Birmingham Detroit Country Day (8-5)
Top players: DE/LB/RB Jeremiah Tyler, LB/FB/TE Mike MacLean, DB/RB Larry Penson, WR/RB/DB Kone’ Bowman, Jr. QB/WR/DB Steve Mann, RB/WR/LB Chris Bergin, Jr. TE/DE Cole Beardon.
Team strength: Speed and Athleticism
Outlook:If coach Dan MacLean can develop some depth the Yellow jackets are going to be dangerous. Tyler has been offered by Western, Central and Ball State and is a ball hawk. Penson was the team’s leading rusher last season and is a slasher with speed and power. Bowman is a playmaker and Mann has a strong, accurate arm.
Detroit Westside Christian (2-6)
Top players: FB/MLB Deangelo Brinttly, OL/DL Kevin Peterson, RB/DB Tyson Reeves, QB/OLB Eddie Rhodes. Soph. OL/DL Cedric Smith
Team strength: Offensive line
Outlook: Coach George Beasley said this group has matured and with three offensive linemen returning. Being in the same system again the program hopes the progress take a large step forward.
Detroit University Prep Science and Math (2-7)
Top players: QB/TB Adonis Jefferson, Slot/TB/CB Dante Bell, WR/CB Joshua Johnson, LB Byron McCants, Jr. OL/DL Christian Branch.
Team strength: Offense
Outlook: Jefferson has five Division 1 offers and seven total offers. The offense expects to be explosive with Bell and Johnson and depth along the offensive line. Injuries hurt the team last year, but with more depth and experience Coach David McCord expects the team to make the playoffs.
Detroit Consortium (3-6)
Top players: OL/DL Jaylon Moore, RB/DB Desmen Glover, WR/LB Joseph Nowden, WR/LB Kyron Myers, Fr. QB Dezmen Ambrose.
Team strength: Offense
Offense: Consortium will start a freshman at quarterback in Ambrose, who is the “real deal” according to coach John Pittman. Moore is 6-5, 270 and has been offered by Western Michigan. Nowden is a big target at 6-3, 210 and Glovers is a burner.
Outlook: Fourth-year program had its best season last year, posting a 3-6 record.
Harper Woods (0-9)
Top five players: Jr. C/DT Ryan Wilson, WR/S/OLB Amonte Bournes, Jr. QB/WR/S Tyson Quarker, Jr. S/CB/KR Keshawn King, RB/MLB Micheal Moore.
Team strength: Athleticism
Outlook: The Pioneers have a bunch of playmakers for first-year coach Charles Penn and expect to be explosive offensively. “We have a lot of athletes that can play and make plays all over the field,” said Penn. “They are willing to put their body on the line.”
Independent Football League
Coaches Poll: Marine City Cardinal Mooney 49, Detroit Cesar Chavez 42, Dearborn Heights Star International 40, Mayville 37.
Dearborn Heights Star International Academy (2-2, 3-5)
Top players: WR/CB Mahmoud Awada, TE/DE Imad Boussi, Jr. WR/DE Amir Siddiq, OL/DL Bernard Henderson, Jr. OL/LB Haythim Alasdi.
Team strength: Running game.
Outlook: A strong offensive line should bolster the teams running game. Coach Ben Coughlin said the team has enough explosiveness on offense and leadership on defense to pick up seven victories and make the playoffs for the first time in school history.
Detroit Cesar Chavez (2-1, 2-7)
Top players: QB Omar Salih, WR Lee Shelby, WR Margarito Aguilera, WR Chris Goodley, Jr. OT Alex Lake
Team strength: Wide receivers.
Outlook: Coach Tarif Kumasi said the Aztecs have a record-setter in Salih at quarterback, who set his marks as a sophomore in 2013. The team will run out of a five wide-out, no running back sets. The offensive line will be anchored by Lake and senior center Chris Cassias. A favorable schedule has the Aztecs playing just one team over .500 from a year ago.
Marine City Cardinal Mooney (3-0, 4-5)
Top players: OT/DT Josh Grifka, TE/DE/P Christian Matich, QB/DB Jeff Mullally, RB/OLB Jacob Roman, RB/FS Wyatt Greenia.
Team strength: Line depth
Outlook: If the team gets good quarterback play out of Mullally the team expects to make a playoff run and win the new conference. The roster is full of players who picked up valuable experience from a year ago.
Mayville (1-2, 2-7)
Top players: QB Cole Coutcher, DE/OL Connor Richard, DE/OL Colton Burke, RB Andrew Morrison, RB Brandon Blasius, Jr. DE Ben Hulley.
Team strength: Experience
Outlook: Eight starters return on offense and defense for coach Mike Campbell. Morrison and Blasisu are both homerun threats and the offense is in good hands with Coutcher, who started last season as a junior.