Members of the Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football team pass through the student section in a home game earlier this season against Birmingham Seaholm. With five wins on the season and one week remaining, Stoney needs one more to clinch a playoff berth.

Members of the Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football team pass through the student section in a home game earlier this season against Birmingham Seaholm. With five wins on the season and one week remaining, Stoney needs one more to clinch a playoff berth.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Herbert’s Huddle: Stoney and Adams battle for bragging rights

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published October 22, 2019

 Rochester Adams senior Maurice Swain Jr. carries the ball in a recent home game against Clarkston High. With six wins on the season, the Highlanders are already comfortably in a playoff position.

Rochester Adams senior Maurice Swain Jr. carries the ball in a recent home game against Clarkston High. With six wins on the season, the Highlanders are already comfortably in a playoff position.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

The high school football playoffs are just one week away, we’re almost there. Some teams have known about their playoff status since Week 6, while others are still battling to make sure this Friday night is not the last Friday night they play football this season.

Following is a look at teams within the C & G Sports coverage area who need a win to get in.

Rochester Adams (6-2) at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (5-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25

With a 31-20 win over Southfield A&T last week, the Highlanders clinched the playoffs for the fourth straight year and 20th time in the last 23 years. Adams has already beaten Rochester High this year, so a win against Stoney Creek would crown it city champions. Coach Tony Patritto’s team still has plenty to play for despite already clinching the postseason.

On the other side of the field will sit coach Nick Merlo and Stoney Creek, who may have a bit more to play for than a city championship. With five wins on the season, it’s not a guarantee that the Cougars make the playoffs. Should the team lose to Adams, there’s still a chance they get in at five wins depending on how many six-win teams there are in the state. But a win against Adams guarantee’s Stoney a spot in the big dance. 

The Cougars have not done well historically against Adams, capturing just one win in 10 tries. That win came in the 2014 season opener.

In just his second year as the head coach, Merlo brings the Oakland Activities Association White Division’s best defense into this matchup against the fourth best offense in the OAA Red. 

A win would put the Cougars into the postseason for the first time since 2013.

Win and they’re in

Birmingham Seaholm (5-3) at Auburn Hills Avondale (4-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25

Seaholm is 5-2 all-time against Avondale. The teams last met in Week 2 of 2013 when Seaholm won 56-28.

Birmingham Brother Rice (5-3) vs. Detroit Cody (1-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Lawrence Tech

This is the first matchup between the two schools. The Warriors need a win to extend their playoff streak to four years.

St. Clair Shores South Lake (1-7) at Clawson High (5-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25

The Trojans, who were recently named champions in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, lead the all-time series against South Lake 8-5. When the teams met last season, Clawson edged the Cavaliers 26-20.