2019 Football Preview: Fraser High

2018 Record: 1-8

By: C & G Sports Staff | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 22, 2019

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 Fraser High quarterback Brady Berezowsky makes a throw during a practice session. Coach Jon Skladanowski said his “young” team has talent.

Fraser High quarterback Brady Berezowsky makes a throw during a practice session. Coach Jon Skladanowski said his “young” team has talent.

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Last season’s record: 1-8

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: Nine

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Holly High

Offensive keys:
From the perspective of coach Jon Skladanowski, one of the keys is simply gaining experience. Skladanowski expects the Ramblers to be led by sophomore quarterback Brady Berezowsky.

“We’ve got quite a few juniors that are (going to) be playing,” Skladanowski said. “We don’t have many seniors that are playing. So, it’s going to be a bunch of learning and keep on battling.”

Another key player could be Omar Bell, a wideout who may also run the ball in the team’s jet package.

Defensive keys:
Skladanowski said the Ramblers changed their scheme “a little bit this year.”

He expects Fraser to swarm, go after it and “make things happen.”

One of the players who can help is senior Jalen Richardson at nose guard.

Skladanowski anticipates that Richardson is going to cause a lot of problems for opposing teams. He said Richardson has “one of the best first two steps in the league. It’s hard to beat him off the line.”

Coach’s outlook:
Skladanowski said it’s going to be “interesting” and “fun” this year.

“We have talent; we’re just young,” he said. “So, you never know what a sophomore’s going to do; you never know what a junior (who) hasn’t played yet is going to do. When you’re a coach, you trust the guys that played for you last year, and you hope that the kids that are younger step up and make it. We’re looking for those guys to step up right now.”

at Holly High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
This is the first meeting between the programs. Holly lost four of its last five games last season.

at Macomb Dakota (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Dakota improved to 4-0 all-time against Fraser with a 45-15 win last season. In those four games, Dakota has outscored Fraser 152-35.

vs. Port Huron High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
With a 42-7 victory last season, Port Huron has won eight of the last nine games played between the programs. Port Huron last qualified for the playoffs in 2014.

at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (7-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Last season, Lakeview snapped an eight-game losing streak against Fraser with a 24-6 victory. Last season, the Huskies equaled the most wins the program has had since 1950.

vs. Utica Ford II (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Ford beat the Ramblers 24-8 last season to go to 13-12 in games played between the programs. The Falcons scored less than 10 points five times last season and were shut out in two of those games.

vs. Port Huron Northern (10-2)  — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
With a 28-6 win last season, Northern beat Fraser for the eighth time in the last nine games played between the programs. Northern is 9-2 all-time against Fraser.

at Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Despite a 31-7 loss last season, Fraser is 11-6 all-time against Roseville. Last year, Roseville qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

vs. Warren Cousino (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Cousino beat Fraser for the seventh consecutive time with a 35-20 win last season. The Patriots gave up 40 or more points five times last season. Cousino is 15-10 in the series.

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
With a 24-12 win last season, Fraser beat L’Anse Creuse for the third consecutive time and improved to 23-13 all-time against the Lancers. L’Anse Creuse lost its last seven games last season and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2003.

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