South Lake football wants to continue improving, Lake Shore too

By: Jon Malavolti | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 26, 2011

 A group of St. Clair Shores South Lake players tackle Lake Shore quarterback James White. The Cavaliers, who shut out the Shorians 22-0 in their Sept. 16 game at South Lake, had yet to give up a point this season through four games.

A group of St. Clair Shores South Lake players tackle Lake Shore quarterback James White. The Cavaliers, who shut out the Shorians 22-0 in their Sept. 16 game at South Lake, had yet to give up a point this season through four games.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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Through the first four games of the season, St. Clair Shores South Lake’s football team has been perfect.

The Cavaliers have scored 104 points and not allowed a single one. They’ve won all four games, including two in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division and the most recent coming against intracity rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

But perfection on paper doesn’t translate to the onfield performances by South Lake, something coach Steve Senters is anxious to smooth out as the season enters the second half.

“From last week to this week we made fewer penalties, but we made costly, key moment penalties. That’ll be fixed this week,” Senters said following the Cavs’ 22-0 home win against Lake Shore Sept. 16

Turnovers and penalties have been problematic for South Lake at times this season, but Senters expects the rust at the root of the mistakes will be shed.

After all, the Cavs didn’t have the opportunity to get some valuable playing time in the second week of the season due to a forfeit by their opposition that week — Center Line High. So South Lake had to essentially start over almost from scratch heading into week three, losing momentum and game experience.

“You’ve just got to go back to practice and try and get better and better every day,” senior Cody Greenwell said.

While they continue to rack up the wins, the Cavaliers are being careful to stay grounded.

“All we have to do is just stay focused, don’t get big-headed,” senior Nick Johnson said.

South Lake will need to be focused with some big games coming up.

Following a week five game played after press time against a resurgent Mount Clemens High squad, the Cavs will look to defend their city title at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 against St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Then, the MAC Bronze division title will likely be on the line when South Lake hits the road for the lone time this regular season for a 7 p.m. Oct. 7 game at Clawson High.

The Cavs’ regular season finale should provide another great test before the playoffs get under way when Marysville High visits South Lake at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.


Lake Shore battles on

Despite the setback to South Lake, Lake Shore coach Tom Iwanicki said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“The problem we’ve been battling — unfortunately it’s becoming a pattern — we’re shooting ourselves in the foot,” the Shorians coach said. “Hats off to South Lake. They played a great game, but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re getting down close, then we make the critical mistake at the wrong time.”

Lake Shore played some decent defense and moved the ball well at times against South Lake, but couldn’t capitalize when near the end zone.

“Our whole season has been like that. We’ve moved the ball between the 20s fantastically, we just haven’t been able to finish drives yet,” Iwanicki said. “Our defense has gotten better every week. They’re making stops.”

Lake Shore fell to 1-3 overall on the season and was 1-1 in the MAC Gold, with a game against Lakeview played after press time.

The Shorians are slated to play at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Clair High and at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at East Detroit. The team’s final home game is at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 against Marine City.

For more details and pictures on the South Lake-Lake Shore game, visit our website at www.candg news.com.
 

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