2019 Football Preview: Rochester Hills Stoney Creek

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Rochester Post | Published July 30, 2019

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Last season’s record: 3-6
League: Oakland Activities Association White Division
Returning starters: 11
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Utica Ford II

Offensive keys:
Success for the offense starts with running the football. Tailback Davon Morris will play a key role in that corner of the offense.

Last season, Stoney Creek started three sophomores on its offensive line. With another year of experience under their belts, they are expected to help bolster the running attack.

“Those are the young men we’re going to hang our hats on this season,” coach Nick Merlo said.

Key players on offense include offensive linemen Auston Jordan, Aden Smith and Joey Engelhardt, and tight end Grant Lowrey.

Defensive keys:
Much like the offensive line, the defense has some returning players who will be leaned on this fall.

At linebacker, Stoney returns Cole Luhmann and Nick Potenza. Merlo called the pair the anchors of his defense.

As for the defensive backs, Merlo said Jack Warner and Zach Denha are names to be remembered.

“Two seniors that do a phenomenal job back there leading that secondary group,” Merlo said.

Coach’s outlook:
Stoney Creek’s last winning season came in 2014. Its last playoff appearance was in 2013. That is due in part to the division it plays in.

The OAA White boasts some top talent, including Birmingham Groves, which reached a Division 2 state semifinal last season; Birmingham Seaholm, which won seven games and its division (OAA Blue) a year ago; and Oak Park High, which has made the playoffs every year since 2012.

Merlo is taking this season one step at a time, careful to not look too far ahead.

“We play in an unbelievable division,” he said. “The league itself is full of so many talented teams and coaches. For us it’s a week-to-week deal, and we’ll see where we fall.”

 

at Utica Ford II (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The Falcons and Cougars opened the previous two seasons with each other. Stoney won those games by a combined score of 43-17.

vs. Birmingham Seaholm (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The Maples enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2018. After winning just one game two seasons ago, Seaholm picked up seven victories last year and clinched a spot in the playoffs.

vs. Troy Athens (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Red Hawks have not made the playoffs since 2011 and have had just one winning season since. Athens has beaten Stoney Creek just twice in eight tries.

at Troy High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Colts experienced a down year last season after making the playoffs in 2017. Of Troy’s two wins in 2018, one of them came 27-21 against Stoney Creek in Week 2.

vs. Oak Park High (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Knights have clinched a spot in the playoffs every year since 2012. Last year, their season was ended by Warren De La Salle, which went on to win the Division 2 state championship.

at Oxford High (8-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
In last season’s meeting with the Cougars, Oxford scored its second-highest point total of the season in a 42-6 win.

at Birmingham Groves (10-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Over the last six seasons, which all included playoff appearances, Groves has a combined record of 52-16. Groves won last season’s matchup 28-6 in Week 3 against Stoney Creek.

at Rochester High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Whoever wins this year’s game will take the lead in the all-time series. Both teams currently have six wins.

vs. Rochester Adams (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
When these two teams close out the regular season, the Cougars will look to beat the Highlanders for the first time since 2014.

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