2013 Game Schedule
Varsity Game #12- Rochester Adams vs.Clarkston
Highlanders Season Ends @ Clarkston
2013 was quite a ride for the Highlander faithful. We had a great run and a return back to the playoffs. Unfortunately all good things come to an end and today @ Clarkston, the Wolves were ready for us. Clarkston got up early behind a balanced attack and took advantage of Highlander miscues to come out on top 56-28 in the regional round of the MHSAA playoffs.
Adams KO went to the 10 and was returned out to the 20 to start off the game. A pass out to the 31, a nice stop for no gainer by
Steven Milke and another pass of 56 yards moved Clarkston deep into Highlander territory. A short QB keeper for 1st down was followed by an Ian Erickson 1 yard TD plunge with 9:04 left in Q1 and the PAT made it 7-0 Wolves. On the ensuing KO, Clarkston found a dead zone spot in our kickoff coverage and pounced on the ball at the Highlander 19. After a 13 yard pass completion and a 4 yard carry, Erickson again found the endzone from 2 yards out and the PAT put the score at 14-0 with 8:09 left.
The Wolves KO bounced off of Milke out of bounds at the Adams 33. Clarence Broadnax broke through for a 35 yard gain and after 2 runs by Kyle Wood, the QB lost the handle on the ball and Clarkston recovered at the Adams 30. Wolves QB Zezula connected with Cason for a 70 yard pass for a TD. Parker Monahan blocked the PAT but the TD put the score at 20-0 with 6:12 left in the 1st quarter. Jacob Okarski returned the KO from our 26 to the 32 to start the Adams offense. A 12 yard gain by Wood was followed by 4 runs from Broadnax totaling 27 yards. An incomplete pass was followed by a 24 yard run by Wood to the Wolves 12. An 8 yard run by Jordan Shive and a 3 yard run by Broadnax set up a 1 yard TD plunge by Wood with 1:09 left in the 1st. The PAT put the score at 20-7 Clarkston. A Wolves return to the 40 on the KO and QB keeper to the Adams 44 ended the quarter.
Clarkston continued their balanced attack on the ground and in the air and Erickson scored from 11 yards out with 10:20 left in
the 2nd. A successful 2 point conversion put the score at 28-7. The Clarkston KO went deep into the endzone for a touchback. Wood, Shive and Broadnax runs moved the ball downfield. After an incomplete pass to Shive, Wood connected on a 4thand 5 play to Shive for a 35 yard TD pass and with the PAT put the score at 28-14 Clarkston. Adams KO was returned 6 yards to the Clarkston 37. A nice tandem stop by Mark Sokol and Okarski highlighted the defense as the Wolves were forced to punt from their 42 to the Adams 15. Clarkston stepped up the defense and sacked Wood on a 3rd and 5 to force a punt from our 12 to our 37. On the 4th play of the drive, Clarkston completed a 6 yard TD pass with 0:33 left in the half and the PAT put the score at a
dreadful 35-14. Adams moved the ball on the drive after the KO but time ran out to end the half.
Clarkston kicked off to Adams to begin the 2ndhalf. On the first play, the snap was mishandled and landed in the Adams endzone for a Wolves TD. With the PAT @ 11:50, it put the score at 42-14. Clarkston’s KO went for a touchback following the TD. A Wood no gainer and 2 incomplete passes forced a Highlander punt from our 19 to the Adams 45. After a 16 yard run by Erickson, Clarkston completed a 27 yard pass to Cason for a TD with 9:55 remaining which brought the score with the PAT to 49-14. After another KO touchback, Adams had two short runs for 5 yards and threw an interception on a deflection which was
returned for a 30 yard TD with 8:43 left in the 3rd. The PAT was good and put the score at 56-14 Clarkston.
After another Clarkston touchback on the KO, the Adams offense showed signs of life. Shive had 2 runs for a first down despite
tough stops on Broadnax in between his runs. A Clarkston holding call as well as a 19 yard gain by Milke with a horse collar penalty put the ball at the Clarkston 21. Broadnax finished the drive with a 21 yard TD run and with the clock @ 4:38 to go in the 3rd put the score at 56-21. An onsides attempt by Adams was recovered by Clarkston at their 35. The Adams defense stepped up to force a punt from the Adams 44 down to our 18 to end the 3rd quarter.
Adams could not get anything going on offense and was forced to punt from their 23 to the Clarkston 45. 3 plays later, Adams recovered a fumble at the Clarkston 40. Strong runs by Monahan and Moton moved the ball deep into Clarkston territory. Senior Monahan finished the Adams scoring with a 15 yard TD fun and with the PAT @ 2:13 left put the score at 56-28. A few plays later, our season was over.
The offensive leaders in the game were as follows:
Rushing: Clarence Broadnax 16 rushes for 112 yards and a TD,Kyle Wood 15 rushes for 64 yards and a TD, Jordan Shive 5 rushes for 28 yards and Parker Monahan 3 rushes for 45 yards and a TD
Passing: Wood 3-8 passing for 54 yards and a TD, Prechtel 0-3 passing, Shive had 2 pass catches for 47 yards and a TD.
Goodbye to the many seniors that have shown leadership throughout the season. We will honor you at the banquet. Next up is the returning juniors and remaining underclassmen to carry on the work that was done this year to get our program back to the playoffs. The hard work starts soon and needs to continue for next year. The coaches have expectations of you and you should have them of yourselves to keep Adams at a high level for years to come. Go Highlanders!
Varsity Game #11- Rochester Adams vs. Walled Lake Northern
Highlanders Slay WLN Knights 28-25
We’re still playing! Many thought we wouldn’t be. I guess they were wrong or didn’t realize the resolve this Highlander team continues to play with. A selfless team effort with good line play, tough running in the trenches and an opportunistic defense continues to be our calling card as Adams wins their first district championship since 2007 on the road tonight. A raucous
Walled Lake Northern field with blaring speakers and a great atmosphere by both teams and fans made it a great night of football for all.
Adams got the ball to start on a touchback at their 20. Short gains by Clarence Broadnax, Kyle Wood and Nick Antenucci forced a Highlander punt on their first possession with a Knights return to the Adams 45 with 10:00 to go in the quarter. An Adams offside penalty and a 26 yard pass completion moved the ball deep into Adams territory where WLN booted a 29 yard field goal
to go up 3-0.
A nice return by Steven Milke from the goal line out to the 27 yard line gave Adams a nice start. Broadnax and QB Kyle Wood pushed for daylight into the Knight defense. After an 8 yard run by Wood to the WLN 27, the QB scampered into the endzone for a TD. With the PAT, it put Adams out front 7-3 with 3:59 left. Time for the defense to step up after the KO to WLN (from their
33) as Dylan Anderson had a 2 yard TFL to force a Knight punt from their 35 to our 33 with 2:27 left in the quarter. After a short Wood run, the freshman connected in the air with senior Derek Willis for 37 yards to move into Knight territory. Broadnax and Wood continued the ground game to the WLN 14 to end the quarter.
After 9 yards on 2 Jordan Shive carries, Wood carried the ball down to the 1 yard line where Broadnax broke over the goal line
for the TD and with the PAT put Adams up 14-3 with 9:10 left in the half. The Knights moved the ball despite some nice tackles by Milke, Shive and Jacob Okarski but the big play was a TFL by Paul Moceri on 4th & 1 to turn the ball over on downs at the Adams 37. Adams couldn’t do much on the drive and were forced to punt to the WLN 21 with 4:02 left in the half. A pass block by Mark Sokol and a nice tackle by Jonathan Jack highlighted the defense who again forced a WLN punt down to the Adams 31. The Knights defense clamped down on the drive to force a Highlander punt to the WLN 37. Two short gains by the Knights ended the half with Adams maintaining their 14-3 lead.
Spencer Ward hit a 1-iron style KO into the front line of the Knight KO return team and Adams recovered the rebound at their 44
yard line. Despite 2 runs for 1st down by Broadnax, Adams was forced to punt after an incomplete pass from the WLN 48. Ward coffin-cornered the ball out @ the 3 yard line with 9:19 left in the quarter. The Knights air attack sputtered and they were forced to
punt from their endzone out to their 46 and Milke moved it to the 35. Wood and Broadnax pounded the rock deep into WLN territory to set up a 28 yard FG attempt that the Knights blocked with a line surge. Adams got tagged with a un-sportsman-like conduct penalty to put the ball on the WLN 41. On the next play, the Knights hit a 59 yard pass play for a TD to put the score at 14-10. Not a good turn of events for the Highlanders but this team is made to handle adversity.
Enter Steven Milke to start the spark with a 33 yard KO return out to the Adams 42. After runs by Shive, Wood and Broadnax, Adams was forced to punt but did a direct snap to Andy Lamkin and the senior ran it to the WLN 45 for a first down to end the quarter. Wood connected with Shive on a 24 yard pass on the drive and the senior also had a nice run of 12 yards to move the ball deep into the Knights territory. From a yard out, Wood punched it in for his second TD of the contest and with the PAT put Adams out front 21-10 with 8:55 left. A good return by WLN put the ball at their 28 yard line. Two nice stops by the combination of Okarski/Jack and a pass breakup by Jacob Petersmark forced a punt to the goal line fielded by Milke and again the junior excited the crowd with a return out to the Adams 35 yard line with 7:39 left.
Short gains by our ground trio forced a Highlander punt out to the Knight 32. WLN showed why they were 8-2 entering the
game by moving the ball quickly into Adams territory on a tipped pass and some hard runs down to the Adams 25. On the next play, they connected on a TD pass and with a 2-point conversion brought the score to 21-18 with 3:52 left in the game. A return from the Adams 25 to the 32 started the Adams drive with some needed momentum to come our way. Enter Clarence Broadnax. The junior carried tacklers for a 12 yard 1st down run and after a nice tackle on Shive by the Knights for a TFL, Broadnax busted a back-breaking 59 yard TD run up the gut and into the endzone. With the PAT, it put the score at 28-18 Highlanders.
Jacob Okarski had a big hit on the KO team to get the crowd going. After 2 incomplete passes, Adams was flagged with a facemask penalty to put the ball at our 40 yard line. Three passes later, the Knights were knocking on the goal line door and punched it in with a QB keeper for the TD. With the PAT, it put the score at 28-25 with 1:36 left. A critical but shaky onsides kick recovery by the Highlanders gave us possession of the ball but Adams could not move the ball and were forced to punt it away to the WLN 44 with just under 16 second left in the game. A pass to the Adams 41 stopped the clock and moved the chains. Senior Jonathan Jack ended the drive with a big QB sack and Okarski recovered the ball at the WLN 45. This writer’s favorite play, the knee, was called from the sidelines to end the spirited contest in favor of our boys. District Champions! How about them
Kudos goes out to the offensive line and some nice plays by the defensive line when needed. Special shout out to Mr. Milke for much needed return yards throughout the game. Spencer Ward was reliable off the tee and converted a nice onsides kick to keep momentum on our side. Freshman Kyle Wood proved again that he was up for the challenge with a gritty 27 carries for 74 yards and 2 TD’s. Clarence Broadnax paced the offense well with 19 carries for 128 yards and 2 TD’s. Jordan Shive chipped in with 7 carries for 29 yards and caught a pass for 24. Derek Willis chipped in with a reception for 37 yards.
Up next is the familiar bunch of Wolves up I-75 at their den next Saturday afternoon. Week 1 seems so far off. Despite riding a 10 game win streak, Clarkston should realize that this Adams bunch will be ready to play and won’t be intimidated despite moving up a division this playoff year. GO HIGHLANDERS!!!
Varsity Game #10- Rochester Adams vs. Stoney Creek
Highlanders Tame Cougars 17-6
A highly anticipated game in the city of Rochester tonight under the lights at Adams in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs with Adams taking on cross town opponent Stoney Creek. The Highlanders were not going to let the newspapers and the football people in Oakland County dictate the outcome tonight. A suffocating defense and key Stoney Creek miscues lead Adams to a
decisive victory to move onto to the second round and Walled Lake Northern next week.
Stoney Creek returned the ball from their 15 to the 33 on the kickoff to start the contest. QB Justin Allor had a few short gains on the drive and Joe Cox had 15 yards on the ground out to midfield. An Allor fumble that he recovered and an incomplete pass (broken up by Derek Willis) forced an SC punt from their 47 to the Adams 33. Jordan Shive had 17 yards on two carries and Clarence Broadnax had a short gain to move into SC territory. An Adams false start and an incomplete pass by Kyle Wood forced a Highlander punt to the SC 21 with 7:00 left in the 1st quarter. Runs by SC’s Scullen, Allor and Cox moved the ball out to their 43 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Allor recovered his own fumble for a 2 yard loss to force a punt. Punter Cox faked the kick and threw an interception at the Adams 38. Kyle Wood started the drive with a 17 yard run and Broadnax crashed his way through the defense for chunk runs down to their 19 yard line. The tandem went back and forth on the ground to near the goal line and Broadnax finished the drive with a 1 yard plunge for the touchdown. With the PAT, Adams went up 7-0 with 10:24 left in the half.
Adams defense suffocated the Cougars on their next drive by mixing in sacks by Jacob Okarski/Matt Harris for a loss of 6 and
another sack by Cameron Gugel/Matt Harris for a loss of 11 to force an SC punt to the Adams 44 with 8:08 left in the half. After gains by Wood and Broadnax before a holding call on Adams, SC’s Cox had a personal foul call to give Adams a 1stdown out to the SC 42. After an Adams incomplete on 3rd down, the Highlanders punted the ball to bury the Cougars at their 10 yard line with 4:44 left. Two plays later, a Cox fumble was recovered by Steven Milke @ the Cougar 16. The SC defense held up to force a 26 yard FG attempt that Spencer Ward converted to bring the score to 10-0 Adams with 1:49 to go in the half. Allor connected with Noah Beck for a 10 yard pass play to move the chains. A big pass play was nullified by a Cougar holding call. Their drive stalled and ended in a punt to the Adams 18 where the half ended.
Adams got the ball on a touchback out to their 20 to start the 2nd half. The Cougar defense tightened up and forced an Adams punt to their 49 with 10:48 left in the 3rd. The Highlander defense thwarted any chance for a SC drive and the Cougars were
forced to punt down to the Adams 20. The defenses continued to stop any drives and Adams again was forced to punt but could only get it out to their 31 yard line to set up the Cougars with 6:42 to go in the 3rd. Two plays later, Nick Rangos scored from 19 yards out for the SC touchdown. Shive broke free on the PAT for the block to keep the score 10-6 Adams. Milke returned the ball out from the goal line to the Adams 21 to start the Highlander drive. SC’s Reeder intercepted a Wood pass to set up the Cougars at the Adams 45 with 5:32 left in the 3rd. No go for the Cougars as they were forced to punt it away again after a few incomplete passes down to the Adams 18. Joe Prechtel came in @ QB and the Cougars were ready as they stepped up their defense again to force an Adams punt that aided the Highlanders with a Cougar block in the back penalty after a nice return to put SC out to the Adams 49. Despite a 12 yard completion to Cox, Harris corralled Allor for a no gain run and Mark Sokol sacked the SC QB to force another Stoney Creek punt all the way to the Adams 3 with 0:50 left in the 3rd. Wood entered back in @ QB and he and Broadnax moved the ball out of danger but Adams was forced to punt from their 32 to the SC 40 with 7:24 left in the game.
SC’s Cox weaved his way into Adams territory but an Allor no gain on a self-recovered fumble and a nice tackle of Cox by Dylan
Anderson forced SC into a 3rd and long. Allor connected with Scullen down to the Adams 26 for a 1st down. Two plays later, Allor forced a ball into coverage and into the hands of Jordan Shive and the senior co-captain put on his track shoes to take the ball 79 yards into the SC endzone for a huge TD for the Highlanders. With the PAT, it put the score at an insurmountable 17-6 score. SC got the ball out to midfield on the KO where Shive and Jonathan Jack made some key stops to force Stoney to turn the ball
over on downs to the good guys. My favorite play (QB knee) 2 times ended the game and put us into the second round. Goodbye Cougars.
It certainly wasn’t a juggernaut of an offensive game but we did what we had to do to win. Adams had a total of 130 yards of offense, lead by Broadnax (17 carries for 73 yards and a TD), freshman Wood (15 carries for 46 yards) and Shive (3 carries for 20 yards). On to Walled Lake Northern and GO HIGHLANDERS! We live another week!
Varsity Game # 9- Rochester Adams vs. Rochester
Highlanders Defeat Rochester 34-13
Who doesn’t like rivalry games? I know that the Adams faithful does, but maybe not if you’re Rochester. Another year of futility for our Falcon friends as the Highlanders controlled the game throughout with 325 yards on the ground to propel themselves into the playoffs and end the Falcon’s chances for the second year in a row with the defeat @ Rochester Stadium. With the win, Adams completed the program sweep for the week and gets themselves ready for the playoffs. Sorry Rochester…..
The Falcons returned the opening KO from their 10 to the 25 of Adams to kick things into gear to start off the contest. A nice
stop by Nick Antenucci and two incomplete passes forced a 41 yard FG attempt that fell short and Adams took over on downs with 10:55 to go in the 1st. With a mixture of freshman QB Kyle Wood, Jordan Shive and Clarence Broadnax, the Highlanders
slowly rolled down the field and ate clock along the way and eventually hit pay-dirt with a 3 yard plunge from Broadnax for the TD. With the PAT, Adams went ahead 7-0 with 5:08 left in Q1. A squib kick to the Falcon 36 set up Rochester on their next drive. With a holding call and some gang tackling by Matt Harris and Steven Pastirik, Rochester punted from their 33 to our 47. Wood hit senior Derek Willis with an 11 yard completion and then the freshman worked his way deep into Rochester territory with Broadnax and Shive to get near the goal line as the quarter expired. First play of Q2, Wood broke into the endzone from a
yard out for a TD @ 11:54 remaining in the half. With the PAT, Adams went up 14-0.
Rochester’s offense came alive on the ground moving the ball from their 38 into Adams territory, highlighted by a 25 yard pass down to the Adams 2. Luckily recovering their own fumble, the Falcons were able to punch it in from 2 yards out and with the PAT closed the gap to 14-7. A short return out to the Adams 10 was followed by an untimely interception that set Rochester up at
the Adams 26. The Falcons took advantage and 3 plays later ran it in from 9 yards out for the TD. What was a nice lead by the Highlanders evaporated quickly. With the PAT no good, it closed the gap to 14-13 Adams with 6:05 left in the half. A nice return by Steven Milke for 28 yards out to the Adams 33 set up the Highlanders for such much needed offense. Wood delivered with a 6 yard and 40 yard run down to the Falcon 21. After a Nick Antenucci 8 yard run, Broadnax smashed his way in from 11 yards out for his second TD of the night. The PAT made it 21-13 good guys. Both teams traded punts on the next 2 drives and effectively ended the half.
Milke started out he 2nd half with a 22 yard return out to the Adams 32. A Wood fumble set up Rochester in Adams territory. With some nice tackles by Pastirik and Lance Dunbar and an incomplete pass, Rochester was 3rd and long and induced a pass interference call to move down to the Adams 14. Pastirik and Jacob Okarski had some nice tackles to bring the heat and on 3rd & 13, a pass breakup by Parker Monahan and Milke forced a 33 yard FG attempt by the Falcons. A nice push blocked the kick and Adams took over the ball at their 25 yard line with 8:32 to go in the 3rd. The Adams ground offense was in cruise control and worked the ball deep into Falcon territory with some nice gains by Wood and Shive as well as Antenucci. At 2:29 left in the 3rd, senior Shive took it in from 2 yard out for the TD and with an unsuccessful PAT Adams went up 27-13. Another squib kick set up the Falcons for a much needed drive at their 43. A 17 yard pass to the Adams 40 moved the ball forward but on a 4th & 7, Paul Moceri blocked a pass attempt to turn the ball over to Adams to end the 3rdquarter.
Adams drive to start the quarter ended in a short punt to the Adams 44 to set up the Falcons in Highlander territory. Junior Matt
Harris stepped his game up and made two hard tackles on their drive and on 4th and 1 from the Adams 25 had a 2 yard TFL to give the ball back to Adams at their 27. Broadnax, Wood and Shive ate up yards and the hopes for any comeback as the Highlanders moved the ball deep into Falcon territory. With 3:03 left in the game, Shive bashed his way into the endzone for his second TD of the night to put Adams ahead (with the PAT) 34-13. Rochester moved the ball down to the Adams 158 on their next drive but a Harris deflection on a pass, an un-sportsman-like penalty on Rochester and two nice TFL’s by DeVante Moton ended the game for the happy Highlanders.
Freshman Wood continued to impress to ssow he can play with the big boys but carrying the rock 30 times for 172 yards and a TD. Senior Jordan Shive carried 7 times for 71 yards and scored twice as well as Clarence Broadnax did (10 carries for 47 yards. Nick Antenucci had 4 carries for 23 yards and Derek Willis chipped in with an 11 yard catch on the night. For the night, Adams
controlled the clock and the ground game for 325 yards to seal the victory.
Next up is the Stoney Creek Cougars in the first round of the playoffs. We’ll be seeing some familiar faces from junior football on their sidelines as ex-teammates for some become opponents this Friday night at Adams. It should be a good contest and a great night for the city of Rochester for all the fans and parents.
Varsity Game #8 - Rochester Adams vs. Bloomfield Hills
Highlander Win Shootout @ Bloomfield Hills
What used to be Lahser High School was the backdrop as Adams was on the road this evening to face the Blackhawks. Certainly not shy to throw the ball around, the Highlanders bend but not break defense was put to the test tonight. It also played with Freshman Kyle Wood @ the QB position. Wood and a group of others lead Adams to a much needed road victory.
Adams returned the KO 30 yards out to their 45 by Parker Monahan. The senior went for 14 yards on a jet run to get the offense going while Wood also moved the offense into Blackhawk territory. Jordan Shive also chipped in with some yards on the ground to move Adams into FG territory. The 41 yard attempt was no good and Adams turned the ball over on downs with 8:41 to go in
the 1st. After a no-gainer and two incompletes, the Blackhawk punt was partially blocked putting Adams in great field position. Shive carried the ball twice on the short drive, the second from 8 yards out for the TD. With the PAT, Adams went up 7-0 with 6:24 left. Spencer Ward sent the ball into the endzone for a touchback where BH took over and went to the air. A few plays into the drive, the Blackhawk receiver fumbled his reception and the ball was recovered by Adams’ Paul Moceri at the BH 30. A few plays later, Wood’s pass attempt on a 4th and 14 went incomplete and the Highlanders turned the ball over on downs at
their 34 with 2:46 left in the 1st.
BH got the ball moving by mixing in the pass and run well but could not hold onto the ball with a hit by Nick Antenucci that was again recovered by Moceri this time at the Adams 39. Freshman Wood guided the veer with some nice runs into Blackhawk territory but another incomplete pass ended the Adams drive at the Blackhawk 21. After a 21 yard run and a 15 yard pass
completion, BH was on the move when the Highlanders uncorked another Blackhawk fumble @ their 30 to stop the drive. Adams could not cash in on their drive and were forced to punt from their 33 to the BH 20 where BH’s receiver muffed the catch and Adams took over from their 20 yard line. A personal foul call derailed the Highlander drive and on 3rd and 33 were intercepted @ the BH 20 and the Hawks returned it to their 38. After 2 incomplete passes, Adams was flagged with a roughing the passer penalty to put the ball at the Highlander 47. A pass completion of 27 yards and a 20 yarder into the endzone gave BH their first score with 5:37 left in the half. After the PAT, the score was knotted 7-7.
Steven Milke got into the action and returned the KO 43 yards out to the Blackhawk 42. After 2 short gains by Wood and Jacob Okarski, Shive chipped in with a 12 yard counter trap run for a 1st down. Wood bashed his way on 2 more runs down to the BH 5 for 18 yards and Shive capped off the drive with a 5 yard TD run (his second of the night). The PAT put the score at 14-7 Adams
w/3:21 left in the half. The KO featured a complete de-cleater of hit by kicker Spencer Ward as the Blackhawk return guy was in the clear and knocked him out of bounds at the Adams 40. A 13 yard pass completion started the BH drive and after a Dylan Anderson sack, the Blackhawk QB found a receiver for a 55 yard pass to the Adams 2. Two plays later, the Hawks completed a 6 yard pass for the TD and with the PAT knotted the score at 14-14 with 0:55 seconds remaining in the half. With time winding down, Wood engineered a drive that had a 36 yard pass completion to Shive, a Blackhawk defensive holding and some nice runs to move the ball quickly to the BH 15. Spencer Ward finished the drive as his kick went through the uprights from 30 yards out to close out the half with Adams up 17-14.
The Blackhawks got the ball out to their 36 on the KO. They immediately went to the air and completed 2 passes for 52 total yards to make it 1st and goal. A timely sack by the Adams defense moved BH back, but an Adams offside put them at the 10. After a no gain run and an incomplete pass (defended nicely by Derek Wills) set up a 28 yard FG attempt that was no good.
Adams got the ball back and after a short gain by Wood, Antenucci found some running room for a 44 yard run and added 5 more on a facemask penalty to the Blackhawk 27. Two plays later, Wood scored his first TD on a run from 23 yards out and with the PAT put the score at 24-14 Adams. BH returned the KO to their 36 and Adams aided their drive by being flagged with another personal foul call sandwiched in between two incomplete passes. After a short pass completion to the Adams 25 for a 1st down, BH went to the air again and connected on a TD pass. With the PAT, the Blackhawks closed the gap to 24-21. After Adams received the KO and Wood had a short gain, Monahan found room to roam through the defense and weaved a 49 yard TD run and with the PAT Adams very quickly jumped back into a more comfortable lead at 31-21 with 3:00 left in the 3rd quarter.
BH returned the KO to their 26 and again went to the air and completed 6 of 10 passes on the drive, culminating with a 13 yard TD pass. With another PAT, the Blackhawks closed Adams lead to 31-28 with 0:37 left in Q3. Steven Milke again made contributions on special teams and returned the KO 26 yards to the BH 48. After two runs by Wood for 15 yards, the freshman went to the sidelines and in came Andy Lamkin at the QB position. Two plays later, the ball came loose on a fumble at the BH 30 with 10:20 to go in the contest. This time the Adams defense stepped it up and forced 3 incomplete passes and a punt to the Adams 36. An untimely holding call moved the Highlanders back to their 18 and two plays later another fumble was recovered by the Blackhawks this time at the Adams 16. Defense time again for our boys and they delivered, forcing 2 incomplete passes in the secondary and BH was flagged for intentional grounding. With their backs against the wall, BH’s pass on 4th and 10 was incomplete at the Adams 17.
Wood returned on the next drive and moved the ball 17 yards on 2 runs. Despite a 5 yard delay penalty and an incomplete pass, the freshman stepped up and hit senior Derek Willis on a simple slant route and 74 yards later was dancing into the endzone for a decisive TD to make the score 38-28. The Blackhawks were in panic mode and it showed as their QB forced a pass into coverage and Milke jumped the receiver’s route for an interception at the Adams 40 and returned it 28 yards to the Blackhawk 32. Adams next drive stalled on downs at the BH 22. Again the Blackhawks offense paid the price, this time by a Monahan pick @ the 30 with 3:37 left. BH did have one more drive left in them but 4 incomplete passes later, the drive was over and Adams’ favorite play (taking a knee) ended the ballgame.
Wood ended the night, his first as a starter, with 33 carries for 120 yards and a TD. He was 2 for 13 passing with 110 yards (a 36 yarder to Shive and a 74 yarder to Willis) and a TD. Senior Jordan Shive had a steady night with 8 carries for 44 yards and had 2 TD’s. Monahan had 4 carries for 49 yards and a TD. Milke had some impact to the game with his return yards on special teams and Spencer Ward was perfect on his PAT’s, kicked a field goal and also had a highlight reel hit on a Blackhawk returner.
This week upcoming is Rochester week. Enough said.
Varsity Game #7- Rochester Adams vs. Southfield
Highlanders Come Up Short @ Southfield
The Highlanders met up with Southfield for another close contest between the yearly opponents. At the top of the OAA White division, Southfield got all it could handle but the Highlanders came up just short in this back and forth contest on the road.
Southfield returned the opening KO to the Adams 46. After two incomplete passes, Jacob Okarski broke through for a QB sack to force a punt down to the Adams 23. Adams offense ground out a few first downs via QB Joe Prechtel and Clarence Broadnax but had to turn the ball over on downs @ 6:11 to go in the 1st quarter. After a nice TFL by Steven Pastirik, SF ground out a first down and then followed it by finding their receiver down the right side on a fly pattern for 41 yards and the TD. After the PAT, the Blue Jays jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 5:04 to go in the first.
After a return to the SF 34, Adams got a 1st down on their drive but after two incomplete passes had to punt the ball away to the SF 20. A block in the back penalty moved SF back to their 10 with 1:36 left in Q1. The Blue Jays went to the air and moved the ball downfield to the Adams 32. After a 16 yard run up the gut, Okarski again sacked the QB for a 5 yard loss. Jordan Shive
followed an incomplete pass by a nice TFL of 7 yards to set up a Blue Jay 4th & 22. A pass break up by Jacob Petersmark forced a TO on downs at the Adams 27 with 9:54 left in the half.
Prechtel and Broadnax moved the ball well on the ground but could not sustain the drive to force Adams to punt to the SF 25. On the second play of the drive, the Blue Jays broke through the middle of the defense for a 70 yard run down to the Adams 4. Two plays later, SF punched it in from 1 yard out for the TD and with the PAT went ahead 14-0 with 5:42 left in the half. After a
touchback in the endzone, Adams got the ball at their 20. Kyle Wood came in at QB and was able to run for a 1st down on the drive. The SF defense stepped it up and forced an Adams punt after an incomplete pass to the SF 34 with 3:18 left in
the half. After a nice stop by Jonathan Jack and a QB sack by Matt Harris, the Highlander defense forced another punt where Adams took over at their 15. A QB sack of Wood by the Blue Jays stalled the Highlander drive to force another punt on their next possession to the Southfield 46 with 1:30 to go in the half. The Jays completed a few passes but a Paul Moceri sack slowed the drive as time was running out for the half and SF was forced to turn the ball over on downs at the Adams 21.
Southfield kicked off out of bounds to give Adams the ball at their 35. Despite a nice run by Broadnax on the drive, Prechtel’s two pass attempts went incomplete and the Highlanders were forced to punt from midfield to the SF 20. A TFL by Harris and a QB sack by Lance Dunbar forced SF to punt down to the Adams 23 where Steven Milke returned the ball out to the SF 37 with 7:48 left in the quarter. After two short runs by Broadnax, Prechtel went for 15 down to the 4 and scampered into the endzone on his next carry. With the PAT, Adams brought the score to 14-7. On the kickoff, the Blue Jays broke through for a 61 yard return down to the Adams 15. After an incomplete pass, Okarski got his 3rd sack of the night to push SF to their 25 to force a FG attempt that fell well short and Adams took over from their 20 yard line. Prechtel and Broadnax went back and forth grinding out yards against the big Southfield defense to close out the 3rd quarter. Prechtel fell just short on a 4th & 3 run to turn the ball over on downs @ the SF 35 to begin the 4th quarter.
The Blue Jays were flagged with a holding call to start their drive. After a nice tackle by Parker Monahan for a short gain on a pass, a pass break up by Jordan Shive and a short pass completion, SF was forced to punt to Steven Milke. What this writer believes was a complete blown call by the official; Milke was speared by a Blue Jay tackler and was not happy about it. The moment he asked about the non-call, it looked as though the referee’s ear was a bit too close to Milke and the flag flew onto the field setting the Highlanders back 15 yards deeper into their territory to start a crucial drive at the Adams 11. Mixed in with a 10 yard pass completion, Joe Prechtel and Clarence Broadnax gutted their way down field for multiple first downs in front of the Adams cheering faithful and a hush Blue Jay crowd. On a 4th and 5 from the SF 7, Prechtel was stopped for no gain effectively ending the drive and the game for the good guys.
Sophomore Prechtel lead the offense tonight with a tough 29 carries for 116 yards and the lone TD. Broadnax brought his weekly lunch pail to the contest with 24 carries for 99 yards. The team played well tonight against what was considered a highly ranked team in the area and state of Michigan. What we showed tonight was that we could play with anyone despite being without our captain and senior leader Matt Sokol. Next guy in was expected to do the job and did! Next team up is Bloomfield Hills and is a must win game on the road next Friday night. Come cheer these boys on as they face the first year Blackhawks squad. Go
Varsity Game #6- Rochester Adams vs. Farmington
Highlanders Ground Game Rolls Farmington
It was a bittersweet victory @ home on Friday night for the Highlanders. Not very often do you see 507 yards in rushing by one team in a game. You also don’t see two major injuries by both squads. A hard hitting contest kept the medical staff busy all night. Our signal caller and Captain Matt Sokol ended his high school career on Friday night after the senior lead his team with 24 carries for 289 yards and a touchdown on a memorable night @ Highlander stadium. Farmington’s Omari Mitchell sustained a broken leg as well in the contest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both players. Football is a tough game that gives us so much but can also take it away very quickly. It certainly made its mark this week.
After an out of bounds KO by the Highlanders, the visitors went right to the air and deep two times incomplete (one on a nice pass breakup by Derek Willis) but the third time was a charm as Jordan Shive intercepted the ball and returned it to the Adams 41 20 seconds into the game. Adams moved the ball via Matt Sokol and Clarence Broadnax but had to punt it away to the Farmington 22 with 8:45 to go in Q1. A nice run for 28 yards highlighted the Falcon drive but again incomplete passes (one on a breakup by Jacob Petersmark) stopped the drive and forced a punt to the Adams 14. The Highlanders ground game ripped off some big chunks on the ground by Sokol, Clarence Broadnax, and Shive deep into Farmington territory. On a 4th and 4 run, Nick Antenucci was stopped and the Highlanders had to turn the ball over on downs @ the Falcons 16 to end the quarter.
The Falcons completed a pass of 42 yards to the Adams 40 and mixed in 2 runs for 25 yards to move deep into Highlander territory. An apparent TD pass was negated by a holding call and put the ball 3rd & 3 from the Adams 19 but the Falcons went to the air again and connected for a TD with 9:23 left in Q2. After the PAT, Farmington jumped out to a 7-0 lead. After Parker Monahan recovered a bouncing KO at the 27 of Adams, the ground game turned on for the Highlanders with a 48 yard by Sokol, a 9 yard run by Broadnax and then the junior capped off the drive with a 16 yard run into the endzone for a TD. Freshman Jon Kmiec connected on the PAT (he was 6-6 on the night!) and put the score to 7-7 with 8:13 left in the half.
A nice return by Farmington out to their 41 sparked a 31 yard gain on the next play down the left side into Adams territory. A Matt Harris sack and 4 yard loss and a Petersmark pass break up forced a 37 yard FG attempt that was blocked by Derek Willis and the ball was returned out to the Adams 47 by Petersmark with 3:56 left in the half. Sokol took over on the drive with another 48 yard run to the Farmington 5 and two plays later pounded it in for a TD with 2:31 left. After the PAT by Kmiec, the Highlanders jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Farmington took advantage of a pass interference call on their next drive and after two complete passes and a QB scramble run to the Highlander 7, Farmington’s Josh Craven found the endzone with a right toss play and with the PAT tied the score @ 14-14 w/0:30 left in the half. After a return out to the Adams 47 by Shive, Sokol crashed through the Farmington defense for a 52 yard run down to their 1 yard line. Broadnax punched in the TD run to end the scoring and after the PAT put Adams out front 21-14.
Adams got the 2nd half KO out to the 26 by Steven Milke. Farmington got flagged for a 15 yard personal foul call on a tackle of Sokol to move the ball out to the Adams 47. Sokol again blasted his way through the Farmington defense, this time for 26 yards down to the 28 and his buddy Broadnax used some nice moves to finish the drive with a TD scamper (his 3rd of the night) and with the PAT Adams jumped out to a 28-14 lead with 10:00 left in the 3rd quarter. Farmington stuck back quickly mixing in the run and pass and found an open receiver for a 53 yard pass play for a TD. The PAT put the score at 28-21 with 8:31 left.
What you can do, we can do better! After a return out to our 23, Sokol and Broadnax carried the rock into Farmington territory. On a 3rd and 9 from the 43, Sokol connected on his only completion of the game to Shive for 11 yards and a 1st down. Two plays later, Broadnax broke free into the secondary for a TD (his 4th of the night) for 27 yards and with the PAT put the score at
35-21 Adams. Despite some difficulties in defending the pass tonight, the defense stepped it up with some nice tackles by Jonathan Jack and Harris and forced an interception by Parker Monahan and returned it to the 38 with 11:35 left in the game. Broadnax and Sokol banged their way into the defense into Falcon territory and the Highlanders moved further downfield after an 11 yard run by Monahan and a horse collar penalty down to the 13. After Sokol went down to the 3 on the run, the senior captain went down on the play with a dislocated ankle and broken bone. A very silent crowd looked on as this was surely not what any parent or fan wants to see. At 7:43 left in the game, Matt Sokol’s high school career came to a close.
Sophomore Joe Prechtel finished what Matt started and found the endzone from 3 yards out to finish the drive. After the PAT, Adams closed out the scoring to make it 42-21. A fumble on the drive by Farmington recovered by Jack highlighted the next series and the ball was recovered at the Farmington 15. After a 5 yard run by Broadnax, the ball was fumbled away to Farmington. After two pass completions, Joe Prechtel stepped into a pass and intercepted the ball at the Highlander 30. Freshman Kyle Wood saw his first varsity action of the season. Despite a shaky start with timing and recovering his own fumble, the frosh got his sea legs and ran the veer well for 50 yards on 6 carries to then take a knee at the Farmington 11 to end the game.
Kudos goes to the Adams offensive line of Paul Moceri, Mark Sokol, Brendan Ruehle, Lance Dunbar and Nicholai Benavides for taking care of business in the trenches tonight. The yards on the ground the last few weeks, especially tonight, wouldn’t have been there without your effort. Your QB Sokol (24 carries for 289 yard with a TD), Broadnax (15 carries for 128 yard with 4 TD’s) and a host of your teammates thanks you. This writer doesn’t always mention you, but tonight you’ve earned it!
Big game this coming week against Southfield on the road. Not much to say here about it as we know we have to play well to give ourselves a good chance to win. I’m sure we’ll be ready. GO
Varsity Game #5 - Rochester Adams vs. Oxford
September 27th, 2013
Highlanders Hold On To Defeat Oxford
Looks like the newspaper websites were right. This game felt and was played like the Division 2 playoffs. Win and you’re in a good spot, lose and your destiny can and will fall into other schools hands. 3-2 is a heck of a lot better than 2-3. Arguably in one of the states toughest divisions, the OAA White is proving to be quite the test this year. The Highlanders and Oxford Wildcats
had a see-saw contest and our boys held on late to secure the victory 28-21.
Adams received the opening KO and had a nice return of 12 yards by Nick Antenucci to the Adams 30. After short gains by Matt
Sokol and Clarence Broadnax, Adams went to the air and connected to Andy Lamkin to set up a 4th and 1 where Sokol carried a few Wildcat tacklers for a first down. After an incomplete pass, Adams was forced to punt from the Oxford 43 down to their 12 with 7:31 left in 1st. Despite a QB scramble by Oxford of 16 yards in the drive, the Highlander D forced a punt that rolled to a stop at the Adams 24. A deep pass to Lamkin fell incomplete but Jordan Shive and Broadnax ground out tough yards to keep the Adams drive moving. After an incomplete pass, Oxford broke free on a long return of 55 yards to the Adams 21. Two QB scrambles moved the ball down inside goal to go where Oxford’s Line scored from 1 yard out. With a successful PAT, Oxford went on the scoreboard 7-0 to start the second quarter.
The Highlanders took advantage of an out of bounds KO and started at their own 35. Sokol began to take over the ground game getting big chunks of yards through the Wildcat D with a little help from Broadnax too. The senior QB bowled into the endzone from 4 yards out to tie the score 7-7 after a successful PAT. Both teams traded punts and field position on their next drives. Oxford took over at their 26 with 4:33 left in the half and found open room in the Highlander D with a QB scramble for 51 yards down deep into Highlander territory. They also took advantage of a horse-collar tackle that put the ball at the 5 yard line. Two plays later the Wildcats scored and the PAT brought the score to 14-7 Oxford with 2:11 left.
With a return out to the Adams 27, Sokol connected with Derek Willis for a 39 yard pass play out to the Oxford 38. A nice gain by Broadnax of 12 yards was negated by a 19 yard loss on a holding call that had us in reverse for a bit. No need to worry as Jordan Shive gained 14 yards on a tough run down the right side which set up a Sokol TD pass to Willis for 27 yards to put an end to the scoring for the half and tie the score up at 14-14.
The second half had Adams kicking off to Oxford and the Wildcats were ready. Despite some nice tackles by Paul Moceri, the
Wildcats got some big chunks of yards on the ground and took advantage of a personal foul call on Adams to set them up goal to go at the 9. After a 4 yard gain, Oxford was knocking on the door step when their back coughed up the ball and their scoring chances as junior speedster Steven Milke picked up the ball at the 2 and left them in his dust travelling 98 yards into the endzone for a surprising TD. After the PAT, Adams was in the lead 21-14 with 6:41 left in the quarter. A KO return to the Adams 30 set up Oxford on their next drive. On a 3rd and 10 play, the Wildcats broke free for a 25 yard gain and were aided by a Highlander penalty to put the ball at the Adams 30. Two plays later, Oxford’s Line was left alone in the endzone as a receiver and hauled in an 8 yard TD pass. The PAT was good to bring the score to 21-21.
This game was getting a little too exciting for this writer for sure! It was Adams’ turn to get their hands on the ball and their drive started at their 22. After a nice gain by Nick Antenucci and runs by Sokol and Broadnax set up a 3rd & 2 from the Oxford 42, Broadnax busted up the gut of the defense for 41 yards down to the Oxford 17 to end the 3rd. Shive, back from an injury this week, proved his worth with a hard run of 6 yards and a TD to put Adams ahead 28-21 with 10:11 left in the game. Lead by a big hit on the KO by Jack Ronan, Matt Harris and Moceri stepped up the defensive effort to force an Oxford punt on their next drive. Starting at their 19, Adams offense turned on the ground game lead by good runs from Sokol, Shive and Broadnax as the crew set up a FG attempt of 25 yards with 1:21 left. The kick sailed wide left to give the ball back to a suddenly excited Oxford squad.
A big 37 yard pass play brought the ball out to the Adams 42. Oxford’s QB began getting chunks of yards on scrambles and had to spike the ball to stop the clock after the Wildcats had to burn time outs on the Highlander’s previous drive. After an incomplete pass, Oxford completed a pass near the goal line for 19 yards down to the 2 yard line. After a no-gain run stopped by the
heart of the Adams defense, the clock thankfully expired and Adams gained a hard-fought victory! Another week in the OAA
Sokol led the way for the Highlanders as the senior QB had 19 carries for 165 yards and a TD on the ground and was 4-11 passing for 87 yards and a TD. Broadnax had another productive night as the junior had 18 carries for 120 yards. Shive chipped in with 8 carries for 34 yards and a TD. Derek Willis came up with 2 catches for 66 yards and a TD. Steven Milke had the exciting play of the night with a 98 yard fumble return for a TD.
Things don’t get any easier with an angry Farmington squad this week as Adams seeks to beat another foe that they owe something to from last year’s defeat on the road at their field. Hope to see you there and Go Highlanders!
Varsity Game #4 - Rochester Adams vs. Lathrup
September 20th, 2013
Highlanders Varsity Runs Over Southfield
Nothing like late summer/early fall weather in Michigan. The rains hit in Lathrup Village which certainly derailed our team’s efforts to be more balanced on the offensive side of the ball. A wet ball in the driving rain does not make for good passing weather. It didn’t matter this evening as it was vintage Adams football rolling up nearly 366 yards on the ground to roll over this OAA White opponent. A solid defensive effort chipped in by our boys also lead the charge.
SL took the opening kick and came out with an option pass down the right sideline incomplete. After a 1st down gallop around left end for 12 yards, the Highlander defense stepped it up with some nice tackles by Paul Moceri and friends to force the Chargers to punt to our 42. Steven Milke returned it to the Adams 49 with 8:55 left in the quarter.
Clarence Broadnax and Matt Sokol began attacking the SL defense with big chunks of yardage highlighted by a 24 yard TD by Broadnax. The successful PAT put the score at 7-0 Adams. SL had a nice return but was flagged on the kickoff to set them back at their 33. Some nice gains by SL’s Church moved the ball well for two first downs but the ball was coughed up on the next play recovered by Steven Pastirik @ the Adams 35. The ground game was in full steam ahead mode again as Adams got a nice run from Sokol of 27 yards on the drive but ended up turning the ball over on downs back to the Chargers to end the quarter.
After a 21 yard jet left run by SL, a TFL by Matt Harris and a sack by Jacob Okarski forced a Charger punt @ 9:20 to go in the
half. Adams completed a 13 yard pass play to Nick Antenucci on the next drive and took advantage up front as the offense line plowed the road with great blocking that both Sokol and Broadnax took advantage of. A 10 yard TD run by Broadnax capped off the scoring drive and with the PAT put the score at 14-0 Adams with 4:58 remaining. After a SL return to their 30, Okarski recovered a Charger fumble and got the ball at the SL 28. On the next play, Sokol pounded the ball into the endzone for a 28 yard TD to put the game at 21-0. Following a touchback on the kickoff, the defense again did their job by a Parker Monahan interception at the 45 and returned the ball 37 yards to the SL 8 with 2:16 remaining in the half. After some short gains, Adams decided to go for a FG attempt that was punched through the uprights by Spencer Ward for 26 yards to bring the score to a quick 24-0. SL got the ball back before the half and moved the ball for a 1st down but a nice tackle by Monahan and a big sack by Okarski ended the 1sthalf hopes of the home team.
Adams got the 2nd half kickoff via a touchback. Despite an initial false start penalty, they were on the move again and Clarence Broadnax found a hole for a 70 yard run down to the SL 5. Mark Sokol was the man on the spot and recovered a fumble on the carry to keep the drive alive. One play later, Antenucci punched it into the endzone for a TD. With the successful PAT, the Highlanders jumped out to a 31-0 lead. After a nice KO return by SL, the defense had some nice hits by Harris and Pastrik to rev up the sidelines. Although the Chargers moved the ball, they were thwarted by some incomplete passes (one a nice pass break up by Derek Willis) and were forced to punt down to the Adams 5 @ 7:04 left in the quarter. Joe Prechtel saw action at QB for the
rest of the game and he, Broadnax, DeVante Moton, Broadnax, Brendan Mamon picked up big chunks of yardage on the drive. Mamon capped of the scoring drive with a nice 11 counter trap run into the endzone. Despite an unsuccessful PAT, it put the score at an insurmountable 37-0 score with 0:20 left in the 3rd quarter.
Wholesale changes on both sides of the ball for Adams enabled a lot of players to get valuable playing time, a return for all the hard work they have put in this season. SL did turn on the scoreboard with a long 74 yard TD scamper early in the 4th quarter and had a successful 2 point conversion play to put the score at 37-8 with 7:40 left. After an Adams punt, Jacob Verploeg had a defensive highlight with an interception to end SL’s last scoring drive attempt.
It was great to see a good team victory tonight. Good play was seen on both sides of the ball and a lot of players helped in the victory. Despite the wet conditions, the team amped up their effort and supported each other well to pull out the victory.
Clarence Broadnax led the offense with 10 carries for 180 yards and 2 TD’s. Matt Sokol had 10 carries for 84 yards and a TD. Brendan Mamon also carried the rock for 4 rushes with 35 yards and a TD as well as DeVante Moton (7 rushes for 24 yards). Antenucci also had a TD for Adams.
Next up for Adams is Oxford. Another tough opponent for us to continue our march to victory.
Varsity Game #3 - Rochester Adams vs. Oak Park
September 13th, 2013
Oak Park Scores Late To Down Highlanders
It was football weather on Friday night as the early week heat was gone and a bit of chill was in the air. For the 3rd week in a row, the Highlanders faced a tough OAA White opponent that was ready for a battle. It was a back and forth contest that saw Oak Park slip ahead late in the 4th quarter to pull out the victory.
Adams kicked off to Oak Park who returned the ball to the 25. After mixing in a couple of pass completions and some short runs, a delay of game penalty derailed the OP drive and they were forced to punt. Luckily it only traveled 10 yards to set up Adams at their 46. The Highlanders turned on the ground game with Matt Sokol and Clarence Broadnax and powered down the field to set up a Sokol 2 yard TD run. With the PAT, Adams jumped on the board 7-0 with 2:39 left in the quarter.
A touchback on the KO put OP at their 20. After a 6 yard run by John Kelly, Cameron Gugel intercepted a pass and returned it 5 yards to the OP 22. Spencer Ward connected on a 36 yard field goal to put the score @ 10-0 Adams with 0:33 left in the quarter. A 17 yard return on the KO and a 4 yard run to the 28 of OP ended the quarter. OP began to show the balanced attack they’ve developed nicely the last 2 seasons by converting two pass completions, the second a long 62 yarder that went down to the Adams 2. Ricardo Brown found the endzone on the next play and with the PAT put the score at 10-7 Adams. The Highlanders had to punt on the next drive to the Oak Park 41 with 8:55 left in the half. Kelly and the OP offense mixed passes and runs taking advantage of some missed Highlander tackles to take the ball down to the Highlander 4 where the back took the ball into the endzone. With the PAT, Oak Park went ahead 14-10.
A nice return by Steven Milke of 41 yards on the KO put Adams out to their 47 yard line. The OP defense stepped it up and forced
Adams to punt to the 23 with 3:50 left. After a Kelly 18 yard run for 1st down, the Highlander defense stepped it up with a QB sack, forced an incomplete pass, and recorded another sack for an 11 yard loss by Paul Moceri and Matt Harris. OP had to punt
but gave Adams good field position at their 48. Joe Prechtel entered in @ QB for a series and completed a pass to Matt Sokol but OP turned it up to stop the QB on a scramble run to turn the ball over on downs with 1:27 left in the half. After two incomplete passes, Jacob Okarski made nice stop on QB keeper to force a punt that the OP punter scrambled for instead and ran just short of the 1st down out to the 49. An incomplete pass, a sack of Prechtel and a Broadnax run of 8 yards ended the half.
Andy Lamkin got the 2nd half KO and returned it to the 36. Sokol turned his big frame around left end for a 61 yard run down to the OP 3. After Broadnax was stopped for no gain, the QB dove into the endzone for the TD. The quick strike and a good PAT put Adams ahead 17-14 with a minute gone in the 3rd quarter. OP returned the KO to the 25 and went to the air to draw a pass interference penalty to put the ball @ their 39. A mix of passes and runs set up a 4th and 1 where OP went backwards on an illegal procedure to make it 4th and 6. OP went deep again and Adams got lucky when the pass slipped through the hands of their
receiver for a sure TD and turned the ball over on downs @ their 46. A nice slot counter run by Nick Antenucci highlighted the drive as well as hard running by Sokol and Broadnax. Adams took advantage of an OP personal foul to set the ball at their 6 where Sokol powered his way into the endzone for a TD (his 3rd of the night). An unsuccessful PAT put the score @ 23-14 Adams. Oak Park returned the KO to the Highlander 27. A personal foul on Adams pushed the ball out to the 42. OP used their balanced attack to mix in a 32 yard pass completion down to the Highlander 23 and then completed another pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. OP was successful on a pass for the 2 point conversion to take the lead 23-22 to end the quarter.
The game was on and it felt like whoever had the ball last was going to come out on top, making each drive critical to the end result. Nick Antenucci returned the KO to the OP 35. With a few runs by Milke, Broadnax and Sokol, the offense was moving again. Sokol connected with Antenucci on a 46 yard pass to the OP 1 yard line. Broadnax punched it into the endzone and with the PAT put the score at 30-22 Adams. OP was not done and returned the KO to the 35. Ricardo Brown had a 33 yard run to the Adams 32 and then his teammate Kellyfound the endzone on a 27 yard TD run. Another successful 2 point conversion knotted the score at 30-30 with 6:54 left in the game.
Adams got the ball on a touchback to their 20. After a 1st down run by Sokol, Antenucci found daylight through the OP defense but the ball got loose and was recovered by OP at the Adams 49. Kelly took over from there as the back found openings in the Highlander defense highlighted by a 23 yard run around left end down the Adams 8 yard line. Brown found the endzone on the next play and with an unsuccessful PAT, OP went up 36-30 with minutes left in the game. Milke returned the KO to the Adams 28 and the Highlanders were down to their last drive. After a 1st down run by Sokol, Adams got called on an offensive pass interference play to move the ball back to their 28. An incomplete pass and a late QB sack by OP forced a 4th and 28 where they forced another sack at the Adams 13 to effectively end the game.
On the night, Sokol finished the game with 23 rushes for 138 yards and 3 TD’s. Broadnax had 14 rushes for 45 yards and Nick Antenucci had 4 rushes for 41 yards. Adams passing stats came in at 2 for 8 and 51 yards.
It certainly has been a tough stretch these first three games. Despite the 1-2 record, we’ve certainly played well enough to be at a better point than where we are today. Some crucial mistakes have happened that have been costly, but I’m sure these boys will bounce back this week against Lathrup to put the season back on track.
Varsity Game #2 - Rochester Adams vs. Farmington Harrison
September 6th, 2013
7 - 20
Second Half Surge Downs Highlanders
Our first OAA White Division game on the road was a tale of two halves. Despite having a half time lead, the Hawks cashed in on some late drives in the 2nd half to come up on top.
Adams first KO was returned out to the 40 where the Hawks came out guns blazing for an apparent long TD pass of 64 yards on the second play that was nullified by a holding penalty. Some nice stops by the defense led by Paul Moceri forced Harrison to punt to the Adams 41. Matt Sokol and Clarence Broadnax ran through the Hawks defense to the 8 yard line to set up a 6 yard burst by Broadnax into the end-zone. Success on the PAT put the score Adams 7-0 @ 6:19 left in the quarter.
A mistake on the KO return by Harrison set the ball @ their 3 yard line. Lorenzo Collins came alive for the Hawks to move the ball up-field on some nice runs but they had to punt it away to Adams. A personal foul on the play by Harrison set the Highlanders up @ the Hawks 49. Sokol and Broadnax runs mixed in with a short pass to Andy Lamkin put the ball @ the Hawks 32 to end the quarter.
Two runs by Nick Antenucci couldn’t move the sticks and Adams turned the ball over on downs @ the Hawks 30. A short QB keeper and some key timely incomplete passes forced another Hawks punt, this time with a nice roll to our 19 yard line. Two Sokol runs and a short Parker Monahan run set up a 3rd & 9 where Sokol broke free but fumbled the ball away to Harrison and started
them @ our 38 yard line. Harrison’s received dropped a sure TD pass on the next drive and forced @ 4th &1 where Lorenzo Collins scampered 19 yards for a 1st down. A TFL by Adams, an incomplete pass and a QB keeper for 1 yard set up a 38
yard FG attempt by the Hawks that Adams blocked and returned to the 42. The Highlander offense couldn’t sustain a drive and had to punt the ball away to the Harrison 33 with 1:47 left in the half. Harrison went to the air and despite 2 incomplete passes was able to get a pass interference call on Adams to our 43 for a 1st down. Two more incomplete passes and a holding call stuffed the Hawk drive and forced another punt to the Adams 25 with 0:55 left in the half. Some nice runs by Broadnax moved the ball but 2 incomplete passes ended the half.
Adams got a nice return by Steven Milke out to the 31 to start the second half. Two nice runs by Sokol moved the chains but the Hawks defense stepped up to stop Broadnax and Jordan Shive. Another incomplete pass forced a punt back to Harrison where they took over at their 26 with 8:39 to go in the 3rd quarter. After a short Collins run, the Hawks QB executed a naked bootleg
down the right side to the Adams 38. The Hawk drive continued with another Collins run and a 19 yard pass completion to the Adams 17. Dylan Anderson had a nice TFL for -5 yards but an Adams pass interference kept the drive alive. Harrison was able to convert a 4th down run to set up a Collins TD run @ 1:58 left. After a successful PAT, the score was now tied 7-7.
The Highlanders got the ball back looking to score but the Hawks were ready. A holding call on Adams and a QB sack by the Hawks forced a 3rd & 23 deep in our territory. A short Sokol run gave Adams some room but on the punt attempt, the Hawks stormed through to block the kick where they scooped and scored into the end-zone to bring the score to 14-7 Harrison.
A nice return by Milke put the ball at the Adams 36 but the offense had to punt the ball away to the Hawks 26. The Hawks’ Collins had some hard runs to move the ball but a nice pass breakup by Shive forced a Harrison punt to the Adams 15. The Highlanders began to move the ball, highlighted by a 39 yard pass from Sokol to Shive to put the ball at the Hawks 42. Adams found themselves in a 4th & 18 situation after a QB sack and took advantage with an interception and returned it 37 yards to the Adams 21. Collins weaved his way through the Highlander defense on the drive and was able to break a tackle on a 7 yard run into the end-zone. After an unsuccessful PAT, the score was now 20-7 Harrison with 1:13 left in the contest, effectively putting an end to the game.
For the night, Sokol had 14 rushes for 57 yards and was 2 for 11 passing for 45 yards. Broadnax had 10 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Up next is another tough opponent @ home vs. Oak Park. We have to be ready to play a full 48 minutes to give ourselves a solid shot at beating another quality opponent in the OAA.
Varsity Game #1- Rochester Adams vs. Clarkston
August 30th and 31st, 2013
12 - 7
Highlanders cage Wolves in a thriller....
Long time rivals meet again. OAA football at its best. All the off-season conditioning and workouts are over, 2-a-days, scrimmages, etc. It’s time for Friday night lights (and Saturday mornings)! Lightning in the sky and torrential rain also comes but what else do you expect for Michigan in August? Our friends from north on I-75 come in ranked very high locally and in the state, a team that has players you will see next fall on Saturdays. But today is now. You might as well throw all that in the trash as it’s time to strap it up
and play some football. Players, coaches, parents, friends, and fans of both programs know that this game will be exciting from start to finish. It certainly delivered just that.
The Highlanders kicked off deep to Clarkston for a touchback to start off the contest. The Wolves #1 Caine Watlington had 2 runs
for 7 yards (with tackles by Matt Harris and Andrew Lamkin) and on 3rd and 3 passed incomplete which forced Clarkston to punt to the Adams 36 where Steve Milke returned it 9 yards to the Adams 45. After a 5 yard penalty and a Matt Sokol no gainer, the QB went 16 yards around left end to the Wolves 44 for a 1st down. Clarence Broadnax, Sokol combined for 7 more on the ground and on 3rd and 3, Jordan Shive got tripped up on a right jet run to force an Adams punt by Milke to the Wolves 24 yard line with 6:40 to go in the quarter. The Highlander defense stepped it up with two TFL’s by Jonathan Jack and Steven Pastirik with help from Paul Moceri and forced an incomplete pass to have Clarkston punt to midfield @ 5:03 left. Time for a Highlander TD drive.
After 2 short gains by Sokol and Broadnax, Shive ran 44 yards on a nice right counter play into the end-zone for the touchdown.
With a failed conversion attempt, Adams took a 6-0 lead. Another deep kickoff by Spencer Ward forced the Wolves to start at their 20 yard line. Watlington churned out some nice yards on the drive down to the 41 yard line and on a 3rdand 8 play, took the ball 31 yards down to the Highlander 7 yard line to end the quarter. After 2 short gains of 5 yards, Dylan Anderson had a nice TFL to bring things to 4th and goal to go at the 3. Watlington again was called on to punch it in but was stopped by a Cameron Gugel and Steven Pastirik tackle to stop him in his tracks to give Adams the ball back at 9:42 left in the half. A Matt Sokol short gain followed by an
encroachment penalty on the Wolves had Adams go to the air to soften up the defense and the pass went incomplete to Derek Willis. Sokol then broke through for a first down run and scampered for 12 yards out to the Clarkston 25.
Joe Prechtel entered in his first varsity action at QB and fed Broadnax the ball on 4 straight runs for 22 yards up-field to put
Adams in a 3rd and 2 situation where Sokol re-entered back to QB to chug to a first down with a nice block by center Brendan Ruehle. Prechtel took over for Sokol and completed a 6 yard pass to his QB partner and had a nice keeper run of 8 yards down to the Wolves 36 with 2:41 left in the half. Another 2 runs of 15 yards by Prechtel pushed the ball to the 22. Broadnax chugged for 4 yards on 2 carries and aided by a Wolves off-sides call put Adams @ 3rdand 1 where Prechtel again moved the chains. On a 2nd and 7 play with 0:11 seconds left, Clarkston’s Watlington picked off a pass attempt to Sokol and returned it to the 13 yard line to end the half in favor of our boys with the tight score of 6-0. \
Clarkston again buried that ball into the end-zone for a touchback to the Adams 20. A Shive jet run for loss and a completed pass to the senior made it 3rd and 9 when Sokol again broke his way through for a 13 yard fun for a first down to move the chains. The Wolves stepped up the next few plays and forced an Adams punt of 35 yards to put Clarkston @ their 29 yard line with 7:59 to go in the 3rd. A short run and 2 incomplete passes forced them to punt again with Milke fighting for yards up to the Adams 36. After an Adams incomplete pass, Broadnax blasted up the middle for 38 yards aided by a Derek Willis block down to the Wolves 26. Two Sokol runs mixed in with a Shive jet could not move the ball much, forcing an Adams field goal attempt of 39 yards that was no good with 4:52 left in the quarter.
Clarkston again went to the ground and Watlington but was met hard by Highlander swarm tackles on consecutive plays to lose 4 yards. Going to the air for 5 yards brought some daylight but Matt Sokol made a good open field tackle to stop the drive. Another Clarkston punt to Milke and a nice 14 yard return to the Wolves 40 set up our offense to get things going. Adams went to the air and Sokol completed a pass to Willis for 28 yards to the Wolves 12 and Sokol took the next snap to roll over the left side into the end-zone for a TD. No good on the PAT put the score at 12-0 Adams with 2:27 left. A deep Adams kickoff put the Wolves at their 20. Watlington had 2 hard runs to move the chains which set up a big reception to Clarkston’s Cason for 43 yards down the right sideline and heading for the end-zone. Fleet-footed Willis dove and tripped up the receiver out of bounds at the Adams 26 with 0:35 left in the quarter. Then the lightning struck (first of many) and the stadium wass cleared for safety reasons. Many a fan became either a detective or weather man trying to figure out if the game would restart. Mother Nature had no part of it as waves of rain, wind and continuous lightning forced the contest to be delayed to the following morning @ 11:00.
The Wolves #25 Ian Erickson suited up despite injury to try and give his team a lift. He became a factor right away. Despite a
TFL around left end, the senior broke free for 14 yards after an Adams pass interference helped the Wolves move down the field. A QB keeper for 7 set up a 3rd and 1 play with Watlington gaining the critical yard to move the chains. Erickson broke free over the right side and punched it into end-zone for a TD with 10:11 left. Successful PAT put the score at 12-7 Adams. Touchback on the kickoff put Adams again at their 20. After a pass completion to Shive by Sokol, Adams converted a critical 3rd and 1 play with Broadnax running hard for a 1st down. Clarkston’s defense was up to the task and clamped down Adams on 3 nice tackles to force Adams to punt for 36 yards to the Wolves 35 with 6:16 left. Game on. Time to step up and make a play. #25 for the Wolves broke free down the left side for 33 yards to the Adams 32. After a short gain and an incomplete pass (defended by Parker Monahan), the Wolves had it 3rd and 5 and #25 had a nice gain of 7 yards down to the Adams 20. After a right sweep play of 9 yards following a Wolves illegal shift penalty, Moceri and Gugel tackled Erickson for a 1 yard loss to set up 3rd and 6. The back’s number was called again and was caught for another loss which lead to a crucial 4th and 7 from the Adams 17. Clarkston’s pass attempt to the right corner of the end-zone fell incomplete and the Highlanders took over from there. Sokol, using his big frame, pounded his way (after a 3 yard loss run) 14 yards for a 1stdown. The Wolves began to use their remaining timeouts to give them a chance to get the ball back. The Highlanders called on Sokol for 2 more short runs to set up a 3rd and 9 at their 29. Broadnax carried the rock through the Wolves defense for 10 yards to dash the opponent’s hopes. Adams took the snap and knee to end the game with cheers from the sidelines and the stands. Labor Day weekend was going to begin with a smile and much needed air conditioning!
Adams ended the game with 36 rushes for 205 yards, lead by Broadnax (10 rushes for 85 yards), Sokol (19 rushes for 83 yards and a TD), Shive (5 rushes for 33 yards and a TD) and Prechtel (4 rushes for 27 yards). Sokol was 2-4 passing for 32 yards and Prechtel had one pass complete for 6 yards. Derek Willis led the Adams receivers with 28 yards receiving on the night.
On to another tough game next week against Farmington Hills Harrison on the road. Let’s come ready to play as I’m sure they’ll be ready for us.