Ramblers off and running

New, familiar faces lead Fraser football to win in Week 1

By: Jon Malavolti | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 31, 2011

 New Fraser High football coach Pat Threet guided the Ramblers to a season-opening win over Warren Woods Tower Aug. 25 at home. Fraser faces Lake Shore at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 on the road before returning home for a 7 p.m. Sept. 9 game against St. Clair High.

New Fraser High football coach Pat Threet guided the Ramblers to a season-opening win over Warren Woods Tower Aug. 25 at home. Fraser faces Lake Shore at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 on the road before returning home for a 7 p.m. Sept. 9 game against St. Clair High.

Photo by David Schreiber

The Pat Threet era is off to a solid start at Fraser High, as the new football coach led the Ramblers to a 35-13 win over Warren Woods Tower in the Aug. 25 season opener at home.

The new coach talked about who played well, what went right and what’s next for Fraser the following day.

“We were able to establish our running game,” Threet said. “Our line played well. Our defense played well.

“First game with an all new system, the kids did a really nice job.”

Running backs Austin Olivan and Mario Adkins combined to rush for more than 200 yards in the win, revenge for a 35-14 loss at the hands of Tower last year.

“We ran the ball real effectively,” Threet said.

The coach also noted that wide receiver Tre Wells “broke a big play” for the Ramblers’ offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, meanwhile, defensive end Marcus Bowers led the Ramblers with 12 tackles. Defensive tackle Scott Froelich added nine tackles, and linebacker Charles Underwood forced a fumble that led to a touchdown, according to Threet.

Threet called getting the first win of the season right off the bat “real important.”

“You only get nine of these things,” he said. “Every week is precious. You’ve got to be focused; do your best in everything. It was a big game.”

That being said, the coach knows there’s plenty of work left to do if the Ramblers want to enjoy their first winning season in more than a decade.

“We’ve got a big game this week against a very good (St. Clair Shores) Lake Shore team,” he said.

Fraser hits the road to face Lake Shore in both teams’ Macomb Area Conference Gold Division opener at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. The Shorians beat Fraser 59-34 last year.

While Threet was happy to get the win, he said the team has to put that behind it now and focus on the next game.

“We take a real week-to-week approach,” he said. “You’ve got to be pretty good that given week. You can’t live in the success of the week before.”

Fraser returns home for a 7 p.m. Sept. 9 game against St. Clair High.