Written Saturday November 5th at 10:30 AM
ADAMS 28, ROCHESTER 14. This was a very odd game on Friday night in Rochester which almost saw an upset occur for the first time since 1996. The Falcons controlled the first half by playing time possession football. Alex Bueno had a one yard quarterback keeper for the Falcons in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead to the half. Adams would respond in the third behind a fake punt to tie the game but Rochester responded with Grant Calcagno scoring a three yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-7 lead. The Highlanders answered with 21 unanswered points starting with a 68 yard rushing touchdown from Parker Picot tying the game at 14-14. Picot would then find Demarcus Rouse for a 20 yard passing touchdown for a 21-14 Adams lead. Picot would add another touchdown from five yards to give the Highlanders a 28-14 lead in which that would wrap up the scoring. Adams would hold off Rochester winning their 25th straight game over the Falcons and getting to the regional finals for the second straight year. The Highlanders will travel to Clarkston next week for the regionals.
CLARKSTON 49, Davison 40. Ethan Clark has went nuts for the Wolves. He had over 400 yards of total offense, 336 rushing yards, and six touchdowns. Clark had a 12 yard rushing score along with a 26 yard rushing score, a 50 yard touchdown run, and a 65 yard touchdown run for Clarkston. The offensive line should get the most credit. They have done very well for the Wolves to give Clark the holes he needed against a very good Cardinals defense. The Saginaw Valley League player of the year Carter Herriman had a one yard score to start the home team’s scoring on the night while Jaylen Flowers added a 12 yard score for Davison. The Cardinals added a kickoff touchdown in the third quarter but the Wolves responded with Mike Hein scoring a 35 yard rushing score off a quarterback keeper. Davison added a touchdown to make it 35-27 but Clark struck for his fifth rushing touchdown from two yards to increase the Wolves lead to 42-27. The Cardinals responded with another touchdown from 70 yards off a trick play keeping within striking distance at 42-34. Flowers added his second touchdown of the night but Davison failed on the two point conversion attempt to tie the game keeping the score 42-40 Wolves. Clark would add his sixth rushing touchdown going 67 yards to make the score 49-40 Clarkston. The Wolves defense would then rise to the occasion and stop the Cardinals on fourth down keeping the score at 49-40 Clarkston. The Wolves moves onto the regional finals where they will play Adams next week.
GROVES 26, SEAHOLM 12. A ton of missed opportunities and rough breaks for both teams but it was the Falcons that beat the Maples for the second time this season and 11th of the last 13 times these two rivals have played. Seaholm scored first with Colton Kinnie He had a six yard touchdown run to give the Maples a 6-0 lead. Kyle Robbins added a 51 yard touchdown off the pitch option from Kinnie to make it 12-0 Maples. Groves would score 26 unanswered points. The Falcons started their comeback with a Josh Woods four yard rushing touchdown and added a 26 yard touchdown pass from Cayden Hardy to Jailen Samuel to take the lead. Woods would then go 80 yards for a touchdown in the third to give the Falcons a seven point lead. Groves would then add a 95 yard touchdown from Elias Kendra off the misdirection to increase their lead. The Falcons stopped the Maples veer attack and is now moving onto the regional finals to play Livonia Franklin next week.
Detroit Cass Tech 25, SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 14. It was going to be a very interesting matchup with the weather conditions not favoring the passing game with the wind. The game started fast when Isiah Marshall started the game with almost throwing a pick six but instead had a 22 yard rushing touchdown to put the Warriors up 7-0 early. The Technicians responded with quarterback Leeshaun Mumpfield rushing from five yards out on their first drive but missed the extra point to make it 7-6 Southfield Arts and Tech. Detroit Cass Tech would take the lead as they scored a passing touchdown from Mumpfield to Elijah Jordan from 30 yards to make it 13-7 Technicians. The Warriors responded with a five yard rushing score from Marshall and a tough extra point making the score 14-13 Southfield Arts and Tech. The Warriors started with the football but the Detroit Cass Tech defense held firm and went down and scored a 15 yard touchdown run from Mumpfield but missed the two point try for a 19-14 Technicians lead in the third quarter. Detroit Cass Tech would recover the onside kick, very similar strategy against West Bloomfield from last week. It allowed the Technicians to score on a two yard rushing touchdown from Sean Hodges increasing the Detroit Cass Tech lead to 25-14 in the fourth. The Technicians would shut down Southfield Arts and Tech’s high octane offense the rest of the way earning their second win over a top ten team and a measure of revenge from week one. Detroit Cass Tech will head to Macomb Dakota to play the Cougars next week. Another difficult loss for the Warriors. They will be a force next season with a ton of proven experience coming back.