Birmingham Groves coach Brendan Flaherty looks on from the sideline in an Oct. 19 win over Birmingham Seaholm. With the playoffs a week away, Flaherty believes his team is peaking at the right time.

Birmingham Groves coach Brendan Flaherty looks on from the sideline in an Oct. 19 win over Birmingham Seaholm. With the playoffs a week away, Flaherty believes his team is peaking at the right time.

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Groves tops Seaholm, wins battle for Birmingham

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 19, 2018

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BEVERLY HILLS — Thanks to a three-touchdown night from Birmingham Groves senior Demonte McCurdy, the Falcons beat crosstown rival Birmingham Seaholm 26-9 Oct. 19 at home. The game marks the 100th win for Falcons coach Brendan Flaherty.

“I’m just floored,” Flaherty said. "I didn’t even know I was close. But it means a lot going against these guys no doubt — for the fans and for my family.”

Khalil Dawsey opened the scoring for the Falcons in response to a 27-yard field goal by Seaholm’s Justin Klotz. Dawsey took the ball 62 yards to the house to give the Falcons a 6-3 lead.

Maples workhorse Chase Mentag scored on a 1-yard run of his own one possession later to reclaim the lead for Seaholm. The Maples led 9-6 with 5:20 to play in the first half. That lead however, would be the only lead Seaholm would have for the rest of the night.

The second half was all about McCurdy. The senior opened up the half with a 70-yard touchdown run to retake the lead for Groves.

“It was just to keep our poise,” Flaherty said about his message to the team at halftime. “I thought we just needed to settle down. We knew we could move the ball and score, we just had to get the ball. It’s tough enough playing Seaholm.”

The Seaholm offense failed to get anything going the rest of the way and McCurdy took advantage of that. The captain scored his second touchdown on a 31-yard run to cap off a drive aided by a fourth-and-1 conversion from senior Joel Mitchell. The extra point was blocked but the Falcons still led 19-9.

McCurdy capped off his night with a 17-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter to ice the game and give the Falcons a 26-9 lead. The score came after Kaleb Coleman recovered a Seaholm fumble and set the Groves offense up inside the Maples 20-yard line.

“Demonte McCurdy I think is one of the most underrated guys in our state. He’s incredible, and if he just gets a little bit of a sliver, he can take it to the house. And Khalil Dawsey is a pretty special player too.”

With the win, Groves finishes the regular season 7-2. Seaholm’s turnaround season also ends at 7-2.

Despite the loss, Maples coach Jim DeWald had a strong message for his team that he hopes will help them keep their confidence up as his team heads for the postseason.

“Same thing we talked about all year,” Dewald said. “It’s staying together. When things don’t go right, we don’t turn our backs or run away. We just keep getting tighter and believing in each other and promote the 'we' not the 'me.'”

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