2019 Football Preview: Auburn Hills Avondale

2018 Record: 7-3

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published July 30, 2019

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Last season’s record: 7-3
League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division
Returning starters: Seven
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Troy High

Offensive keys:
It may be just his first season at the helm of Avondale football, but Corey Bell takes solace in the fact that the Yellow Jackets have plenty of returning playmakers from last season.

The offense put up 360 total points last season, which was its highest mark since 2012.

For Bell, it’s just a matter of putting everything together.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that can do a lot of great things with the football,” the coach said. “We’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of athleticism. It’s just a matter of putting the ball in the right hands and letting these guys do what they do best.”

Key players include wideouts Jamason Jodway and Torey Coleman, and running back David Holloman.

Defensive keys:
Last season the Yellow Jackets allowed just 171 points in 10 games, which was their lowest number surrendered since 2006. In order to be just as strong this year as it was last year, Avondale must stop the run.

“We have a new system in place, but it’s allowing these guys to play downhill, play fast and stop the run,” Bell said. “If we can do that, we should be successful.”

Expect Jodway, Coleman and defensive lineman Shane Gubariu to make a big impact this season.

Coach’s outlook:
“Our goal is to win an OAA championship and make a run in the playoffs,” Bell said. “We have been a playoff team the past two seasons, so we want to build off that and make a deeper run.”

 

vs. Troy High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Last season, Avondale snapped a three-game losing streak against Troy with a 28-13 victory. Troy has qualified for the playoffs just four times in the past 19 seasons.

vs. Detroit Renaissance (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The programs have not previously played against each other. Since its inaugural season in 1995, Renaissance has qualified for the playoffs 12 times, last accomplishing that feat in 2014.

vs. Pontiac High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
With a 67-0 win last year, the Yellow Jackets gave Pontiac its most lopsided loss of the season. Pontiac gave up 45 or more points seven times last year.

at Royal Oak High (5-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Since Royal Oak’s inaugural season in 2006, Avondale has won each of the five games played between the programs, including a 34-12 victory last year. Royal Oak has qualified for the playoffs twice, including its last postseason appearance in 2017.

vs. North Farmington (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
The Yellow Jackets have outscored North Farmington 91-3 in the last two games played between the programs. After its 44-3 win last season, Avondale is 5-2 all-time against North Farmington.

vs. Farmington High (8-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Farmington beat the Yellow Jackets 28-14 last year. The Falcons won each of their first five games last season.

at Ferndale High (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
When the programs played last year, the Eagles came away with a 39-12 victory. Last season, Ferndale held its opponents to 10 points or less six times and qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

at Berkley High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Last season, the Yellow Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak against Berkley with a 53-0 victory. After having qualified for the postseason in three consecutive years, the Bears have not made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

vs. Birmingham Seaholm (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
When the programs last played in 2013, Seaholm came away with a 56-28 win. The Maples scored over 40 points six times last season.

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

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