The enthusiasm was sky high at Clawson football training camp. The Trojans are coming off of a 2-7 season, but you would not know it by the excitement level from the coaching staff to the players during practice.
Coach Jim Sparks said “the team does have goals set for 2018,but all they’re concerned about is week one”
“I love our team,they’re working hard and we’ve got some really good players. I think we can bounce back in a big way this season” added Sparks.
The very talented T.J.Verner can play quarterback or wide receiver.
( The athletic T. J. Verner )
Bryce Blaesing will get a lot of touches. He brings experience and leadership to the team.”We have a lot senior leader ship and we want to win this year” said Blaesing. “We want our fans to come out” added Blaesing.
Jacob Butler will see action at running back and be critical to the defense at linebacker.
Turner said “this team is only thinking about week one and we hope to see our student section full every home game.
Verner agreed “if we win they will show up”
As far as size the Trojans have it with the Twin Powers Jackson (6’2 225 )and Griffin (6ft 240 )Frendo. Both will anchor the O line and Jackson will see action on the defensive line.
“We’ve had some good practices and the work ethic is great. I really think we will seriously compete for the Bronze Division Title and make a run at a playoff berth, but in order to do that there is still a lot of work to do” concluded Sparks.
There is no doubt that the Clawson Trojans are re-energized and prepared to bring Clawson Trojan football back to the glory days.
Clawson opens the season at Armada.
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The Lamphere Blue /White game had the anticipation and excitement of a regular season game with the stands nearly full.
Not only is the 2018 season approaching, but the Rams are pumped up to be playing on a new turf field to go along with a brand new scoreboard.
Head Coach Jeff Glynn enters his second season at Lamphere and brings a ton of energy that has carried over to his players.
The Rams come off a 5-4 regular season in 2017, qualified for the state playoffs and won a MAC Bronze Division Title.
“This years team is a little smaller, but I have some great players returning”said Glynn. “We expect to improve on our record and make a run in the playoffs, but right now we’re focusing on week one” concluded Glynn.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Chargo is very talented and poised.
Senior Joe Heaslip and sophomore Billy Collins anchor the line.
Two way player Torohn Yancey is talented and talked about the energy they get from their coach. “We are like him, we bleed blue and we’re excited to get the season started” said Yancey .
Jaylen Moore said ” we will make the playoffs again and this year we expect to make a run. Qualifying for the playoffs was great , but we expect to do more.
Defensive back Alex Szewczul agreed and added “the program has done a 180 the last two years. Szewczul said “I love this team, we’re not quite as big as we were a year ago, but we’ve got some great team speed”. “We’ve got chemistry”concluded Szewczul
The Rams open the season at Yale.
Lamphere preseason ranking #9
The Center Line Panthers are excited to start the 2018 football season. The Panthers are coming off a 5-4 record a year ago and are expecting bigger and better things.
Senior quarterback Nick Hastings has a big arm and expects to pick up where he left off in 2017 ” I’ve got big guys up front and some great weapons ” said Hastings.
Wide receiver Jaylen Johnson runs great routes and has awesome speed.
Tight end and DL Davon Sears is a huge target for Hastings. Sears at about 250 runs a 4.9 forty.
Another major weapon is Diante Taylor.
Coach Ben Torres begins his fourth season with CL and is cautiously optimistic. “We have an opportunity to be really good this year, but it’s gonna take a lot of hard work and we’ve got a long way to go”. “I’ve seen some sizzle, now I want to see some gristle” said Torres.
On the defensive side of the ball the Panthers are talented and experienced. Defense lineman George Talley 6’3 240 is a beast. We’re ready to win now and I know we will ” said Talley.
Center Line opens the season vs Madison at Wayne State and the team is excited for the opportunity.
The defending division 2 state champions graduated a lot,but return some key pieces.
Anthony Stepnitz takes over at quarterback. Evan Valencourt , Josh Deberry and Jacob Dobbs will touch the ball often and bring a lot of explosiveness to the offense.
De La Salle Head Coach Mike Giannone’s main message to his team has been “don’t get complacent”.
“We’ve got a long way to get to where we were at the end of last season”said Giannone.
Lineman Grant Tourant stands 6’7 270 and will help anchor the offensive line.
On defense the Pilots have a lot of speed and power. Danny Montowski has committed to CMU and has tremendous quickness and strength.
Inside linebacker Devin Campbell who will play at the next level has a motor that never stops.
DLS opens the season at Muskegon
De La Salle preseason ranking #1