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Prep football capsules


Prep football capsules



HEAD COACH: Chris Sikora (second season)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Todd Tyler (wide receivers/defensive backs); Ray Ostrowski (wide receivers/defensive backs); Jeff Overcashier (corner backs); Jon Nuckels (offensive/defensive lines); Chuck Steele (offensive/defensive lines); Daren Danaher (running backs/linebackers)

2013 RECORD: 3-4 overall (3-4 OAA Blue Division)

TYPE OF OFFENSE: Veer option


RETURNING STARTERS: Nolan Givan (6-3, 205, wide receiver); Jake Cummings (will play quarterback; three-year starter); Austen Wood (6-1, 220, junior linebacker); Jake Bills (6-4, 250, defensive line, led team in sacks); Dakota Drabek (5-11, 205, defensive line); Max Sobolev (6-1, 220, defensive line); Michael Budurowich (5-11, 185, linebacker); Michael Harvey (5-10, 180, running back/defensive back); Ian King (6-3, 235, offensive line); Connor Archambault (offensive line); Ben Nemeth (offensive line).

TEAM STRENGTHS: “Returning eight players on defense who started last year – players who are athletic and physical. We do not have just three or four captains, we have a team full of them. The guys really hit the weight room over the summer and this is the strongest we’ve been as a program in the last three years.”

NEED TO WORK ON: “Depth. All we can do is basically continue to coach them and have guys step up.”

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “Consistency, sticking to our game plan, minimizing mistakes and staying healthy. We’re just looking forward to having a great season.”


HEAD COACH: Jim Sparks (13th season, 67-48 record)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Steve Haney (assistant head coach in charge of defense); Steve Lemke (offensive coordinator); Ralph Haney (varsity assistant); Scott Weaver (varsity assistant); Eric Chene (JV head coach); Gary Gorman (JV assistant coach).

2013 RECORD: 7-3 overall (lost in first playoff game to Detroit Country Day); 4-1 (Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, 2nd place).


TYPE OF DEFENSE: Multiple fronts

RETURNING LETTERMEN: Ty Sparks (6-1, 160, senior quarterback, set school records for completion percentage, completions in a season, most yards in a game, most years in a season, most TD passes in a season and longest TD pass in 2013); Cam Williams (6-3, 180, senior wide receiver/safety, 82 tackles, two INTs, two fumble recoveries); Donovan Holt (5-7, 160, junior running back/corner back); Nick Magil-Diaz (5-7, 170, senior wide receiver/corner back, three TD’s last year, holds school record for longest TD reception); Cam Campana (senior wide receiver/safety); Lorenzo McCaskill (sophomore linebacker); Damon Bowman (senior, offensive line/linebacker); Paul Lama (senior, offensive line/linebacker); Miguel Chene (senior offensive/defensive lines, three-year starter); Matt Laanstra (junior offensive line/linebacker); Alfonso Buckner (senior, offensive/defensive lines).

KEY NEWCOMERS: James Burke (junior); Arthur Davis (junior); Austin Frash (junior); Dalton Hahn (junior); Jesse Harlan (junior); Robbie Jacobson (senior); Quintin Johnson (junior); Kourtney Manley (sophomore); Colin McKnight (sophomore); Austin Parker (junior); Jimmy Tomsick (junior).

TEAM STRENGTHS: “Offensively our greatest strengths will be the experience at the quarterback position and at key positions along the offensive line. Another strength would be our athleticism at the receiver and running back positions. On the defensive side of the ball having two key contributors along the defensive line is a point of strength along with plenty of speed in the defensive backfield.”

NEED TO WORK ON: “Offensively the two areas of concern are the lack of depth along the offensive line and lack of experience at the receiver position. Looking at the defensive side of the ball, the loss of our entire starting defensive backfield and the loss of our leading tackler at the linebacker position are areas we will have to overcome.”

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “Going into the season it is reasonable to expect our team to compete for a division title and a playoff berth. I would say (Warren) Lincoln will be the team to beat in the Bronze Division if a team has aspirations of winning the title. We are thrilled to have traditional rival (Madison Heights) Lamphere back in our division.”


HEAD COACH: Eric Royal (first season as head coach, on staff for seven years)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Josh Gordon (defensive coordinator); John Bassier (veteran Ferndale coach); Elvin Jones (former Ferndale football player).

2013 RECORD: 2-7 overall (1-6 OAA Blue Division)

TYPE OF OFFENSE: Pro Style (pistol)


RETURNING STARTERS: Markell McCoy (6-1, 195, senior quarterback); Ronald Gohagon (5-9, 200, junior running back); Darius Sinclair (5-6, 160, senior, wide receiver/running back/outside linebacker); Jacob Sinawi (6-4, 320, senior offensive tackle); Jwuan Reyes (6-2, 260, senior offensive/defensive lines).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Kobe Falls (6-0, 275, sophomore offensive/defensive lines); John Adams (5-8, 155, sophomore corner back).

TEAM STRENGTHS: Offensive line; running game.

NEED TO WORK ON: Developing depth.

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “Team belief. We’re very excited about what we have going this year and the changes we made to our program. Our boys have been working extremely hard in the off-season – conditioning and weight training. And in the classroom learning our new schemes – offensively and defensively. I am very optimistic about the work they have put in and how they are buying into the coaching staff. We are looking forward to compete in a tough, competitive conference.”

Royal Oak

HEAD COACH: Tim Chapman (first season as a head coach)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Mark Chapman (defensive coordinator); Brandon Hayes (running backs/defensive backs); Matt Gunsorek (quarterbacks/wide receivers); Bryan Griffith (offensive/defensive lines); Corey Thomas; Zach Johnson.

2013 RECORD: 4-5 (overall); 4-3 (OAA Blue Division – moved up to White Division in 2014)



RETURNING STARTERS: Noah Kochanski (senior running back/free safety, ‘high-intensity guy who is a great leader’); Biddle Beerer (junior quarterback/corner back, ‘very proven leader’); Cullen Conway (senior offensive guard/defensive tackle, ‘proven leader on the line’); Oni Tesho (senior offensive guard/outside linebacker); Zach Dozier (senior offensive guard/defensive line); Isaiah Mann (senior wide receiver/corner back); Brandon Gerard (senior running back/strong safety); Jacob Haser (senior offensive tackle/defensive end); Everett Bateman (junior running back/inside linebacker); James Hahn (junior tight end/outside linebacker).

TEAM STRENGTHS: “Chemistry; senior leadership; defense.”

NEED TO WORK ON: “Focusing on one goal at a time.”

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “Staying healthy and together. focus and commitment to scheme and technique; trusting the program. We want to move forward and rebuild tradition and passion. We are very excited about the challenge we have this season.”


HEAD COACH: Tim Conley (10th season)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Milton Jones (defensive coordinator); Aaron Marshall (offensive coordinator); Brian Marshall; Willis Marshall; Dan Deagan; Russel Johnson; Marlon Friendly.

2013 RECORD: 7-3 (overall, lost in first round of playoffs); 7-0 (OAA White Division White champion – first division title in 10 years).



RETURNING STARTERS: Ray Buford (6-1, 200, senior wide receiver/defensive back); Dior Johnson (6-1, 195, senior wide receiver/defensive back); DeVontae Ginwright (6-2, 180, senior wide reciever/defensive back); Kanye Harris (5-10, 180, senior quarterback); Aaron Turner (6-1, 285, senior offensive guard/defensive nose guard).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Matt Falcon (6-1, 205, junior running back/strong safety, returning from injury); Calvin Graves (6-3, 310, senior offensive line).

TEAM STRENGTHS: Defensive backs (all three starting defensive backs have Division 1 scholarship offers).

NEED TO WORK ON: Improving weekly and the defensive line has to replace a lot of talent.

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “Improvement in offensive production and special teams will help us.”


HEAD COACH: Keith Stephens (second season at Lathrup, 106-119 career record)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Jason Solomon; Kevin Freeman; Len Sander; Orlando Stevens; Tijudeen Stevens; Brandon Smith; Roland Porter; Eldrada Meeks; Jarod Roberts; Steve Else; Tony Crawley.

2013 RECORD: 1-8 (overall); 0-7 (OAA White Division – moved down to OAA Blue Division for 2014)


TYPE OF DEFENSE: Multiple 40

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: Josh Dotson (6-4, 215, senior); Zack Washington (5-8, 160, senior); Eldrada Meeks, Jr. (5-5, 130, senior, speedy running back); Carl Wren (5-11, 165, senior); Dejaun Jones-Givens (5-9, 170, junior).

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: Earl Anderson (5-11, 195, senior); Michael Gibson (6-0, 175, senior corner back, two-year starter); Emyioma Uwazurike (6-5, 255, junior); Keith Powe (5-9, 200, sophomore); Brandon Amos-Dixon (6-0, 175, senior offensive lineman).

TEAM STRENGTHS: “Our team is made of speed with a balanced offensive line.”

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “We are in the process of making changes in our program and we’ve been working very hard in the weight room. I think things are really looking up for our young people.”

Royal Oak Shrine

HEAD COACH: John Goddard (23rd season at Shrine, 41st year as head coach)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Mike McCollom (defensive coordinator); Dan Novle (wide receivers); John Goddard (defensive backs/wide receivers – coach’s son); Brian Rich (offensive line); Mike Irvine (wide receivers); Craig Knudson (linebackers); Joe Quesnelle (special teams/tight ends).

2013 RECORD: 6-4 overall (lost in first round of playoffs); 3-2 (Catholic League Intersectional)

TYPE OF OFFENSE: I-formation/Spread


RETURNING STARTERS: Tim Niehaus (6-1, 170, senior quarterback); Chris Kelly (5-10, 200, senior fullback); Troy Button (6-1, 185, senior center); Ken Kreslewski (6-3, 285, senior tackle); Will Arce (6-2, 210, senior guard); Joe Lynch (5-10, 190, senior guard).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Jeremy Reece (5-9, 160, junior wide reciever); Mike Miller (6-0, 180, junior wide receiver); Max Thrower (6-3, 210, sophomore tight end)

TEAM STRENGTHS: “Entire offensive line returns and all have started since their sophomore seasons.”

NEED TO WORK ON: “Our kicking game. We’re really trying to improve on that. Plus, we also need to find another good running back.”

KEYS TO 2014 SEASON: “A big key for us and all small schools is we have no depth, so we have to stay healthy. I think we have the ability to have a good team, but we have to stay healthy.”


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