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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 Groves

HEAD COACH: Brendan Flaherty, 16th season (74-73)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Brian Hafner, Matt Turner, Josh Lebovic, Greg Malcolm, Muike Zangtas, Jason Wilson, Jason Wagner, John Curran.

2015 RECORD: 10-1, 7-0 OAA-Blue (first)

POSTSEASON: Def. Farmington Harrison (10-0); lost in D-2 district finals to Walled Lake Western (34-21).

KEY RETURNEES: Ernest Allen, sr. RB/LB (5-10, 205; Beau Kewley, sr. QB (6-0, 180); Drew Sheckell, sr. WR (6-0, 180); Nate Wagner, sr. LB/FB (6-1, 215); Brady Anderson, sr. OL/DL (6-0, 240); Nate Higley, sr. WR/DB/KR (5-10, 150); Ryan Flaherty, sr. WR/DB (6-2, 195); Jack Zanolli, sr. LB/QB (5-8, 175); Dylan Sutton, sr. RB/DB (5-11, 155); Jaleel Anderson, sr. OL/DL (5-10, 290); Collin Heard, jr. WR/CB (5-9, 160); Christian Sosa, sr. K (5-10, 180).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Griffen Best, jr. OL/DL (6-3, 300); Chaise Ford, jr. RB/DB (6-0, 180); Maurice Kelly, jr. RB/LB (5-10, 190).

NOTABLES: Groves is coming off one of its best seasons to date, winning the OAA-blue and reaching the district finals. Gone is a on of track speed and some quality linemen, but the Falcons do return five starters on offense and seven on defense. The path to success will be much more difficult being in the loaded OAA-White.

SCHOOL: Birmingham Seaholm

HEAD COACH: Jim DeWald, fifth season (23-16)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Dontayo Gage, Adam Korzeniewski, Russ Purdy,  Jason Bazner, Steve Jarrett, Jim Clawson, Joe Rusek, Nick Schulcz, Brian Jennings

2015 RECORD: 3-6, 2-5 OAA-White (sixth)


KEY RETURNEES: Tre Hairston, soph. LB (6-0, 175); Danny Harwood, jr. LB (6-1, 185); Carter Stagner, jr. DE (6-4, 210); Sebastian Fettig, sr. WR/OLB (6-2, 190); Nick Lang, jr. WR (6-1, 190); Chase Powers, sr. SB/DB (6-0, 175); Matt O’Connor, soph. FB/LB (6-0, 180); Michael Schulcz, sr. C (5-10, 210); Zach Brazil, sr. OL (6-5, 250); Andrew Wilt, sr. SS/QB (5-10, 180); Michael Aquino, sr. DL (6-0, 190); Nick Lang, jr. RB (5-8, 165);

KEY NEWCOMERS: Max Abrams, sr. CB (5-11, 175);  Joey McElroy, sr. CB (5-11, 175); Vaishnav Siddapureddy, jr. WR/LB (5-10, 180); Harrison Menuck, sr. DL/WR (6-4, 195); Jake Lievois, sr. OLB (5-9, 180); Blair Boerkoel, sr. RB (5-6, 145); Chase Mentag, soph. RB (5-6, 145); Paul Jokisch, soph. LB (6-2, 190); Gray Kinnie, soph. QB/OLB (5-10, 180).

NOTABLES: The Maples don’t have any major playmakers, so they’ll have to play smart football and use its size inside to play ball-control offense. Seaholm is another team that may have improved its overall talent level, but could find the going a little rough in the rugged OAA-White, which features four postseason teams from last year.

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SCHOOL: Farmington

HEAD COACH: John Bechtel, 18th year (94-84)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Rod Risner, Kory Cioroch, Tom Burk, John Perry, Dylan Dunn

2015 RECORD: 5-5, 4-3 OAA-White

POSTSEASON: Lost in D-1 pre-district to Livonia Franklin (33-30)

KEY RETURNEES: Mack Daniels, sr. OL/DL (6-3, 245); Viktor Dedvukaj, sr. OL/LB (6-1, 215); Cameron Coffee, sr. OL/DL (6-0, 255); Zach Purry, sr. RB/SS (6-0, 215).

KEY NEWCOMERS: TJ Noble, sr. WR (6-0, 175); Donovan King, soph. TE (6-4, 235); Moet Andrews, jr. RB/P (6-0, 175); Oscar Glenn, jr. RB (6-0,180); Roger Ayers, sr. QB (6-0, 220); Jack Lovelace, sr. LB (6-0, 190); Joe Phillips, jr. C (5-11, 170); Chandler Coultrip, jr. K (6-0, 175).

NOTABLES: Farmington has reached the postseason in eight of the past 10 seasons and finished below .500 only three times in the past 15 seasons. The program suffered a pair of blows when two standouts transferred out (Drew McGovern to Saline and Daylen Baldwin to Waterford Mott) but there is still quality talent on both sides of the ball. The OAA-White will again be amongst the state’s best leagues this season. Can the Falcons hang in the upper echelon?

SCHOOL: Farmington Harrison

HEAD COACH: John Herrington, 46th season (418-99-1)

2015 RECORD: 7-3, 7-0 OAA-White (first)

POSTSEASON: Lost in D-2 pre-district to Birmingham Groves (10-0)

KEY RETURNEES: Ovie Oghoufo, jr. LB/TE (committed to Notre Dame); Brendann Brown, sr. RB/LB (transfer from Southfield; played at Harrison in 2014); Linden Ivezik, sr. OL; Maverick Hansen, jr. OG/DT; John O’Connor, sr. C/OL/DL; Kordell Agee, sr. WR/SE; Cam Cooley, sr. WR; Guam Lee, sr. LB/RB; Roderick Hurd, soph. DB; Caleb Sparks, sr. OG/DT. 

KEY NEWCOMERS: Carl Haspeter, jr. K; Mike Knox, jr. LB/DE; Rob Hurd, jr. DB; Noah Hendricks, jr. QB; Jeremy Cooper, jr. QB/DB; Divine Fileme, jr. NG; Devon Pressley, jr. CB.

NOTABLES: The Hawks look like they will be entering their final three years as a school, but that should not deter Harrison’s chances of being a top-tier program this season. Harrison is going after their third straight OAA-White crown and looking to make the playoffs once again.

SCHOOL: North Farmington

HEAD COACH: Todd Schultz, 13th season (30-72)

2015 RECORD: 5-4, 3-4 OAA-White (fifth)


KEY RETURNEES: Qu’ran Rozier, jr. RB; Jared Fish, sr. QB (committed to D-I Marshall; Dylan Gordon, jr. RB; Jalen Ferguson, soph. WR.

NOTABLES: The Raiders do have some quality speed and a strong-armed quarterback, but size in the trenches and overall numbers could hurt, as North Farmington plays in a stacked OAA-White.

SCHOOL: Oak Park

HEAD COACH: Greg Carter, sixth season (31-22)

2015 RECORD: 5-5, 5-2 OAA-White (third)

POSTSEASON: Lost to Southfield in D-2 pre-district (38-14)

KEY RETURNEES: Ja’Raymomd Hall, sr. OL; (committed to Michigan); Marquan McCall, jr. CB/WR;

Dominic Williams, jr. FB/DT; Dylan Stackhouse, sr. RB/LB; Robert Daniel, jr. WR/CB; Robert Zanders, sr. WR; Darius Lynum, sr. S/WR; Najee Trinity, sr. RB.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Justin Rogers, fr. OL/DL; Dwan Mathis, soph. QB/WR (transfer from Belleville)

NOTABLES: This team could potentially be dangerous with multiple college prospects on the roster, a quality transfer at QB and one of the state’s top freshmen. Veteran Greg Carter has the weapons, overall size and track speed, but will have to successfully guide this unit through a vigorous schedule to seek success.

SCHOOL: Rochester Adams

HEAD COACH: Tony Patritto, 14th season (106-39 at two schools)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Mark MacFarland, Trevor Potts, Tom Roncelli, Jeff Springer, Ryan Irish, Tom Offer, Ross Wingert

2015 RECORD: 4-5, 2-5 OAA-White (sixth)


KEY RETURNEES: Kyle Wood, sr. QB (6-0, 190, fourth-year starter); Mark Patritto, sr. WR (5-11, 175); Vincent Gray, jr. WR/DB  (6-3, 185, D-I prospect); Steve Roncelli, jr. LB (5-10, 175); Ben Petersmark, sr. LB/OL (6-3, 240); Tyler Wineke, sr. DL (6-2, 250); Chase Kareta, jr. SB (5-11, 170); Mike Vilotti, sr. C/DT (6-0, 260); ​Jonathan Kmiec, sr. K (5-8, 150).

KEY NEWCOMERS: Cole Mitchell, soph. RB/DT (6-2, 245); ​Hunter Drobnich, jr. OT/DT (6-0, 240)

NOTABLES: Adams reached the regional finals in 2013, only to miss the postseason in both 2014 and 2015. The Highlanders have qualified 16 times in 19 years. Can Adams turn it around this season. The Highlanders lack depth and lost two key players that transferred, but do have a fourth-year quarterback and a fast-rising D-I college prospect at receiver. The down side is there are no gimmies on the Highlanders’ schedule and the team will need to figure out how to win close ball games, as they dropped three close affairs last season.

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