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2019 Football Preview: Southfield Christian

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Southfield Sun | Published July 23, 2019

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Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: Eight

First game: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Melvindale ABT

Offensive keys:
Southfield Christian will be looking to put more points on the board in 2019 after totaling 177 last season.

“The key will be our running game,” coach Craig Schoon said. “We lost two offensive linemen from last year, both graduated, and we have to coach up the younger players replacing them. Our passing game is led by our senior quarterback and senior receivers. So for us, just trying to establish the run will be important early on.”

Some players the Eagles will rely on to lead the offense are Blake Parpart (quarterback), Ian Hanafee (running back/receiver), CJ Sexton (lineman), Caleb Glenn (receiver), Nolan Hart (running back/receiver) and Matt Webber (receiver).

Defensive keys:
The Eagles defense had some success last season, giving up a total of 255 points, which was the team’s lowest total since 2013.

However, in 2019, limiting big plays will be key for Southfield Christian if it wants to be successful.

“We have had some mental breakdowns the last couple years, which resulted in big plays,” Schoon said. “So if we can limit those this year, that will be a difference maker.”

Coach’s outlook:
For the Eagles, the goal is simple in 2019: just win. The last playoff appearance for Southfield Christian was back in 2013.

“Our outlook for the season is to win as many games as possible,” Schoon said. “As far as in our league, with the addition of two new teams (Livonia Clarenceville and Whitmore Lake High), it is hard to predict. I think our league is pretty solid from top to bottom.”

at Melvindale Academy for Business and Tech (0-8) — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 
This is the first meeting between the two programs. The Gators scored just 40 points last year, while giving up 293. 

vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6 
Southfield Christian is 4-6 all-time against Liggett. The Knights took the last matchup in 2016 by a final score of 50-12. 

vs. Dearborn Heights Star International Academy (1-8) — 4 p.m. Sept. 13
Last year, Southfield Christian beat the Falcons 46-9. It was the Eagles’ highest scoring output of the season. 

at Livonia Clarenceville (0-9) — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 
This is the first meeting between the two programs. Last season, Clarenceville scored just 54 points, while giving up 196. 

at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Eagles have just one win against the Crusaders, which came back in 2013. Last year’s meeting was close, but Northwest squeezed out a 22-20 win. 

vs. Lutheran Westland (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4 
Lutheran Westland has won the last four meetings in the series and is 8-4 against the Eagles. Last year, the Warriors claimed a 21-7 victory. 

at Whitmore Lake High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
This is the first meeting between the two programs. Last year, Southfield Christian scored 177 points, while giving up 255. 

at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (9-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Parkway Christian has won the last five meetings against Southfield Christian. Last year, Parkway Christian cruised to victory 43-13. 

vs. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (3-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25 
Southfield Christian is 7-3 all-time against Oakland Christian and won last year’s matchup 19-14. The two programs have split their last four meetings.