Berkley High continuing its winning ways

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published September 21, 2015

 Berkley’s Ross Heron makes a throw against Hazel Park. The Bears have won three straight contests.

Berkley’s Ross Heron makes a throw against Hazel Park. The Bears have won three straight contests.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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BERKLEY — First, the good news is that despite some miscues, the Berkley High football team is still sitting atop the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division. 


The Bears have won three straight games and are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the division.


The bad news is that the Bears have a propensity of putting the ball on the ground too many times for coach Chris Sikora’s liking.


The coach said his team has fumbled multiple times per game, but that he’s fully confident those numbers are going to improve.


“Those young kids, they’re going to make mistakes because they’ve never done it before. It’s our job as coaches to put them in spots in practice where it won’t continually happen in games,” he said. “With experience, that’s when people master their craft.”


Of the 40-man roster, 30 are juniors or younger.


Senior captain Carlton Williams said the young squad is getting better and better with each snap.


“We’re a young team, so we’re going to make mistakes, but the important thing is that as we go along this season, we make less and less,” he said. “I think we’re only going to get stronger as the season goes on.” 


Sikora said his players are taking ownership of their mistakes and working hard to correct them.


“Everything we talk about and work on in practice is going to translate over to the games,” he said. “The point of emphasis is control the ball, and good things will happen. Turn it over, you’re not going to win a lot of games.”


The Bears have done their share of winning. After a 29-7 loss to Holly High in Week 1, Berkley has gone on to beat Pontiac High, Ferndale High and Hazel Park High by an average score of 27-10.


Williams said the players’ bond makes them tough to beat.


“We have each other’s backs, without a doubt,” he said. “If one person makes a tackle, we’re going to make sure we’re all there to at least make sure to congratulate him, if not join him on the tackle.”


In the Blue, the Bears are tied with Birmingham Groves at the top of the standings.


“We can beat anybody as long as we play well. This is kind of where we saw ourselves as far as being in a winning spot, but you never know,” Sikora said. “We’re ready for a battle every week and not going to overlook anybody.”


The tough part of the division schedule comes over the next three games with Auburn Hills Avondale, Royal Oak High and Groves.


“I think we match up talent-wise with any team in our league. It’s just going to come down to execution and who’s the better team that day,” Williams said.


Catch the Bears against Avondale at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at home.

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