Football Preview: Warren Cousino

By: C & G Sports Staff | Warren Weekly | Published July 27, 2018

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Team name: Warren Cousino Patriots
Last season’s record: 3-6
League: Macomb Area Conference Blue Division
Returning starters: 10
First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Warren Woods Tower

Offensive keys:
Cousino coach Brad Nettles, who returns to the sidelines after a one-season absence, said the strength of this year’s squad will be its offensive line, which will be anchored by senior Nicholas Brillantes.

Depth, though, is a concern for the Patriots, Nettles said.

Senior wide receiver Brendan Wolgast and senior running back Michael Tucker are expected to contribute.

Cousino put up 20.1 points per game in 2017.

Defensive keys:
The team returns five defensive starters, but depth is an issue on that side of the ball, Nettles said. Brillantes (defensive line), Wolgast (defensive back) and Tucker (linebacker) will anchor the defense.

Last season, the Patriots allowed 28.4 points per game.

Coach’s outlook:
“Our motto is ‘rise as one,’” said Nettles, who is in his fourth year overall leading the Patriots. “The cornerstones of the program are character, leadership, work ethic and commitment. If we want to be successful, we have to learn how to finish. We expect to win. We have to develop a team-first attitude and the heart of a champion.”
— Jason Carmel Davis

 

2018 SCHEDULE

at Warren Woods Tower (8-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 23
Tower won last year’s bout 31-13, but Cousino leads the series 10-9. This marks the fifth straight year the Warren schools have faced off in Week 1. Cousino averaged 20.1 points per game in 2017, while Tower allowed 15.8 points per contest.

vs. Utica Eisenhower (11-1) — 7 p.m. Aug. 30
This will mark the first time that Cousino and Eisenhower have battled since 2013. The Eagles, who got to the Division 1 state semifinals last season, lead the series 10-2.

at Roseville High (6-4) — 7 p.m. Sept. 7
The Week 3 battle will be 20th for the Panthers and Patriots. Roseville won last year’s game 24-14, but Cousino has a 13-6 series lead.

at Port Huron Northern (9-2) — 7 p.m. Sept. 14
This is the first matchup between Cousino and Port Huron Northern since 2007. The Huskies, who last season scored the second-most points in program history, lead the series 7-3.

vs. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 21
 These squads last met in 2013. The teams met six straight years from 2008 to 2013, with the Patriots taking four of them. Cousino, which had a losing record last season for the first time since 2013, leads the series 11-5.

vs. Port Huron High (4-5) — 7 p.m.Sept. 28
The Week 6 matchup is the 12th in a series that began in 2001. The Big Reds lead the series 6-5 and have won four of the last five meetings.

at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5
Cousino has historically had no trouble with Lakeview. The Patriots are 7-0 all-time against the Huskies.

vs. Fraser High (4-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12
Cousino and Fraser have met 24 times since 1967. The Patriots lead the series 14-10. The teams last met in 2015, with Cousino winning 33-24.

at Sterling Heights High (0-9) — 7 p.m. Oct. 19
Cousino has battled Sterling Heights 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 helmets provided by www.michiganhelmetproject.org

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