Football

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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Published August 25, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record: 6-4

League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division

Returning starters: 12

First game: at Utica, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

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Published July 29, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Coaches from each of 36 football teams in the six divisions of the Macomb Area Conference converged on Macomb Dakota July 28 in advance of the 2015 season 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 strong for the conference.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
1-8

League: Oakland Activities Association White Division

Returning starters: 18

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

Offensive keys:
Rochester struggled on this side of the ball last season, being shut out four times and scoring 14 or more only twice.

Three-year starting receiver Alex Grabowski is back after leading the Falcons in catches and yards last year.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
5-4

League: Oakland Activities Association Red Division

Returning starters: 11

First game: at Rochester Adams, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
Stoney Creek returns four starters from the squad that scored 25 points per game last season, but is without a single returning starting lineman.

“It’s kind of a whole new group that needs to find their identity,” coach Brad Zube said.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
4-5

League: Macomb Area Conference Red Division

Returning starters: 10

First game: vs. Troy Athens, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
7-4

League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Returning starters: 13

First game: at Birmingham Seaholm, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
The Falcons welcome a first-year starter in quarterback Beau Kewley, taking over an offense that averaged nearly 34 points per game last season.

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Published August 25, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record: 10-3

League: Oakland Activities Association White Division

Returning starters: Four

First game: vs. East Kentwood, 6 p.m. Aug. 28

Offensive keys:
The Hawks have a lot of new faces taking the field who will try to live up to the 33.6 points per game scored last season.

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Published August 26, 2015

PREVIEW
Last season’s record:
6-4

League: Macomb Area Conference Red Division

Returning starters: 12

First game: vs. Plymouth, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Offensive keys:
Utica Eisenhower returns eight starters on an offense that found traction in the second half of the 2014 season.

With three of those returners on the offensive line, along with running back Kadari Johnson, the Eagles’ rushing attack should pick up where it left off.

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