The Roseville Panthers shared the MAC Blue Division Title and qualified for the state playoffs last season and expect to be in the hunt again. There is also a lot of talk about community and school pride.
“We graduated a lot of good players last year, but we feel we have some tremendous athletes returning “said Coach Mike Mahar who is entering his second season as the Panther head coach.
The defense is solid with huge defensive lineman and tight ends De’Shawn Wright (who transfers from De La Salle) and Jaheim Swaizey anchoring the D.
“We are big and fast and it all begins with great defense” added Mahar.
“The kids are buying in. Not only are we trying to teach football,but also about life and community and the importance of what happens after school”said Mahar.
I want people to know that our city and school are great and we’re changing the culture” said Wright.
“We want people to know Roseville is a good school and we love it here”added Swaizey.
Quarterback Jevon Osterhout is only a junior,but plays with great confidence. His weapons will include speedsters Darrien Smith and Davon Loman.
“We went to a veer offense camp in Montrose for three days and it really brought the team together. Their getting what we’re trying to do here and that’s rewarding no matter what happens during the season” concluded Mahar.
Roseville opens the season at home vs. Detroit Delta Prep.
Roseville preseason ranking #10
The Lakeview Huskies move up two divisions from the silver to the blue and are looking forward to the challenge. “We have work to do ,but we are optimistic.”said Head Coach Pat Threet.
The Huskies have every reason to be, numbers are up,they return some key seniors to go along with some solid juniors.
Senior quarterback Ivan Krohta known for making great decisions and pinpoint accuracy leads the way. “I like our team a lot and we have a lot of offensive weapons”said Krohta
Senior Damond Duncan who’s motor is always going 100% of the time brings stability to both sides of the ball and he expects this team to make the playoffs.
Senior Delorean Ishmon said ” I feel anything short of a playoff berth would be a disappointment. We want to win our league and make the playoffs” concluded Ishmon.
“Our numbers are up and so is our enthusiasm ,we just need to put it all together on offense,defense and special teams”concluded Threet.
Lakeview opens the season hosting Royal Oak.
Head Coach Gary Skop and the Fitzgerald Spartans are looking to make it five straight playoff appearances. “Not only do we want to make the playoffs we want to make a run this year” said Skop
“We have 14 starters returning, but we have a lot of work to do and in order to meet our goals we’ve got to be better on both sides of the ball” added Skop.
It all starts with senior quarterback Colton Haberek.
Speed at the skilled positions is solid with senior Phil Brown and Quanelle Pritchett.
The Spartans don’t lack size. Junior CJ Higgins goes 6’7 260.
“We’ve got size and we’ve got speed,now it’s just a matter of time until we put it all together”concluded Skop.
Fitzgerald opens the season against city rival Lincoln on the road.
Fitzgerald preseason poll ranking #5
Brad Nettles returns as head coach and the Patriots are rebuilding.
On offense Cousino has the weapons led by seniors Michael Tucker and Elijah Rice. Wide receiver John Wilson will help stretch the field for the Patroit passing attack.
Coach Nettles talked about the defense being fast and had a lot of praise for the linebacking group.” Josh Jones is truly a leader ” said Nettles. Jones will play inside linebacker and is a two-way player who will see action on the offensive side of the ball at fullback.
“I like our team “added Nettles. “We also stress the classroom at practice” concluded Nettles.
Two way player Brendan Wolgast expects to play at the next level and is being recruited by multiple Ivy League schools. Wolgast carrries a 3.9 GPA.
Cousino travels to W.W. Tower in the opener to take on the Titans in an all Warren battle.
Team speed is the name of the game for the Marauders. Head Coach Tom Milanov said “this years team could be explosive on both sides of the ball with great quickness”
We don’t have the size we had last year but we’re faster” added Milanov.
Last season competing in the always tough MAC Red Warren Mott went 5-4 overall and once again qualified for the state playoffs. This year the Marauders play in the MAC White.
The speedsters include Trayvon Madison,Darius Wills, James Murray and Curtis Hamilton.
“This year we are rebuilding our OL” , but we will be ready”added Milanov.
You’ve got to be ready in the MAC each and every week including crossovers” concluded Milanov.
Warren Mott opens the season at the University of Michigan vs. Ann Arbor Skyline.
Warren Mott preseason power ranking #4
Fourth year head coach Al Gulick is looking to build on last years success.The Titans went 8-3 overall and advanced to the district final.
On offense W.W. Tower is loaded with playmakers as team leader QB Mathew Bills returns for his senior year. Jr running back Henry Brown brings power and quickness and wide receiver Chase Mayer is a deep threat to the vertical game.
On defense the Titans are rebuilding,but Coach Gulick said ” even though we only return two starters this may be the biggest, fastest and strongest defensive units we’ve ever had in my time at Tower”. The defense will be anchored by inside linebacker Joel Radvansky.
“Coming off last season I’m excited to see what this team does this year “added Gulick.
Warren Woods Tower opens up at home with city rival Cousino.
W. W. Tower preseason power ranking #2
Joe and Mark break down the Top 10 before the camps get started. Take a look and let us know where we got it wrong.