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August 28, 2013

Warren Weekly: The journey begins

Prep football season set to begin as teams set out on weekly quest toward Ford Field
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The Warren Woods Tower football team hopes to build on momentum created by winning its last four games in 2012. Pictured is Titans defensive lineman Darrell Cowart during a 2012 practice. Cowart will start for the Titans in 2013.
The Warren Mott football team is looking for its third straight trip to the MHSAA state playoffs. Pictured is Marauders senior running back/wide receiver Vondale Kelley during a preseason practice.
Warren De La Salle will look to return to the MHSAA state playoffs after not qualifying in 2012. The Pilots had make six straight trips to the postseason. Pictured is De La Salle senior quarterback Giovanni Rescegnio during a preseason practice.
 
Game on
The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association football season officially kicks off Aug. 29. Here’s a look at the local teams’ opening contests. For game time information, along with site information for the neutral-site contests, call the host school prior to game time. Check http://macombmac.misd.net for each Macomb Area Conference teams’ full schedule, check www.delasallehs.com for Warren De La Salle’s complete slate and check www.mhsaa.com for Warren Michigan Collegiate’s schedule. Games take place Aug. 29 unless otherwise noted.

Warren Cousino
vs. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North

Warren Mott
vs. Troy Athens

Warren Fitzgerald
@ St. Clair (Aug. 30)

Warren Woods Tower
@ Warren Lincoln

Center Line
@ Madison Heights Madison

Warren Lincoln
vs. Warren Woods Tower

Warren De La Salle
vs. Toledo Central Catholic (Aug. 31)

Warren Michigan Collegiate
vs. Hamtramck

C & G Sports Staff

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.

Warren Cousino Patriots
Last season’s record: 2-7
League: MAC White
Returning starters: Nine

Offensive keys:
Cousino coach Mike Powell said having senior leadership at the skill positions (running back, wide receiver) is important to the Patriots’ success this season. Powell is looking for solid play from senior running back Michael Greer, junior quarterbacks Nick Palmer and Joey Maleszyk, junior running back Ben Keith, senior running back Mike Ameya and senior offensive linemen Eli Galwaa, Matt Rice, Malik Young and Javonte Clemon.

Defensive keys:
Powell returns eight defensive starters and looks to see an improvement on the 27.8 points-per-game allowed by the Patriots last season. Powell is looking for contributions from Greer (defensive back), Palmer (defensive back), Maleszyk (defensive back), Keith (defensive back), Ameya (linebacker), Galwaa (defensive line), Rice (linebacker), Young (defensive line) and Clemon (defensive line).

Coach’s outlook:
“We are very excited about this year’s team. We have some very good skill players. If our offensive line and defensive line pick things up, and the quarterback gets rolling, we will have a very solid year.”


Warren De La Salle Pilots
Last season’s record: 5-4
League: Catholic High School League Central
Returning starters: Six

Offensive keys:
De La Salle coach Paul Verska said taking care of the football and developing the offensive line will be vital to De La Salle’s offensive success this season. Verska is looking for contributions from senior quarterback Giovanni Rescigno, senior running back Sam Badalamenti, senior offensive lineman Stephen Garrity, senior wide receiver Brent Morris, and senior wide receiver Carter Wilson. Last season was the first time De La Salle missed the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs since 2005.

Defensive keys:
Verska said stopping the opposition’s ground game and limiting big plays are musts if the Pilots hope to have a strong season. Verska said he expects strong play from senior linebacker Jared Wangler and senior defensive back Mario Agosta.

Coach’s outlook:
“We will be young, but look forward to developing our youth throughout the season.  We have one of the most difficult schedules in the state, which really minimizes our room for error but creates a great opportunity for our program. 

“We had a tremendous commitment to the off-season workout program.  We hope that the effort and enthusiasm showed in the off-season will carry into the fall.” 


Warren Fitzgerald Spartans
Last season’s record: 4-5, 2-3
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: Eight

Offensive keys:
Fitzgerald coach Ken Briere said he wants his offense to score touchdowns. He said the Spartans won’t look to control the ball or the clock because his offense is designed to score points. Even though he likes to run an up-tempo offense, Briere said having a solid running attack is key. He also said Fitzgerald runs a simplified scheme that focuses on concepts and not drawing up a high number of plays. Briere said he expects contributions from senior quarterback Cody Haberek, senior wide receiver Aaron Black, junior wide receiver Brandon Carlini, senior fullback Jalen Tannyhill, junior offensive lineman Nolan Brice and senior tight end Robert Gregersen.

Defensive keys:
Briere wants the Spartans’ defense to play fast and physical. He said he wants the group to be disruptive and create extra possessions for the offense. Briere is expecting solid play from Black (defensive back), Carlini (defensive back), Tannyhill (linebacker) and Gregersen (linebacker).

Coach’s outlook:
“We’ve got a very high ceiling and a very low basement. There’s so many “if/thens” when you’re dealing with high school kids that you could fill a book with, so we try not to focus on those and focus on lining them up, letting them go and going with a coachable attitude, and we’ll check the scoreboard after the game.”


Center Line High Panthers 
Last season’s record: 0-9
League: MAC Bronze
Returning starters: 17

Offensive keys:
Center Line coach Jim Carlisle said it’s essential his team utilizes a balanced attack on offense — a solid running and passing game — and executes in the red zone. Carlisle is looking to get contributions from senior quarterback A.J. Favazza, senior offensive lineman Eddie Kurak, senior guard Spence Raxter and junior wide receiver Jacob Brooklier.

Defensive keys:
Carlisle said returning nine defensive starters with varsity experience is key. He said that group must create more turnovers. Defensive players Carlisle expects to stand out include Kurak (defensive line) and junior safety Gerron Billinglea. The Panthers are looking for their first Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff birth since 2005.

Coach’s outlook:
“We have a very young team with only seven seniors, but we’re loaded with juniors and sophomores. We should have a very balanced offense with a much-improved running game and a very fast defense with nine starters coming back.

“This is a senior group with great leadership and a team that is very excited about the season.”


Warren Lincoln Abes
Last season’s record: 4-5
League: MAC Bronze
Returning starters: Nine

Offensive keys:
First-year Lincoln coach Darius Alexander, who served as the Abes’ defensive coordinator last season, said he’s implementing a pro-style offense. Alexander said Lincoln players are working hard and have picked up a lot of the concepts of the new scheme. He said offensive line play would be key if the Abes want to make their first Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoff appearance since 2008. Lincoln averaged exactly 20 points per game last season. Alexander said he’s looking for strong play from senior quarterback Darius Totty, senior fullback Mike Reese, senior running back Derrel Stewart, senior center Michael Abouya, senior guard Brandon Mitchell and sophomore running back/wide receiver Daniel Stewart.

Defensive keys:
Alexander said the Abes will continue to employ a base 4-4 defensive scheme. He said defensive line play and stopping the opposition’s ground attack is vital. Lincoln surrendered 19.3 points per game in 2012 — the team’s lowest points allowed per game since winning the Bronze in 2008. Last season, the defense averaged 17.3 fewer points per game than it did in 2011 (36.6). Alexander said he’s expecting solid contributions from Derrell Stewart (defensive back), Daniel Stewart (defensive back), Totty (free safety), Reese (linebacker), Mitchell (defensive line) and Abouya (defensive line).

Coach’s outlook:
“We’re just looking to go out and execute. We want to play well and win some games, and see how the new offense works out.”


Warren Mott Marauders
Last season’s record: 8-2
League: MAC White
Returning starters: Eight

Offensive keys:
Mott coach Tom Milanov said he’s replacing four of five starters on the offensive line, so it’s important that group jells early on. Mott’s offensive line paved the way for the Marauders to average 34.2 points per game in 2012 — 46.8 in five league contests. Milanov said he’s looking for strong play from senior center Jake Onstott, senior wide receiver Angelo Proulx, senior wide receiver Deshawn Burley, senior running back/wide receiver Vondale Kelley, senior wide receiver Ken Goins and senior quarterback Austin Ross.

Defensive keys:
Milanov said developing depth on defense and having as much speed on the field as possible will be vital to his team’s success. Mott’s defense surrenders just 12.2 points per game last season — good for fourth in the 36-team Macomb Area Conference. Milanov said he’s looking for solid contributions from Proulx (safety), Burley (defensive back), Kelley (safety), senior linebacker Nick Clark, senior defensive end LaVonte Perdue, Goins (linebacker) and Ross (linebacker).

Coach’s outlook:
“We’re looking for great effort and execution early on.  This is the best collective group of workers in the weight room, from top to bottom, that we have had.”


Warren Woods Tower Titans
Last season’s record: 4-5
League: MAC Silver
Returning starters: Seven

Offensive keys:
Second-year coach Mike Mahar said building on the success it had late last season, when the Titans won four of their last five games, is key. Mahar said he installed a veer offense, which utilizes the triple option, and scaled the offensive playbook back to four or five plays. In those four straight wins, Tower averaged 21.75 points per game after tallying just 12 points per contest in its first five games. Mahar said he’s looking for strong play from junior quarterback Darius Jordan, senior fullback Josh Scott, senior halfback Torrance Collins, senior offensive lineman Josh Pickett and junior offensive lineman Joe Hilliard.

Defensive keys:
Mahar said he will field a young defense this season and that the group will need to jell quickly in order for Tower to have a solid year. He said he would likely start just two seniors on defense and that developing leadership on that side of the ball early on will be important, as well. Like their offense, the Titans’ defense turned it on late last season, giving up just 13.25 points per game over the last four contests. Tower’s defense surrendered 29.4 points per game over the first five games of the 2012 campaign. Mahar said he is looking to get solid contributions on defense from senior defensive lineman Corbin Williams, junior defensive lineman Darrell Cowart, junior defensive end Andrew Zannetti and junior linebacker Tyler Vargo.

Coach’s outlook:
“When I came in last year with a new staff, we said we were going to focus on building a program. We want the players to get better every day, sure, but we also want them to be strong students and people in the community. We’re going to continue to build on that, but the next step as a program is to get to above .500. We’ve got a lot of guys buying into what we’re doing and that’s important.”


Warren Michigan Collegiate Cougars
Last season’s record: 6-4
League: Michigan Charter School Conference
Returning starters: Six

Offensive keys:
Michigan Collegiate assistant coach/defensive coordinator John Guth said the Panthers young offensive line must jell early if the team hopes to make a fifth straight trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs. Guth said Michigan Collegiate is counting on solid production from a group of seniors — offensive lineman Chris Calderon, offensive lineman Aramis McKinney, offensive lineman Corey Houge, fullback Kevin Stitts, running back Dajuan Hardrick and wide receiver Brian Jones.

Defensive keys:
Guth said defensive line play would be key if the Panthers want to have success this season. He said Panthers coaches teach speed and want all 11 players to keep their eyes on the ball at all times. Guth said Michigan Collegiate is looking for strong play from junior linebacker Kenneth Butler, McKinney (defensive line) and Stitts (linebacker).

Coach’s outlook:
“We’re pretty young in some spots, but we have some talent, and I think we can be solid this year.”