2019 Football Preview: Madison Heights Madison

2018 Record: 13-1

By: C & G Sports Staff | Madison - Park News | Published July 12, 2019

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Last season’s record: 13-1
League: Macomb Area Conference Silver Division
Returning starters: 10
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
 
Offensive keys:
After graduating All-State quarterback Austin Brown, the focus of Madison’s offense will be different this year.

Coach James Rogers said the Eagles’ linemen are going to be the “focal point” of the team.

“We’re (going to) try to control the ball and go from there,” Rogers said. “That whole five-front, upfront, they all have game-time experience on the varsity level. Our running game should be our attack this season.”

Rogers expects running back Anthony Fuller to have a “big season.” Tackle Cameron Corso could also play a key role for the Eagles.

Defensive keys:
The Eagles are returning five starters and have eight players total who have played on the defensive side of the ball the last two seasons.

“So, we have a lot (of) veterans that understand the concepts, what we want done,” Rogers said. “We’ve been playing really fast this summer.”

Safety Makai Johnson and linebacker Adam Long are expected to lead the unit.

Coach’s outlook:
Last year, Madison’s only loss of the season came in the Division 7 state final. Despite losing Brown, Rogers is still aiming high.

“Our goals never change: It’s to get to Ford Field and win the whole thing,” he said. “That’s what it’s (going to) be this year as well.”

 

at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (9-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
In the only meeting between the two programs, Madison won 22-20 in a playoff game in 2017. St. Mary Catholic Central has qualified for the playoffs in all but three seasons since 2000.

vs. Marysville High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Last season, the Eagles beat Marysville 36-14. Marysville hasn’t qualified for the playoffs during the past two seasons.
 
at St. Clair High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Madison came away with a 20-7 win when the teams met last season. St. Clair scored more than 50 points in five of its games last season.
 
at Marine City High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
In all but three years since 1990, Marine City has qualified for the playoffs. Madison beat the Mariners 21-15 last year.
 
vs. Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Madison beat the Spartans 41-18 last season. The Eagles have won each of the last six games played between the programs.
 
vs. Clinton Township Clintondale (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Madison is 4-0 all-time against Clintondale, including a 38-16 victory last year.
 
at St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-6) — 7. p.m. Oct. 11
The Eagles beat South Lake 36-20 last year. Madison has now won nine of the last 10 games played between the programs.
 
at Hazel Park High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The last time the programs played was 2003, with Hazel Park coming away with a 52-0 victory. Hazel Park has qualified for the playoffs just five times since 1979.
 
vs. Madison Heights Lamphere (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
With a 60-0 win last season, the Eagles have beaten Lamphere in each of the last 10 games played between the rivals and in all but one year since 2005. The Rams scored 20 or more points just three times last season.

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

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