Farmington High football coach Kory Cioroch addresses his team during a recent practice. The Falcons went 8-4 last season.

Farmington High football coach Kory Cioroch addresses his team during a recent practice. The Falcons went 8-4 last season.

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2019 Football Preview: Farmington High

2018 Record: 8-4

By: C & G Sports Staff | Farmington Press | Published July 15, 2019

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Last season’s record: 8-4

League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Returning starters: 12

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Detroit Henry Ford

Offensive keys:
Farmington’s 2018 offense put up numbers the program hadn’t seen in a few years, totaling 288 points.

For the Falcons, it was the highest-scoring year since they put up 357 points back in 2014.

This year’s squad will be aided by the addition of some players from the recently closed Farmington Hills Harrison program.

“We’re hoping to get some senior leadership, mesh these two groups together,” coach Kory Cioroch said. “We got double-digit kids from Harrison coming over. Continuing to build upon what we did last year and taking the next step.”

Key players to watch are receiver Jacody Sikora, linemen Sam Zervos and Jeremiah Smith, and quarterback Max Martin, who came over from Harrison.

Defensive keys:
Farmington finished second in the OAA Blue last season, and defense was a big reason why.

Against division foes last year, the Falcons gave up just 71 points in six games. The Falcons return six starters from that group.

Farmington will look to University of Wisconsin commit Jordan Turner (linebacker), Engelbert Vela (linebacker), Aaron Watson (defensive back), David Palushaj (lineman), Myles Hunt (lineman) and Alan Roberson (defensive back) to lead the defense.

“We want to be balanced, but we think we were a really good defense last year, and we think we’re going to be pretty good this year as well,” Cioroch said. “We just want our kids to come out there and compete on both sides of the ball, lead, take coaching and get better every day.”

Coach’s outlook:
After missing the playoffs in 2016 and 2017, the Falcons made a run to the Division 3 regional final last season, eventually falling to DeWitt High.

With that success and the amount of returning experience, Cioroch is looking to build off those results in 2019.

“Every kid from both programs that are now with us has experienced success; they know what it takes to be successful; they know what we expect of them,” Cioroch said. “We just got a lot of focused kids dedicated to doing the right thing, and we’re excited to see what happens.”


at Detroit Henry Ford (4-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Farmington and Ford haven’t met since Farmington defeated the Trojans back in 2011. Farmington is 2-1 all-time in the series.

vs. Royal Oak High (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
After defeating Royal Oak 42-16 last season, Farmington has a chance to even the all-time series with a win this year. The Ravens lead 3-2.

at Ypsilanti Lincoln (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. After starting 4-1 last season, Lincoln went on to drop its next four games by an average of 18.8 points per contest.

vs. Ferndale High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Farmington is 4-1 all-time against Ferndale, with its only loss coming in 2017. Last season, the Falcons squeaked out a 10-7 victory.

vs. Pontiac High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
After losing to the Phoenix in their first meeting back in 2011, the Falcons have gone on to win three straight in the series. Since 2012, Pontiac has won a total of five games.

at Auburn Hills Avondale (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Farmington took two games from Avondale last season, both coming by double digits. Overall, Farmington leads the series 3-1.

at Berkley High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Anderson Middle School
The all-time series between Berkley and Farmington is tight, but the Falcons hold a 10-8-2 edge. Last season, Farmington defeated Berkley 37-21.

at North Farmington (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Raiders hold a double-digit lead in the all-time series (33-19-1), but Farmington has won the last three meetings.

vs. Detroit Old Redford (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Royal Oak Shrine
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Since it started its football program in 2004, Redford is 60-73 overall.

Schedule provided by mhsaa.com and historical data provided by michigan-football.com.

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