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2019 Football Preview: Sterling Heights Stevenson

2018 Record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 19, 2019


Last season’s record: 4-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Red Division

Returning starters: N/A

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Temperance Bedford

Offensive keys:
Stevenson coach Justin Newcombe said quarterback play is vital to the team’s success, as the Titans replace a two-year starter this fall.

“We’re revamping the system to fit our needs and personnel,” Newcombe said.

Stevenson scored 29.2 points per game in 2018 — the third most in the MAC among non-playoff qualifiers. The Titans have finished under .500 the last three seasons. The program has never had four consecutive seasons under .500.

Senior wide receivers Zach Imms and Hunter Nowak, along with senior offensive lineman Sal Madonna and junior lineman Giovanni El-Hadi, have been tapped to lead the unit.

Defensive keys:
Newcombe expects a better effort on defense this season. The Titans have allowed at least 30 points per game in three straight campaigns. All of Stevenson’s losses the last two seasons have been to playoff teams.

Senior Latrell Stovall (linebacker), Imms (linebacker) and Nowak (defensive back) anchor the Titans defense.

Coach’s outlook:
“It’s my second year here, and we’re excited about year two,” Newcombe said. “We were able to double our win total in 2018 from 2017. We really started playing well toward the end of the year. We had a chance to make the playoffs at the end of the year and came up a little short. … That’s served as motivation for us.”

at Temperance Bedford (6-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Stevenson and Bedford open against one another for the second straight season. The Titans knocked off the Mules 33-21 in 2018.

at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (7-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Stevenson bested Lakeview 50-14 last season to even the series at 1-1. The Titans are just 7-20 since the start of the 2016 season.

vs. Romeo High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Stevenson leads the series with Romeo 14-10, but the Bulldogs have won four straight. That includes last season’s 52-34 triumph. Stevenson put up 29.2 points per game in 2018. Romeo last season allowed 20.6 points per contest.

at Macomb Dakota (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Stevenson is 8-13 against Dakota, largely due to the Cougars winning four straight and eight out of nine. The Cougars routed the Titans 58-14 last season.

vs. Utica Eisenhower (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Stevenson is just 1-4 in its last five meetings with Eisenhower and 22-25 overall. The Eagles beat the Titans 33-6 last season on their way to a 19th playoff berth in 20 seasons.

at Utica High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Stevenson ran its record against Utica to 27-9 with a 55-15 win last season. The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Titans against the Chieftains.

vs. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (14-0) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Chippewa Valley beat Stevenson 37-23 last season on its way to winning the Division 1 state championship. The Titans lead the series 23-14, but the Big Reds have won seven of the last 10 matchups.

at New Baltimore Anchor Bay (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Stevenson enters this contest having won seven of nine all-time meetings with Anchor Bay, including last year’s 34-21 win.

vs. Warren Mott (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Warren Mott is one of seven 2018 playoff teams Stevenson faces this season. The Marauders bested the Titans 22-14 in last year’s season finale for their third straight win in the series. The teams have split 18 total meetings.