2018 Football Preview: St. Clair Shores Lakeview

2017 record: 2-7

By: C & G Sports Staff | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 31, 2018

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview football coach Pat Threet gives out instructions during an Aug. 7 practice.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview football coach Pat Threet gives out instructions during an Aug. 7 practice.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division
Returning starters: 14
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 vs. Royal Oak High

Offensive keys: 
Lakeview coach Pat Threet, the only coach to lead the team to the state playoffs, said the Huskies’ goal is to improve their passing and running games. 

“Last year, we were a run-heavy team,” Threet said. “This year, with a returning quarterback and some promising receivers, we should be able to improve our passing game from last season.” 

Senior quarterback Ivan Krohta will guide the offense. The team expects contributions from senior running back Dancaille Robinson, senior offensive linemen Damond Duncan and Andrew Dickinson, junior running back Evan Rochon, and junior offensive linemen Harold Irby and Brian Hannan. 

Last season, Lakeview averaged 17.4 points per game.

Defensive keys: 
Threet said he wants his team to show more different looks on defense. He noted that the unit has good speed and strength, and that both of those should be attributes for a good football team. 

“Our guys need to trust the plan and give great effort,” Threet said. 

Senior linebackers Jace Wilson and Delorean Ishmon, senior cornerback Craig Lippett, along with Krohta (defensive back), Robinson (linebacker), Rochon (defensive back) and Irby (defensive line) will anchor the defense. 

The Huskies allowed 26.4 points per game last year.

Coach’s outlook:
“Last year, we showed that we could be competitive with a young team. We had some growing pains … and we lacked depth on our roster with only a handful of seniors,” Threet said. “This year, we have 20 seniors and 20 juniors.

“We have nice kids who are hungry to achieve their goals together as a team. Our depth is much better, and having gone through those tough losses, I feel our guys have a lot of character. … At the end of the day, we focus on the things we can control — our attitude and our effort. Those two things take no talent.”


Schedule:
vs. Royal Oak High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
Lakeview opens the season against a 2017 state playoff qualifier. This marks the third straight season the Huskies and Ravens have met in Week 1, with each team winning once.

at Sterling Heights Stevenson (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Stevenson will look for its first win over Lakeview in what will be the teams’ second meeting — and first since 1972. The Titans have started 0-2 in two straight years. The Huskies lost five straight to end the 2017 season.

vs. Port Huron Northern (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
Lakeview and Northern will meet as Macomb Area Conference Blue Division foes. The Huskies moved up two divisions, skipping over the MAC Gold. Lakeview, 1-0 all-time against Northern, played in the MAC Silver the past two seasons.

at Fraser High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
The Week 4 battle marks the 31st time Lakeview and Fraser will square off. The Ramblers lead the series 16-13-1. The teams have only met four times since 1982.

vs. Utica High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
An old series back for more, these programs haven’t met since 1966. Lakeview is 4-12-1 in the series. The Huskies averaged 17.4 points per game last season.

at Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Lakeview and Roseville have each won one game in the series. The teams first met in 2014, with the Panthers winning 20-13. 

vs. Warren Cousino (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
A Lakeview win here would be its first over Cousino. The Huskies are 0-7 all-time against the Patriots.

vs. Port Huron High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
This is the first meeting between the programs. The Big Reds last season shared the MAC Blue title with Roseville and Grosse Pointe North.

vs. St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
It’s the 69th meeting between the city rivals, with Lake Shore holding a 35-31-2 edge. Lake Shore downed Lakeview 27-24 last season to stop a four-game losing streak in the series.

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