2018 Football Preview: Walled Lake Central

2017 Record: 5-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 3, 2018

League: Lakes Valley Conference
Returning starters:
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 25 vs. White Lake Lakeland at Michigan Stadium

Offensive keys: 
Last season, the Vikings were able to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. 

Coming into this year, coach Bob Meyer feels the team is a bit more inexperienced on both sides of the ball.

“We are going to be playing 15 sophomores and freshmen this season,” said Meyer. “We need to learn from our mistakes and play hard.”

Last season, the Vikings averaged 25.8 points per game, which was the program’s second-best output since 2011.

Defensive keys:
On the defensive side of the ball, Meyer has the same outlook for his team. 

“The same thing on defense can be said for the offense,” said Meyer. “We need to play hard, play fast, but we need to learn from our mistakes on this side of the ball.” 

Despite being a playoff team, the Vikings allowed 31.2 points per game, which was the highest in program history.

Coach’s outlook: 
“If we play hard, play fast, but more importantly learn from our mistakes, we can possibly make the playoffs,” said Meyer. 


Schedule:
at White Lake Lakeland (7-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
These squads met twice last year. The Vikings won the season opener 20-13, but then fell to Lakeland 53-12 in the opening round of the playoffs. Overall, Central leads the series 14-6.

vs. South Lyon East (4-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Central handled East 50-31 in Week 2 last season, which was the first meeting between the programs. Last year was the first time the Vikings started a season 2-0 since 2009.

vs. Waterford Mott (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
The Vikings lead the series 8-3, but Mott got the best of Central last season 20-7.

vs. Milford High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
Central has played only four other teams more than it’s played Milford. The Vikings lead the series 24-16. Central won last year’s contest 49-35.

at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (10-2) — 1 p.m. Sept. 22
This will be the first time the Vikings and Cranes do battle. Cranbrook is coming off its best season in school history. The Cranes have won 26 games over the past three years. 

at South Lyon High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
In a battle last season, Central prevailed 29-28. Overall, the Vikings lead the series 2-1. The programs split a pair of meetings in 2008 and 2009.

vs. Walled Lake Northern (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Central is 9-5 in this rivalry series with the Knights, yet as of late, it’s been Northern coming out on the winning end. The Knights have won three straight against Central, including 26-24 last season. 

at Waterford Kettering (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
Central is 8-3 overall against Kettering. Last year, the Vikings prevailed 52-36.

at Walled Lake Western (8-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
These rivals have met a total of 51 times. The Warriors have the advantage, going 32-19 in the series, and have won seven straight. Central’s last victory was in 2010.

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