2019 Football Preview: North Farmington

By: C & G Sports Staff | Farmington Press | Published July 22, 2019

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 North Farmington’s Sylvon Brown catches a pass during a recent practice. The Raiders went 3-6 last season, but are now under new coach John Herstein.

North Farmington’s Sylvon Brown catches a pass during a recent practice. The Raiders went 3-6 last season, but are now under new coach John Herstein.

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Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Returning starters: 10

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Waterford Kettering

Offensive keys:
Entering 2019, North Farmington is being led by a new coaching staff. After Working as a Farmington Hills Harrison assistant, Jon Herstein has taken over the Raiders program.

With him are a few former Harrison coaches, including John Herrington, who is the all-time winningest coach in state history.

With the staff being familiar with each other and the system, Herstein believes the offense is in a good place.

“We’ve had a good camp,” Herstein said. “I think the offense is something the kids, a lot of them have used in the youth feeder program coming up. … It’s nothing new to them, and we got some veteran coaches that have been in that system for a long time and know how to teach it.”

A few key players to watch for will be Jon Brunette (fullback), Eddie Lenton (receiver), Myles Greshem (running back) and Blake Morris (lineman).

Defensive keys:
At Harrison, defense was always a big emphasis, and Herstein said it will remain that way at North Farmington.

Former Harrison assistant Dave Thorne is one of the coaches coming over with Herstein, and he will control the defense like he did for the Hawks.

“That’s always been something we’ve prided ourselves on: playing sound defense and executing, and everyone doing their one of 11,” Herstein said.

Sylvon Brown (linebacker), Andrew Dooley (linebacker), Malik Hardy (lineman) and Herman Kern (defensive back) are expected to lead the defense.

Coach’s outlook:
Even with a new program, Herstein expects to compete. The Raiders haven’t had a winning season since their 5-4 mark in 2015.

“If we can learn the offense and learn the defense and just continue to improve every day, I think we can compete with anybody,” he said. “I’m excited to see what we do.”


vs. Waterford Kettering (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The Raiders have never lost to Kettering, holding a 7-0-1 record in the all-time series. The last meeting was a 37-0 win for the Raiders in 2011.

vs. Berkley High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
North Farmington knocked off Berkley 22-14 last season. The Raiders have won the last three matchups and lead the all-time series 5-3.

vs. Ferndale High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Eagles and Raiders have split eight games in the series. Ferndale claimed a 36-0 win in the most recent matchup in 2017.

at Pontiac High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
North Farmington is 6-0 all-time against Pontiac. Last year, the Raiders grabbed a 34-14 win. Pontiac has never scored more than 16 points against North Farmington.

at Auburn Hills Avondale (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Avondale cruised past North Farmington last year, winning 44-3. Avondale has won the last two matchups by a combined score of 91-3.

at Royal Oak High (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
North Farmington has only beaten Royal Oak once, which was back in 2014. The Raiders put up 105 points last season and lost to the Ravens 14-7.

vs. Okemos High (7-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
This is the first meeting between the two teams. After starting the year 1-2 last season, Okemos ended the season winning six of its last eight games.

vs. Farmington High (8-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Raiders control the all-time series, holding a 33-19-1 record, but the Falcons have won the last three matchups. Over these last three meetings, Farmington has outscored North Farmington 114-19.

vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This is the first meeting between the two programs. Lincoln scored 257 points last season, while giving up 251.

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

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