Eastpointe High’s Brent Vison looks to make a play against Clawson High Sept. 6. At press time, Eastpointe was 1-1 overall.

Eastpointe High’s Brent Vison looks to make a play against Clawson High Sept. 6. At press time, Eastpointe was 1-1 overall.

Photo by Brian Sevald


Eastpointe High football ready to win under new coach

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 17, 2019

 Eastpointe High’s  Anthony  Williams,  left, and Davion Watkins  celebrate a touchdown against Clawson High Sept. 6. The Shamrocks won 29-12.

Eastpointe High’s Anthony Williams, left, and Davion Watkins celebrate a touchdown against Clawson High Sept. 6. The Shamrocks won 29-12.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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EASTPOINTE –– The Eastpointe High football team has had some struggles over the years, collecting just 13 wins over the last five seasons.  

But new coach Al Demps is ready to help the Shamrocks create a new culture — a winning culture. He sees the area’s talent and is looking to make Eastpointe a destination place to play. 

Under their new leader, the Shamrocks have opened the season with mixed results. At press time, they were 1-1 overall, with a double-digit win over Clawson High and a 4-point loss to Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. 

“I’m excited to be here,” Demps said. “I’m very pleased with the leadership here, the support that I’ve gotten. Our new athletic director, I can’t say enough about him. He didn’t hire me, so I wasn’t his guy, but he made me his guy, and I feel comfortable with him.” 

Defense has been the Shamrocks’ calling card early in the year, while the offense has struggled to find its footing. 

However, with an experienced offensive line and playmakers such as receivers Davion Watkins and Anthony Williams, Demps is confident the offense will find a rhythm.

While they wait for that to happen, Demps noted that it’s been vital for the defense to step up and make plays. Through two games, the Shamrocks have allowed opponents to score just 24 total points.  

“I think it’s huge,” Demps said of the play of his defense. “We know we can count on the defense to make plays. Like I said, we just got to get that offense rolling, but I think they’re on the right track right now.”

With a .500 record, Demps believes the next few games will give him an idea of where his team stands. The Shamrocks played Sterling Heights High after press time, and then take on Warren Woods Tower and Marine City High. 

Tower won the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division last season, while Marine City has missed the playoffs just one time since 1998. Both teams beat Eastpointe last season. 

“We’re going to really see what we’re made of. I’m excited; ready to go,” Demps said. 

As it was before the season began, the Shamrocks’ goal is to win the MAC Gold and push toward making the playoffs.

The program has only made one state playoff appearance, which was back in 2010, and the Shamrocks’ last winning record was in 2009.

With six guaranteed games now left on the schedule, Demps and his players have a chance to do something historic at Eastpointe. A chance to become the second playoff team in Eastpointe history and help build a legacy for a program they’ve been with through the ups and the downs. 

“I’ve been here for three years. I’ve lost, I’ve won, but I wouldn’t choose no other place to go but here,” Williams said.

Catch Eastpointe on the field at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at home against Tower. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports. 

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