Seaholm linebacker Paul Jokisch chases down Farminton High quarterback Anthony Reaves in an Oct. 12 Seaholm win. Jokisch is part of a defense that has held opponents to just 94 total points through eight games.

Seaholm linebacker Paul Jokisch chases down Farminton High quarterback Anthony Reaves in an Oct. 12 Seaholm win. Jokisch is part of a defense that has held opponents to just 94 total points through eight games.

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Birmingham Seaholm rolls past Farmington High to capture OAA-Blue crown

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published October 12, 2018

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BIRMINGHAM —  This time last year, Birmingham Seaholm had a 1-7 record. Its only win came against Berkley High who also was 1-7. Fast forward one year later, the Maples are 7-1 and Oakland Activities Association Blue Division champions.

The Maples beat Farmington High (6-2) 21-0 Oct. 12 at home for the title. 

“I’m just so happy for our guys,” Seaholm coach Jim DeWald said. “Those guys went through a lot of adversity last year. This senior class is a special class that fights together, stays together and loves each other. The ‘we’ is more important than the ‘me’ to them, and it’s really fun to be a part of. All the credit goes to those kids, they worked their tail off.”

Like they have all season, the Maples got it done on the ground with Chase Mentag leading the way. The senior finished the game with over 200 yards rushing and one touchdown. He had 161 yards on 18 carries alone in the first half.

“The offense relies a lot on the offensive line and me,” Mentag said. "The offensive line opened holes, and I run through them and I do my job.”

Mentag’s touchdown came on a 2-yard run to give the Maples a 7-0 lead. Just three plays earlier, Mentag broke a 57 yard run to set Seaholm up in the red zone.

Seaholm had two other running backs find the end zone before the game was over. Late in the third quarter, Jackson Vance scored from 26-yards out to put the Maples up 14-0. Max Schumaker tacked on another score on a 24-yard run to seal the victory.

While the Farmington defense did its best to contain a potent Seaholm rushing attack, the offense never was able to get into a rhythm. The Falcons were forced to punt on every drive in the first half and with the exception of a 54-yard kick return in the second quarter and a 36-yard pass from Anthony Reaves to Jacoby Sikora that set the Falcons up inside the Seaholm 20-yard line, the team was rather quiet.

The Falcons have already clinched a playoff spot. Coach Kory Cioroch still admired the effort he saw from his team Friday night.

“I thought defensively we fought. Offensively, things didn’t go our way,” Cioroch said. “We dropped some passes and got behind the sticks with passes and stuff like that. Hats off to them, that’s a really good football team.”

The two teams will take place in a pair of crosstown rivalry games next week. Farmington will take on Farmington Hills Harrison at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 on the road.

Seaholm will battle with Birmingham Groves at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 on the road. 

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