The Roseville High football team huddles up during a practice. At press time, the Panthers were 1-2 overall.

The Roseville High football team huddles up during a practice. At press time, the Panthers were 1-2 overall.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Roseville football building under new coach

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 24, 2019

 Roseville High football coach Vernard Snowden looks on during a practice  earlier this year. Snowden is in his first year with the Panthers.

Roseville High football coach Vernard Snowden looks on during a practice earlier this year. Snowden is in his first year with the Panthers.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROSEVILLE –– With a new coach, a new scheme and a tough schedule, Roseville High football coach Vernard Snowden knew time would be important. 

And with a 1-2 record at press time, time has become even more valuable for the Panthers, and they are well aware of the uphill battle they are facing. 

But even with the early struggles, Snowden hasn’t seen his team quit. After starting the year 0-2 with losses to University of Detroit Jesuit and defending Division 1 champion Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, the Panthers dismantled Warren Cousino 42-0.

Now in the win column, Snowden and the Panthers are 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division at press time, and are still in position to reach their goals of winning the league and making the state playoffs. 

“I think they see what I’ve been saying,” Snowden said. “We got a lot of talent here and stuff like that. We just got to mesh everything and put everything together. I’m hoping this is the time right now where we turn the page and move forward.”

Even with the tough schedule to open the season, the Panthers have found success on the defensive side of the ball. 

Through the first three games, the Panthers have allowed opponents to score 71 total points, with most coming against Chippewa Valley, which is two divisions higher in the MAC. If you take away that game, the Panthers have allowed just 17 total points. 

Daivon Lowman and Javon Osterhout, both two-way players for the Panthers, have seen everyone start to grasp the schemes of the new coaching staff, and they believe that continuing to grow in the system will be key to the team’s success. 

“A lot of energy. We play with a lot of energy in practice, and that comes in the game too,” Osterhout said of the defense. 

“At first, everybody was lollygagging and just playing around. Now, we’re starting to come as a team and picking it up,” Lowman added.

If Roseville is going to make a run at a third consecutive playoff appearance, now is the time to do it. Six wins guarantees a team a spot in the playoffs, but some may get in with five wins. 

After knocking off Cousino, the Panthers took on Port Huron High after press time. 

“The first two games we played, we knew what we were getting into, so we just hope that the guys keep getting better and the seniors step up and show some leadership,” Snowden said. 

The Panthers will be on the field again at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at home against Warren Mott. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports. 

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