2018 Football Preview: Walled Lake Western

2017 Record: 8-2

By: C & G Sports Staff | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 30, 2018

League: Lakes Valley Conference
Returning starters: N/A
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 vs. Novi Detroit Catholic Central at Wayne State University

Offensive keys: 
The Alex Grignon era begins for the Warriors, as the first-year coach takes the field for the first time. 

Grignon is an offensive mind, having previously been the offensive coordinator for South Lyon High. 

“I’ve always been under the mindset that you only have so much time during a high school football season to implement your schemes, so you want to pick something and be great at it, not have a bunch of schemes and be pretty good at all of them,” Grignon told C & G Sports in July.

Last season, the Warriors averaged 31.5 points per game.

Defensive keys:
The Warriors were also impressive on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing 18.8 points per contest. Western held opponents to 14 points or less five times. 

Coach’s outlook: 
Grignon takes over the program from Mike Zdebski, who took a coaching position in Arizona. It’s a program used to winning. Grignon wants to win in more ways than one.

“My first priority as coach is to make sure my players are good people who succeed in the classroom in addition to on the field,” Grignon said in July. “I want my players to have confidence and self-belief, but talk is cheap and we have to back it up on the field.”


Schedule:
at Novi Detroit Catholic Central (8-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23

These squads last met in the 2013 playoffs, when the Shamrocks prevailed 37-27. Overall, the Warriors are 1-2 in the series. This latest installment takes place at Wayne State University. 

vs. Milford High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Western was able to defeat Milford 44-8 in Week 2 last season. The Warriors are 6-0 all-time against the Mavericks. 

at Waterford Kettering (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
In the Week 3 contest between the teams last season, the Warriors defeated Kettering 21-7. Kettering hasn’t found the playoffs since 2013 and is 3-14 against the Warriors all-time. 

at Waterford Mott (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 15
Mott has made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. In last season’s contest against Western, it defeated the Warriors 47-37 before falling in the district round of the playoffs. 

vs. Walled Lake Northern (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
Northern has never played any opponent more than Western, but the Knights are just 2-14 in 16 matchups. 

at White Lake Lakeland (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
The Warriors won 13-11 in a Week 6 contest against Lakeland last year. Lakeland was able to make the playoffs last season, but is 3-10 against Western in school history. 

vs. South Lyon East (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
South Lyon East has made the playoffs in one season since the start of 2008. The Warriors are undefeated in three matchups against East.  

at South Lyon High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
South Lyon fell in last year’s Week 8 matchup against the Warriors 49-28. The Warriors have a 5-1 record against South Lyon all-time. 

vs. Walled Lake Central (5-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
In last year’s matchup, Central was defeated 42-0.  Western has never played any opponent more than the Vikings, leading the all-time series 32-19.