Football Preview: Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood

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


Team name: Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood Cranes
Last season’s record: 10-2
League: Catholic High School League AA Division
Returning starters: 12
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Redford Union

Offensive keys:
Coach Scott Steward is ready for a new season, but feels that an important aspect the offense needs to focus on is the running game.

“We have to find different ways to run the ball in a very difficult league,” said Steward. “We know we can’t throw the ball every single down. So, running the ball is going to be a part of it.”

When the Cranes do throw, expect receivers Kobi Russell and Torrell Williams to be the targets.

“We have two great wide receivers; we have to find ways to get them the ball,” Steward said.
Defensive keys:
The Cranes return seven starters on defense.

“We have a ton of guys who contributed to last year’s playoff team at different levels,” said Steward.

The Cranes held opponents to seven points or less nine times last season.

“Our team played great defense the last few years, and it’s a system where we feel we can plug and play players who will continue that success,” said Steward.

Coach’s outlook:
The Cranes moved into the AA Division after dominating the Intersectional No. 1 level the past few years. Cranbrook is 13-1 in league games since 2015.

“We’re looking to compete every single week even though we understand that it’s going to be a challenge,” said Steward. “It’s going to be a challenge to have the same level of success in terms of wins, but we know that each victory will be worth more, because we’re playing much stronger opponents.”
— Edward Zilincik



at Redford Union (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
Last season, on its way to a fourth straight playoff appearance, Cranbrook beat Redford Union 35-0.   

vs. Windsor (ONT) Holy Names (9-2) — 5 p.m. Aug. 30
It’s the first meeting between these programs and the first time the Cranes will play a team from Canada. Holy Names also has Birmingham Brother Rice on the slate this season.  

vs. University of Detroit Jesuit (4-5) — 3 p.m. Sept. 8
This will be the first matchup between the two teams since the 1983 season. Cranbrook won that contest 22-0. The Cubs missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2014.

at Dearborn Divine Child (10-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
The Cranes’ only loss during the regular season last year came at the hands of Divine Child, falling 28-14 in Week 4. Overall, the Falcons lead the series 2-0.

vs. Walled Lake Central (5-5) — 1 p.m. Sept. 22
It’s the first meeting between the programs. The Vikings were a playoff team in 2017, losing in the first round to White Lake Lakeland.  

vs. Detroit Loyola (2-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Cranbrook is 1-6 in seven matchups against Loyola. The Cranes’ lone win came in the first meeting back in 1997. The teams last met in 2016. Loyola took that contest 30-3. The Bulldogs finished with a losing record last year for the first time since 2004.

at Riverview Gabriel Richard (9-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Even though Riverview Gabriel Richard finished 9-2 last season and made it to the district round of the playoffs, it found no success against the Cranes, losing 21-0. The Pioneers are on a three-game losing streak against Cranbrook, with their last win coming in 2014.

at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (7-3) — 4 p.m. Oct. 12
These two schools haven’t met since the 2011 season. Cranbrook is 0-2 against Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, which was a playoff team last season.  

at Prep Bowl or Crossover TBD — TBD Oct. 20