2019 Football Preview: Warren Woods Tower

2018 Record: 9-2

By: C & G Sports Staff | Warren Weekly | Published July 12, 2019

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Last season’s record: 9-2

League: Macomb Area Conference Gold Division

Returning starters: Seven

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

Offensive keys: 

Tower coach Al Gulick said this year’s team will be young and a bit inexperienced. The Titans will start junior quarterback Deric Austrackus, who takes over for Matt Bills. Bills is now a member of the University of Michigan football team. Gulick said Austrackus is working hard to make the position his own. 

Senior running back Henry Brown should help Austrackus get acclimated to the job. Brown is coming off a 2,000-yard season in 2018. Junior running back Chandler Barnes will get his share of carries too. The Titans scored a school-record 441 points last season.

Defensive keys: 

Athleticism should pay dividends for Tower this season, Gulick said. Barnes and Brown (linebackers) will be asked to make plays for the defense. The Titans held seven of 10 opponents to 13 points or less last season. 

Coach’s outlook: 

Tower started last season 8-0 on its way to a division title and a second straight playoff berth. 

“Our kids are getting after it. I think we’re very athletic; we’ve got a lot of team speed. Five years ago, we were 1-8. We’re just going to work really hard to try to prepare week to week, game to game. There are a lot of new coaches and schemes in our league to look at,” Gulick said. “Hopefully the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”


Schedule:

at Warren Cousino (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Tower won last year 43-13 to tie the series at 10-10. This marks the sixth straight year the Warren schools have faced off in Week 1. Tower started last season 8-0 on its way to a division title and a second straight playoff berth.

at New Haven High (0-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Tower romped over New Haven last season 51-0. The Rockets scored 12 points total last season.

vs. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
Tower topped 50 points five times in 2018, including a 55-8 win over L’Anse Creuse. The Lancers have won just five games since the start of the 2013 season.

at Eastpointe High (4-5) – 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Tower routed Eastpointe 60-6 in 2018, tying the series at 4-4. All of the Shamrocks’ losses in 2018 were to teams that qualified for the playoffs.

at Hazel Park High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Tower will travel to Hazel Park in the Vikings’ first season in the Macomb Area Conference after a long run in the Oakland Activities Association.

vs. Sterling Heights High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Despite their 1-8 mark last season, the Stallions played the Titans tough, falling 20-7. The Titans lead the series 5-2.

vs. Warren Fitzgerald (3-6) — 1 p.m. Oct. 12
The squads engaged in a shootout last season in what ended as a 56-48 Titans win. Tower leads the series 11-6 and has won five of the last six meetings.

at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Tower and Lake Shore met in Week 8 last season with the MAC Gold title on the line. The Titans upended Lake Shore 26-12 to claim their first division championship since 2001. Tower is an eye-popping 21-1 all-time against Lake Shore.

vs. Port Huron High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Port Huron downed Tower 36-19 in last year’s regular-season finale. Tower is 0-3 all-time against the Big Reds.

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