The Southfield A&T football team lines up to run a play during a recent practice. The Warriors were 3-6 last season.

The Southfield A&T football team lines up to run a play during a recent practice. The Warriors were 3-6 last season.

Photo by Deb Jacques


2019 Football Preview: Southfield A&T

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Southfield Sun | Published July 16, 2019

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Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Oakland Activities Association Red Division

Returning starters: 14

First game: 3 p.m. Aug. 30 vs. Clarkston High at West Bloomfield High

Offensive keys:
After scoring 202 points in 2018, the Warriors are looking to be more explosive this season.

With the amount of talent the team has on offense, assistant coach James Cooks believes the team will be more diverse with the ball.

“I think the offense in having a talent like (quarterback Anthony Romphf) is a really good thing,” Cooks said. “I think the wide receiver corps that we have is pretty talented as well, so it allows us to be a little more diverse with the football. It allows us to open up the field in terms of the run-pass option as well.”

Key players also include Christian Fitzpatrick (receiver), Aaron Foulkes (receiver), Robert Army Jr. (receiver), Jeff Bowens (receiver) and Raymond McDonald (lineman).     

Defensive keys:
Southfield allowed opponents to score just 245 points last season, and with eight returning starters, the group could be just as solid again.

A big piece to the puzzle for the Warriors is the front seven. The defensive front returns six of seven from last season.

“We do have some nice pieces there. We have some guys that are some really hard workers,” Cooks said of the defense.

Key players to watch are Bryce Austin (lineman), Jeremiah Piper (defensive back), Cardiea Harris (linebacker) and Caleb Banks (lineman).

Coach’s outlook:
After a 3-6 finish last season, Southfield is looking to finish 2019 on a higher note. The Warriors’ last playoff appearance was in 2016.

“I feel like our level of competition, from top to bottom within the conference, is pretty intense, but we’re confident that we can compete with everybody,” Cook said.

vs. Clarkston High (11-3) — 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at West Bloomfield High
Southfield is 1-2 all-time against Clarkston, with its lone win coming in 2016. Last season, the Wolves won 30-21. This will be considered nonleague and part of the inaugural OAA Football Classic hosted by West Bloomfield.

at Lake Orion High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The Warriors fell to Lake Orion last season 20-12 and are 1-2 against the Dragons over the last three years.

vs. West Bloomfield High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Southfield bested West Bloomfield last year 37-35. Since A&T opened in 2016, the Warriors have won three of the first four meetings.

at Troy Athens (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Southfield is 2-0 against Athens all-time, with both wins coming by double digits. These squads last met in 2017. Southfield won 50-20.

at Bloomfield Hills High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
In the short time that A&T has been open, it has split two games with Bloomfield Hills. Last season, the Warriors collected a 44-6 victory.

at Clarkston High (11-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
When the Wolves and Warriors meet for a second time, it’ll have the Oakland Activities Association Red Division standings on the line.

vs. Oxford High (8-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Oxford defeated Southfield 41-28 last season, but the Warriors are 2-1 in the series.

vs. Rochester Adams (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Warriors have yet to beat Adams in two tries. Last season, the Highlanders walked away with a 33-14 victory.

vs. River Rouge High (8-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This will be the second meeting between these two programs. River Rouge won the first matchup 45-0 last year.

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

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