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Southfield High football dominates in win

September 28, 2012

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Southfield High's Gerald Gates finished with three rushing touchdowns and an interception in a 49-7 victory against Oxford High Sept. 28 at home.

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield High football team gave its fans plenty to cheer about during homecoming Sept. 28 against Oxford High.

The Blue Jays dominated their way to a 49-7 victory in the Oakland Activities Association White Division showdown.

“They beat us from A to Z,” Oxford coach Bud Rowley said. “They did a great job on their homecoming.”

Southfield started the scoring midway through the first quarter when quarterback Tre Walton hit Jacob Studdard from 12 yards out for the touchdown.

Just before the end of the first, running back Gerald Gates made it 13-0 when he scored one of this three rushing touchdowns.

From there, the Blue Jays never looked back, getting scores from receiver Ray Buford on a 60-yard pass from Walton, a 48-yard rushing score from Matt Falco, a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by defensive end Lawrence Marshall, and a safety after Oxford recovered its own bad snap in the end zone.

Southfield coach Tim Conley said the key was keeping the team focused during the homecoming week.

Gates, who also had an interception, said it came down to making up for last season’s 49-26 loss to Oxford.

“It felt really good,” he said, adding that the defense played a key role. “I think our defense is great and has kept us in every game.”

Southfield moves to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the White. Next up is Rochester Adams at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Adams.

Oxford falls to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the White. The Wildcats have their homecoming against Southfield-Lathrup at 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

“The sun will come up tomorrow, and we’ll be just fine,” Rowley said.


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