2019 Football Preview: Bloomfield Hills High

2018 Record: 2-7

By: C & G Sports Staff | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 29, 2019


Last season’s record: 2-7
League: Oakland Activities Association Red Division
Returning starters: 10
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Utica High

Offensive keys:    
When it comes to the offense, coach Dan Loria believes the unit has a strong receiver and quarterback combo in Central Michigan University commit Alec Ward and Tanner Slazinski.

Loria said being successful in the passing game will lead to a strong running game.

“It’s easy to look good in the summer, but when the pads go on, we’ve got to be able to execute and run the football,” Loria said.

Running back Bailey Snyder is also expected to play an important offensive role this season.

Defensive keys:
Loria said the Black Hawks have a large junior class this season, so it will be important for the team to grow up and gain experience fast.

“The key to that is just following the game plan and getting better in practice every day,” the coach said. “That’s what they’re going to do. Those kids are going to get better every day.”

Expect Brett Almany (safety), Devin Holmes (defensive tackle) and Owen Winter (defensive end) to be key players in the defensive scheme.

Coach’s outlook:
Just two seasons ago, the Black Hawks were a playoff team.

In order to return to the postseason and play into November, Loria said his team must stay injury free and put an emphasis on winning outside of the OAA Red.

“I think if we stay healthy, we’ll be right in the mix when it comes to the playoffs,” Loria said. “Non-league games are huge. You’ve got to win those non-league games, because it’s tough to win three or four games in our league to begin with.”

at Utica High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The Black Hawks and Chieftains opened the season last year. In that matchup, Bloomfield Hills handled Utica, winning 39-14.

at Clarkston High (11-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The Wolves were a failed two-point conversion away from winning back-to-back Division 1 state championships in 2018. Clarkston beat Bloomfield Hills 55-7 in last year’s meeting.

vs. Oxford High (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
After three straight seasons of missing the playoffs, the Wildcats clinched in 2018 and reached a Division 1 district final. In last year’s game with the Black Hawks, Oxford scored its highest point total of the season in a 56-17 win.

at Rochester Adams (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Highlanders escaped with a three-point victory against Bloomfield Hills last season. Adams is undefeated in the series against the Black Hawks.

vs. Southfield A&T (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Black Hawks offense struggled when these two teams met last year. The Warriors went on to win 44-6.

vs. Lake Orion High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
The Dragons and Black Hawks have played each other every year since 2014. In five matchups, Lake Orion holds a tight 3-2 advantage.

at West Bloomfield High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
The Lakers made the playoffs for the fifth straight year in 2018. Other than a 28-24 Bloomfield Hills win in 2017, the Lakers have topped the Black Hawks each time the teams have met.

vs. Troy High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Colts and Black Hawks haven’t met since 2016. In that game, Bloomfield Hills came away with a 27-10 win.

at Rochester High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
The Black Hawks are 2-0 in the all-time series with the Falcons. Bloomfield Hills won last season 21-15.