Photo by Sarah Purlee

Photo by Sarah Purlee

Rochester Adams quarterback Carter Farris stands over center in the Highlanders season opener against Rochester High. At press time, Adams was 3-1 overall.


Herbert’s Huddle: Playoff hopes take shape in Week 5

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published September 25, 2019

 Rochester Hills Stoney Creek quarterback Ryan Eckhout lets go of a pass in a recent game against Seaholm. The Cougars will face a tough test this week as the welcome one of the OAA's best in Oak Park.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek quarterback Ryan Eckhout lets go of a pass in a recent game against Seaholm. The Cougars will face a tough test this week as the welcome one of the OAA's best in Oak Park.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Clawson High quarterback Tristen Perry is taken down by a pair of defenders in a game earlier this season against Eastpointe High. The Trojans will look to make in three straight wins when they travel to Madison Heights Lamphere Friday night.

Clawson High quarterback Tristen Perry is taken down by a pair of defenders in a game earlier this season against Eastpointe High. The Trojans will look to make in three straight wins when they travel to Madison Heights Lamphere Friday night.

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This week’s slate of games mark the halfway point mark in the current football season. Teams are starting to get an idea of their potential when it comes to knowing whether or not they will be playing into November.

Following is a look at local teams, who with a win this week, march even closer to the coveted six-win mark.

Top of the OAA

Birmingham Seaholm (4-0) at Rochester Adams (3-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27

When these two teams last met in 2016, the Highlanders pitched a shutout in a 27-0 win in Week 2. Seaholm would go on to win just three games that year while Adams finished the regular season with six wins and a postseason berth.

Fast forward two years later, and the Maples have improved by leaps and bounds. Coach Jim DeWald’s team is currently undefeated and out scoring its opponents 147-26. While the Highlanders do have one loss on the season, it came to undefeated Lake Orion High.

Both teams boast high-powered offenses, so the game is likely to be a high-scoring affair. Looking ahead, a win for either team this week will be crucial given who they’ll face the following week. Seaholm welcomes in Oak Park High at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, while Adams gets West Bloomfield High at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on the road.

Bouncing back

Oak Park High (3-1) at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (3-1) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27

Both the Cougars and Knights have responded nicely after early-season losses. After a Week 1 loss to West Bloomfield, Oak Pak won its next three games by a combined score of 143-55. Last week, the Knights knocked off a surging Birmingham Groves team that had already beaten some top-tier opponents.

Stoney Creek lost the first game of its Oakland Activities Association White Division slate, 20-13 to Seaholm in Week 2. While their next two wins came against teams having down years, the Cougars gained two confidence-boosting wins over Troy High and Troy Athens. Stoney outscored both teams 91-7. Still, coach Nick Merlo’s team will have its hands full with a high-powered Knights offense led by Maliq Carr and Frank Black.

The Rivalry

Clawson High (2-2) at Madison Heights Lamphere (1-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27

In 46 all-time meetings between these two schools, Clawson currently holds a 30-13-3 advantage over Lamphere. The Trojans took this matchup with ease last season with a 48-7 victory at home.

After a 0-2 start to the season — with losses to Armada High and Eastpointe High — Clawson won its next two games while not surrendering a single point. The Trojans' playoff hopes remain alive, and a win this week will be crucial as a matchup with Macomb Area Conference Silver Division leader Marine City High is looming in Week 6.

Even with the 1-3 start, the Rams are still not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but they do have to win out if they want to get in.