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Below are the 2016 Prep Football Team Capsules, as compiled by staff. For updates, email senior editor Daniel Stickradt at, or . Follow on Twitter @LocalSportsFans or on multiple social media platforms.



SCHOOL: Birmingham Brother Rice

HEAD COACH: David Sofran, third season (13-8)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Rocco Foggio, Justin Turk, Mazen Jaddou, Steve Carlson, Will Schwarz, Ben Rowden, John Bonasso, Mark Goebel.

2015 RECORD: 2-7, 0-4 CHSL-Central Division (fifth)


KEY RETURNEES: Carter Dunaway, sr. DE/TE (6-6, 235; committed to Michigan) Matt Jordan, sr. WR (5-11, 175; 671 yards); Jack Saylor, sr. DE (6-3, 195); Larry Borom, sr. OT (6-6, 235; committed to Missouri); Mariano Valenti, soph. QB (6-0, 195, started the last two games of last year); Matt Bonasso, sr. RB (5’11, 195); Caleb Jackson, jr. WR (5-10, 175); Carter Dunaway; Octaveious Miles, sr. OG (6-5, 285); Tristan Mabin, sr. C (6-0, 235); Joey Royer, sr. DT (6-3, 295);

Sterling McCarrall, sr. DT (6-3, 295, started as sophomore, injured last season); Michael Laurencelle, jr. DE/LB (6-3, 225); Tim Dougherty, sr. SS (5-10, 185); Nick Massey, sr. DB (6-0, 160); Dwayne Thompson, jr. DB (6-0, 175); Michael Carney, sr. SE (6-0, 185); Matt Bain, sr. P (6-0, 170, 35.8 avg.); Quinton Kulak, jr. K (6-0, 175), 51.4 avg for kickoffs).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Marcellus Gaines, soph. RB (6-0, 190); Carson Cochran, sr. WR (6-3, 190; committed to Rutgers for lacrosse, did not play last season); Rubin Wiliams, jr. LB/RB (5-10, 190,); Lawrence Reeves, jr. OLB/S (6-0 185; transfer from U-D Jesuit).

NOTABLES: The Warriors are coming off a rare rebuilding campaign, recording its lowest win total since the mid-1960s. Rice took its lumps with a young team, but should bounce back with a roster full of talent. There is a combined 16 starters back.

SCHOOL: Detroit U-D Jesuit

HEAD COACH: Oscar Olejniczak, third year (15-16)

2015 RECORD: 6-4, 1-3 CHSL-Central Division (fourth)

POSTSEASON: Lost in D-2 pre-district to eventual state champion Detroit King (35-24).

KEY RETURNEES: Brian McNamara, sr. LB/OL; A.J. Thomas, sr. DB/WR; Scott Nelson, sr. WR-FS

NOTABLES: The Cubs saw an uptick last season and reached the playoffs in D-2. U-D Jesuit returns plenty of key players and hopes to make a return trip to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001.

SCHOOL: Novi Detroit Catholic Central

HEAD COACH: Tom Mach, 41st season (357-93)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Dan Anderson, Mike Mach, Mike Lewis, Joe Mach, Justin Cessante, Rick Coratti, Roy Dudas, George Kunec.

2015 RECORD: 9-3, 3-1 CHSL-Central Division (second)

POSTSEASON: Def. Waterford Mott (42-6); def. Novi (49-35, district finals); lost in D-1 regional finals to eventual state champion Romeo (40-29).

KEY RETURNEES: Blake Bueter, sr. OL/DL (6-4, 270); Nick Capatina, sr. RB/DB (5-9, 180); Jackson Ross, sr. TE/DE (6-3, 230); Will Butler, sr. OL (6-1, 250); Jack Morris, sr. TE/DE (6-3, 225); Cam Ryan, jr. FB (6-0, 230);  Tyler Moreland, sr. LB (5-11, 205, state champion wrestler); Matt Young, jr. LB/RB (6-1, 220); Isaac Darkangelo, jr. LB (6-1, 225); Chris Jakubik, sr. P/DB (6-2, 205); Jacob Nicholas, sr. K (6-0, 175).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Austin Brown, soph. QB (6-1, 180); Carson Kovath, jr. RB (6-1, 220);  Matt Harding, sr. DB (6-0, 205).

NOTABLES: Catholic Central made the Elite Eight in D-1 last season and is expected to be a playoffs team once again with plenty of experience. The Shamrocks will play a multi-state, tough schedule, so a couple of young athletes at key positions will need to be molded into the fold in a hurry. CC rarely misses the playoffs  and should be one of the top programs in Oakland County once again in 2016.

SCHOOL: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

HEAD COACH: George Porritt, 29th season (258-68).

2015 RECORD: 13-1, 3-1 CHSL-Central (tied-first)

POSTSEASON: Def. Bay City John Glenn (49-7); def. Linden (55-14, district finals); def. St. Johns (56-14, regional finals); def. East Grand Rapids (14-7, state semifinals); def. Chelsea in D-3 state finals (29-12).

KEY RETURNEES: RaShawn Allen, jr. WR-RB-DB; Josh Ross, sr. LB-TE; Dwayne Chapman, sr. LB; Ralph Holley, sr. OL-DL; Ky’ren Cunningham, jr. LB; Richard Bowens III, sr. DB; Shermond Dabney, sr. CB;

KEY NEWCOMERS: Caden Prieskorn, jr. QB (transfer from Lake Orion); Mitchell Sokol, sr. WR/TE (transfer from Rochester Adams).

NOTABLES: The defending D-3 state champs are loaded with returning talent and inherited a group of highly-touted transfers that will keep them amongst the state’s best programs regardless of divisions. The Eaglets were the preseason pick by coaches to win the depth-laden CHSL-Central Division.

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SCHOOL: Warren DeLaSalle

HEAD COACH: Mike Giannone, first season (159-68 at other schools).

ASSISTANT COACHES: Brandon Bush, Andrew Crowley, Greg James, Matt Lewis, Nino Landa, Tom Nowak, Andrew Patterson, John Patterson, Bob Schroeder, Mike Szalkiewicz, Mike Szatkowski, Alan Zaciek.

2015 RECORD: 6-4, 3-1 CHSL-Central Division (second).

POSTSEASON: Lost in D-1 pre-district to Detroit East English Village (25-21)

KEY RETURNEES: Allen Stritzinger, sr. RB (Syracuse);  Ryan Anderson, sr. WR; Vinny Paione, sr. OL; Frank Ragona, sr. OL: Kevin Lee, sr. LB; Evan Holland, sr. LB; John Fisher, sr. DB: Colin Titcombe, sr. DL: Steve Killop, sr. DL.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Noah Atkinson, jr.; Carlos Smith, jr.; Brendan Madigan, jr.; Jacob Babalamenti, jr.; Cordell Tannyhill, jr.

NOTABLES: The Pilots are two-years removed from a state title and welcome a new head coach. DeLaSalle should still be a force in the CHSL and challenge for a postseason berth for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Mike Giannone, the longtime coach at perennial power Macomb Dakota, is now pulling the strings.

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