Written Saturday November 18th at 4:30 PM
HARPER WOODS 35, Goodrich 24: The Pioneers are in their first State final after winning a wild game at Livonia Franklin on Saturday afternoon. It was not a good start for Harper Woods, which was almost similar to the game against Croswell-Lexington where they had a really slow start trailing 14-0. Stephone Buford started the scoring with a touchdown run to get them back in the game. They also got a touchdown on a fourth down and 20 to tie the game at the time and got the late score to tie it at 21-21. The Pioneers got going in the second half by outscoring the Martians 14-3 behind a potent offense of Buford, Jacob Oden, Nate Rocheleau, Ramonty House, Dakota Guerrant, Colby Taylor, and company. Coach Rob Oden will lead his team to their first State final but it will be a very tall order as they play Grand Rapids South Christian next week.
SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 40, WEST BLOOMFIELD 35: It was a wild and crazy game at Troy on Saturday afternoon which featured a power outage and a tense drama. The Warriors started the scoring after getting a fumble recovery. Mathias Davis scored from five yards out and a 7-0 Southfield Arts and Tech lead. The Lakers answered with a 42 yard touchdown pass from Rick Nance to Elijah Durham to tie the game at 7-7. The Warriors responded with an Isiah Marshall to Tashi Braceful from 19 yards out and a 14-7 halftime lead. Southfield Arts and Tech started the third quarter with a 21 yard touchdown pass from Marshall to Tyjuan Esper to go up 21-7. The Lakers got back in in with a Nance to Brandon Davis-Swain 19 yard touchdown pass to make it 21-14 Southfield Arts and Tech and then connected again from seven yards out to tie the game at 21-21 after three quarters. The fourth quarter was a tense drama, the Warriors took the lead back after a Davis one yard score but Davis-Swain answered tying the score at 28-28. Southfield Arts and Tech responded again with Marshall scoring from 20 yards out but the PAT was blocked making the score 34-28 Warriors. West Bloomfield answered again with Nance finding Kam Flowers from 27 yards out making the score 35-34 Lakers. Southfield Arts and Tech had one last chance and connected behind the play of Marshall. Marshall scored from one yard out with no time left sending Southfield Arts and Tech to the Division One State Finals for the first time in school history with a 40-35 win. They will have a really tough task ahead of them when they play Belleville next week.