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Madison, Lamphere and Clawson take part in the MAC Media Day WITH PHOTOS

  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Chuck Pleiness)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)
  • The Macomb Area Conference held its media day Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School. Among the Oakland County schools in attendance were Clawson, Madison and Lamphere. (MIPrepZone photo by Ray J. Skowronek)

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The slate of local prep football league media days for the upcoming 2016 campaign kicked off Thursday at Chippewa Valley High School with the 33-team Macomb Athletic Conference. Oakland County’s three MAC schools, Madison Heights Madison, Madison Heights Lamphere and Clawson were all in attendance.

Madison (9-2) is the defending champ out of the MAC Silver and breaking in a new head coach in crosstown-Lamphere alum and retired pro James Rogers, who replaces the successful Drake Wilkins. Rogers’ Eagles club returns 10 starters, but is dealing with the loss of nine players to transfers following Wilkins leaving, including the county’s leading rusher last year, tailback Lance Mitchell (1610 yards).

Rogers was undeterred and spoke with conviction when discussing his eagerness to take the reins of his own program and put his personal stamp on it while still appreciating and embracing Madison’s recent stellar tradition on the gridiron.

“It’s exciting knowing I’m walking into a program that already has a culture of winning, there’s still a lot to for these players to learn though,” Rogers said. “We’re going to take this group’s football knowledge to a whole other level. We’re going to more than just good athletes, we’re going to play smart and with purpose. We’ll stress discipline, fundamentals and technique and always be teaching life lessons in addition to the sport of football, helping these kids become responsible young men.”

Expect big seasons from fellow newcomers, Terrace Brown (QB-LB) and Brandon Cooper (WR-DB). Rogers got a job in the Madison School District in 2014. Last year, he became Madison's assistant athletic director.

A Class of 2006 grad of Lamphere where he was an all-state wide receiver and defensive back, Rogers played in the Big Ten in the secondary at the University of Michigan and then in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs. He hung up his cleats after some time in the CFL two years ago.

Rogers’ old high school coach at Lamphere, Jason Charron brought raised expectations for his current Rams team, coming off a 2-7 record in 2015.

“We feel pretty good right now, we’ve got a bunch of solid character kids, a nice mix of senior leaders and talented, hard-working underclassmen,” he said.

Lamphere competes out of the MAC Bronze. This will be Charron’s 13th season at the helm of the Rams program.

“I’ve been lucky to always have great kids,” said Charron reflecting back.

Tony Newman is a senior three-year starter set to carry the load for Lamphere in the backfield and junior lineman Zach Hilliard is a three-year starter in the trenches.

Longtime Clawson head coach Jim Sparks and his Trojans will stay in the MAC Silver in 2016 and again be led by all-league quarterback Kourtney Manley, a senior dual-threat signal caller entering his second year under center. Clawson (6-3) has punched tickets to the playoffs in five of the past six seasons.

Last Updated: 7/29/2016 5:25:17 AM EST


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