Fenton — Fenton varsity football coach Jeff Setzke says there is a different sense of purpose during this summer’s sessions together.
After earning at least a share of the Metro League title for the last seven seasons, and outright championships for four straight seasons, those runs ended last year when Brandon and Flushing earned the co-Metro title.
That has the Fenton Tigers working on a mission.
“It is a very veteran football team that has a chip on its shoulders,” Setzke said. “We have 25 seniors coming back with multitude of starters on both sides. From that standpoint, we have been able to hit the ground running. We have a little chip on our shoulder because we did not like the way last year finished. You don’t realize what you miss until you don’t have it anymore. Last year some teams finished ahead of us, and that doesn’t settle well.”
The Tigers concluded a summer of Wedesday 7-on-7 camps at Fenton High School, competing with three other schools. The scrimmages are one of many things the team has done to prepare for the upcoming season.
“We’ve had a good summer,” Setzke said. “The weather for everybody has gotten in the way of things, but we’ve had a good summer with our conditioning, speed, agility and training.
“We’ve had many 7-on-7s. We went to Notre Dame and Hope College and also went down to Clarkston.”
Some of the sessions were bothered by bad weather, including the traditional trip to Notre Dame.
“There was a monsoon in Notre Dame,” Setzke said. “After pool play, they cancelled the rest of it. There wasn’t a little rain, but a lot of it — too much to the point of not being fun. We still got a chance to play in the stadium and it was a great experience.”
All eyes will be on last year’s starting quarterback, Sophomore Dylan Davidson. Of course, Davidson suffered a first half injury in the opening game of the season and missed the rest of the year. Now stronger and taller, Davidson has had a solid summer.
“He’s been fantastic,” Setzke said. “He can really throw it. He’s our best pure thrower we’ve had in my tenure here. ... He can make any throw.
“He’s grown. He’s 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. He’s not a small quarterback. He’s the real deal.”
Official practices begin for every state school on August 12, with first contests scheduled for Aug. 29.