Blue Jays football falls in OAA White contest

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published September 29, 2015

 Southfield High looks to rebound against Birmingham Seaholm at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at home. Pictured, the offense waits for the play from the sideline Sept. 12 against Harrison.

Southfield High looks to rebound against Birmingham Seaholm at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at home. Pictured, the offense waits for the play from the sideline Sept. 12 against Harrison.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High football took its first step back in the Oakland Activities Association White Division race.


The Blue Jays fell to Farmington Hills Harrison 17-14 Sept. 25 on the road.


“It’s going to be tough, but we just have to get better,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said. “We have to get back to the drawing board and keep working hard.”


Southfield scored on its opening possession of the game, going 50 yards and ending with a 25-yard fade from Sam Johnson III to Brandon Gray with 5:50 left in the first to make it 7-0.


Harrison tied it up midway through the second after a 1-yard sneak by Anthony Giovanni. The quarterback also converted on a key third down with a 7-yard scramble to lead to the score.


Late in the half, Johnson went to work again, leading Southfield on a 72-yard drive in just over a minute, punctuated by a 25-yard strike to Justin Cain on a post to make it 14-7 with 29 seconds left before the break.


Harrison then tied the game three plays into the third quarter, all runs by Char totaling 63 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run.


The difference proved to be a 27-yard field goal by Alex Bolstrum with 10:57 left in the game to put Harrison up 17-14.


The loss moved Southfield to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the White.


The Blue Jays and Hawks have made a habit of playing in close games. Since 2012, no team has won by more than seven points, and the average margin of victory has been 4.5 points.


Up next for Southfield is Birmingham Seaholm (2-3 overall, 2-2 OAA White) at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at home.


In order to win the division, Southfield needs to win the rest of its league games and then have Harrison drop a contest to Rochester Adams, Farmington High or North Farmington.


Either way, Conley knows the potential is there for his team to make a run.


“I think we have a great team. I enjoy working with them,” he said. “They just don’t know how good they could be.”

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