Rochester, Rochester HillsAugust 28, 2014
Stoney Creek rallies past Rochester Adams
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
Stoney Creek coach Brad Zube gives running back Scott Reader three options on a halfback pass play.
Reader can run, throw, and on fourth downs, he also has the option to punt.
With 1:37 left in the game, and the Cougars facing a fourth-and-5, Reader chose to pass, and he did so successfully to Kyle McBride for 18 yards to seal a 28-20 comeback win against Rochester Adams.
"That's who we are. We put our chips on the table," Zube said. "He (Reader) had an option, and he took the right option."
The play clinched Stoney Creek's first win against Adams in program history.
"It's awesome. We thought we had it last year in the playoffs. We wanted to get these guys, and that's why we put them on the schedule," Zube said. "It's not a rivalry until somebody beats them, so now it's a rivalry, and they'll be coming after us next year at their place Week 1, but this one is ours for now and it feels great."
A Stoney Creek victory didn't seem likely early on. Adams controlled the line of scrimmage in the first half and led 20-7 midway through the second quarter. Adams running back Clarence Broadnax rushed for 127 of his 172 total yards in the first half.
Stoney Creek battled back before halftime as Jack Allen connected with Reader for a touchdown to make it 20-14.
The teams exchanged lost fumbles and punts in the third quarter before Allen's quarterback sneak from 1 yard out gave the Cougars a 21-20 lead with 9:52 to go in the game.
Adams lost a fumble on the first play of the ensuing possession, and Stoney took advantage as Allen scored again four plays later to put the Cougars up 28-20.
Adams had one more promising drive after intercepting Allen midway through the fourth quarter. The Highlanders drove inside the Stoney 35 yard line, but were stopped on a fourth down play with 2:30 to go.
Stoney (1-0) will travel to Oxford for a Week 2 game, while Adams will host Southfield High.