Football Preview: Birmingham Seaholm

By: C & G Sports Staff | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 30, 2018


Team name: Birmingham Seaholm Maples
Last season’s record: 1-8
League: Oakland Activities Association Blue Division
Returning starters: 13
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Troy Athens

Offensive keys:
One aspect that stands out to coach Jim DeWald is the plus-minus on turnovers.

“We have to eliminate turnovers in order to be successful this year,” said DeWald. “That absolutely killed us in 2017; we can’t turn the ball over and expect to win any football games.”

Expected to play important roles this season include fullback Chase Mentag, quarterback Greg Kinnie and slot back Max Schumaker.

“If those three players get going on the offensive side of the ball, everything will kind of work from there,” said DeWald.
Defensive keys:
DeWald is optimistic for the defense this season with the talent he feels it has.

“We will have some pieces this season to help us,” the coach said. “We have three linebackers coming back out of our 4-3 system, so we will have experience coming back.”

Key players include Mentag (safety), Tre Hairston (defensive line) and Paul Jokisch (defensive line).

Coach’s outlook:
Seaholm’s last winning season came back in 2013 when the Maples were also in the Blue Division. Seaholm returns to that division this season after spending the last four in the White Division. In that span, the Maples went 11-25.

“I’m hoping to come out every week and compete,” said DeWald. “Hopefully that puts the team at the top of the Blue Division.”

— Edward Zilincik



vs. Troy Athens (0-9) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
These squads last met back in 1999 — a 21-13 victory for the Red Hawks. Overall, Seaholm has lost four straight season openers.

at Ferndale High (8-2) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Ferndale and Seaholm have matched up 52 times throughout their history, with Seaholm leading the series 30-21-1. They last played in 2013. The Maples won that contest 48-0, which happens to be the last time Seaholm shut out a team.

vs. North Farmington (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
This will be the first matchup between The Maples and Raiders since the 2016 season. Seaholm won that contest 41-14. The Maples are 10-0 against the Raiders.

at South Lyon High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
This is the first meeting between the programs. South Lyon hasn’t made the playoffs or finished with a winning record since 2013.

at Royal Oak High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2014, a contest Royal Oak lost 42-21.  All-time against the Maples, the Ravens are 0-4.

vs. Pontiac High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Since making the playoffs in 2011, the Phoenix haven’t been able to find solid ground, going 4-49 during that span. This is the first meeting between the programs.  
vs. Berkley High (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Despite a 1-8 record last year, Seaholm was able to defeat Berkley 49-6.  In 46 matchups in school history, Seaholm leads Berkley 32-13-1.

vs. Farmington High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
Seaholm trails Farmington 5-3 in the all-time series. In the last meeting between the schools in 2016, Seaholm won 29-28.

at Birmingham Groves (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
Last season, Groves was able to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Falcons escaped with a 35-33 win last year against their rivals. Seaholm and Groves haven’t played another opponent more, with Seaholm leading the series 40-18.