2019 Football Preview: Warren Lincoln

2018 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Warren Weekly | Published July 26, 2019


Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division

Returning starters: 12

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Warren Fitzgerald

Offensive keys: 

Lincoln assistant coach Steve Burns said the athleticism and depth of the team’s skill players will be vital, but noted that the offensive line lacks experience.

Wide receivers D’Evan Riley (junior) and Cranston Turner (senior) are expected to make plays on the outside, all in hopes of improving on the team’s 12.4 points per game last season.

Defensive keys: 

Line play is crucial, Burns said, as Lincoln is inexperienced across the defensive line, but the group has worked hard and the coach expects the unit to improve as the season goes on. The Abes allowed 23.4 points per contest last season. 

Coach’s outlook: 

The Abes have finished one season in the last decade with a record above .500. The team’s last playoff trip came in 2008.

“The program looks to continue to lean on (head coach Darrius) Alexander’s pillars of faith, family and focus,” Burns said. “Our guys are going to use every opportunity to become better students, citizens and athletes. If we work to control the things we can control, and focus on getting better and working hard every day, then we’ll be successful. We’ve got to get off to a good start.”


at Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Since 2013, at least one of these teams in the matchup has scored 40 or more points on four different occasions.

at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Lake Shore blanked Lincoln 32-0 last season to move to 8-5-1 in the series. This is the first time the teams have met in consecutive seasons since matchups in 2006 and 2007. The Abes have had just one winning season (2015) in the last 10 years.

vs. Clinton Township Clintondale (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
The Abes haven’t had much success against the Dragons, sporting a 3-12 mark in the series. Clintondale won the last meeting, in 2017, 50-14.

vs. Madison Heights Lamphere (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Lincoln got its first win of 2018 with a 32-20 Week 4 win over Lamphere. The Abes are 17-12 all-time against the Rams.

vs. Center Line High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Lincoln has squared off against Center Line more than any other team. The midseason tilt will be the 70th meeting between the programs. The Abes lead the series 36-33. The Panthers won last year’s meeting 26-18 for their second straight in the matchup.

at St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Lincoln beat South Lake 10-8 last season to take a 15-13 series edge. Prior to that, the Cavs had won five straight over the Abes. Lincoln scored more than 20 points once in 2018.

vs. Clawson High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Clawson bested Lincoln 42-19 in 2018. The Abes are just 6-19 against the Trojans. Lincoln’s last win over Clawson came in 2008.

vs. New Haven High (0-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Lincoln blanked New Haven 20-0 last season for its first shutout win since 2015. The Rockets were the only winless team in the 35-team Macomb Area Conference.

at Marine City High (10-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
The Abes are 0-8 against the Mariners. Marine City took last season’s matchup 34-0.