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August 26, 2014

Return to the gridiron: Eastsider

A look at the local squads as prep season kicks off
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Return to the gridiron: Eastsider
Roseville High football coach Mel Richendoller, pictured during a 2013 game against East Detroit, is looking to lead the Panthers to the state playoffs for the first time since the team made three straight postseason appearances from 2009-11.
The East Detroit High football team is looking for its first postseason appearance since 2010. Pictured is senior quarterback Davante Hall 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.

Roseville Panthers
Last season’s record: 1-8, 0-5 MAC White
League: MAC Blue
Returning starters: Six
First game: vs. East Detroit High, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys: Roseville High coach Mel Richendoller said he’s going to lean on his junior class to lead the team. That includes running back Michael Evans, quarterback Evan Gates, offensive lineman Zak Hill, running back Matt Fowler and tight end Collin Koltvedt. The play of that group is crucial if the Panthers are to return to the state playoffs for the first time since 2011. Roseville will look to best the 7.6 points per game it tallied last season.

Defensive keys: Richendoller is looking at junior safety Andrew Paton and Koltvedt to lead the defense and improve on the 40.1 points per game the unit allowed in 2013.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a very talented junior class. We’ve been working extremely hard. We’re looking forward to a great season. Football in Macomb County is always fun.”


East Detroit Shamrocks
Last season’s record: 2-7, 2-3
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: 12
First game: at Roseville High, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys: Third-year Shamrocks coach Brandon Banks said overcoming a lack of size is vital for East Detroit’s prospects. “I think we’ll be fine offensively,” said Banks, who looks to focus on the run game. The Shamrocks are looking for solid play from senior quarterback Davante Hall.

Defensive keys: Banks said his team may struggle a bit on the defensive side of the ball due to the loss of some key players due to graduation. Banks is looking at senior defensive back Perry Nunlee to lead the group.

Coach’s outlook: “This is actually the first year I’ve had this many starters return, and these guys all work really well together. We had a really good summer of workouts and 7 on 7. I feel really good about this season. We’re going to compete. Hopefully, we can get some wins this year.”