2019 Football Preview: Walled Lake Northern

2018 Record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published August 8, 2019

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Last season’s record: 4-5

League: Lakes Valley Conference

Returning starters: 16

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Milford High

Offensive keys:
Offensively, the Knights found success last season, averaging just over 28 points per game, including four games over 30 points.

In 2019, coach Joe Boulus is hoping the running game will be able to help the offense get going.

“We will need to get our running game started to set up our passing game. We will be breaking in a new QB this season, but do return key skill players and (four linemen),” Boulus said.

A few players who will play key roles for the Knights offense will be offensive linemen Kyle Arnoldi and Grant Smith, tight end Seamus Conway, running back Ryan Cornelius and kicker Andrew Moran.

Defensive keys:
Northern returns nine starters on defense and its entire front seven.

Boulus will look to Arnoldi (defensive line), Alex Hunt (defensive line), Cornelius (defensive back) and Matt Isom (linebacker) to lead the unit.

“We must use our speed and strength to impose our will defensively. The front seven all come back, and we hope this will be our strength,” Boulus said.

Coach’s outlook:
Boulus believes his team can make a run at a league title. In terms of the playoffs, the Knights’ last appearance came back in 2016.

“I see the team as being able to compete and possibly contend for a league championship,” Boulus said. “The LVC will be better top to bottom from last year.”


vs. Milford High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Northern has never lost to Milford, taking all three games in the series. Last year, Northern won 39-29. In 2018, the Knights scored 253 points while giving up 294.

at Waterford Kettering (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Northern has been dominant against Kettering, holding a 10-2 advantage in the series. Last year’s game was a 35-28 victory for the Knights.

at Waterford Mott (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Northern knocked off Mott 31-14 last season and holds a 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The Knights’ last playoff appearance was in 2016.

vs. White Lake Lakeland (7-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Knights are 8-7 against Lakeland but have dropped the last two games in the series. The Eagles won 57-14 last season.

at South Lyon High (10-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Knights and Lions have split six games all-time. Last year, South Lyon inched by Northern 22-21.

vs. Walled Lake Central (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
The all-time series is pretty even between the two programs, with Central holding a 9-6 edge. Last year, Northern grabbed a 62-29 win over the Vikings.

at South Lyon East (6-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
The Knights and Cougars have split four games, with East taking last year’s meeting 28-13. It was the lowest scoring output of the year for Northern.

vs. Walled Lake Western (8-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
The Knights have just two wins against the Warriors and have lost the last seven matchups. Western won last year’s game 38-24.

at Fenton High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Last season, Fenton scored 336 points while giving up 155.

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