2019 Football Preview: Madison Heights Lamphere

2018 Record: 1-8

By: C & G Sports Staff | Madison - Park News | Published August 1, 2019

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Last season’s record: 1-8
League: Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division
Returning starters: 15
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Yale High
 
Offensive keys:
After losing some key players to injury before the season even started last year, from coach Jeff Glynn’s perspective, the “biggest thing” is fielding a healthy offense.    

According to Glynn, quarterback Dylan Chargo set Lamphere’s single-season passing record last season as a sophomore.

Other key players back include receiver Joe McNab, slot back KJ Whitman, running back Seth Ernest and tackle Billy Collins.

Although Glynn thinks the Rams have a lot of talent on the offensive line, he said they are potentially going to be starting three or four juniors and a sophomore.

“Shaping up our offensive line is the biggest key,” Glynn said. “So, it’s tough right now, but it’s also boding well for the future.”
 
Defensive keys:
Linebacker Michael Bisbikis and Whitman at cornerback are being counted on to play key roles for the Rams.

“We’re returning three of our four defensive backs, which is great, both of our safeties, and then two of our three linebackers,” Glynn said. “We got (to) shore up a little bit of our defensive line, but we got more bodies.”
 
Coach’s outlook:
After going 1-3 in the MAC Bronze last season, Glynn would like to reclaim the title the Rams won in 2017, when they went 4-0 in division play.

“We can compete for (the) league — although we’re young — and that’s what we expect to do,” Glynn said. “We feel we have a good shot with the way our schedule lines up.”

 

vs. Yale High (5-5) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
In what was the first-ever meeting between the programs last year, Yale came away with a 49-20 win. The Bulldogs scored 35 or more points six times last season.

vs. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
The Lancers’ only win last season came via a 34-13 victory against Lamphere. With the win, L’Anse Creuse is 1-0 all-time against the Rams. L’Anse Creuse has not qualified for the playoffs since 2003.

at New Haven High (0-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
A 23-0 win against the Rockets last year was Lamphere’s only victory of the season. New Haven scored just 12 points all of last season and didn’t make the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year.

at Warren Lincoln (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
With a 32-20 win last season, Lincoln improved to 17-12 all-time against Lamphere. Lincoln has made the playoffs just three times in the last 32 seasons.

vs. Clawson High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
With a 48-7 victory last season, Clawson won its fourth straight game against the Rams. Clawson is 30-13-3 all-time against Lamphere.

at Marysville High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Marysville improved to 5-2 all-time against Lamphere with a 69-12 win last season. After having previously qualified for the postseason in eight of nine years, Marysville has not made it to the playoffs in either of the last two seasons.

vs. Clinton Township Clintondale (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
When the programs last played in 2017, the Rams came away with a 28-20 victory. Lamphere is 8-9 all-time against Clintondale.

vs. Center Line High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
With a 30-0 win last season, Center Line improved to 14-9 all-time against Lamphere. Last year, Center Line qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

at Madison Heights Madison (13-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Madison has won 32 of the 51 games played between the programs, including a 60-0 victory last year. The Eagles’ only loss last season came in the Division 7 state championship game.

Schedule provided by mhsaa.com and historical data provided by michigan-football.com.

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