2019 Football Preview: Clinton Township Clintondale

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published July 12, 2019

Advertisement
Advertisement

Last season’s record: 3-6
League: Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division
Returning starters: 14
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Detroit Southeastern

Offensive keys:
Longtime Clintondale coach Dave Schindler said this year’s team is filled with athletes.

“We’ve got a bunch of skilled kids who can run the ball and who compete like heck,” Schindler said.

Senior quarterback Darrel Walker leads the attack and will also see time at running back. Junior running back Markail Owens is a returning starter who will get the lion’s share of the carries, while senior receiver Raquan Owens is the team’s No. 1 option on the outside. Senior Henry Mitchell anchors the offensive line.

In three of the last four seasons in which it has been a member of the MAC Bronze, Clintondale has advanced to the state playoffs. The Dragons scored just 186 points in 2018, which was the team’s lowest output since 2007.

Defensive keys:
Schindler would like to see the defense be faster to the ball and cut down on the big plays. The 253 points that Clintondale allowed last season were the most since 2008.
Hudson and Owens lead the secondary, while Walker (linebacker) and Mitchell (defensive line) are expected to contribute on that side of the ball as well.

Coach’s outlook:
“As it’s been for many years, we want to play Dragons football: play great defense, secure the ball, run the football and win the kicking game,” Schindler said. “We’re a young team, but we have a lot of experience. The goal is to work hard, compete and try to get better. We weren’t too satisfied with last year’s outcome. Hopefully, this year we have a little more fun.”
 

vs. Detroit Southeastern (8-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The opener marks the second straight year that Clintondale and Southeastern will start their seasons against one another. The Dragons won last year’s matchup 20-8. The Jungaleers are 0-9 all-time against teams from the Macomb Area Conference.

at Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Clintondale is 7-6 against Fitzgerald, but the Spartans have won the last four meetings (2014-17) by an average of 7 points per game.

at Warren Lincoln (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Clintondale’s first game back in the MAC Bronze is against an opponent it has dominated. The Dragons are 12-3 against the Abes.

vs. Center Line High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Clintondale is 11-3 all-time against Center Line. The Dragons haven’t lost to the Panthers since 2005.

vs. New Haven High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Dragons have a 10-1 mark against the Rockets and have won the last three meetings by a combined score of 86-23.

at Madison Heights Madison (13-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Madison knocked off Clintondale 38-16 in Week 8 last season on its way to the Division 7 state final. The Dragons are 0-4 against the Eagles.

at Madison Heights Lamphere (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
A win for Clintondale over Lamphere would even the series at eight wins apiece. The Dragons have won three of the last four matchups, with the Rams taking the most recent battle, in 2017, 28-20.

vs. Clawson High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Clintondale and Clawson have faced off four times since the start of the 2012 season, and the Dragons have won each time. Clintondale’s average margin of victory in those four contests is 28 points.

vs. Hazel Park High (0-9) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Clintondale’s regular-season finale comes against the newest MAC team. Hazel Park joins the league after a number of years as a member of the Oakland Activities Association. The Vikings are 1-6 against the MAC since the start of the 2014 season. Clintondale beat Hazel Park 30-14 in 2017.

Advertisement
Advertisement