Football Preview: Mount Clemens High

2017 record: 2-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 8, 2018

Team name: Mount Clemens Battling Bathers
Last season’s record: 2-6
League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference
Returning starters: N/A
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Detroit Leadership Academy

Offensive keys:
The Battling Bathers are scheduled to play a full nine-game slate this season for the first time since 2015.

After two years as an independent, Mount Clemens will be competing in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference against teams such as Sterling Heights Parkway Christian and Southfield Christian.

Mount Clemens struggled on offense last season, failing to hit the 20-point mark in any of its eight games. The Bathers last finished a season with a positive scoring margin in 2013.

Defensive keys:
Mount Clemens allowed 27.6 points per game and was outscored by more than 17 points per game last year.

Mount Clemens hasn’t finished a season above .500 since 1994, which is also the last time the program earned a playoff berth.

Coach’s outlook:
Mount Clemens coach Tony Warchol did not respond for comment.
— Jason Carmel Davis

 

2018 SCHEDULE

vs. Detroit Leadership Academy (1-7) — 7 p.m. Aug. 24

This is the third straight year that Mount Clemens and Detroit Leadership Academy will square off. The teams have split two meetings. Last season, the Battling Bathers won 18-8. 

vs. Detroit Universal Academy (0-9) — 7 p.m. Aug. 31

It’s the first meeting between the programs. Universal Academy established its varsity program in 2017.

vs. Lutheran Westland (4-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

This game marks Mount Clemens’ first as a member of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference. Lutheran Westland was shut out three times last season. The Bathers are scheduled to play a full nine-game schedule for the first time since 2015.

at Dearborn Heights Star International (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

Star International has won a total of 10 games in 13 years of having a varsity program. This will be the first time these programs will meet. 

at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21

Mount Clemens and Parkway Christian have never squared off. The Eagles in 2017 advanced to the state playoffs despite a 0-3 start. Mount Clemens hasn’t seen the postseason since 1994.

vs. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28

It’s the second straight game that Mount Clemens will meet a 2017 state playoff qualifier. The Lancers averaged 32.4 points per game last season. The Battling Bathers scored 78 points total in 2017.

vs. Southfield Christian (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Mount Clemens and Southfield Christian will meet for the first time. The Eagles have finished above .500 just three times in 12 seasons.

at Detroit Public Safety Academy (3-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12

It’s the third and final game of the season for Mount Clemens against a team from Detroit. The Eagles are 5-13 in two years as a varsity program.

at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (9-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19

Mount Clemens ends the season with what, on paper, should be its toughest matchup of the season. Northwest started the 2017 season at 9-0 and held five opponents to eight points or less.