Berkley High football falls in regional final

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published November 17, 2015

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BERKLEY — Its playoff run came to an end, but Berkley High football coach Chris Sikora was quick to remind his players that they will forever hold a special place in the Bears’ program.

Berkley fell to Livonia Franklin 38-6 Nov. 13 in a Division 2 regional final, but not before setting a school record for wins and claiming the program’s first district championship.

“I’m proud for our guys. We’ve done something that no one has done in history for our school,” Sikora said. “That really means a lot. This game doesn’t dictate our season at all.”

Berkley finished the year 9-3 overall. Along with the school record and new milestones, the Bears also owned the distinction of being the last team alive from the Oakland Activities Association in the playoffs.

“They know, despite this game not ending up on top, overall they’re winners and have done a tremendous job, not only for themselves, but for the community and the program,” Sikora continued.

Against Franklin, Berkley was plagued by early mistakes, turning the ball over four times in the first half, leading to a 24-0 deficit at the break.

“It kind of crumbled early, and we couldn’t get our balance back after that,” Sikora said. “When we don’t turn the ball over, we’re flying, we’re doing great things. To me, when you turn the ball over (four) times in the first half and you’re only down 24, you’re kind of lucky.

“(Franklin) played a great game. They play a great scheme and are real hard to defend.”

Franklin’s running game accounted for more than 400 yards, including 276 from Jacob Clark.

Berkley scored with 5:33 left in the game on a 1-yard run by Nolan Givan.

“When I take a step back, I realize we did something really special, and there’s no other team I’d rather do it with,” Givan said.

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