Members of the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team take the field during a game against Detroit Edison Oct. 11 at home. The Yellowjackets beat the Pioneers 56-8 to improve to 7-0 on the season.

Members of the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team take the field during a game against Detroit Edison Oct. 11 at home. The Yellowjackets beat the Pioneers 56-8 to improve to 7-0 on the season.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Country Day football continues to roll

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 11, 2019

 Country Day quarterback Ahlon Mitchell reaches back for a pass against Edison at home. Mitchell threw two touchdown passes in the Yellowjackets win.

Country Day quarterback Ahlon Mitchell reaches back for a pass against Edison at home. Mitchell threw two touchdown passes in the Yellowjackets win.

Photo b Donna Agusti

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BEVERLY HILLS — With a 56-8 win over Detroit Edison Oct. 11 at home, the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team improved to 7-0 on the season. The last time the Yellowjackets had a start similar to this, they reached a Division 4 state final.

En route to victory, Country Day quarterback Ahlon Mitchell threw two touchdown passes — one to Chris Rea and the other to Saborn Campbell. Later in the game, Campbell took back a 90-yard kick return for the game’s final score. Other touchdowns came courtesy of Anthony Ammori, Jacob Yarberry, Kaelen Cooper and Taj Abdur-Rahman.

“They’re doing their job throughout the whole team, it’s not just the starting guys," Country Day coach Dan MacLean said. "It’s nice to see everybody get an opportunity to play.”

Before the season started, MacLean had an inkling that he would be leading a solid football team due to the experience it would bring back. The Yellowjackets returned 10 seniors and 19 juniors. The hard work of those players has rubbed off on the rest of the bunch.

“I think the kids are in a good frame of mind,” the coach said. “They’re accountable, they’re holding each other together and they’re playing for each other. I’m happy right now about the culture around our group.”

Both the offensive and defensive units have been humming along through the season’s first seven games. At press time, the offense had scored 250 total points, more than it had scored in 10 games last season. The Yellowjackets have only scored less than 25 points in one game. The defense on the other hand, had surrendered just 43 points total and allowed double digit point totals just once in a 37-12 win over Warren Michigan Collegiate Sept. 14.

Being a defensive coach, MacLean admitted his bias toward that side of the ball. The longtime head coach pointed toward Mitchell, Rea, Joe Miller, Owen Bergin, Danny MacLean, Ronnie Scott and Marcus Sheppard as key contributors.

Clinching the playoffs as quickly as the Yellowjackets did can sometimes act as curse for a football team. Knowing you’ll be playing into November a month before the playoffs start can cause some teams to take its collective foot off the gas. 

As a captain, Rea gave perspective into how the players have continued to stay focused even with all the success they’ve already had.

“We just know that we have to stay humble and we haven’t earned anything yet,” he said. “We’re playing for a win at Ford Field, and everything we’re doing is working towards that.”

The Yellowjackets have two remaining regular season games, one against Haslett High (2-6 overall) and the other against Ferndale High (3-4).

MacLean said consistency and cutting down on mental errors are two things he wants his team to tighten up on as it concludes the regular season.

Because Country Day is independent and does not play for a league title, a deep run in the playoffs is always the measuring stick for a good season. While the Yellowjackets are proud of what they’ve accomplished thus far, they are more than aware of the importance of the games ahead.

"We always want to be 1-0 at the end of the week so we don’t get ahead of ourselves," MacLean said. "I’ve been there and you can't always be looking ahead. Our controllables will always be our next opponent, and we’ll get where we want if we can take care of business.”

 

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