Rochester Adams’ Anthony Patritto looks for an opening Oct. 5 at Farmington Hills Harrison. The Highlanders scored in the final minute for the 24-17 victory.

Rochester Adams’ Anthony Patritto looks for an opening Oct. 5 at Farmington Hills Harrison. The Highlanders scored in the final minute for the 24-17 victory.

Photo by Brian Sevald


Late-game heroics keep Adams in playoff race

By: Zachary Manning | Rochester Post | Published October 9, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — After scoring 17 points in the first half, Rochester Adams football was only able to put up seven points in the third and fourth quarters, but that was enough to push the Highlanders past Farmington Hills Harrison 24-17 Oct. 5 on the road.

Facing a second and goal from the 6-yard line with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Adams quarterback Carter Farris hit senior wide receiver Jack Bishop, who made a one-handed grab, in the end zone to give the Highlanders a seven-point lead.

On the Hawks’ next possession, Highlanders senior defensive back Reece Collins secured the win by intercepting a pass with six seconds left in the game.

Farris had a solid day on the ground, but it was his arm that helped Adams take the lead late. On the Highlanders’ final drive, Farris was 5-for-5 passing.

“(Farris) ran his butt off in the first half, and we asked him to throw down the stretch, and he made some big plays. This was a huge night in terms of his progression as a quarterback,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said.

For the Hawks, senior running back and Northwestern University commit Roderick Heard was key to the comeback attempt. He was held in check during the first half, rushing for only 7 yards on nine carries. Heard broke out in the second half and finished the game with 88 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.

Heard moved past the 1,000-yard mark on the season and collected his 17th touchdown of the year.

“We had trouble running the ball early. We ran it a little bit better later, and then the quarterback settled in. He had a couple passes. Second half, I was pleased,” Harrison coach John Herrington said.

The win pushed Adams to 4-3 overall and dropped Harrison to 5-2 overall. Adams needs two wins to qualify for the playoffs, and Harrison needs one. This is the Hawks’ last season as a program before the school closes.

“This was everything for us,” Patritto said of the win. “It’s almost sad, to be honest with you. The games we’ve had with this program over the last 15 years are things I’ll never, ever forget.”

Adams will look to continue its winning ways when it takes on Southfield A&T at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at home.