2019 Football Preview: Eastpointe High

2018 Record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 19, 2019

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Last season’s record: 4-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Gold Division

Returning starters: 10

First game: 5 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park

Offensive keys:

After two consecutive 4-5 seasons, Al Demps has taken over the Eastpointe football program.

The first-year coach will be looking to continue an upward trend in offensive numbers. The Shamrocks scored 44 points in 2015, 52 in 2016, 196 in 2017 and 274 in 2018. 

Davion Watkins is a player Demps said will play a key role on offense, defense and special teams. Watkins is expected to line up all over the field, utilizing his athleticism. 

Demps is also excited about his offensive line this year. 

“It’s got to start up front. That’s probably our most seasoned group,” Demps said. “Most of them guys have been there since freshmen or three years playing varsity, so they’re going to have to lead us.” 

Defensive keys:

Eastpointe struggled to keep teams off the scoreboard last season, allowing 407 points. That was the second time in the last four years the Shamrocks allowed over 400 points. 

However, in 2019, Demps is looking to be more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. He noted that the Shamrocks would play both man and zone. 

“We’re going to send some pressure. We’re going to get after people,” Demps said. “They’re going to definitely see a good product on the field.” 

Coach’s outlook:

Demps is optimistic about his squad this year and believes it can compete for a league title and a spot in the playoffs. The Shamrocks’ last postseason appearance was 2010. 

“Our No. 1 goal since we got there is to win our conference. That’s the first step, and then make the state playoffs and go from there,” Demps said. 


Schedule:

vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (3-4) — 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Memorial Stadium
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Chandler Park’s defense had two shutouts last season but also surrendered 22 points or more in four games. 

vs. Clawson High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Memorial Stadium
Eastpointe has won two straight games against the Trojans, including 38-28 last season. Overall, Clawson holds a 4-3 advantage in the series. 

at Sterling Heights High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Last season, Eastpointe knocked off Sterling Heights 34-22, but the Shamrocks are just 2-9 all-time against the Stallions. Before last year, the Shamrocks’ last victory against Sterling Heights came in 2010.

vs. Warren Woods Tower (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Memorial Stadium
Eastpointe and Tower have split eight games all-time, but Tower took last year’s contest 60-6. Prior to last season, these programs last met in 2013.

at Marine City High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
After beating Marine City in 2010, Eastpointe has gone on to lose four straight in the series.  Marine City has finished with a winning record all but one time (2016) since 1982.

vs. St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-4) — 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Memorial Stadium
Eastpointe’s only win against Lake Shore was back in 2014. Last season, Eastpointe fell 43-28. 

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Eastpointe is 5-7 all-time against L’Anse Creuse, but the Shamrocks have taken the last two matchups. Last season, it was in a 66-40 win. The 66 points were the most that Eastpointe has ever scored in a single game. 

at Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Fitzgerald is 4-1 against Eastpointe over the last five meetings, but the Shamrocks took last year’s contest 50-38. 

vs. Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Memorial Stadium
Eastpointe fell to Roseville 76-32 last season and trails the all-time series 20-9. The 76 points were the most scored on the Shamrocks in program history. 

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