2019 Football Preview: Warren Michigan Collegiate

2018 Record: 8-2

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

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Last season’s record: 8-2

League: Charter School Conference

Returning starters: Eight

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Grosse Pointe North

Offensive keys: 

Michigan Collegiate coach John Guth said scoring touchdowns, while controlling the pace of the game with its no-huddle offense, will play a major role in the team’s prospects. 

“We want to use our complex system of formations to confuse and wear out opposing defenses,” Guth said. 

Senior quarterback Darius Love will lead the offense. Junior running backs Demaro Black and Jamar Willis will run behind an offensive line anchored by sophomore Cameron Rutherford and senior Trevon Daniel. 

The Cougars put up 37.2 points per contest last season, and five of their wins came by at least 30 points.

Defensive keys: 

Guth wants the Michigan Collegiate defense to be relentless, putting endless pressure on opposing offenses. The coach wants to see the unit force multiple turnovers each week, he said. Daniel and Black (linebackers), and Rutherford (defensive line) lead the way. 

Coach’s outlook: 

Michigan Collegiate hasn’t missed a postseason since 2008.

“We have the team speed to attack offenses from all angles,” Guth said. “We’re all in this season. We’re looking to make some noise in Division 6.”


Schedule:

at Grosse Pointe North (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Collegiate knocked off Grosse Pointe North 26-14 last season. The Norsemen scored a program-low 93 points last year.

vs. Flint Beecher (8-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Collegiate and Beecher have faced off one other time — a 47-7 Collegiate win in a 2011 Division 6 pre-district playoff game. Beecher has advanced to the state playoffs 10 times in the last 12 seasons. The Cougars haven’t missed a postseason since 2008.

vs. Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
It’s the first meeting between these programs. The Yellowjackets allowed just 13.7 points per game in 2018. The Cougars put up 37.2 points per contest.

vs. Mount Clemens High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
Mount Clemens’ first game as a member of the Charter School Conference comes against arguably the best program in the league. Collegiate has advanced to the playoffs 10 years in a row. Five of the Cougars’ wins in 2018 came by at least 30 points. The Bathers’ last winning season came in 1997.

vs. Detroit Old Redford Academy (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Collegiate blanked Old Redford 34-0 last season. Collegiate is unbeaten in nine meetings with Old Redford. The Cougars have won the last three matchups by a combined 108 points.

at Romulus Summit Academy North (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Collegiate is 10-0 against Summit Academy and the games haven’t been close. The Cougars’ average margin of victory over the Dragons is 35.6 points per game.

vs. Southfield Bradford (0-9) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
Collegiate shut out Bradford 36-0 last season to move to 9-0 in the series. The Bulldogs scored just 28 points all of last year.

at Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (3-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Collegiate earned a 34-32 win over Chandler Park last year to move to 6-5 all-time in the series. The Cougars have taken three straight from the Eagles, who last season missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

vs. TBD — Oct. 25
Collegiate’s Week 9 opponent had not been set at press time.

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