2019 Football Preview: Madison Heights Bishop Foley

2018 Record: 8-2

By: C & G Sports Staff | Madison - Park News | Published July 18, 2019

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Last season’s record: 8-2
League: Catholic High School League Intersectional No. 2
Returning starters: 11
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Detroit University Prep Science & Math
 
Offensive keys:
Last season, Foley running back Kendel Taylor had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored more than 30 touchdowns. He’s currently suited up for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Coach Brian Barnes acknowledged that Taylor can’t be replaced, which means that Foley will have to try to find other ways to advance the ball and get into the end zone.

“We have to be a little bit more diverse, I think, with what we do offensively,” Barnes said. “We still like our skill guys, but our offensive line is probably, right now, the strength of our team.”

Griffin Connert and Zachary Proctor are expected to lead the offensive line.

They can play big roles in helping to protect returning quarterback Braden Mussat and running back Cooper Harbowy. Returning All-State receiver Klayton Cornell is expected to be the No. 1 target.
 
Defensive keys:
As with the offense, defensively, the key to Foley’s success may be “in the trenches.”

Proctor is one of the linemen who can make things difficult for opposing offenses.

Another one is Luke Bishop, who wasn’t eligible last season after transferring from Lake Orion High.

“He’s a pretty big kid; he’s like 275 pounds,” Barnes said. “He’s a wrestler, so him being eligible this year helps us out a lot. And then Connert (is) a two-year starter at linebacker; he’s returning. So, we like where we’re at in the trenches.”

Foley can also get some defensive help from Harbowy at the safety position.
 
Coach’s outlook:
Last year, the Ventures won more games than any team in program history, shared a division championship with Clarkston Everest Collegiate, earned the program’s first playoff berth since 2013 and scored the most points (388) in school history.

“The expectations are high again,” Barnes said. “But it’s a different group of kids. A lot (of) kids are returning, but it’s still a different team. So, they have to earn it, just like last year’s team did, and I think they’re ready for the challenge.”

vs. Detroit University Prep Science & Math (2-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
In the first meeting between the programs last season, Foley came away with a 61-20 win. Since its inaugural season in 2012, Prep Science & Math has yet to make the playoffs.

vs. Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (9-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 5
The programs haven’t played each other since the Eagles’ inaugural season in 2006. Last season, Parkway scored more than 35 points in seven of its games. 

vs. Burton Bendle (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Ventures beat Bendle 35-6 last year in the first game played between the programs. The Tigers gave up 40 or more points five times last season.

vs. Clarkston Everest Collegiate (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Mountaineers won last year’s game 47-14 in what was Foley’s only regular-season loss. Collegiate has qualified for the playoffs every year since its inaugural season in 2013. 

at Royal Oak Shrine (5-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Ventures have won the last two games played between the programs, including a 55-27 victory last year. Shrine is 16-13 all-time against Foley.

vs. Detroit Edison (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
In the only game played between the programs, Foley came away with a 28-0 victory in 2012.

at Marine City Cardinal Mooney (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
With a 55-27 win last year, Foley improved to 9-1 all-time against Mooney. Foley has scored over 45 points in five of the games played between the programs.

vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (5-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Ventures won 25-19 when the programs met last season. Lady of the Lakes is 8-4 all-time against the Ventures.

vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
After qualifying for the playoffs in seven consecutive years, Liggett has not made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. It will be the first meeting between the programs.

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

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