Farmington High’s Keion Shaw battles for more yards Aug. 16 against Dearborn Crestwood in a scrimmage at home.

Farmington High’s Keion Shaw battles for more yards Aug. 16 against Dearborn Crestwood in a scrimmage at home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Football preview: Farmington High

2017 Record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Farmington Press | Published July 25, 2018

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Last season’s record: 3-6
League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division
Returning starters: 14
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Berkley High

Offensive keys: 
The Falcons averaged 27.4 points per game last season and the main weapon in the backfield returns.

Kendall Williams scored nine touchdowns last season and rushed for 1,200 yards. He’s one of seven starters back on offense.

“We think we can run the ball and do some things,” coach Kory Cioroch said. “We’re attempting to be multi faceted for this upcoming season as well.”

On the line, Donovan King leads the way at tackle along with tight end Jordan Turner.

Defensive keys: 
The Falcons let up 24.7 points per game last season, but only three total points in the final two games of the year. 

Cioroch said it’s a different look to the defense this time around.

“We’re trying to change our defense up. We’re hoping to play a little faster and not have to think as much,” the coach said. 

King leads the unit from the defensive line.

Coach’s outlook: 
The Falcons were young last season and started 10 sophomores. 

“The team will have much more experience this season after competing last year,” Cioroch said. “We think that we’re going to be a ton better this season.”


Schedule:
at Berkley High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24
This is the second straight year these programs have opened the season against each other. Last season, the Falcons fell 28-23. Farmington leads the series 9-8-2.

vs. Royal Oak High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Last season, Royal Oak High was able to make the playoffs, which is something Farmington last did in 2015. Farmington is 1-3 against Royal Oak all-time.  

at Ferndale High (8-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
The Eagles were able to score a 37-7 win in Week 3 of last season against Farmington. It was Ferndale’s only win in the series, which the Falcons lead 3-1.    

vs. Hazel Park High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
Farmington fell to Hazel Park last season 18-7. That was the first time the programs had met since 2014, when the Falcons won 54-0.  

vs. Auburn Hills Avondale (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
In this Week 5 home contest against Avondale, the Falcons will be looking to avenge a 45-26 loss last season. In the only other meeting between the two programs, Farmington won 35-0 in 2014.  

at Madison Heights Madison (12-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Madison advanced all the way to the Division 7 state semifinals last season. The Falcons are 2-0 against the Eagles in their history, with the most recent win coming in 2003. 

at North Farmington (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Farmington trails in the all-time rivalry 33-18-1, but it has won the last two contests by an average margin of 37.5 points. 

at Birmingham Seaholm (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
In their last meeting in 2016, Seaholm scored a close 29-28 win. Overall, Farmington is 5-3 against the Maples. 

vs. Farmington Hills Harrison (10-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
In the final rivalry game between the two programs, Farmington will look to finish on a high note. The Falcons are 5-30 all-time against the Hawks.

Schedule courtesy of www.mhsaa.com, historical data from www.michigan-football.com and helmet provided by www.michiganhelmetproject.org

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