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2019 Football Preview: Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day

2018 Record: 7-3

By: C & G Sports Staff | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published August 13, 2019


Last season’s record: 7-3
League: Independent
Returning starters: N/A
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Flushing High

Offensive keys:
Yellowjackets coach Dan MacLean said the team must establish a running game with backs Anthony Ammori and Chris Rea this season if they are to see success. The team has a veteran offensive line returning this fall.

Quarterback play from senior Ahlon Mitchell and sophomore Brandon Mann will also be a crucial key to the offense.

“(Mitchell) did a great job last year in his first year as a starter,” MacLean said. “As a senior, now you want to take the reins and be a leader. He’s demonstrated that already.”

Other key offensive players include senior Marcus Sheppard (receiver), and juniors Caleb Tiernan (lineman) and William Leggon (lineman).

“We just think we have a good group of guys with the cohesion and how they come together,” MacLean said. “We feel really positive.”

Defensive keys:
MacLean enters the season with high hopes for his defense. Last season, the unit averaged 13.7 points against per game.

“We think we’ve got the makings of an excellent defense,” the coach said. “We have a lot of players returning, and we feel like we have depth there. We have guys at every position who can come in and do the job should the starting player need a rest.”

Just as they are on offense, Mitchell (defensive back), Sheppard (defensive back), Ammori (defensive back), Tiernan (defensive line) and Leggon (defensive line) are all expected to play key roles on the defensive side of the ball. Other key players include Nick Wachol (defensive line), Ronnie Scott (defensive back) and Danny MacLean (defensive back).

Coach’s outlook:
In 2017, Country Day missed the postseason for the first time since 2005. The team rebounded and made the playoffs last year before falling on a last-second play to Farmington Hills Harrison.

For Dan MacLean, the key to this season will be building on the success his team experienced last year.

“Obviously for us, the goal is the playoffs,” MacLean said. “We’ve got to stay healthy. We’re playing a more ambitious schedule with bigger teams and bigger schools. We think it helps us for what’s ahead.”

at Flushing High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Flushing Central Middle School
The Raiders have only been able to beat the Yellowjackets once in four tries. In last year’s game, Country Day won 14-9.

vs. Detroit Mumford (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
These two teams opened last year’s regular season. In that game, Country Day topped the Mustangs 21-7.

at Warren Michigan Collegiate (8-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Since its formation in 2008, the Cougars football program has only missed the postseason once and has had a winning season every year. This game will mark the first time the two squads have met.

vs. Detroit Public Safety Academy (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
In just their third year as a program, the Eagles won seven games and made the playoffs last season. In the previous two seasons, Safety Academy won a total of five games.

vs. Detroit Loyola (7-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Bulldogs fell to Country Day last season 28-12 in Week 4. Despite the loss, they lead the all-time series 3-1.

vs. Richland Gull Lake (0-9) — 1 p.m. Oct. 5
The Blue Devils have failed to make the playoffs since 2009. In a 41-3 win last season, the Yellowjackets scored their second-highest point total of the season.

vs. Detroit Edison (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
This game will mark the first meeting between the Yellowjackets and Pioneers. Edison’s offense has experienced down years the past two seasons, as it has been unable to accumulate more than 95 points either year.

at Haslett High (8-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Vikings reached the playoffs for the second straight year last season. However, it was also the second straight year their season ended in an opening-round loss to East Lansing High.

vs. Ferndale High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This is the third straight meeting between the programs. The Eagles won both previous games, 17-7 in 2017 and 27-14 in 2018.