2019 Football Preview: Grosse Pointe South

2018 Record: 8-2

By: C & G Sports Staff | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 16, 2019

Last season’s record: 8-2
League: Macomb Area Conference White Division
Returning starters: Eight
First game: 4 p.m. Aug. 30 vs. Birmingham Groves at Wayne State University
 
Offensive keys:
After collecting the most points in school history last season, the Blue Devils are left with just two returning starters from that group.

South will be breaking in a new quarterback in Alex Shaheen, and Kevin McCarron is expected to fill the void at running back after losing Conor McKenna to graduation.

Returning for the offense are two receivers in Will Johnson and AJ Benson. South coach Tim Brandon said the offense will look a bit different this year.

“We’re probably going to go away from our more base pro style, and we’re going to do a little bit more spread so we can get all those skill players on the field,” Brandon said.

Defensive keys:
South returns a bit more on defense, having six players back from last year’s group that allowed just 108 points.

It was the lowest number of points given up by South since 2002, when it allowed 103.

Linemen Nick Fannon and Owen Chen, along with defensive backs Johnson and Grant Hart are expected to anchor the unit.

“That’s our key component,” Brandon said of the defense. “We’re a defensive, ball control, move-the-chains type of school.”
         
Coach’s outlook:
South has made the state playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons, and the Blue Devils are again hoping to compete in the league and find success in the postseason.

“We want to win the division again, make it our four straight, obviously beat (Grosse Pointe North) and then make a run in the playoffs,” Brandon said.

 

vs. Birmingham Groves (10-3) — 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at Wayne State University
Groves and South have only met up one time before this matchup, with Groves earning a 44-10 victory in the 2016 playoffs.
 
at Utica Ford II (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Sterling Heights Stevenson
South cruised past Ford last year, winning 28-0. The Blue Devils’ last loss to the Falcons was back in 2005.
 
at Warren Mott (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The all-time series between the Blue Devils and Marauders is 5-5. South defeated Mott 38-0 last season.
 
vs. Utica High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
South hasn’t lost to Utica since 2006. The Blue Devils defeated the Chieftains 35-10 last season.
 
vs. Port Huron High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Blue Devils have owned the all-time series, boasting a 41-10 record. South shut out the Big Reds 28-0 last season.
 
at New Baltimore Anchor Bay (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
South is 20-4 all-time against Anchor Bay and has won the last three matchups by double digits, including 27-13 last season.
 
vs. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
South has won three straight meetings against North and hasn’t allowed the Crusaders to top 14 points in those matchups. Last year, the Blue Devils prevailed 40-13.

vs. Grosse Pointe North (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The rivalry has been tight over the last few years, but North holds a 31-20 lead in the all-time series. South won last year’s meeting 54-0, marking the largest margin of victory in the series. The previous record came in a 49-0 North victory in 1993.
 
at Romeo High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
The Blue Devils have struggled against Romeo the last few seasons. South’s last win over the Bulldogs was back in 2014. Romeo won 41-16 last season.