2019 Football Preview: St. Clair Shores South Lake

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 26, 2019

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Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Macomb Area Conference Silver Division

Returning starters: N/A

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Dearborn Heights Robichaud

Offensive keys:
New South Lake coach Steve Centers — who is in his third stint leading the team — believes effort will be key for the Cavaliers.

Senior wide receiver Bryce Sammons will be called upon to make big plays on offense.

Despite a 3-6 finish last season, South Lake had a positive point differential. The Cavaliers lost five straight to end the season after a 3-1 start.

Defensive keys:
Centers, leading a football team for the first time since 2012, is looking for strong effort from the South Lake defense. The Cavaliers surrendered 212 points last season, which was the lowest for the team in a season since 2012.

Senior linebacker Tre’bion Wolf and Sammons (defensive back) are expected to anchor the squad.

Coach’s outlook:
“Since I’ve taken over, the players have emotionally and physically changed, and they’ve become a tight group of guys,” Centers said. “I was a kid who, football saved my life. I’ve been trying to instill that in kids. We hope to be better Week 9 than we are Week 1. I couldn’t be more proud of the growth these guys have shown. I feel everything is in place for us to turn things around in the next couple of years.”

vs. Dearborn Heights Robichaud (6-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
The programs last met back in the playoffs in 2012. The Bulldogs won 41-6. Last season, Robichaud ended on a four-game losing streak. 

vs. Marine City High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
South Lake is just 1-8 all-time against Marine City. The Cavs’ lone win in the series came in 2015. The Mariners won last year’s matchup 34-20 on their way to the playoffs for the 26th time in 29 seasons.

at Marysville High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
South Lake beat Marysville 48-16 last season to move to 5-7 in the series. The Cavs started 3-1 last season before losing five straight games.

vs. Hazel Park High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Hazel Park averaged 45 points per game in wins and six points per game in losses last season. This is the first meeting between the programs.

at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
This marks the 60th meeting between the city rivals. Lake Shore holds a 32-26-1 series edge. The Shorians won last year’s matchup 26-7 for their second straight win in the series. South Lake had won the previous seven meetings.

vs. Warren Lincoln (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Lincoln beat South Lake 10-8 last season to take a 15-13 series edge. 

vs.  Madison Heights Madison (13-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
South Lake is just 2-13 against Madison, which advanced to the Division 7 state title game in 2018. The Eagles bested the Cavs 36-20 last season.

at St. Clair High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
South Lake has dropped three straight to St. Clair to fall to 5-17 in the series. The Saints beat the Cavs 35-21 last season in the midst of an eight-game win streak.

at Clawson High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Clawson downed South Lake 26-20 last season to take an 8-5 series lead. Prior to that, the Cavs had won five straight in the series. South Lake hopes to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.