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Late interception secures win for Rochester Adams over Clarkston

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published October 11, 2019

 Rochester Adams' Maurice Swain carries the ball against Clarkston High Oct. 11. Adams won 28-27.

Rochester Adams' Maurice Swain carries the ball against Clarkston High Oct. 11. Adams won 28-27.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

ROCHESTER HILLS –– It may have only been a Week 7 matchup, but Rochester Adams and Clarkston High battled as if it was the state playoffs.

Both teams traded blows like heavyweight fighters, with the Highlanders taking a 14-13 lead into the fourth quarter of the Oct. 11 matchup.

The energy ramped up in the final period, as both teams wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Wolves worked to establish the running game throughout the night, and it finally broke open late.

Ethan Clark opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back touchdown rushes to put Clarkston up 27-14 with just over 10 minutes to play.

Unwilling to surrender, Adams went on the counterattack and was able to cut the Clarkston lead to 27-21, thanks to a 47-yard touchdown rush by Anthony Patritto.

The Highlanders defense would then force a punt to give the offense one more shot to take a lead, and it didn’t take long for the Adams offense to strike.

Carter Farris hit Nick Picot on a 5-yard touchdown pass to cap off a seven-play drive that lasted just over three minutes. Now up 28-27, with just over two minutes to play, it was the defense's turn to finish the job.

The Wolves were able to pick up one first down, but Logan Sayre’s interception with 47 seconds left on the clock was the knockout blow Adams needed to finish the game and secure the 28-27 victory.

“Anytime you play Clarkston it has a state playoff feel,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said. “They have been the most successful program in Oakland County for a while, so absolutely, there was a lot on the line tonight.”

Picot and Anthony Patritto would provide all of the Highlanders offense in the game, with Patritto collecting two rushing scores and Picot hauling in two touchdown receptions from Farris.

The win moved Adams to 5-2 overall and inches them closer to a state playoff berth. Adams has made the playoffs each of the last three seasons.

“As a captain, I knew we had to step up on defense, we had to stop the run,” Anthony Patritto said. “In the first half, we were getting shut out, so I knew I had to step up personally. My coaches trusted me and my line blocked for me.”

The Highlanders will look to secure another playoff berth when they hit the field again at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Southfield A&T.