2019 Football Preview: Warren Cousino

2018 Record: 2-7

By: C & G Sports Staff | Warren Weekly | Published August 2, 2019

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Last season’s record: 2-7

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: Seven

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Warren Woods Tower

Offensive keys: 

Cousino first-year coach Tony Wright, who has coached for 20 years at Warren Mott and Sterling Heights High, wants the team to be physical. Leading the squad is senior quarterback Wyatt Hudson.

The Patriots are looking to put more points on the board after being held to 13 points or less five times last season. 

Defensive keys: 

Cousino allowed 325 points over nine games last season — the most in a season in program history. Wright, like on offense, wants the Patriots defense to play with physicality. Senior defensive back Andre Wyne and Hudson (linebacker) will lead the unit. The Patriots are after their first playoff trip since 2016.

Coach’s outlook: 

“We’re going to compete like crazy in games that matter,” Wright said. “We’re working hard right now to compete as a team. One of our big hurdles will be replacing the 26 seniors we lost to graduation. We’re super excited about this year. The key for us will be senior leadership. We’re going to bring back a physical brand of football, and we hope to recapture some of the program’s previous success.”


Schedule:

vs. Warren Woods Tower (9-2) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Tower won last year’s bout 43-13 to tie the series at 10-10. This marks the sixth straight year the Warren schools have faced off in Week 1.

at Utica Eisenhower (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Cousino is just 2-11 all-time versus Eisenhower, with the wins coming in 1983 and 1984. Eisenhower shut out Cousino 67-0 last season on its way to a fifth straight playoff trip.

vs. Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Cousino leads the series 13-7, but Roseville has won three of the last four matchups. Last season, the Panthers beat the Patriots 40-26.

vs. Port Huron Northern (10-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
The Week 4 matchup with Northern will be the fourth for Cousino against a 2018 playoff team to start the season. The Huskies beat the Patriots 26-7 last season to take an 8-3 series lead.

at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Cousino leads its series with LCN 11-6, but the Crusaders have taken the last three matchups. LCN beat Cousino 25-7 last season.

at Port Huron High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Port Huron bested Cousino 43-0 in 2018 to take a 7-5 series edge. The Big Reds have won five of the last six matchups.

vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview (7-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Cousino hasn’t had much trouble with Lakeview, exhibited by its 7-1 record in the series. The Patriots’ only loss in the series came last season — a 40-28 Week 7 Huskies win.

at Fraser High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Cousino is on quite the roll against Fraser, having won seven straight in the series to take a 15-10 lead in the matchup. The Patriots’ first win of 2018 came in a 35-20 victory over the Ramblers. Cousino’s last loss to Fraser was in 1996.

vs. Sterling Heights High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
The winner of the regular-season finale between Cousino and Sterling Heights 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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