Junior running back Colby Taylor accelerates up field in a Sept. 21 game against Bloomfield Hills High. Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns in the game.

Junior running back Colby Taylor accelerates up field in a Sept. 21 game against Bloomfield Hills High. Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns in the game.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Birmingham Groves rolls past Bloomfield Hills High

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 21, 2018

 Junior receiver Diego Badallo (#10) looks to get by Demonte McCurdy (#6) in a Sept. 21 Groves win. Badallo was unable to find the end zone in the game.

Junior receiver Diego Badallo (#10) looks to get by Demonte McCurdy (#6) in a Sept. 21 Groves win. Badallo was unable to find the end zone in the game.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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BEVERLY HILLS — Thanks to an impressive running game, good field position and stout defense, Birmingham Groves (3-2 overall, 2-1 Oakland Activities Association White Division)  was able to overcome a slow start to take down Bloomfield Hills High (1-4 overall, 0-3 OAA Red) Sept. 21 by a final score of 49-7.

“What I’m real pleased with is that we got better, ” Groves coach Brendan Flaherty said. “I’m just proud of the way the guys responded. There was a little adversity in the first half but being able to score 49 unanswered points is pretty good.”

Bloomfield Hills opened the game with a drive that included a fourth-and-7 conversion. Just one play later and the Black Hawks were on the board when senior running back Jacob Gasso punched in a 1-yard run.

Groves responded, but not without obstacles. A number of flags flew onto the field in the Falcons' opening drive including a sideline warning for both teams and a 49-yard run that was brought back by a holding call.

Flaherty wants to see the penalties cleaned up before his team’s next game, noting that there are things you can and can’t control in that regard.

“The stuff that we can control, we have to do a better job with,” he said.

Running back Demonte McCurdy played a huge role for Groves, scoring on a 76-yard punt return and setting his team up with positive field position to seemingly begin every drive.

Junior running back Ralph Donaldson finished with three touchdowns on the night coming on 4-yard, 21-yard and 1-yard runs. Junior running back Colby Taylor added a pair of scores on 21-yard and 1-yard carries. Junior receiver Markell Harris capped off the night with a 19-yard run. Groves finished the night with over 200 yards total rushing.

“It’s a great group of guys,” Flaherty said on his trio of running backs. “The senior guys are very mature and a great group of leaders.”

As good as the offense was for Groves, the defense was equally as strong. The Falcons held the Black Hawks to 6 rushing yards in the first half. Then kept Bloomfield Hills from completing a pass in the third quarter. 

Groves’ next game comes at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Troy Athens. 

Bloomfield Hills will try to bounce back at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 when it hosts undefeated Clarkston High.

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