Farmington Hills Harrison continues final season, defeats Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published October 27, 2018

 Farmington Hills Harrison senior running back Roderick Heard evades a Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood defender during a game in the opening round of the playoffs. Harrison won the game, 24-10, and will play Detroit Country Day next week.

Farmington Hills Harrison senior running back Roderick Heard evades a Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood defender during a game in the opening round of the playoffs. Harrison won the game, 24-10, and will play Detroit Country Day next week.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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FARMINGTON HILLS – On a wet and windy day at Buller Field, Farmington Hills Harrison was able to extend its season.

 

The Hawks beat Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 24-10 Oct. 27 in a Division 4 playoff opener. 

 

The Hawks led 3-0 at halftime. However, in the second half, things opened up. 

 

Harrison relied heavily on senior running back Roderick Heard, and he made the most of his opportunities. He finished the game with 28 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.

 

Heard was also able to return a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Hawks a 17-7 lead. The kickoff return came after Cranbrook junior quarterback Jack Fairman found senior receiver Torrell Williams in the corner of the end zone to cut the Hawks' lead to 3. 

 

“They played really good defense on us. They mixed up their defenses between a 40 and a 50, and we couldn’t get (Heard) loose. It was tough,” Harrison Hall of Fame coach John Herrington said. 

 

Defensively, Harrison came away with two fumble recoveries and two sacks. Both turnovers led to points for the Hawks. 

 

“Defense did a good job. Stopped the pass. The pass rush was huge at the end. Coach (Dave Thorn) put in some mug stunts, and we got to the quarterback pretty well,” Herrington said.

 

Cranbrook coach Scott Steward was proud of his team's fight throughout the game, but noted that his team made too many mistakes to win the game. 

 

The Cranes finished the season with an overall record of 6-4 and made the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. 

 

“Well, I think our trademark now is we play hard,” Steward said. “I think we played hard today. We just made a couple mistakes in special teams that I think were the difference, and it’s frustrating because you know that if we played a little bit cleaner in special teams, who knows how it would’ve turned out,” 

 

Harrison will travel to Detroit Country Day to take on the Yellowjackets next week. The date and time are still TBD. 

 

“They looked real good to me,” Herrington said of Country Day. “They’ve got a lot of good athletes.”

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