lead the unit.

Iwanicki said he’s also looking at senior quarterback Will Bobek, a three-year varsity player, as a playmaker, along with senior running back Sean Smith. Play on the outside will bring some questions, as Lake Shore lost all of its receivers from last season to graduation.

Defensive keys: The defense will feature a strong defensive line, according to Iwanicki. The unit has questions in its back seven, though, due to attrition. The unit looks to improve on the 26.9 points per game it allowed in 2013.

Coach’s outlook: “Obviously, like everyone else, we need to stay healthy. In order for us to be competitive, we can’t have a lot of injuries.”


St. Clair Shores South Lake Cavaliers
Last season’s record: 4-5, 3-2
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: 11
First game: vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys: Second-year South Lake coach said the team is young at the skill positions, but there’s a lot of talent, speed and athleticism there. That youth is a double-edged sword, though, Marrogy said, when it comes to educating the players on schemes and technique. Marrogy is looking at junior running back Martell Pettaway and senior offensive lineman Zach Bowman to lead South Lake’s offense.

Defensive keys: The Cavs return seven starters from last season’s team. Marrogy is hoping that continuity aids the group. That core includes junior linebacker Jalen Williams, senior defensive lineman Josh Jackson and Bowman — a linebacker. That group looks to improve on the 26.3 points per game it allowed in 2013.

Coach’s outlook: “We’re just trying to build on what we did last year. We had some addition by subtraction, and it’s worked out for us. The attitudes have gotten better. Our kids are buying in a lot more. We had a lot more dedication this offseason than in the past,” he said. “We’ll need to stay healthy. Our roster is bigger than last season, but not as big as other schools.”


St. Clair Shores Lakeview Huskies
Last season’s record: 3-6, 2-3 MAC Gold
League: MAC Blue
Returning starters: 12
First game: at St. Clair Shores South Lake, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys: Huskies coach Rob Wozniak, in his fourth year, said he’s looking forward to a season that will feature a senior-laden team. Wozniak said he’s looking to senior quarterback Caleb Stump, a four-year varsity player; senior running back Brian Moy, and senior tight end Rex Stockwell to lead a group looking to best the 12 points per game it put up last season. Lakeview’s offensive line will feature several new starters, Wozniak said, and the group must develop quickly.

Defensive keys: Lakeview’s defensive unit welcomes back six starters, including Stockwell (defensive end), Moy (safety) and Stump (safety). However, the Huskies are replacing three starters on the line, Wozniak said, with the hopes of improving on the 32.8 points per game it allowed in 2013.

Coach’s outlook: “We look forward to the opportunity to play new teams with the move to the MAC Blue. A lot of the teams we’ll see in the Blue are in close proximity to Lakeview, so it’ll create some nice, natural rivalries.”