Fraser High football players are pictured at an intersquad scrimmage Aug. 11. Last season, the Ramblers won three more games than the season prior.

Fraser High football players are pictured at an intersquad scrimmage Aug. 11. Last season, the Ramblers won three more games than the season prior.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Football preview: Fraser High

2017 record: 4-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 25, 2018

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League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division
Returning starters: 6
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Ferndale High

Offensive keys:
Fraser coach Jon Skladanowski said quarterback Nick Benson, who will be a senior this year, is going to be “very good.”

“He’s being looked at by several schools,” Skladanowski said. “People are asking about him. He’s legit. If we can block for him, he’s (going to) have a pretty good year.”

When the Ramblers do throw, look for receiver Montez Cregeur to be in on the action.

Defensive keys:
Skladanowski has some expectations for his defensive squad this year.

“We’re (going to) be able to match up with people and attack,” he said. “We’re (going to) be able to do some blitzing and be able to match up in the defensive backfield with wide receivers.”

Cregeur at defensive back and safety Dylan Parrott anchor the unit.

Coach’s outlook:
Skladanowski has up to 10 players who will be entering their sophomore year that he expects to see big playing time.

Although he is aware that with youth some “growing pains” can be expected, Skladanowski also said, “these young kids are (going to) be fun to watch.”

Last season, Fraser won three more games than the season prior, and Skladanowski would like to see even more improvement this year.

“We are really excited with how hard our young kids (have) worked,” Skladanowski said. “We feel we can compete (with) just about everyone on our schedule.”


Schedule:
at Ferndale High (8-2) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
Last season, Ferndale had its best season since 2008 and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year. This is the first meeting between the programs. 

vs. Macomb Dakota (7-4) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Dakota has won each of the three games played between the programs, outscoring Fraser 107-20 in those contests. The teams last played each other in 2007. Dakota hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2000.

at Port Huron High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
Prior to a 31-14 victory last season, Fraser had lost seven consecutive games against Port Huron. Fraser is 5-9 all-time against Port Huron.

vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
Fraser has won eight consecutive games against Lakeview, and 10 of the last 11 contests. Fraser is 16-13-1 all-time against the Huskies.

at Utica Ford II (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
Fraser is 12-12 all-time against Ford. The Ramblers won last season’s game 42-17.

at Port Huron Northern (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28
After a 20-12 win last season, PHN improved to 8-2 all-time against Fraser. The Huskies have qualified for the playoffs two consecutive seasons.

vs. Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Fraser is 11-5 all-time against Roseville. The programs last played each other in 2015, with the Ramblers coming away with a 28-21 victory. Roseville qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last year.

at Warren Cousino (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
Cousino is 14-10 all-time against Fraser. Cousino has won the last six games played between the programs.

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
Fraser is 22-13 all-time against L’Anse Creuse. Fraser has played against L’Anse Creuse more than any other opponent. L’Anse Creuse hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2003.

Schedule: www.mhsaa.com | Historical data: www.michigan-football.com | Helmet: www.michiganhelmetproject.org

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