2019 Football Preview: Sterling Heights High

2018 Record: 1-8

By: C & G Sports Staff | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 2, 2019

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 Sterling Heights High senior quarterback Chris Edwards carries the ball during an Aug. 22 scrimmage with Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. The Stallions hope to bounce back after going 1-8 last season.

Sterling Heights High senior quarterback Chris Edwards carries the ball during an Aug. 22 scrimmage with Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. The Stallions hope to bounce back after going 1-8 last season.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Last season’s record: 1-8

League: Macomb Area Conference Gold Division

Returning starters: Seven

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Marine City High

Offensive keys:
New Sterling Heights High coach Dave Cutlip, an alum of the school, said the Stallions have some speed.

“We’re small, but we’re fast,” said Cutlip, who previously coached at the school from 1998 to 2008.

Senior quarterback Chris Edwards will lead the offense. The Stallions were held below 14 points six times in 2018 and were outscored by 26.3 points per game.

Defensive keys:
Cutlip watched film of the team’s entire 2018 season and said the players hustled and gave good effort on defense.

“We’ve got to tackle better, though. That’s the biggest thing,” Cutlip said.

Coach’s outlook:
“I definitely think we want to be better than last year on both sides of the ball,” said Cutlip. “I think we can win some games. We’re in the process of getting in better shape. We’ve got some good seniors.”


at Marine City High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Marine City defeated Sterling Heights 47-3 in last year’s opener, dropping the Stallions to 1-6 in the series. Sterling Heights started 0-7 in 2018.

at Center Line High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Despite last season’s 49-12 loss, Sterling Heights is still 6-3 against Center Line. The win was the biggest of the season for the Panthers. 

vs. Eastpointe High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Stallions sport a 9-2 record against the Shamrocks, but Eastpointe won last year’s matchup 34-22. The Shamrocks put up 30.4 points per game last season, but allowed 45.2 points per contest.

at Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Prior to last season, a 52-13 Fitzgerald win, the Spartans and Stallions hadn’t met since 1979. Sterling Heights leads the series 5-4. The Stallions were held below 14 points six times in 2018.

vs. St. Clair High (9-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27     
St. Clair bested Sterling Heights 56-7 last season to take a 4-1 series lead. The previous two meetings were decided by a total of four points.

at Warren Woods Tower (9-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Despites their 1-8 mark last season, the Stallions played the Titans tough in a 20-7 Week 6 loss. The 20 points allowed were the second fewest against Sterling Heights in 2018.

vs. St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
It’s the fourth all-time meeting between the Shorians and Stallions. Lake Shore won 47-6 last season to take a 2-1 series edge. Sterling Heights was outscored by 26.3 points per game last season.

vs. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Sterling Heights’ lone win last season came in a 32-12 triumph over L’Anse Creuse. The victory gave the Stallions a 6-5 series lead. The Lancers are 5-49 since the start of the 2013 season.

at Warren Cousino (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
The winner of the regular-season finale will take a 17-16 series lead. The Patriots downed the Stallions 46-21 last year for their fifth straight win in the series.

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

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