Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day running back Jacob Yarberry carries the ball during a Divsion 4 district final against Madison Heights Lamphere Nov. 13 on the road. Yarberry scored two touchdowns as the Yellowjackets went on to win 20-10.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day running back Jacob Yarberry carries the ball during a Divsion 4 district final against Madison Heights Lamphere Nov. 13 on the road. Yarberry scored two touchdowns as the Yellowjackets went on to win 20-10.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Country Day overcomes turnover trouble to beat Lamphere

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published November 13, 2020

 Lamphere quarterback Nick Krstich rolls out and looks for a pass in a district final game at home. The Rams finished the season 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the MAC Bronze.

Lamphere quarterback Nick Krstich rolls out and looks for a pass in a district final game at home. The Rams finished the season 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the MAC Bronze.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

MADISON HEIGHTS — Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day may be in the minority when it comes to football teams who can turn the football over multiple times and still find a way to win. Despite turning the ball over five times, Country Day was able to escape with a 20-10 win over undefeated Madison Heights Lamphere Nov. 13 in a Division 4 district final on the road.

 “At the half I talked to the boys and I said, ‘Who’s keeping them in the game, us.’ It was just self-inflicted and we got to get better,” Country Day coach Dan MacLean said. “But take your hats off to them, they played very hard, but we just have to be more productive.”

Lamphere’s first points of the game came off a Country Day turnover. After an interception and getting help from an illegal substitution penalty, Lamphere connected on a 47-yard field goal to take the early 3-0 lead.

All 10 of the Rams’ points came off of turnovers. Late in the second quarter, the Rams defense was able to recover a fumble on a pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage and return it for a touchdown to give Lamphere a 10-7 lead at the break.

By the time the clock hit zero, the Lamphere defense, which had surrendered just 58 points all season, forced one interception, three fumbles and a muffed punt. Unfortunately for the Rams, Country Day had a stout defense of its own, which kept it in the game.

“They’re amazing, they’re a great group,” MacLean said of his defense. “We’re a tough defensive team. I’m proud of them, they’re doing a good job.”

The Yellowjackets defense also finished the game with a touchdown and did so in the same fashion as the Rams, returning an incomplete pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage for a touchdown.

The other two Country Day touchdowns came from running back Jacob Yarberry. The senior scored on runs of 7 yards and 12 yards, respectively.

With the win, Country Day lives to play another day. The Yellowjackets will travel to face North Branch High in a regional final. The date and time for the game were not yet known at press time.

Lamphere finishes the season 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division. It was a historic season for the Rams even with the early end. Lamphere won eight games for the first time since 1984.

“It’s been a great year for the community and the school,” Lamphere coach Art Maisano said. “All good runs have to come to an end but that’s the way it is. These kids are great. They earned this and they deserve it.”

On offense, the team scored a school record 338 points, surpassing the 306 total back in 2009. On defense, they allowed just nine points per game and 78 total on the season.

In his first season as head coach, Maisano and his staff were able to turn a team that had won three games in the past two seasons into a team that had an undefeated regular season and won eight games.

Maisano said it took the players buying in and believing in the coaching staff for the turnaround to be possible. The coach didn’t know if his team was going to be able to play football this season, but took full advantage once things got underway.

“They are wonderful kids,” Maisano said. “I thought this season was a wonderful thing. We set some records and a lot of people grew up. Hopefully this is something that the kids will remember for the rest of their lives. This is something that this group of kids will always have together.”