Gridiron greats: OAA football names honor teams

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 7, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — It was another star-studded year for Oakland Activities Association football.

The season featured three undefeated divisional champions with rivals giving chase.

Here’s a look at each division and the players who earned the honor of All-Association.

Red Division
For the second straight year, Clarkston High remained flawless in divisional play. The Wolves finished 7-0 in the division en route to a Division 1 state championship.

Clarkston dominated on its way with its closest margin of victory being 21 points.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek finished second, finishing 5-2, which was the same record as third-place Lake Orion, but the Cougars won the head-to-head battle.

West Bloomfield High was fourth at 4-3, and in the process earned coach Ron Bellamy Coach of the Year honors. The Lakers were 1-6 in the division last season.

Rochester High took fifth at 3-4; Troy Athens was sixth at 2-5, and Troy High was seventh with the same record but had fallen to the Red Hawks in the last game of the year. Pontiac High finished 0-7 for eighth.

All-Association honors went to Adam Matich, Nick Matich, Ian Eriksen, Caine Watlington, David Beedle, Tim Cason, Blake Rehahn, DJ Zezula and Reid Kaminski, Clarkston; Justin Allor, Joe Cox, Sean Scullen, Jack Van Almen, Joe Platz, Ryan Andrusz, David Kerr and Alex Schnurr, Stoney Creek; Conner Grant, Chris Leigh, Corey Ester, Nick Sally, Brad Chism, Ryan Solarczyk, Kyle Bell and Dominick Giovinazzo, Lake Orion; Robert Powell, Chris Williams Watkins, Austin Vance, Michael King, JJ Bloom and Justin Hollins, West Bloomfield; Demetrius Magee, Shwan Shadaia, Kyle Hillstead, Jacob White and Shane Shadaia, Rochester; Lucas Bezerra, Craig Bazin, Devin Terry and Brenna McHugh, Athens; Danny Wunderlich, Justice Bigelow, Davis Strobridge and Damian Howard-Doney, Troy; and Jamar Antione and Henry Rowe, Pontiac.

White Division
For the first time since 2004, Southfield High finished undefeated in its division.

The Blue Jays were 7-0, winning three of the contests by eight points or fewer. Coach Tim Conley won Coach of the Year honors.

Farmington Hills Harrison finished 6-1 for second. The Hawks lost to Southfield by a point, giving up a score in the final seconds of the game.

Oak Park High, Rochester Adams and Oxford High finished in a three-way tie for third at 4-3.

Bloomfield Hills High, in its inaugural season, placed sixth at 2-5; Farmington High took seventh at 1-6, and Southfield-Lathrup was eighth at 0-7.

All-Association honorees are Malik McDowell, Lawrence Marshall, Carterris Carter, Jordan Cry, Jacob Studdard, Devontae Alfred, Lion King Conaway, Londale Sanders and Dior Johnson, Southfield; Lorenzo Collins, Kolby Nance, Jourdan Austin, Venture Ingram, Devon Cook, Quinton Jackson, Javon Shaw, Jair Alexander and Jalin Kirkpatrick, Harrison; John Kelly, Juan Hernandez, Anthony Jackson, Shahid Bellamy, Chance Savage and Ricardo Smith, Oak Park; Matt Sokol, Clarence Broadnax, Jonathon Jacks, Derrick Willis, Jordan Shive and Paul Moceri, Adams; Cody Roop, Ben Line, Mitch Tilley, Wesley Maskill, Braxton Sparks and Glacier Wallington, Oxford; Spencer McCourt, Khalil Gracey, Kyle Przybylski and Perry Klemanski, Bloomfield Hills; David Reese, Curtis Brunson and Kyle Collins, Farmington; and Raymore Burton, Kebba Smith and Ray Withers, Lathrup.

Blue Division
Birmingham Seaholm defended its title, finishing 7-0 in the division. Coach Jim Dewald also received his second straight Coach of the Year honors.

Birmingham Groves finished second, going 6-1. Its lone loss was to Seaholm by six points and decided the division championship.

Royal Oak High and North Farmington each finished 4-3, but Royal Oak won the head-to-head game.

Berkley High and Avondale High also finished with identical records at 3-4, but it was Berkley taking fifth via the win against the Yellow Jackets.

Ferndale High was seventh at 1-6, and Hazel Park placed eighth at 0-7.

All-Association honors went to Brandon Altman, Nick Vestevich, Karl Marback, Chris Hill, Jack Mentag, Dylan Kanaan, Andrew Barton, Jack Payne, Michael Levitsky and Aaron Ware, Seaholm; Spenser Robnett, Ross Williams, Bryce Anderson, Josh Vance, Anthony Pittman, Alex Ericson-Suzaki, Bradley Taylor and Logan Mendelson, Groves; Chauncey Bridges, Alonte’ Mayweather, Brandon Rogers, Myles Wilson, Jon Smith, Marvin Yaldo and Matt Blair, North Farmington; Noah Kochanski, Andrew Jensen, Michael Cloutier, John Lewins, Elio Kollcinaku, Dequin Givens and Cullen Conway, Royal Oak; Mitch Williams, Paul Czartorski, Tiroca Battle, Julian Pepaj, Chase Lalla and Josh Holloman, Avondale; Dennis Bevza, Alec Sanom, Sam Silverstein, Austen Wood and Eric Voisine, Berkley; Chis Colston, Tamaul Donoho-Chunn and Shaquan McGriff, Ferndale; and Gary Tyner and Jared Schultz, Hazel Park.