North Farmington’s Myles Gresham carries the ball in a scrimmage Aug. 16 at home. The Raiders have 18 returning starters this season.

North Farmington’s Myles Gresham carries the ball in a scrimmage Aug. 16 at home. The Raiders have 18 returning starters this season.

Photo by Deb Jacques


2018 Football Preview: North Farmington

2017 record: 2-7

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published July 31, 2018

Last season’s record: 2-7
League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division
Returning starters: 18
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Farmington Hills Harrison

Offensive keys: 
Coach Robert Chiesa is beginning his second season as coach at North Farmington, something he believes will benefit the offense.

“Due to me getting an entire offseason in this year, I’ve had the chance to put in the triple option,” Chiesa said. “Last year, with our lack of time, we weren’t able to install that last season.”

The Raiders only scored in double digits one time last season. 

Defensive keys:
If the offense is moving the ball the way Chiesa believes it can, it’ll only benefit the defense long run, helping to keep the unit off the field more than last year.

When the defense is lined up, Chiesa said it’ll be a tenacious bunch. Last season, the Raiders gave up an average of 38 points per game. 

“We have the speed. The key will be execution and swarming to the ball,” the coach said. 

Linebackers Kevin Prabhakar, Rashad Green and Richard Harris, and free safety Justin Bryant lead the unit.

Coach’s outlook: 
Chiesa stated that another 2-7 season isn’t going to cut it for him. 

“We need to take the next step; last year is not good enough,” Chiesa said. “We hope to take the next step, and possibly get to the .500 mark or maybe even get to my first playoff run.”


Schedule:
at Farmington Hills Harrison (10-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24
North Farmington is hoping to close out the all-time series on a high note. Harrison leads 18-5 heading into this final meeting. 

vs. Hazel Park High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 31
Hazel Park made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 last year. In last year’s contest, the Vikings beat the Raiders 48-7 and went to 4-2 all-time against the Raiders. 

at Birmingham Seaholm (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
This will be the first matchup between the Maples and Raiders since the 2016 season. Seaholm won that contest 41-14. The Maples are 10-0 against the Raiders. 

vs. Pontiac High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
North Farmington beat Pontiac last season 26-16 and is 5-0 all-time against the Phoenix. Pontiac has won four total games since 2011.

at Berkley High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
Berkley and North Farmington haven’t matched up since 2013, when the Raiders won 24-6. North Farmington leads the series 4-3. 

vs. Royal Oak High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Royal Oak High found the playoffs last season for the first time since the 2006 season. One of its wins came at the expense of the Raiders by a score of 38-6. 

at Farmington High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Farmington ran away with it last year, 47-3, though the Raiders lead the series 33-18-1.  

vs. Macomb Lutheran North (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
This is the first matchup between North Farmington and Lutheran North. The Raiders haven’t found the postseason since the 2010 season. 

vs. Auburn Hills Avondale (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19 
Avondale was a playoff team last season. The Yellow Jackets were able to defeat North Farmington last year 47-0. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 4-2.

Schedule courtesy of www.mhsaa.com, historical data from www.michigan-football.com and helmet provided by www.michiganhelmetproject.org