Farmington Hills Harrison handles Troy High

Online Only | Published September 1, 2017

 Farmington Hills Harrison’s Rapana Filemu takes down a Troy High runner Aug. 31 on the road. The Hawks are 1-1 overall.

Farmington Hills Harrison’s Rapana Filemu takes down a Troy High runner Aug. 31 on the road. The Hawks are 1-1 overall.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

TROY — Behind a strong defensive effort, Farmington Hills Harrison beat Troy High 30-3 Aug. 31 on the road.

The Hawks got started on offense early, scoring on their first possession after running back Roderick Heard ran it in from 3 yards out, giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead.

“I thought about switching him out of tailback,” Harrison coach John Herrington said. “I’m glad I didn’t though, he’s a good runner.”

After recovering a fumble by the Hawks, the Colts were able to get on the board with a 36-yard field goal making it 7-3 late in the first quarter.

That’s the closest it would get for the Colts as the Hawks took over from there.

Another 3-yard run by Heard gave the Hawks a 13-3 lead, but the Colts were able to block the extra point.

Soon after Hawks quarterback Noah Hendricks was able to connect with running back Moet Andrews for a 33-yard touchdown and wide receiver Tray Walker converted a two-point conversion, giving the Hawks a 21-3 lead at the half.

“I thought a big turning point was that pass at the end of the half,” Herrington said. “It definitely gave us some breathing room.”

The Colts continued to fight, but just couldn’t seem to get anything going against the Hawks stout defense.

“I think the defense played really well, I think we just needed to hold the ball a little longer on offense,” Colts coach Chris Frasier said. “We just kept giving the ball up on three-and-outs and the defense got worn down.”

In the fourth quarter, the Hawks offense reached the end zone once more with Hendricks connecting on a 23-yard pass to receiver Ovie Oghoufo giving them a 28-3 lead.

The Hawks defense added to the scoring, tackling a Colts runner in the end zone for a safety and a 30-3 with only 1:14 remaining in the game.

“I’m really happy with the win, but thank god we finally get to play on Friday next week,” Herrington said after the game.

Next week Harrison will finally play at home, taking on Stoney Creek at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Troy remains at home as well, taking on Rochester High at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.