Football Preview: Southfield Christian

2017 record: 3-6

By: C & G Sports Staff | Southfield Sun | Published July 25, 2018

Team name: Southfield Christian Eagles

Last season’s record: 3-6

League: Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

Returning starters: N/A

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Detroit Osborn

 

Offensive keys

While the Eagles only mustered 19.8 points per contest in 2017, it was a significant upgrade of the 2016 offense, which only managed 9.5 points per game. Southfield Christian had many peaks and valleys, topping 30 points three times but scoring 14 or less on five separate occasions.

A high-scoring offense may be crucial to compete with MIAC rivals like Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (41.6 points per game last season), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (32.9) and Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (29.4).

 

Defensive keys

The defense struggled last year, giving up 38 points per affair. In three separate losses, the Eagles surrendered over 50 points. 

 

Coach’s outlook

Coach Larry Weiss did not respond for comment by press time. 

— Timothy Pontzer


2018 SCHEDULE

at Detroit Osborn (1-8) — 4 p.m. Aug. 23

Southfield Christian is attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season. First things first, the Eagles take on Osborn for the first time in history. Since the football program’s start in 2006, the Eagles have won two season openers.

at Allen Park Cabrini (5-4) — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30

This is the second meeting in a series that began last year. Cabrini prevailed 56-6. 

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

In last year’s game, Southfield Christian was able to defeat Dearborn Heights 35-8, continuing a 5-0 streak all-time for the Eagles.

vs. Detroit Public Safety (3-6) — noon Sept. 15

In a high-scoring affair between the two schools last season, Detroit Public Safety was able to edge out Southfield Christian 50-40. That was the only matchup between the schools. 

at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (9-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21

The Eagles are 1-10 against Lutheran Northwest overall. The Crusaders won 48-12 last season on their way to a fourth straight playoff appearance. 

vs. Westland Lutheran (4-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28

Southfield Christian fell 20-14 to Westland Lutheran last year in Week 6. The Eagles are 4-7 against the Warriors overall. 

at Mount Clemens High (2-6) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Mount Clemens scored only two victories last season, while the Eagles had three. The teams will meet for the first time in school history in Week 7 in Mount Clemens.  

at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (6-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12

Parkway found the playoffs in 2017. One of its six victories from that campaign came over Southfield Christian by a 53-7 margin.  

vs. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (7-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19

Despite a 3-6 record against Southfield Christian in their history, the Lancers defeated the Eagles 39-13 last year.