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WL Northern kicks off new era on the gridiron, hires DC Boulus to grab reins WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Northern has a new football coach. The Knights tapped Joe Boulus to head the program earlier this month. Boulus has been the defensive coordinator at Northern since 2013.

WALLED LAKE – Joe Boulus is ready to, "Take the Knights to new heights."

To paraphrase best-selling rapper Drake, that’s the motto now on Bogie Lake Road. So, make a note.

Walled Lake Northern named Boulus the program’s third-ever head football coach earlier this month, replacing Brett Moore, whose up-tempo style put the Knights on the map in area prep pigskin circles. Moore compiled a 46-40 record in nine seasons on the sidelines, leading the team to its first city and league crowns and its first appearance and victory in the playoffs. He stepped down in late January.

Boulus has been Moore’s defensive coordinator for the last four seasons. The Knights finished 6-4 in 2016, losing to KLAA-foe Pinckney 28-17 in the first round of the state tournament. In 2017, the program begins its inaugural campaign in the newly-formed Lakes Valley Conference.

The Northern job is the first head coaching stop for Boulus, a longtime assistant across Metro Detroit the past three and a half decades. Before he landed at Northern in 2013, he had stints at Walled Lake Central, Redford Union, Dearborn Heights Annapolis and Dearborn Heights Riverside.

"I'm humbled and honored by this opportunity," Boulus said. "I've gotten a lot of calls from the community, I've seen a lot of smiles. My boys on defense almost tackled me when they found out. This is a challenge I've been preparing my whole life for and one I know I'm ready for."

August can't come soon enough for Boulus.

"I'm excited, I'm charged up, I can't wait for football season to get here," he said. "I'm all in on this team. We're going to have a lot of fun and hopefully we're going to break through some glass ceilings and bring this program to places they haven't been yet."

Boulus has 25 returners off the Knights 2016 club to build around for 2017. Interior lineman like Tommy Larson, Tyler Devin, Anthony Gendjar, Jason Scott, and Marco Savone and skill position players such as Ethan Ancick (wide receiver), Chandler Holloway (slotback) and Reece Moran (running back) will form the core of the squad,

Last Updated: 3/17/2017 4:02:38 AM EST

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