2018 Football Preview: Southfield A&T

2017 Record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Southfield Sun | Published July 18, 2018

 Southfield A&T senior wide receiver Cameron McEvans runs downfield during an Aug. 16 scrimmage. McEvans is one of six starters returning on offense this season for the Warriors.

Southfield A&T senior wide receiver Cameron McEvans runs downfield during an Aug. 16 scrimmage. McEvans is one of six starters returning on offense this season for the Warriors.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Team name: Southfield A&T Warriors

Last season’s record: 4-5

League: Oakland Activities 

Association Red Division

Returning starters: 14

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Davison High at Wayne State

 

Offensive keys

Southfield averaged 31.1 points per game last season, and six starters return from that unit.

Warriors coach Timothy Conley said his club will use a no-huddle attack that will focus on tempo and speed.

“We’ll work on identifying the run-pass option,” Conley said. “It’s all about getting the ball in the hands of our dynamic playmakers. We’re going to try and distribute the ball around and keep the defense guessing.”

Southfield’s offense includes a variety of players set to play at the next level, including senior halfback Devin Baldwin, who is committed to Western Michigan. Junior quarterback Anthony Romphf, senior tailback Anwar Jackson Jr., and senior wideouts Cameron McEvans and Saunders Carter have all received multiple Division 1 and D-2 offers.

“We have a lot of talent,” Conley said. “Our receivers look like they’re going to be really good this year, led by Carter and McEvans.”

 

Defensive keys

Southfield’s defense had highs and lows last season. The Warriors kept opponents under 17 points on four different occasions, but allowed 35 points or more three different times. 

Eight starters return on defense, including Baldwin at defensive end and senior free safety Marcus Fuqua, who is a three-year starter and committed to the University at Buffalo. Senior cornerback Nick Jones is headed to Ball State University.

“We have some great guys leading the charge on defense,” Conley said. “We just have to play good team football and be ready for any challenges.”

 

Coach’s outlook

“The biggest thing will be our ability to build depth across the board,” Conley said. “We have some great returning starters, but we have to develop the depth behind them. Hopefully that will happen every week, all the way to Week 9. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of team this can be down the stretch and hope the kids can get better every day.”

— Timothy Pontzer


2018 SCHEDULE

at Davison High (9-2) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24

Southfield A&T begins its third season in school history. In last year’s contest against the Cardinals, the Warriors fell in a shootout 56-54.

at Rochester High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30

The Warriors rolled past the Falcons 42-7 last season. It was the only meeting to date between the programs. 

vs. Bloomfield Hills High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

The first home contest on the calendar will come against Bloomfield Hills, which was able to make the playoffs in 2017. The Black Hawks won last season 23-22.

at Oxford High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

Southfield scored a 32-12 win last season in Week 4 against Oxford. The Warriors have never lost in two matchups all-time against the Wildcats. 

vs. Clarkston High (12-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21

In the second game of the season last year, the eventual Division 1 state champions beat Southfield 17-7. 

vs. Lake Orion High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28

Lake Orion wasn’t able to find much footing last season, finishing the year with six losses. One of those losses came against Southfield by a score of 24-16. 

at West Bloomfield High (11-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

In their 2016 playoff season, the Warriors were able to defeat West Bloomfield twice on their way to the regional round of the postseason. Last season, however, the Warriors were handled by the Lakers 62-35. 

at Rochester Adams (9-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12

Adams was able to beat the Warriors last season 38-14 in the first meeting between the programs.  

at River Rouge High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19

In their final contest of the season, the Warriors take on the Panthers. The two schools have never met before, and River Rouge resides in the Michigan Metro Blue Conference.