2019 Football Preview: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

2018 Record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 30, 2019

Last season’s record: 4-5
League: Catholic High School League Intersectional 1
Returning starters: Seven
First game: 11 a.m. Aug. 30 vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at Wisner Stadium
 
Offensive keys:
In 2018, Liggett put up 161 points, which was an improvement from the 117 it scored in 2017.

This year, a boost for Liggett will be having the entire offensive line returning, as well as the team’s quarterback.

Knights coach Dan Cimini said he will look to those players to be leaders for his team.

“I think our offense will be able to stay in motion and do the things that we’re supposed to do,” Cimini said.
         
Defensive keys:
Like the offense, Liggett saw improvement from the defense in 2018. After allowing opponents to score 312 points in 2017, the Knights held foes to 232 last year.

For Cimini, experience will play a key role for his team, but he also likes the youth of his group.

The coach added that staying healthy and getting better each day would be key to having a successful season.

“We have a lot more senior leadership. We have really good freshmen coming in that have played football before, so just a lot more intensity. I expect a lot better things out of our defense,” Cimini said.

Coach’s outlook:
Liggett’s last time in the state playoffs came back in 2016, but Cimini believes this group has the potential to get back.

“I expect our team to go out there and win and push to make the playoffs this year,” Cimini said.

 

at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (5-5) — 11 a.m. Aug. 30
Liggett is 2-3 against Lakes and fell 20-13 in their meeting last season. Liggett’s last win against the Lakers was in 2016.
 
at Southfield Christian (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The last meeting between the two programs was in 2016, which was a 50-12 Liggett victory. The Knights are 6-4 all-time against the Eagles.
 
vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney (1-8) — 2 p.m. Sept. 14
Cardinal Mooney is 2-0 against Liggett, with the most recent matchup coming back in 1995. In those two contests, Liggett failed to score a point.
 
vs. Riverview Gabriel Richard (7-5) — 5 p.m. Sept. 20
Last season, Gabriel Richard knocked off Liggett 55-6. The Pioneers have won all three of the meetings between the two schools.  

vs. Clarkston Everest Collegiate (9-2) — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Everest Collegiate downed Liggett 57-13 last season. The Knights scored 161 points and gave up 232 in 2018.
 
vs. Macomb Lutheran North (7-3) — 2 p.m. Oct. 5
Liggett is 5-14 all-time against North. The Knights’ last win against the Mustangs came in 2017.
 
at Allen Park Cabrini (6-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Liggett defeated Cabrini 30-14 last season and is 3-2 in the series. The Knights’ last playoff appearance was in 2016.
 
vs. Burton Bentley (1-8) — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19
This is the first meeting between the two programs. Last season, Bentley scored 110 points while giving up 365.
 
at Madison Heights Bishop Foley (8-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This will be the first meeting between the schools. Foley averaged 38.8 points per game last season and finished the regular season with only one loss. 

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