Week Thirteen Recap

Week Thirteen Recap

Week Thirteen Recap.

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.

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Clarkston falls in Division One State Semifinals

Clarkston falls in Division One State Semifinals.

Written Friday November 17th at 9:00 PM

Farmington Hills Mercy played one of their best performances of the season on Friday night which earned them a trip to the Division One State Finals.

The Marlins overwhelmed Clarkston 25-23, 25-13, and 25-20 on Friday night in the Division One State Semifinals at Battle Creek denying the Wolves their first ever State title in volleyball.

Farmington Hills Mercy will meet Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern who upset Northville on Saturday in the Division One State Finals.

Clarkston led 20-14 in the first set but Farmington Hills Mercy outscored them 11-3 stunning the Wolves and what was yet to come.

The Marlins controlled things in the second set in dominating fashion. The third set they dominated in the middle but the Wolves battled until the end. Farmington Hills Mercy is well coached under Coach Loretta Vogel and they have numerous talented players as well.

Clarkston had a ton of trouble with Marlins setter Campbell Flynn. Flynn kept Vogel’s team in system, and neutralized the Wolves attackers. She also set up Farmington Hills Mercy’s most dangerous outside hitters including Kate Kalczynski who had 14 kills and Maya Zarow had 10 kills. Flynn also added some kills on their own in the match.

This is the third time that Clarkston has fallen in the State Semifinals in program history. (2012-Lake Orion and 2020-Birmingham Marian.)

Wolves freshman standout Marlie Smith had nine kills while Kayla Cogan added seven kills and Emily Kuebler had 19 assists for Clarkston. The Wolves lose five seniors including Cogan and Kuebler next season.

The Wolves had a great season winning the Red and getting this deep into the postseason. They have a lot of proven experience coming back for Coach Alison Smith next season. Clarkston should be one of the favorites to get back to Battle Creek next season.

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Week Twelve Thoughts

Week Twelve Thoughts.

Written Saturday November 11th at 4:30 PM

Harper Woods: The Pioneers had no issue with Carleton Airport on Saturday afternoon at Harper Woods winning 46-19. The Pioneers went through the air behind the play of Nate Rocheleau and Stephone Buford. Colby Bailey started the Harper Woods scoring with a 44 yard touchdown giving them the 7-6 lead in the second quarter. Rocheleau added a 77 yard passing score to Dakota Guerrant to give them a 14-6 lead. They would connect again going 53 yards and a 21-6 lead into the half. Rocheleau would continue his strong play through the air in the second half as he connected with Yasin Milton to extend the lead to 28-6. Carleton Airport got a touchdown and a fourth down stop but an interception from Willie Powell brought momentum back to Harper Woods. Bailey had another big run and Buford had a one yard rushing score making the score 34-12 Harper Woods. Carleton Airport would add another score to make it 34-19 but Buford put the game away with a 50 yard rushing touchdown making it 40-19 Harper Woods. Donald Adams went 66 yards for the Pioneers making the score 46-19 which was the final. The defense looked very good as well. Corey Bailey, Javonta Lee Forbes, and Eilron Beaman had sacks and big plays which included a fumble and Jacob Oden and Powell interceptions on defense. The Pioneers will play Goodrich next week.

Southfield Arts and Tech: The Warriors earned their first regional crown in school history with an impressive 31-21 win over Chippewa Valley on Friday night. Isiah Marshall played lights out football. He threw four passing touchdowns on the night with two to Xavier Bowman and two to Juwan Jarrett. The Southfield Arts and Tech defense played well despite allowing 14 points to a very good Chippewa Valley offense that had a really good quarterback in Andrew Schuster. The Warriors will play West Bloomfield next week.

West Bloomfield: The Lakers came from 20-0 down to beat Clarkston and earning revenge after falling 44-36 in week six winning 21-20 in the regional finals at the Swamp. West Bloomfield got a block on the winning field goal by Nigel Dutton who also added a rushing score in the game. Kameron Flowers had a ten yard touchdown and Reqez Nance had the winning 42 yard run off the zone read on a fourth and one. The Lakers defense calmed down and was solid all night. They picked off Desman Stephens in the red zone. West Bloomfield behind a stout defense and timely plays they found a way to win the game. The Lakers have a week eight rematch with Southfield Arts and Tech looming next week.

Clarkston: The Wolves lost a tough one to West Bloomfield 21-20 on Friday night. Clarkston had a very controversial holding penalty called against them which set them back. Eddie Langton had his field goal attempt blocked with two seconds to go in the game. Clarkston had a really good start behind two touchdowns from Brady Collins, one to Brody Kosin (13 yards) and the other to Desman Stephens (94 yards.) Lukas Bowman added a passing score to Kosin from 23 yards out. The Wolves had everything lined up very similar to the Lake Orion game. They connected on a fourth and nine from Collins to Kosin at the two yard line but the West Bloomfield defense locked in stopping Griffin Bowman on two rushing attempts but the Wolves had a chance with the Langton field goal attempt but it was blocked. The extra point miss after the second quarter proved to be very vital in the game. Clarkston has a case that the officials called a roughing the kicker penalty against West Bloomfield that would had given Clarkston another shot. The officials called an unsportsmanlike penalty but they said that time had expired. If they had time they would had one more shot. They lose Kosin and Stephens to graduation but has Brady Collins and the Bowman twins coming back. The Wolves will be back in the hunt next season.

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Week Twelve Recap

Week Twelve Recap.

Written Saturday November 11th at 4:30 PM

HARPER WOODS 46, Carleton Airport 19: The Pioneers had no issue with the Jets on Saturday afternoon at Harper Woods winning 46-19. Nate Rocheleau and Stephone Buford were dominant at quarterback. Kolby Bailey was also solid for the Pioneers. He had a 44 yard touchdown run giving Harper Woods a 7-6 lead after the Jets scored late in the first quarter for a 7-6 lead. Rocheleau would extend the lead with a 77 yard pass to Dakota Guerrant for a 14-6 Harper Woods lead. That duo would connect again from 53 yards to give them a 21-6 lead at the half. Rocheleau would continue his dominance through the air. He connected with Yasin Milton giving the Pioneers a 28-6 lead. Jack Mills kept the Jets in the game with his second score but the two point try failed making the score 28-12. Carleton Airport had momentum but Willie Powell had an interception which led to a Bailey run and a Buford one yard touchdown making the score 34-12 Harper Woods. Carleton Airport added a touchdown from Mills to make it 34-19 but Buford responded by going 50 yards to make it 40-19 Pioneers. Harper Woods would add one more score on a 66 yard Donald Adams touchdown to make it 46-19 Harper Woods. The Pioneers defense was very good all day as well. Harper Woods will have a showdown with Goodrich at Livonia Franklin next week in the State Semifinals.

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH 31, Chippewa Valley 21: The Warriors earned their first regional title in school history with a 31-21 win at Chippewa Valley on Friday night. Southfield Arts and Tech started the scoring with a rushing touchdown from Mathas Davis from three yards out. Chippewa Valley added a touchdown to give themselves a 7-6 lead. Southfield Arts and Tech answered with Isiah Marshall connecting to Xavier Bowman making the score 12-7 Warriors. Marshall would connected again this time to Jawon Jarrett from 13 yards in the third quarter making the score 18-7 Southfield Arts and Tech. Marshall and Jarrett would connect again from 23 yards out making the score 24-7 Warriors. The Big Reds scored on an 24 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Schuster to Cash Shaw making the score 24-14. Marshall connected with Bowman again for a 15 yard score making the score 31-14 Southfield Arts and Tech. Chippewa Valley added a 75 yard fumble recovery making it 31-21 which ended up being the final score. Southfield Arts and Tech will have a rematch with West Bloomfield at Troy in the State Semifinals next week.

WEST BLOOMFIELD 21, CLARKSTON 20: The Wolves “Nothing to lose” mentality went into the Swamp and it became an instant classic. It was all Clarkston early as Brady Collins had two passing touchdowns including a 94 yard pass to Desman Stephens. Stephens added an interception while Brody Kosin caught two touchdown passes one was a 23 yard catch from Collins and a 20 yard touchdown pass from Lukas Bowman on a trick play. The Wolves also recovered a squib kick and did a solid job defensively on Reqez Nance. Nigel Dutton answered for the Lakers with a two yard touchdown run but missed a 36 yard field goal as the half closes with Clarkston leading 20-7. West Bloomfield answered on a Kameron Flowers 10 yard rushing touchdown making it 20-14 Clarkston. The Lakers defense got a big stop forcing a Stephens interception. They took the lead on a 42 yard rushing touchdown from Nance on fourth down and one yard giving them a 21-20 lead late in the fourth quarter. Clarkston had an opportunity on a fourth and seven and connected from Collins to Kosin giving them a chance to win the game from Eddie Langton from 26 yards out but the kick was blocked by Dutton and Jamir Benjamin came up with the football. West Bloomfield earned a 21-20 win over Clarkston and will move on to play Southfield Arts and Tech at Troy in the State Semifinals next week.

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Volleyball State Quarterfinal Preview

Volleyball State Quarterfinal Preview.

Written Monday November 13th at 7:25 AM

The Wolves come into their State quarterfinal with a ton of motivation and confidence. It was last season at the same place at St. Clair Community College where Paige Giethbrook tore her ACL which led Birmingham Marian to their win over Clarkston.

The Wolves return to Port Huron but it’s not the Mustangs they will be playing, it will be Macomb L’Anse Creuse North they will play on Tuesday night.

Clarkston has not put a full complete game yet which has to bother Coach Alison Smith. Most of their wins have went four games and they have had slow starts in each of them. The Crusaders have been very good all season and they have wins over Macomb Dakota and Utica Eisenhower.

It will be very interesting with the winner heading to Battle Creek to take on either Birmingham Marian or Farmington Hills Mercy on Thursday in the Division One State Semifinals.

We’ll see what happens.

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Shields Steps Down at Berkley

Shields Steps Down at Berkley.

Written Tuesday November 7th at 6:25 PM

The Berkley Bears will have a new football coach next fall.

Coach Sean Shields has stepped down coaching the program after six seasons. He went 18-32 at Berkley and led the Bears to two postseason berths in 2019 and 2020 but they went 0-9 this season.

It was confirmed by “Inside the OAA.”

“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce after six seasons of hard work, loyalty, and love I’ve been asked to step down as the head coach of the Berkley high school football program. For the boys that are still in the program I can’t wait to see the great things that you do. I’m sorry that we weren’t able to complete your high school journey together. I know that your in great hands with Coach Horn and he’s going to make sure you guys have the best experience possible in your high school careers. For all of my former players and families I want to thank you all so much for allowing me to be a part of your and your children’s lives. I will always be grateful for the memories we’ve built and all the time that we’ve shared, you’ve meant so much to me and my family over these years. I love these young men and women you have all become after high school. Again thank you, I love every single one of my former players. I will always be your guy’s coach even if I’m not coaching you anymore. So for one last time, Bears on three, Family on six, one, two, three Bears, four, five, six family. I truly love you all” Shields posted on X.

Shields did a ton of good leading the program and he went 4-3 against arch rival Royal Oak. He also has one of the Bears best wins when they went into Livonia Clarenceville and stunned them which was a huge win at the time in 2019.

It will be very interesting to see who leads the Bears next season.

Stay tuned to OAA Now for the latest on this developing story.

Here is the tweet.