2017 Football Preview: Warren Cousino

Warren Weekly | Published July 19, 2017

Warren Cousino

Team name: Warren Cousino Patriots
Last season’s record: 8-2
League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division
Returning starters: Five
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Warren Woods Tower

Offensive keys:
New Patriots coach Justin Newcombe — who is a graduate of Cousino and a former player — will look to bring a new identity to the team’s offense. The Patriots in 2016, along with winning a MAC Blue title, scored the most points in program history (376). Senior wide receiver Arthur Asberry, the lone returning offensive starter, and senior running back Darren Hudson are expected to lead the group. Senior Evan Gumm takes over at quarterback.

Defensive keys:
The Patriots last season gave up a total of 242 points — their fifth most since 2000. Newcombe wants the unit to be stronger and more aggressive.

Hudson (defensive end) and Gumm (linebacker) anchor the group.

Coach’s outlook:
“Our motto is ‘FAMILY — Forget About Me, I Love You.’ I think too many times now we focus on ourselves too much,” Newcombe said. “We’ve been working hard since January to establish that atmosphere.”


2017 Schedule:

vs. Warren Woods Tower (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24
Cousino won last year’s bout 49-14 to take a 10-8 edge in the series. This marks the fourth straight year the Warren schools have faced off in Week 1. Cousino averaged 37.6 points per game in 2016, while Tower allowed 28.6 points per contest.

at Sterling Heights High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 31
This is the 31st meeting between Cousino and Sterling Heights. The Patriots downed the Stallions 53-26 last season. Cousino has faced its Warren Consolidated Schools rival more often than any other team and has a 14-16 mark in the series.

vs. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 8
Chippewa Valley has taken six straight against Cousino, including a 26-18 Week 3 decision last fall. The Big Reds lead the series 8-4. Prior to last season, Chippewa Valley had won the previous two games by an average of 30.5 points per game.

vs. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (0-9) — 7 p.m. Sept. 15
Cousino is 4-1 against L’Anse Creuse since 2000 and 10-5 overall. Cousino has outscored L’Anse Creuse 139-47 in the last three matchups.

at Utica High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 22
Cousino bested Utica 35-28 last season to end a three-game skid in the series. The Patriots now hold a 9-7 lead in the series. Utica put up 21.2 points per game last season, while Cousino allowed 24.2 points per game in 2016.

vs. Grosse Pointe North (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 29
The Week 6 matchup features what has been the best two teams in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division since 2014. Cousino won the division outright in 2014 and 2016, and the teams split the league title in 2015. The Patriots got past North 36-33 last season. The loss was North’s lone defeat in MAC Blue play.

at Roseville High (3-6) — 1 p.m. Oct. 7
Cousino downed Roseville 56-14 last season. The win was the ninth straight over Roseville for Cousino. The Patriots lead the series 13-5. Last season, Cousino scored at least 40 points four times.

vs. Port Huron High (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 13
Cousino knocked off Port Huron 40-37 last season to tie the series at 5-5. Port Huron had won the previous three meetings. The three-point win was much closer than Cousino’s average margin of victory of 13.4 points per game.

at St. Clair High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 20
Cousino routed St. Clair 49-13 last season to even the series at 1-1. Prior to 2016, the team’s lone matchup came in 1967: a 19-7 St. Clair win.