Grosse Pointe South players come to the sideline during a predistrict playoff game against Detroit Cass Tech Nov. 1 at home. South lost 24-17.

Grosse Pointe South players come to the sideline during a predistrict playoff game against Detroit Cass Tech Nov. 1 at home. South lost 24-17.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


GPS football coach reflects on season

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 12, 2019

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GROSSE POINTES — Despite falling to Detroit Cass Tech 24-17 in the opening round of the playoffs Nov. 1, the Grosse Pointe South football team put together another solid season.

The Blue Devils finished the year with a 7-3 overall record, won the Macomb Area Conference White Division for the fourth consecutive season, and made the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year and the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever coached a team where you got a bunch of goofy kids, but then the whistle blows, and man, it’s like they’ve been playing together forever,” South coach Tim Brandon said. “They relied on each other, they found each other, the trust that they had, it was a great time, it was a great season to coach.”

As it did last year, South found balance on both offense and defense. The Blue Devils scored 305 total points, which was their second consecutive year going above the 300 mark.

Defensively, South allowed 115 total points and finished the year with five shutouts. The Blue Devils had four shutouts in a row after a season-opening loss to Birmingham Groves.

That balance of strong offense and dominant defense allowed the Blue Devils to rip off seven wins in a row, outscoring opponents 247-19.

“The loss to Groves in the first game, although it was a tough loss and it was a setback, we took that as a learning moment,” Brandon said. “Just that middle grind of the season, the kids were hitting on all cylinders and really played well.”

Though the football season is still continuing for a handful of teams, South isn’t taking much time off to get ready for next season.

The Blue Devils will lose a handful of seniors from this year’s team, but for everyone returning, preparation for next season will begin later in November.

As they are every year, South’s goals next season will be to win its division, defeat Grosse Pointe North and make the state playoffs.

“We’re going to start doing offseason interviews. Next year’s varsity, we interview each kid individually, and really it’s a (yearlong) thing,” Brandon said. “As a coaching staff, we’ll start right away, and then we start our strength and conditioning program when the kids get back from Thanksgiving.”

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