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Published August 25, 2015

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In a non-league matchup between two of metro Detroit’s perennial playoff programs in Division 1, Utica Eisenhower and Plymouth will kick off the 2015 season at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Swinehart Field.

The game will mark Plymouth High’s first-ever game against a team from the Macomb Area Conference, but Plymouth did square off against Eisenhower when it was combined with Salem High. Plymouth branched off on its own in 2004.

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Published August 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the 2015 edition of the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football team takes the field for its season opener against Port Huron Northern, set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Northern, the team will be a part of history.

“We’re starting our 90th season here at Lake Shore,” Shorians football coach Tom Iwanicki said July 28. “We’re very proud of that.”

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Published August 12, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Football coaches and players from the Oakland Activities Association gathered Aug. 7 at Rochester High for the league’s second annual media day.


Coaches were given a two- to five-minute window to speak about their teams, and they also had a chance to see their peers off the field.


“I love it. Anything that promotes high school football in Oakland County is great,” Birmingham Seaholm coach Jim Dewald said. “It’s always fun to see the other coaches. It’s a close fraternity.”

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
4-5

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: 10

First game: vs. Dearborn Heights Star International, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Robert Novy begins his first year  as coach at Oakland Christian after the Lancers just missed making the playoffs for a second consecutive season in 2014.

Asked about this year’s offensive group, he said the strength is up front.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-5

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: 10

First game: at Southfield Bradford Academy, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
Coach Don Justice kept things simple when speaking about his offense and any success the group may have.

“It’s going to begin and end with the offensive line,” he said. “They will make us or break us.”

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
6-4

League: Catholic League Intersectional Division

Returning starters: Nine

First game: at Madison Heights Lamphere, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
8-5

League: Independent

Returning starters: Eight

First game: vs. Port Huron High, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: 10

First game: at Warren Woods Tower, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Second-year Cousino coach Brad Nettles said his players must stay healthy because of a lack of depth.

Junior quarterback Ben Maleszyk will lead the offense. Cousino averaged 23.3 points per game in 2014 — its highest per game total since winning the MAC White in 2011.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
1-8

League: Catholic League Interscholastic Division

Returning starters: 14

First game: at Genesee High, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
The Ventures had an offense that scored just 104 points all of last season — roughly 12 per game — but there was good reason for it: Most of the starters were just sophomores.

More than half of the 11 starters are back this year.

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Published August 7, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Football coaches and players from the Oakland Activities Association gathered Aug. 7 at Rochester High for the second annual media day.

Coaches were given a two- to five-minute window to speak about their teams. They also had a chance to see their peers off the field.

“I love it. Anything that promotes high school football in Oakland County is great,” Seaholm coach Jim Dewald said. “It’s always fun to see the other coaches. It’s a close fraternity.”

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Published July 22, 2015

vs. New Boston Huron (11-2) — 7 p.m. Aug. 27
This is the first meeting between these programs. Huron made it to the Division 3 semifinal last season before falling to the eventual state champ, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Avondale has won four straight season openers.

at Hazel Park High (0-9) — 7 p.m. Sept. 3
Avondale has scored 40 or more points in six straight games against the Vikings. Each team owns eight wins in the series, but Avondale has won four straight.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
4-5

League: Macomb Area Conference White Division

Returning starters: 14

First game: vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
Utica Ford coach Todd Winters, who is in his seventh year with the program, said the team will use a two-quarterback system.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
3-6

League: Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division

Returning starters: Nine

First game: vs. Dearborn Heights Crestwood, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
First-year Panthers head coach Ben Torres said running backs will be the strength of his offense. That group is led by junior back Steven Lucas. Junior quarterback Andrew Leutzinger will pilot the team’s offense. Center Line put up 26.9 points per game in 2014.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Red Division

Returning starters: Six

First game: at Detroit Cody, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
2-7

League: Catholic High School League Intersectional Division

Returning starters: 13

First game: vs. Livonia Clarenceville, 6 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Lutheran North coach Ryan Wesley, also the school’s athletic director, said his team must limit turnovers and focus on establishing a ground attack. Senior running back Jack Pyle will lead the rushing attack.

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Published August 25, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
4-5

League: Oakland Activities Association White Division

Returning starters: 13

First game: vs. Pontiac High, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
A good chunk of the offense that scored 21 points per game last season returns, led by third-year starting receivers — and brothers — Mher and Sasoun Tcholakian.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
2-7

League: Oakland Activities Association Red Division

Returning starters: Eight

First game: at Walled Lake Northern, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
The offense returns three starters from the squad that averaged 21 points per game last season.

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Published July 22, 2015

at Pewamo-Westphalia (10-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 27
Madison won last year’s meeting 18-6, and both teams went on to have great seasons after that.

at Warren Fitzgerald (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 3
Fitzgerald was a playoff team a year ago, but Madison had little trouble in the meeting, picking up a 49-19 victory.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
9-3

League: Macomb Area Conference Silver Division

Returning starters: 12

First game: at Pewamo-Westphalia, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
“Dominate the line of scrimmage. It’s simple,” coach Drake Wilkins said about his team on offense. “We have to block better than our opponent. It’s going to be a group effort. That’s what it has to be.”

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Published July 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Football coaches from each of the six divisions within the Macomb Area Conference converged on Macomb Dakota on July 28 for the second annual MAC Media Day to share their outlook for the upcoming campaign with colleagues and media members.

The 2015 football season begins Aug. 27, and MAC coaches believe this year will be a strong one for the conference in general.

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