West Bloomfield High senior quarterback Bryce Veasley holds on to the ball and tries for extra yards during the state final. Veasley was named All-Association in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

West Bloomfield High senior quarterback Bryce Veasley holds on to the ball and tries for extra yards during the state final. Veasley was named All-Association in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

OAA names top coaches and players in football

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published December 15, 2017

It was another strong year for the Oakland Activities Association in football. Three league representatives made it to Ford Field for state final contests, and a dozen teams collected six or more overall victories. 

Here’s a look at how the clubs fared in conference play and the coaches and players who garnered All-Association recognition.

If the postseason proved anything, it was that the Red Division was the toughest in the state.

West Bloomfield High and Rochester Adams shared the crown, with both finishing at 6-1. Clarkston High tied with Bloomfield Hills High for third, with each finishing at 5-2. The Wolves then went on to win the state championship, beating West Bloomfield in the title game. Southfield A&T (3-4), Lake Orion High (2-5), Oxford High (1-6) and Troy Athens (0-7) rounded out the division. 

All-Association honors went to Bryce Veasley, Javon Foster, A.J. Abbot, Blake Barnes, Collin Heard, Taj Mustapha, Lance Dixon, Nick Seidel, Cornell Wheeler and Nick O’Shea, West Bloomfield; Stephen Roncelli, Cole Patritto, Vincent Gray, Chase Kareta, Cole Mitchell, Justin Leonard, Ryan Rifenberg, Zach Soldan and Garrett Lineberger, Adams; Stewart Newblatt, Mike Fluegal, Zach Scott, Josh Cantu, Nate Uballe, Gino Paese and Tieler Houston, Clarkston; John Paddock, Ty Slazinski, Darrin Mack, Jack Sape, Alex Emde, Paul Mucci and Eli McCourt, Bloomfield Hills; Kevin Smitherman, Matt Gilbert, John Darby, D.J. Summerville and Devin Baldwin, Southfield A&T; Tyler Vestrand, Chad Dolland, Sam Kinne, Dylan Frank and Parker Blust, Lake Orion; Adam Schlicht, Sergio Borg and Matt Mielnicki, Oxford; and Patrick Graham and David Deman, Athens.

Adams coach Tony Patritto led his program to a playoff victory for the first time since 2013 and its most wins overall since 2007. For his efforts, he was named Coach of the Year.


OAA White
A trio of teams tied for the division title as Oak Park High, Birmingham Groves and Farmington Hills Harrison all finished at 6-1. Harrison reached the Division 3 state final, falling 28-10 to Muskegon High Nov. 25. 

Troy High was next in the standings at 4-3, finishing 6-4 overall for the program’s first winning season since 2012 and its first playoff bid since 2009. Rochester High was 3-4, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek went 2-5, Birmingham Seaholm finished 1-6 and Berkley High was 0-7.

The All-Association team was comprised of Cashual Goldsmith, Robert Daniel, Jalen Robinson, Marquan McCall, Damon Trap, Justin Rogers, D’Wan Mathis, Dondi Price and Darryl Washington, Oak Park; Chaise Ford, Khalil Dawsey, Damone McCurdy, Ryan Salter, Dan Llope, Griffin Best, Quentin Hotchkiss-Borts, Charlie Riddle and Christian Zietvogel, Groves; Divine Filemu, Ovie Oghoufo, Caleb Sparks, Chris Rexroth, Joe Stevens, Jerrin Harvey, Maverick Hanson, Noah Hendricks and David Hiser, Harrison; Teron Kinnard, Givon Cinque, Max Guitar, Ben Alexander, Alex Vecchioni and Make Abitheira, Troy; David Karwaski, Drake Reid, Ricky Bland, Jared Zacharski and Gabe Szafran, Rochester; Jericho Barr-Redmond, Jake Ropeta, Kevin Cox and Luke Lampkins, Stoney Creek; Carter Stagner, Nick Lang and Ben Barton, Seaholm; and Riko Cunningham and Evan Payne, Berkley.

Harrison topped Berkley 39-0 Oct. 13 to give John Herrington his 431st career victory, making him No. 1 all-time in state history. The only coach the school has ever had since it opened in 1970, Herrington was named Coach of the Year.

OAA Blue
Like the White, the Blue featured a three-way tie for the top spot as Hazel Park High, Auburn Hills Avondale and Ferndale High each finished at 5-1 in league play. Royal Oak High went 3-3, Farmington High was 2-4, North Farmington went 1-5 and Pontiac was 0-6.

All-Association honorees were Kyle Washington, Isiac Manier, Logan Hamilton-Mathey, Sydney Bonner, Keonte Graves, Damian Ewald, Mason Young, Caleb Rogenbuck, Austin Bedner and Randy Carlson, Hazel Park; Josh Mushier, Adam Mather, Derrick Hinton, Zeke Ringstaff, Joey Hawkins, Nick Whiteside, Kyle Strong and Baba Conate, Avondale; Terry Merriman, Zoser Little, Jashuan Carson, Torian Belton, Donovan Pitts, John Thompson, Keshawn Smith, Angel Defay and Kamau Smith, Ferndale; Patrick Tesho, Cody Remick, Grant Gibson, Sam Tikkanen, Esteban Leija, Jacob Isaacson and Carter Ellis, Royal Oak; Kendall Williams, Ray Massa, Jordan Turner, Oscar Glenn and Calvin Whitlow, Farmington; Dylan Gordon, Jayden Allen, Matt Corporan-Coleman, Chris Covington and Zach Wiggles, North Farmington; and Michael King and Dutch Blake, Pontiac.

Hazel Park coach Kyle Rowley led the Vikings to their first winning season and postseason appearance since 2010. He was named the division’s Coach of the Year.