2019 Football Preview: Rochester Adams

2018 Record: 6-4

By: C & G Sports Staff | Rochester Post | Published July 16, 2019

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Last season’s record: 6-4
League: Oakland Activities Association Red Division
Returning starters: Nine
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 30 vs. Rochester High

Offensive keys:
Success for the offense starts with efficiency.

“We have to stay away from turnovers,” coach Tony Patritto said. “We have a pretty good balance in the scheme between run and pass, which always makes us better when we can do that.”

The Highlanders return top offensive playmaker Anthony Patritto, who will continue his role as a slot back.

Making way for him is an offensive line that the coach said averages 260 pounds. The line includes two key players for the offense in Tim Anderson and Bob Anderson.

“They’re going to have a lot to do with our physical presence on the field,” the coach said.

Defensive keys:
The defense allowed just over 19 points per game in the regular season last year, which was good for third best in the OAA Red. In order to put up those same numbers this season, Patritto wants to see the team do what it’s always done.

“We’ve always been very aggressive on defense, and we need to keep doing that,” Patritto said. “We need to control the line of scrimmage.”

Logan Sayre, a senior linebacker, has impressed early on in camp and is expected to be one of the top defensive players.

“He can really play in all phases. He’s long and he runs well, so as a blitzer and a gap filler as a linebacker, he’s very good,” Patritto said. “He’s also capable of matching up and covering well. When you have a guy who’s a weapon and can do all those things, it’s really advantageous on defense.”

Coach’s outlook:
Patritto recognizes the challenge his team has in front of it this season. Competing for that top spot alongside perennial powerhouses West Bloomfield High and Clarkston High is no easy task.

In this year’s OAA coaches poll, the Highlanders were projected to finish fifth in the league, which has been a motivating factor as the team enters this season.

“We also know we have a tradition of excellence at Adams,” Patritto said. “We don’t really worry too much about predictions. We just try to get better every week and win Week 1 against Rochester.”

 

vs. Rochester High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
This is the fourth straight season opener against each other for the rivals. Adams has won all three previous matchups, including a close 28-27 victory one year ago. Adams leads the series 34-14.

vs. Oxford High (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The Wildcats and Highlanders have met 10 times over the years, with Adams winning six of the meetings. When the two teams faced off last season, Adams was able to snap a two-game losing streak with a 17-8 win.

at Lake Orion High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Dragons lead the all-time series 20-14 and won this matchup last season, squeezing by Adams in a 28-24 win.

vs. Bloomfield Hills High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Adams has never lost to the Black Hawks in four matchups between the two schools.

vs. Birmingham Seaholm (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Maples enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2018 after winning just one game the year before. The last time Adams and Seaholm played one another was in 2016, when the Highlanders won 27-0.
    
at West Bloomfield High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
When the Lakers and Highlanders met last season, West Bloomfield won 28-24, but Adams still leads the all-time series 13-7.

vs. Clarkston High (11-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
The Wolves reached the Division 1 state final game last season, falling to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. Adams lost to Clarkston last season 30-8 and trails 20-14 in the all-time series.

at Southfield A&T (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
These two programs will meet for just the third time. Adams took the first two matchups, winning 33-14 in 2018 and 38-14 in 2017.

at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Stoney Creek has beaten Adams just one time in the past 10 tries. The Highlanders concluded the regular season in 2018 with a 17-3 win over the Cougars.

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