Game Preview- The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes face the Hamtramck Cosmos in season opener.
The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes open the 2016 football season against the Hamtramck Cosmos.
The Cranes are coming off a 9-2 season last year, while the Cosmos finished 4-5 in 2015.
This game is a renewal of an old Metro Conference rivalry.
Cranbrook played in the Metro Conference from 1975 to 2009. Cranbrook has a 27-5 all-time record against Hamtramck, including a 12 win streak from 1999 through 2009. Cranbrook joined the Catholic League in 2010.
“It’s always good to renew old rivalries,” said Cranbrook Head Coach Joe D’Angelo “It’s a good measuring stick to see just how far we have come.”
The Hamtramck Cosmos have measured themselves; they are ready to go to the next yard.
The Cosmos have been slowly rebuilding. Finishing 2nd in the Metro Conference-Blue Division, the Cosmos are looking to improve their standing and make the state playoffs for the first time.
Hamtramck Head Coach Donnie Scott has been working to expand the universe of the Cosmos. Since taking over as the head coach in 2014, his teams have left behind the previous streak of winless seasons. Going 4-5 in the last two years comes from stressing pride and optimism.
“I just want to change the way people talk about Hamtramck football, because there’s a lot of talent out there,” Scott told the Hamtramck Review in 2014. He has converted Hamtramck to a place of proud football fans. “I know most little cities all across America are huge football towns,” Scott said. “Friday night, the stores should be closed.”
The Cosmos look to be competitive in their division and make a run at the state playoffs. They face Harper Woods and Dearborn Heights Crestwood along with Melvindale ABT in October to finish their season. Their Metro Conference schedule begins in the middle of September, with state finalist River Rouge, and then continues on with Detroit U Prep and Detroit Community. Their opening steps are against Detroit Edison, Rochester Hills Lutheran North, and the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes.
The Cranes open the 2016 season confident and prepared. Returning a host of starters and upper classmen, the team is reaching a new altitude in 2016. Picked to finish first in the Intersectional I division by the Catholic League coaches, Cranbrook has gained the attention of others as a team to beat.
“We learned how to win close games last year,” says head coach Joe D’Angelo who is now in his 4th season as head coach. “We took a few steps forward from the 2014 season, and became a more consistent team. Our boys had some big games toward the end of last season; I was pleased with their progress.”
Coach D’Angelo believes that the team has the right attitude to have a good fall season. “I see it in their confidence, work ethic and belief in themselves and their teammates.” He sees how the team is relying on hard work and preparation. “A good team has a positive, confident attitude. That’s the key to winning.”
The game will be played on Thursday August 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. on Del Walden Field. The field is located at 550 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.