2019 Football Preview: Birmingham Seaholm

2018 Record: 7-3

By: C & G Sports Staff | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 23, 2019


Last season’s record: 7-3
League: Oakland Activities Association White Division
Returning starters: Seven
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 28 vs. Ferndale High

Offensive keys:
With the losses of quarterback Gray Kinne and running back Chase Mentag to graduation, the Maples will have a lot to replace at their skill positions. Coach Jim DeWald said, however, that they’ve “replaced them with some good dudes.”

Taking over at the helm will be Caleb Knoer. DeWald said everything starts with the quarterback in his offense.

Splitting duties at running back will be Chaz Strecker, who is projected to be the starter, and Jackson Vance, who split time with Mentag last season.

Making way for Strecker and Vance this season will be veteran linemen Sathya Siddapureddy and Caden DeWald.

Defensive keys:
Leading the way for the Seaholm defense is its defensive line, consisting in part of Nick Thoren, Jake LaBarre, Caden DeWald and Siddapureddy.

Behind them sits senior middle linebacker James DeWald. Last season, the defense allowed its lowest points total since 2006.

“At every level, you’ve got to stop the run first,” Jim DeWald said. “They’re pretty stout guys. They understand what’s going on, and they’re a physical group.”

Coach’s outlook:
After finding success in the OAA Blue last year, the Maples are back in the OAA White this time around.     
Even with the tough road ahead, DeWald believes his team will still be alive when the playoffs come around.

“I think we’re a good football team,” he said. “I’d call it a disappointment if we didn’t make the playoffs. Where that puts us in the league, I don’t know. It’s a tough league with a lot of parity. I expect to fight to a playoff spot.”


vs. Ferndale High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Seaholm handled the Eagles with ease last season, taking the matchup 53-8. Seaholm leads the overall series 31-21-1. The Maples have only played Birmingham Groves (60) and now-closed Southfield High (54) more times.

at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
This matchup took a year off last season. When these two teams got together in 2017, the Cougars came away with a 16-14 win.

at Troy High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Also taking a year off last season, the Colts got past Seaholm 13-2 in 2017. It was the first time the Maples were held to exactly 2 points since 2008.

vs. Rochester High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Falcons have just one win against Seaholm in eight tries. That win came in 2017, when Rochester topped the Maples 28-27.

at Rochester Adams (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Highlanders made the postseason for a third straight year last season and have beaten the Maples eight times in nine tries. Seaholm’s lone victory in the series came in 1996.

vs. Oak Park High (9-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
The Maples hold a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series, but the Knights have won four straight, including 28-0 in 2017.

at Troy Athens (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
In the season opener last year, Seaholm took the 41-7 victory. It was the most points the Maples had scored in a season opener since 2011, when they beat North Farmington 48-14.

vs. Birmingham Groves (9-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The two teams played twice last season, with Groves taking both matchups. The Maples haven’t beaten the Falcons since a 28-22 win in 2013. Despite that, Seaholm is 40-20 overall against its rival.

at Auburn Hills Avondale (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This is the first meeting since 2013, when the Maples prevailed 56-28. Seaholm finished with nine wins that season, which is tied for the third best in program history.