Farmington Hills Harrison stuns Detroit Country Day on final play

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published November 2, 2018

 Farmington Hills Harrison senior Max Martin runs in the end zone for the game winning touchdown against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Hawks won the game 13-10 in overtime.

Farmington Hills Harrison senior Max Martin runs in the end zone for the game winning touchdown against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Hawks won the game 13-10 in overtime.

Photo by Sean Work

BEVERLY HILLS — It came down to one final play for Farmington Hills Harrison football to continue its season. 

 

In overtime on fourth down, the Hawks lined up for a 20-yard field goal to send the game to a second overtime against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day Nov. 2 on the road. When the snap was bobbled, it was up to senior Roderick Heard to make a play.

 

He ran around in the backfield for what seemed like forever until he saw senior Max Martin wide open just outside of the end zone. He turned his body and made the throw to secure a 13-10 victory.  

 

“I was just hoping for (Rod) to see me, and Rod’s an amazing player,” Martin said. “How he was flexible enough to just turn around and throw me the ball, that’s everything.”

 

The game was 7-7 heading into overtime, and Hawks coach John Herrington credited his defense for keeping them alive throughout the game. 

 

On the night, Harrison forced two safeties and senior defensive back Javair Beeler came away with an interception with 18 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. 

 

“We played good defense. Kids played real well. Played hard. They were well coached,” Herrington said. 

 

There were a wide range of emotions after the final whistle had blown. Harrison players stormed the field and looked for just about anyone they could find to hug.

 

Some of the players couldn’t believe what had happened and broke down into tears. Heard was one of those players that was visibly emotional.

 

“I threw the ball. I knew he caught it. I looked for any penalties,” Heard said. “We pushed through it. I saw there was no penalties, and I really just broke down with just pure joy, happiness that our season is continuing.” 

 

Next up for Harrison is a home matchup against Chelsea High. The Bulldogs knocked off Milan and Grosse Ile on their way to the regional final. 

 

With the loss, Country Day ends the season with a 7-3 overall record.