Madison Heights Lamphere football coach Jeff Glynn is pictured with players at a recent practice. The Rams will attempt to qualify for the playoffs and win a Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division championship for the second consecutive season.

Madison Heights Lamphere football coach Jeff Glynn is pictured with players at a recent practice. The Rams will attempt to qualify for the playoffs and win a Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division championship for the second consecutive season.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Football Preview: Madison Heights Lamphere

2017 record: 5-5

By: C & G Sports Staff | Madison - Park News | Published July 30, 2018

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Team name: Madison Heights Lamphere Rams

Last season’s record: 5-5

League: Macomb Area
Conference Bronze Division

Returning starters: 9

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23
at Yale High

 

Offensive keys

Although quarterback Dylan Chargo didn’t play on the team last season and will be entering just his sophomore year, he may have plenty of help around him to help ease him into a starting role.

“I think the benefit that we have this year is at our skill positions; we have a lot more depth than we did last year,” said Lamphere coach Jeff Glynn. “This year we have four running backs that I believe if they were 1A or 1B, every single one of (them) could be a six, seven, 800-yard rusher.”

Glynn said that Mitch Lewis, Danny Coldren, Seth Ernest and Cameron Stewart are all “very solid running backs.”

Returning tackles Joseph Heaslip and Billy Collins could help give Chargo time to throw the ball to receivers Maverick Kotsonis, Alex Giannoulas, Howard Shields and Jaylen Moore, who Glynn said “all have extreme big-play ability.”

 

Defensive keys

Glynn said the defensive line “has potential to be a very, very good group — very deep group, which makes a big difference.”

Defensive ends Torohn Yancey and Alex Szewczul are a couple of players who are expected to be difference makers for Lamphere.

Glynn expects the key linebacker to be Moore, who he said is “one of the most gifted players I’ve ever coached.”

Giannoulas and Shields are expected to be the two starting cornerbacks, with Ernest at safety.

 

Coach’s outlook

After having a combined record of 6-30 from 2013 to 2016, last season the Rams qualified for the playoffs and won a division championship for the first time since 2010.

But as nice as those accomplishments were, Glynn said, “We are not at all satisfied being a .500 program.”

He thinks his squad can do better than that this season.

“We thought we left some things out there last year,” he said. “We felt once we reached the playoffs, our guys kind of felt that they made it. So, what we’ve done is we’ve changed the mindset from being goal-oriented to expectation-oriented. So, our expectations are win league, beat the other school (Madison Heights Madison) and make the state playoffs.

“If we take care of business, we should put ourselves in a position to reach new heights.”

— Mark Vest


2018 SCHEDULE

at Yale High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Aug.23

This will be the first game between the two programs. The Bulldogs lost their last four games last season. The last season-opening victory for the Rams came in 2010, when they beat St. Clair Shores South Lake 21-14. That’s the same year Lamphere last made the playoffs before breaking the streak last season.

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30

This will be Lamphere’s first game against the Lancers. L’Anse Creuse has gone 1-8 in each of the past three seasons and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2003.

vs. New Haven High (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

With a 28-12 win last season, Lamphere is 10-4 all-time against New Haven. It has been over a decade since New Haven last made the playoffs.

vs. Warren Lincoln (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

Lamphere ended a five-game losing streak against Lincoln with a 33-13 victory last year. Lincoln is 16-12 all-time against the Rams.

at Clawson High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21

When the teams last played in 2015, Clawson won 12-7, improving to 29-13-3 all-time against Lamphere. Clawson has won five of the last six games played between the two programs.

vs. Marysville High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28

Marysville is 4-2 all-time against Lamphere. Including last year, Marysville has missed the playoffs just two times in the last 10 seasons.

vs. Hazel Park High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

When the programs last played each other in 2003, the Vikings came away with a 34-0 victory. Prior to last year, Hazel Park had won just three games over the course of four seasons. Lamphere is 1-1 all-time against the Vikings.

at Center Line High (5-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12

After a 41-22 win last season, Lamphere is 9-13 all-time against Center Line. Center Line hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2005.

vs. Madison Heights Madison (12-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19

After beating the Rams 42-14 last season, Madison has won the last nine games of the rivalry series. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs every year since 2005. Madison is 31-18-1 all-time against Lamphere.

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