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August 28, 2013

St. Clair Shores Sentinel high school football preview

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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St. Clair Shores Sentinel high school football preview
St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior offensive lineman Joe Cracchiolo carries a barrel over his head during a conditioning drill as part of a preseason practice. Lakeview opens the 2013 season Aug. 29 with a home battle against Grosse Pointe North.
Game on

The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association football season officially kicks off Aug. 29. Here’s a look at the local teams’ schedules. Listed are home and away games.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview

8-29 vs. Grosse Pointe North
9-6 vs. St. Clair
9-13 vs. Marysville
9-20 @ Clinton Township Clintondale
9-27 vs. St. Clair Shores South Lake
10-4 @ Marine City
10-11 @ Sterling Heights High
10-18 @ St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
10-25  vs. Grosse Pointe South

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore

8-29 @ St. Clair Shores South Lake
9-6  vs. Marysville
9-13 vs. Marine City
9-21 @ Center Line
9-27 @ Warren Fitzgerald
10-4  vs. Sterling Heights High
10-11 @ St. Clair
10-18  vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview
10-25 @ Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse

St. Clair Shores South Lake
8-29 vs. St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
9-6  vs. East Detroit
9-13 @ Warren Fitzgerald
9-20 vs. Madison Heights Madison
9-27 @ St. Clair Shores Lakeview
10-4 @ Clawson
10-11 @ Madison Heights Lamphere
10-18 vs. Warren Woods Tower
10-25 @ Clinton Township Clintondale

Prep football teams will be back on the gridiron beginning Aug. 29. Here’s a rundown of each local team, including returning starters, offensive and defensive keys, and what each coach is expecting from their squad.

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St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Shorians
Last season’s record: 2-7
League: MAC Gold
Returning starters: 15

Offensive keys:
Lake Shore coach Tom Iwanicki said the Shorians begin the 2013 campaign with four new starters on the offensive line. He said their development is key because the Shorians return starters at every other position on offense. Lake Shore is looking to improve on its average of 18.3 points per game in 2012. The Shorians are also looking for their first Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoff berth since 2009. Iwanicki said he’s looking for strong play from senior wide receiver D’vonte Owens, junior quarterback Will Bobek, senior running back Marquis Simmons and senior running back Brandon Muraszewski.

Defensive keys:
Lake Shore returns eight starters on defense. The three spots where Iwanicki is working in new players are all on the defensive line. The coach said the new starters must catch up to the rest of the defense, adding the linebacking core is the strength of the defense. Iwanicki added the Shorians’ ability to stop the opposition’s rushing attack is key and that he is looking for contributions from a trio of senior linebackers — Alec Maluchnak, Grant Khalil and Simmons.

Coach’s outlook:
“We’ve got a lot of players back, but you can never really tell what you have until you play a game, and we have a tough one opening against (St. Clair Shores) South Lake. We’re excited about the new season, but we’re cautiously optimistic.”

St. Clair Shores Lakeview Huskies
Last season’s record: 1-8
League: MAC Gold
Returning starters: 12

Offensive keys:
Lakeview coach Bob Wozniak said the development of the Huskies’ offensive line is key to the team’s success. He said he expects contributions from senior offensive lineman Kirk McGee, junior quarterback Caleb Stump, senior offensive lineman Connor Luke and senior offensive lineman Joe Crachiollo. The Huskies are looking for their first Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff berth since 2010.

Defensive keys:
The trenches are also key for Lakeview on the defensive side of the ball, as Wozniak said the play of his defensive line will have a huge bearing on the Huskies’ season. He said he’s looking for strong play from junior safety Brian Moy, senior linebacker Elijah Tarrence and Luke (defensive line). Lakeview has qualified for the MHSAA state playoffs 12 times in the program’s history.

Coach’s outlook:
“We are looking to build on great chemistry, which has been developed during the offseason. Numbers are up on all three levels (freshman, JV and varsity). Matt Barranca takes over as offensive coordinator and brings (an up-tempo style) to that side of the football. On defense, seven (returning players) will help Lakeview continue to develop a solid defensive unit.”

St. Clair Shores South Lake Cavaliers
Last season’s record: 6-4
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: Eight

Offensive keys:
First-year South Lake coach Nick Marrogy said it’s important for his offensive line and running game to shine this season. Three seniors anchor the offensive line. South Lake’s offense tallied 27 points per game in 2012. Marrogy said he expects strong contributions from senior wide receiver Jalen Dingle, junior offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth, senior offensive lineman Jaylan Clark, senior offensive lineman Theo Branch, junior tight end Caldin Rogers, senior wide receiver Damaris Heard, senior running back Joe Vann, senior offensive lineman Raylan Hill, sophomore running back Martell Pettaway, senior running back Joe Vann and junior wide receiver Gerime Howard.

Defensive keys:
Marrogy said South Lake’s linebackers must perform well if the defense hopes to get stops this season. The Cavs’ defense allowed 18.2 points per game last season, as South Lake qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs for the third straight year. Marrogy said he expects solid play from Dingle (defensive back), Stallworth (defensive line), Clark (defensive line), Branch (defensive line), Rogers (defensive line), Heard (defensive back), Vann (linebacker), Hill (defensive line), Pettaway (linebacker) and Howard (defensive back).

Coach’s outlook:
“We will be good up front on both sides of the ball. We will emphasize stopping the run on defense and a strong run game on offense.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.