Ferndale High football wins third straight with dominating victory against Hazel Park High

By: Mark Vest | Online Only | Published September 28, 2018

 Ferndale High's Tremaine Lee attempts to tackle Hazel Park High quarterback Matthew Diaz Sept. 28 at Hazel Park. The Eagles won their third straight game with a 55-0 victory against Hazel Park.

Ferndale High's Tremaine Lee attempts to tackle Hazel Park High quarterback Matthew Diaz Sept. 28 at Hazel Park. The Eagles won their third straight game with a 55-0 victory against Hazel Park.

Photo by Brian Sevald

HAZEL PARK — After getting off to a 1-2 start, Ferndale High’s football team with a 55-0 Sept. 28 win over Hazel Park High has won three consecutive games.

 

The Eagles improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

 

The Vikings are now 2-4 overall, 1-4 OAA Blue.

 

The bulk of Ferndale’s damage came in the second quarter, as the Eagles scored five touchdowns and took a 41-0 lead into the half.

 

After beating Fraser High 62-0 to open the season, Ferndale lost its next two games. And although coach Eric Royal said there were some scary moments, he added that since then the Eagles have refocused.

 

“We’re really rolling with it right now,” Royal said. “After we beat Fraser pretty handily we were riding the high horse, and we got knocked off real quick. I think we’re starting to climb back on, with a firmer grip, though.”

 

Ferndale led 8-0 after the first via a 6-yard run by Tre’Jon Pickett and a 2-point conversion.

 

In the second, the Eagles’ offensive touchdowns came on a 51-yard run from Jayshawn Adams, a 17-yard pass play from quarterback Joe Lewis-Estell to Cameron Garrison, and a 16-yard run from Donovan Pitts.

 

Ferndale’s defense also got in on the scoring action when Torian Belton stripped the ball from a Hazel Park player and ran it in for a touchdown, and via a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by Tremaine Lee.

 

The Eagles’ second-half scores came on a 2-yard run from Pickett in the third and a 76-yard run from Deshaun Parkman in the fourth.

 

Ferndale has qualified for the playoffs two consecutive seasons, going 15-5 during that time period.

 

Royal used that success to try to help get things turned around after the Eagles struggled earlier this year.

 

“We actually went to the archives and watched last year’s film (and from two years ago), and watched how we executed and how hard we played,” Royal said. “It was an eye opener. I think the light bulb went off, like ‘that’s what coach is asking us to do.”

 

After losing what he said was 27 of 30 players from last year’s team, from the perspective of Hazel Park coach Kyle Rowley, the team’s struggles this season could benefit the program later on.

 

“You learn way more from losing and getting your butts kicked than you do from winning,” Rowley said. “So, we just got (to) come back, regroup. … Not everybody can really take losing; it’s tough. So, it’s my job to get (them) going. … There ain’t no quit here.”

 

Royal discussed what he has seen that he has liked the most over these past few weeks.

 

“We’ve been running the ball outstanding these last three weeks,” he said. “We’re just playing lights out defense (and) running the ball, which is the recipe to win a lot (of) games.”

 

Up next, Ferndale plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 away against Pontiac High.

 

Hazel Park plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 away against Madison Heights Lamphere.