Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football fell in the first round of the Division 1 state playoffs. The Cougars lost to Lake Orion High. Pictured, members of the Stoney Creek football team take the field Oct. 25 for a game against Rochester Adams at home.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football fell in the first round of the Division 1 state playoffs. The Cougars lost to Lake Orion High. Pictured, members of the Stoney Creek football team take the field Oct. 25 for a game against Rochester Adams at home.

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Local playoff football teams battle in the opening round

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published November 6, 2019

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The opening round of the state football playoffs came to a close Nov. 1-2 as teams from across the state either lived to see another week of practice or were sent home early.

Four teams from the Rochester Post coverage area made the playoffs. Rochester Adams, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Auburn Hills Oakland Christian all earned the right to play into November. However, only one team remained standing after the first round.

In Division 4, Notre Dame Prep remained undefeated against teams from Michigan with a 27-12 win against North Branch High Nov. 1 at home. The Irish’s only loss so far this season came to Indiana’s Guerin Catholic in Week 6.

The game went scoreless until just over three minutes left in the first half when Jacob Bendtsen scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. Bendtsen would score again with 30 seconds left in the half.

An 11-yard touchdown catch by Caleb Webb and a 20-yard catch by Clayton Bone accounted for Prep’s second half scores. The Irish move on to face Ortonville Brandon at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at home in a district final.

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian saw its season come to an end at the hands of Fowler High in D-8. The Lancers fell 46-6 to the Eagles in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Lancers bounced back from a three-win season last year to win seven games this time around.

In D-1, Stoney Creek saw a tough test in the opening round as the Cougars took on Lake Orion High Nov. 1 on the road. Stoney Creek, of the Oakland Activities Association White Division, lost 21-14 to the OAA Red runner-up. This season marked the first time since 2013 that the Cougars made the playoffs.

The offensive production from the Cougars has been steadily on the rise. Stoney Creek scored 273 points this season, which was its most since 2013. Defensively, the 131 points against was the second lowest in program history.

The Cougars finished the season at 5-5 overall.

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