2019 Football Preview: St. Clair Shores Lake Shore

2018 Record: 6-4

By: C & G Sports Staff | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 19, 2019

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Last season’s record: 6-4

League: Macomb Area Conference Gold Division

Returning starters: N/A

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Port Huron Northern

Offensive keys:
Lake Shore coach Rich Popp expects the offensive line to be the strength of the unit, anchored by senior Joe Calamia.

Kyle Celli is slated to start at quarterback, and a key target of his will be junior tight end Brendan Colley.

Lake Shore made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009. The 309 points scored by the Shorians last season were the third most by the team in a season since 1950.

Defensive keys:
Popp said the defensive line, led by Calamia and Colley, will lead the defense. The Shorians allowed just 16.9 points per game last season, which was good for sixth best in the 35-team MAC.

Celli (defensive back) will see time on both sides of the ball. Sophomore safety Xzorion Simmons and sophomore defensive lineman Devin Myricks will be called on to make plays too.

Coach’s outlook:
“We’ll have some young players who’ll have to step up in places where we (had) pretty proficient seniors last year,” Popp said. “The young players will have to learn fast.”


at Port Huron Northern (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Port Huron Northern bookended Lake Shore’s 2018 schedule. The Huskies won both — a 21-14 Week 1 win and a 28-18 triumph in a Division 2 pre-district playoff game. Lake Shore is 3-6 against Northern — 0-4 since the start of the 2016 season.

vs. Warren Lincoln (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Lake Shore blanked Lincoln 32-0 last season to move to 8-5-1 in the series. This is the first time the teams have met in consecutive seasons since matchups in 2006 and 2007.

vs. Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Lake Shore is 11-8-1 against Fitzgerald after last year’s 53-22 triumph. Last season, the Spartans missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Shorians’ 2018 playoff trip was their first since 2009.

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Lake Shore beat L’Anse Creuse 58-14 last season to take an 18-14 series lead. The Lancers have finished with a winning record just twice in the last decade.

vs. St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The midseason bout will be the 60th between the city foes. Lake Shore downed South Lake 26-7 last season and leads the series 32-26-1. The Shorians have taken two straight in the series after dropping seven in a row.

at Eastpointe High (4-5) — 6 p.m. Oct. 4
Lake Shore is 4-1 against Eastpointe after last season’s 43-28 win.

at Sterling Heights High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Lake Shore won 47-6 last season to take a 2-1 series edge. Sterling Heights was outscored last season by 26.3 points per game.

vs. Warren Woods Tower (9-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Lake Shore has struggled with Tower, exhibited by its 1-21 mark in the series. Tower prevailed 26-12 last season.

at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (0-9) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Lake Shore leads the series 35-32-1. Last season, the Huskies won 15-6. The 2018 season was the first in which Lake Shore and Lakeview both qualified for the state playoffs.

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

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