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Southfield High football bests Stoney Creek, clinches playoff bid

October 19, 2012

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Southfield High quarterback Tre Walton looks for an open receiver against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Oct. 19 at home. The Blue Jays won 25-15 and are headed to the playoffs.

Southfield High football punched its ticket into the playoffs.

The Blue Jays beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 25-15 Oct. 19 at home.

Stoney Creek dominated many aspects, but couldn't over come four turnovers, two of which were in Southfield territory.

"We just missed opportunities, and football is a game of momentum. It turned the other way," Stoney Creek coach Brad Zube said.

Along with the miscues, a major momentum shift came early in the third quarter. The Cougars, leading at the time 9-6, had four chances to punch it in from the Blue Jays' 5-yard line, but were turned away each time.

"That really energized our kids," Southfield coach Tim Conley said of the defensive stand.

On the next possession, Southfield scored on a 67-yard pass from Tre Walton to Jacob Studdard, which gave Southfield a lead it wouldn't give up.

"Our mantra all week was to play physical, and as the game goes on, wear them down," Conley said.

Stoney Creek opened the scoring with a safety early in the first, and then quarterback Justin Allor tossed a 26-yard touchdown to Sean Scullen in the second quarter, and then Scullen, who took over for an injured Allor, fired a 17-yard TD pass to Joe Cox in the fourth quarter.

Southfield got on the board with a 7-yard run by Gerald Gates, and Walton found Studdard on two throwing scores. It's final touchdown was a 10-yard interception return by Willie Duncan early in the fourth quarter to put the Blue Jays up 25-9.

"We took a couple punches, but we just stayed physical," Duncan said.

Southfield goes to 6-3 overall and now waits until Sunday to find out its first-round opponent. Stoney Creek falls to 5-4 and is hoping for an at-large bid to the playoffs.

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