2019 Football Preview: Roseville High

2018 Record: 6-4

By: C & G Sports Staff | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 12, 2019

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Last season’s record: 6-4

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: Eight

First game: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. U of D Jesuit at Hazel Park High

Offensive keys: 

After Mike Mahar led the Panthers to two consecutive playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018, new coach Vernard Snowden will be looking to continue Roseville’s winning ways. 

Offensively, Snowden is changing some things up but does return six starters from last year.

A big piece of the puzzle on offense will be Javon Osterhout, who Snowden said would be moved all over the field. He was the team’s quarterback last season. 

“We’re changing the whole scheme, so that’s going to be the challenging part about it,” Snowden said. “They are grasping it. They’re getting it, but as long as we get it by Week 1, I think offensively we’ll be pretty good.” 

Defensive keys:

Snowden said he has just two players returning on defense from last year’s group, which gave up 263 points. 

However, the coach likes his team’s athleticism, and he has seen the team start to grasp the concepts of a new system. 

“Just understanding what we’re doing, what we’re trying to do,” Snowden said. “We’re a very athletic team, so some of the guys on offense are going to go both ways.” 

Coach’s outlook:

Snowden has high hopes for the Panthers. After two consecutive exits in the first round of the playoffs, he’s hoping to take the program to the next step. 

“I think we are in position — with the players we got — to get to the playoffs, hopefully to get to the district and win the district,” Snowden said.  


Schedule:

vs. University of Detroit Jesuit (4-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Hazel Park High
The matchup will be the first meeting between the two teams.

 

at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (14-0) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Chippewa Valley has had the advantage against Roseville, holding a 10-2 series lead. The Big Reds surged past the Panthers 42-0 last season.

 

at Warren Cousino (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Cousino holds a 13-7 edge in the all-time series, but Roseville has won three of the last four meetings. Last season, the Panthers edged out the Patriots 40-26.

 

at Port Huron High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Roseville has won the last two meetings in the series, but Port Huron has a 16-4 record against the Panthers.

 

vs. Warren Mott (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Last season, Mott took care of Roseville 42-7. The Panthers’ last win against the Marauders was in 2010.   

 

at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (7-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
The Panthers split two games with Lakeview last season, picking up a win in the regular season, while falling to the Huskies in the opening round of the playoffs.

 

vs. Fraser High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Roseville cruised past Fraser last season, winning 31-7. It was the first time the two programs had met since 2015.

 

vs. Port Huron Northern (10-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Port Huron Northern knocked off Roseville 26-14 last season. The win secured the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division championship for the Huskies.

 

at Eastpointe High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Roseville hung 76 points on Eastpointe last season to lock up a playoff spot. The Panthers hold a 20-9 edge in the all-time series.

 

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

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