Farmington Hills Harrison, Farmington High football fall in opening round

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published November 3, 2015


BEVERLY HILLS — The football season came to a close last week for Farmington Hills Harrison and Farmington High.

For Harrison, it was a 10-0 loss to Birmingham Groves Oct. 30 on the road.

“Whenever we made a halfway decent play, it seemed like we had a penalty,” Harrison coach John Herrington said. “We just couldn’t get anything going. No continuity.”

The game was scoreless through three quarters. The Falcons broke the tie on a 34-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Groves put the game away after a 97-yard drive, capped off by a 9-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-2 with 2:16 left to play.

On the drive, the Falcons converted on two third-and-longs with gains of 44 and 32 yards, and then the fourth-down conversion for the score.

“Give them all the credit in the world,” Herrington said of Groves. “They did some great coaching.”

Harrison’s defense kept Groves in check for most of the game, holding the Falcons to 96 yards rushing, largely due to the play of Guam Lee Jr. at linebacker.

“He was terrific. He’s been one of our best players all year, and we have him back for another year,” Herrington said.

The Hawks had their chances, driving into Groves territory four times in the first half, including a drive down to the 12-yard line before turning it over.

The Hawks ended the season 7-3 overall and claimed the Oakland Activities Association White Division championship in the process. Groves (10-0 overall) won the OAA Blue.

Herrington said he was proud of his team, which only had four returning starters from the squad that advanced to the state semifinal last season.

“I thought our kids played great this year and did better than I thought we might do, but not as well as I wanted to do,” the coach said.

Farmington’s season came to a close after falling 33-30 to Livonia Franklin on the road. The Falcons ended the season 5-5 overall after receiving an at-large bid into the postseason.

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