Hawks alone at the top

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published September 28, 2015


FARMINGTON HILLS — For Farmington Hills Harrison senior Jared Char, the outcome was never in doubt.

The Hawks trailed rival Southfield High 14-7 at the half Sept. 25, but still, the running back was confident.

“We stuck together as a family. All of us love each other. I think that was the biggest difference. We stuck together, and it came out on the scoreboard,” he said.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, it was Harrison with the 17-14 win, putting the team alone on top of the Oakland Activities Association White Division standings at 4-0.

The difference proved to be a 27-yard field goal by Alex Bolstrum with 10:57 left in the game.

“The way they had been stuffing us, I thought let’s get the three points,” Harrison coach John Herrington said about electing to kick on the fourth-and-1 play.

Southfield scored on its opening possession of the game, going 50 yards and ending with a 25-yard fade from Sam Johnson III to Brandon Gray with 5:50 left in the first to make it 7-0.

Harrison tied it up midway through the second after a 1-yard sneak by Anthony Giovanni. The quarterback also converted on a key third down with a 7-yard scramble to lead to the score.

Late in the half, Johnson went to work again, leading Southfield on a 72-yard drive in just over a minute, punctuated by a 25-yard strike to Justin Cain on a post to make it 14-7 with 29 seconds left before the break.

Harrison then tied the game three plays into the third quarter— all were runs by Char that totaled 63 yards, including the 42-yard touchdown run.

“We ran right at them, and that seemed to work a little better,” Herrington said. “All those plays was the guard pulling through. (Char) kept the ball and did a lot individually.”

Overall, the Hawks stand at 4-1. In the White, Southfield fell to second place, and behind it is a four-way tie for third with all the teams standing at 2-2.

If Harrison can win two of its final three league games, it’ll clinch at least a share of the title. Up next is a road trip to Rochester Adams at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Rivals Farmington High and North Farmington close out the White schedule.

“First place in the division, and right out there is Farmington and Adams to knock us off, so it’s just getting started,” Herrington said with a laugh. “It certainly helps that we got this one.”

In other local football news:
North Farmington defeated Farmington High 26-21 Sept. 25 on the road. The win moved the Raiders to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the OAA White. Up next is Oak Park High at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 on the road.

The Falcons fell to 3-2 and 2-2 in the OAA White. They look to bounce back against Rochester High at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Rochester.