LCN hoping for bounce-back season under new coach

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 10, 2019

 Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s Anthony Petrucci (10) and Dawson Splitt celebrate a touchdown during the team’s season-opening win over Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s Anthony Petrucci (10) and Dawson Splitt celebrate a touchdown during the team’s season-opening win over Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.

Photo by Brian Sevald

 First-year L’Anse Creuse North football coach Pat Dailey gives instructions from the sideline.

First-year L’Anse Creuse North football coach Pat Dailey gives instructions from the sideline.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Pat Dailey is no stranger to the Macomb L’Anse Creuse North football program.

From 2015 to 2018, Dailey served as the Crusaders’ defensive coordinator under then-coach Anthony Kiner.

Dailey now wears the main headset as LCN’s head football coach.

His tenure couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, as the Crusaders shut out interdistrict rival Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in the teams’ Aug. 29 season opener.

“It’s a rivalry game, so we wanted to come in prepared,” said Dailey. “It was really big for us to get a win in Week 1. We wanted to start the season with a win.”

Starting the 2019 campaign with a victory was crucial, Dailey said. The LCN coach touted the team’s schedule, which includes perennial playoff teams Warren Mott, Utica Eisenhower, Macomb Dakota and Grosse Pointe South.

The Crusaders fell 45-6 to Mott Sept. 6 to bring their record to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Dailey said the team’s preparation in the offseason and leading up to the season has been top notch.

“We’ve got a lot of seniors on this team who want to win,” Dailey said. “They’ve done a good job of leading the way. If we can bring our weekly preparation to the field every Friday, we’ll always give ourselves a chance to win.”

Leading the charge for the Crusaders — who are hoping to get back to the state playoffs for the first time since 2016 — is senior quarterback Justin Szumanski.

Dailey said Szumanski has the tools to guide the team to a solid season.

“(Szumanski) is a two-year starter,” Dailey said. “He does a great job of watching film and preparing for opponents.”

Dailey admitted that his team is still a work in progress.

“We can’t get complacent,” Dailey said. “We’re going to keep working hard and practicing hard until we get to exactly where we want to be.”

L’Anse Creuse North’s next game is against Grosse Pointe North at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at home.

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