South Lake football’s offense strong out of the gate

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 24, 2018

 St. Clair Shores South Lake football coach Vernard Snowden looks on during a regular-season practice.

St. Clair Shores South Lake football coach Vernard Snowden looks on during a regular-season practice.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 South Lake senior wide receiver Tyler Waters runs up the field during a Sept. 14 win over Clinton Township Clintondale. The Cavaliers’ next game is against Warren Lincoln at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 on the road.

South Lake senior wide receiver Tyler Waters runs up the field during a Sept. 14 win over Clinton Township Clintondale. The Cavaliers’ next game is against Warren Lincoln at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 on the road.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Standing at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, St. Clair Shores South Lake senior quarterback Josh Bogan has size that would dwarf some NFL quarterbacks.

Bogan has the arm strength to match that size, rifling passes to his receivers and fitting the ball in spots where only those receivers can catch the ball.

Bogan, who is a transfer from Detroit Martin Luther King, pilots a South Lake offense that had put up 36.3 points per game through Week 4. Only six teams in the 35-team Macomb Area Conference average more points per game than the Cavaliers. 

In a 40-0 win against Clinton Township Clintondale Sept. 14, Bogan threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns, including 280 yards in the first half. 

“I came into this season trying to prove a point — that I could play,” Bogan said. “I just try to come out and help my team win. I don’t really care about the numbers. I just try to play as well as I can and help the team win.”

“I don’t know what to say about (Bogan). He’s just a great kid, a great leader,” South Lake coach Vernard Snowden said. “He can make all of the throws.”

Bogan’s play — along with that of the likes of senior wide receiver Tyler Waters and senior running back Jerimyah Vines — is a big reason why South Lake was 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at press time. 

The Cavaliers have already surpassed last season’s win total.

“We knew what we were getting into last season. We were young and inexperienced,” Snowden said. “We thought we’d be able to play better this season. To see it happen is good for the program.”

Bogan came to South Lake from a very successful King program. He said transferring was the way to go if he wanted to see the field.

“I knew I could contribute, but I knew I might not get a chance to if I stayed,” Bogan said. “I think I made a pretty good decision.”

South Lake’s next game is against Warren Lincoln at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 on the road.

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