Football previews: Charter School Conference
Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News previews the Charter School Conference football season. Teams listed in predicted order of finish.
WARREN MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE (12-1, 4-0)
Despite returning just one starter on defense and two on offense, Michigan Collegiate brings a staunch amount of experience into the 2018 season with linebacker Juanez Lindsay, offensive/defensive lineman Daveion Dickerson and running back/defensive end Darrin Black captaining a senior group 15 deep. Its strengths will be its team speed, with wide receivers – and also captains – Andrew Thomas and Andrew Noble being the primary targets for quarterback Darrius Love.
HARPER WOODS CHANDLER PARK ACADEMY (6-4, 3-1)
Harper Woods returns six starters on both sides of the ball as it looks to make its 10th consecutive playoff appearance behind talented skill players, led by three-year starting running back/wide receiver/defensive back – and the second-place finisher in the 100-yard dash at last year’s state championships – E’Mari O’Brien. It will only roster about 25 players, however, making depth a concern. Marquez Steel also returns as a four-year starting quarterback.
ROMULUS SUMMIT ACADEMY (5-4, 2-2)
First-year head coach Matt Swain takes over a team that has made the playoffs just one time in school history (2007) and lost eight players due to transfer alongside 2017’s graduating class. Four of Summit’s five returning starters are linemen, with the biggest names being running back/linebacker Aintoine Green, offensive guard/defensive tackle Felix Fletcher, and tight end/defensive end Cameron Earnest. Sophomore Charles Coy will take the reins at quarterback.
DETROIT OLD REDFORD (5-4, 0-4)
Redford graduated nearly 20 seniors from a year ago when it went winless in conference play. Dual-threat quarterback Marcus Burke, however, provides some scheme versatility and will be the most important player in an offense that averaged just five points per game against Charter School Conference opponents in 2017. On defense, a skilled secondary is led by Dezmin Smith.
SOUTHFIELD BRADFORD (2-7, 1-3)
Bradford looks to get back in the playoff mix by bolstering its offensive presence as it scored double-digit points in just three games last season. Senior wide receiver/cornerback Percy Redd is Bradford’s key returning playmaker on offense, and on defense, it is led by two big men up front: Eyquan Cobb (6-0, 270) and Victor Nelson (5-11, 267).