Livonia Franklin football heading to semis after downing Berkley High

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published November 13, 2015


BERKLEY — Livonia Franklin football is rolling into the Division 2 semifinals.

The Patriots beat Berkley High 38-6 Nov. 13 for the regional title on the back of a 276-yard rushing performance by Jacob Clark.

“It was the line, nothing else. Give them all the credit,” Clark said. “This gives us great confidence heading into the next round.”

The Patriots took advantage of four Berkley turnovers in the first half, including three on the first three possessions, leading to a 24-0 lead at the break. The Bears were also without starting quarterback Ross Herron, who leads the team in rushing, after an injury on their opening drive.

“To me, when you turn the ball over (four) times in the first half and you’re only down 24, you’re kind of lucky,” Berkley coach Chris Sikora said. “(Franklin) played a great game. They play a great scheme and are real hard to defend.”

Along with his nearly 300 yards rushing, Clark finished with two touchdowns. Quarterback Denzel Adams chipped in 122 yards rushing and two scores. Chri Nehasil also found the end zone and Jake Giacobbi’s field goal rounded out the scoring.

Berkley scored with 5:33 left in the game on a 1-yard run by Nolan Givan.

The Bears finish the year 9-3 overall, a record for wins in a season.

“I’m proud for our guys. We’ve done something that no one has done in history for our school,” Sikora said. “That really means a lot. This game doesn’t dictate our season at all.”

Franklin goes to 9-3 and takes on the winner of Detroit King and East English for a chance to play for the state championship.