Football Preview: Sterling Heights High

2017 record: 0-9

By: C & G Sports Staff | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 30, 2018

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Team name: Sterling Heights High Stallions
Last season’s record: 0-9
League: Macomb Area Conference Gold Division
Returning starters: 8
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 vs. Marine City High

Offensive keys:
Stallions coach Brent Widdows, who is in his 10th year leading the program, said finding capable players to fill several spots will be key.

Junior quarterback Chris Edwards leads the unit, along with senior wide receiver Steven Mosley.

Last season, Sterling Heights scored 13.7 points per game.

Defensive keys:
As on offense, Widdows said the defense has several spots up for grabs.

Last season, the Stallions allowed 47.7 points per game. The 429 total points was the most allowed in program history.

Coach’s outlook:
“Our motto is faith, family and heart. We plan to stick to that,” Widdows said. “We’re focusing on us and not our surroundings or anything outside of our locker room. We’re trying to flip the script. We’ve got to do that mentally, physically and emotionally.

“We’re looking at a roster of about 25 kids. The kids who show up really work hard. Hopefully, we can make a difference with what we’ve got, have some fun and win some games.”

— Jason Carmel Davis

 

2018 SCHEDULE

The Stallions haven’t done well against the Mariners, exhibited by their 1-5 record in the series. Sterling Heights, though, won the last meeting 25-19 in 2015.

vs. Center Line High (5-4)  — 7 p.m. Aug. 30

Sterling Heights is 6-2 all-time against Center Line, with all the matchups having taken place before 1980. The Panthers in 2017 finished above .500 for the first time since 2005.

at Eastpointe High (4-5)  — 7 p.m. Sept. 7

The Stallions and Shamrocks will meet as new members of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division. Sterling Heights moves down from the MAC Blue, while the Shamrocks move up from the MAC Silver. The Stallions are 9-1 all-time against Eastpointe.

vs. Warren Fitzgerald (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14

Sterling Heights is 5-3 all-time against Fitzgerald, but this will be their first meeting since 1979. The Spartans put up 33.1 points per game last season, while the Stallions allowed 47.7 points per contest.

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

Sterling Heights is 1-3 all-time against St. Clair. The last two matchups have been close: a 13-10 Stallions win in 2015 and a 32-31 Saints triumph in 2014.

vs. Warren Woods Tower (8-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 28

The Titans downed the Stallions 63-14 last season to take a 4-2 series edge. Sterling Heights has made only one playoff appearance since 2003. 

at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Each team has one victory in the series. The teams last met in 2013, with the Shorians triumphing 49-10. The Stallions in 2017 went winless for the first time since 2010.

at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12

This is the 11th meeting between Sterling Heights and L’Anse Creuse, with the series being tied at 5-5. The Lancers beat the Stallions last season 38-32 for their lone win.

vs. Warren Cousino (3-6)  — 7 p.m. Oct. 19

Sterling Heights has battled Cousino more times than any other opponent. The Stallions lead the series 16-15, but the Patriots have won the last four meetings.

 

Schedule courtesy of www.mhsaa.com, historical data from www.michigan-football.com and helmet provided by www.michiganhelmetproject.org

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