Rochester Adams sophomore running back Griffin Henke fights towards the end zone in a game against Birmingham Seaholm Sept. 27 at home. Henke scored a touchdown in the Highlanders 17-6 win.

Rochester Adams sophomore running back Griffin Henke fights towards the end zone in a game against Birmingham Seaholm Sept. 27 at home. Henke scored a touchdown in the Highlanders 17-6 win.

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Adams does enough to hand Seaholm its first loss

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published September 27, 2019

 Seaholm quarterback Caleb Knoer carries the ball against Rochester Adams. The Maples fell to 4-1 with the loss.

Seaholm quarterback Caleb Knoer carries the ball against Rochester Adams. The Maples fell to 4-1 with the loss.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

ROCHESTER HILLS — It wasn’t the prettiest game. Both offenses dealt with consistency issues all night long, but Rochester Adams (4-1 overall, 2-1 Oakland Activities Association Red Division) did enough to get by Birmingham Seaholm (4-1 overall, 3-0 OAA White) 17-6 Sept. 27 at home.

“We have great respect for coach DeWald and his team,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said. “They were undefeated so we knew it was going to be a battle. We played really inconsistently all night and there was no fluency on offense. We stalled in the red zone, give them credit on defense, but the inconsistency is something we need to work on.”

After the Highlanders defense forced a punt on the game’s first drive, the offense took the ball down the field and scored to put Adams up front 7-0 early in the first quarter. Runs by Carter Farris and Nick Traficante set Adams up at the Seaholm 3-yard line. Anthony Patritto took the ball into the end zone on the next play.

Things looked to be spiraling out of control early for the Maples. One possession after surrendering the touchdown, Seaholm fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Highlanders' senior Logan Sayre.

However, a missed field goal kept Seaholm within one score. Adams senior Derek Larson would later connect on a 32-yard field goal with 7:19 left in the first half to extend the lead to 10-0.

Despite all its offensive issues, the Maples still found themselves with a chance to pull within a score before the break. Miles Mentag, Chaz Strecker and Caleb Knoer heard one of their numbers called on 11 straight runs as the trio carried Seaholm across midfield. The drive eventually stalled at the Highlanders 29-yard line after a missed field goal.

Adams led 10-0 at the half.

On their opening drive of the second half, the Maples again went on a long drive that failed to result in any points.

“We got down two scores and we got stuck,” Seaholm coach Jim DeWald said. “We can’t get out and spread the ball around, that’s just not who we are. We’ve got to get out to a faster start.”

DeWald would add that his defense, led by linebacker James DeWald, we’re bright spots in this game.

There would be two more late scores before the game went final. A 17-yard run from Griffin Henke set the Highlanders up at Seaholm’s 1-yard line. Farris punched the ball in on a quarterback sneak to put Adams up 17-0 with 8:45 to play.

The Maples were able to get on the board before the game ended. Chaz Strecker found the end zone on a 20-yard run up the middle for the score but a failed 2-point conversion kept the score at 17-6.

Strecker’s touchdown was set up by a 20-yard connection from Knoer to Alexander Lonze. 

The Highlanders take on OAA Red Division leader West Bloomfield High (3-0) at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on the road.

“We have guys making plays,” Patritto said. “We have a team concept where different guys make different plays at different times. Clearly we missed some plays, but overall I’m happy because we did enough.”

After being handed its first loss of the season, Seaholm faces another tough test next week as it takes on Oak Park High at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at home.