Farmington Hills Harrison earns comeback win against Southfield High

Hawks take over first place in OAA White

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published September 25, 2015


FARMINGTON HILLS — For Farmington Hills Harrison senior Jared Char, the outcome was never in doubt.

The Hawks trailed rival Southfield High 14-7 at the half Sept. 25, but still the running back was confident.

“We stuck together as a family. All of us love each other. I think that was the biggest difference, we stuck together, and it came out on the scoreboard,” he said.

When the final seconds ticked off, it was Harrison with the 17-14 win, putting the team alone on top of the Oakland Activities Association White Division standings at 4-0.

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

“The way they had been stuffing us, I thought lets get the three points,” Harrison coach John Herrington said on electing to kick on the fourth-and-one play.

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 the 42-yard touchdown run.

“We ran right at them and that seemed to work a little better,” Herrington said. “All those plays was the guard pulling through, (Char) kept the ball and did a lot individually.”

Char finished with 113 yards rushing on 17 carries.

The loss moves Southfield to 3-1 in the White

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