Groves football falls in D-2 semifinal

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 21, 2016


DEARBORN — Birmingham Groves’ historic football season came to a close with a 14-7 loss to Detroit Martin Luther King in a Division 2 semifinal Nov. 19 at Dearborn High.

Following an interception by Groves’ Maurice Kelley with a little less than three minutes remaining the game, Groves got within 29 yards of the end zone before its final drive stalled.

After the Falcons failed to convert on a fourth-down play, King ran out the clock to earn a trip to the state finals.

Sustaining drives was a problem for Groves for the majority of the game.

“It was just tough getting in a rhythm on offense,” said Groves coach Brendan Flaherty. “We had a tough time getting in a rhythm all day. But I credit them more than I discredit us. We were trying to do our thing, and they’re a really good defense.”

Both of King’s touchdowns came in the first half of the game, with one coming on a 3-yard run by Kevin Willis in the first quarter and the other on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Dequan Finn to receiver Christian Chatman in the second.

The Falcons’ lone touchdown came in the third quarter when receiver Nate Higley threw a pass to tight end Drew Sheckell for a 31-yard score.

Next up for the Crusaders is a trip to Ford Field where they will attempt to defend last season’s state championship against Walled Lake Western at 1 p.m. Nov. 25.