2019 Football Preview: Macomb Lutheran North

2018 Record: 7-3

By: C & G Sports Staff | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 29, 2019

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Last season’s record: 7-3
League: Catholic High School League Intersectional I
Returning starters: Nine
First game: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Livonia Clarenceville

Offensive keys:
Lutheran North coach Garrett Wenzelburger, who last year led the Mustangs to the playoffs in his first season at the helm, said running the football well will be vital for the team’s success. Senior quarterback Angelo Basilico, junior wide receiver Matthew Drdul, senior offensive lineman Jacob Kukuk and junior lineman Mark Fabiili lead the squad.

Limiting turnovers, Wenzelburger said, and taking what defenses give them will play a role in the Mustangs’ fortunes too.

“We want to do a lot of the same things we did last year, but quicker,” Wenzelburger said. “We want to put our players in positions to be successful.”

Defensive keys:
Defensively, Wenzelburger said he wants to put his athletes in positions to make big plays.

“That means finding ways to limit opposing teams’ big plays and placing an emphasis on creating turnovers,” Wenzelburger said.

Anchoring the defense are senior defensive lineman Chase Marcath, senior defensive back Gary Glaser III, along with Kukuk (defensive line), and Drdul and Fabiili (linebackers). North allowed 24.7 points per game last season.

Coach’s outlook:
“I am extremely excited for this season. We bring back some key pieces from a 7-3 team, but also will be asking some new guys to come in and step up,” Wenzelburger said. “As a coaching staff, our goal is to help these young men grow as Christian young men. I am excited to see how the seniors lead and younger guys follow. We have the coaching staff and players to be successful, but it will take a collective effort and buy-in from everyone associated with Mustang football.”

 

at Livonia Clarenceville (0-9) — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29
This marks the 37th time the Mustangs and the Trojans will have met — interesting considering that the schools are about an hour apart from each other. North leads the series 21-15 and won last year’s matchup 36-22. Clarenceville scored just 54 points all of last season.

 

at Romulus Summit Academy North (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
North blanked Summit Academy 21-0 last season in the teams’ first meeting. Summit Academy has finished above .500 in two straight seasons after five straight years of below .500 campaigns.

 

vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
North got its first win over Gabriel Richard with a hard-fought 13-7 triumph last season. The Mustangs are still just 1-8 against the Fighting Irish.

 

vs. Allen Park Cabrini (6-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Cabrini started last season 3-0 before North upended the Monarchs 24-14. The Mustangs are 6-0 all-time against Cabrini. Last year’s win helped the Mustangs earn their first playoff spot since 2010.

 

at Riverview Gabriel Richard (7-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Richard outlasted North 57-54 last season to take a 3-2 series lead. The Mustangs allowed more than 50 points twice last season.

 

at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (4-5) — 2 p.m. Oct. 5
North knocked off Liggett 42-22 last season and leads the series 14-5. The Knights are 5-13 the last two years after making seven straight trips to the state playoffs.

 

vs. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
North has dropped three straight to Cranbrook to fall to 17-19 in the series. The last meeting came in 2017 — a 49-27 Cranes win.

 

vs. Manistee High (9-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
This is the first time the programs will play. Manistee went undefeated in the regular season last year and put up 38.8 points per game.       

 

at Yale High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
North is just 3-5 against Yale after last season’s 56-35 loss. The win helped propel the Bulldogs to the playoffs after the team started 2-3. The Mustangs’ last win in a regular-season finale came in 2011.

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

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