Royal Oak High edges Southfield-Lathrup

By: Christian Davis | Royal Oak Review | Published September 3, 2015


LATHRUP VILLAGE — Royal Oak High earned its first win of the season, beating Southfield-Lathrup 21-7 Sept. 3 on the road.

It was the first game for both teams in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

“I’m real proud of our guys. They’ve been working hard,” first-year Royal Oak coach Ray McMann said, who also notched his first victory as a head coach. “It feels pretty good, I’ll be honest.”

The Ravens opened the scoring on their second possession of the game, going 31 yards in seven plays. Brendan Beerer capped the drive with a 17-yard run with 2:58 left in the first.

Lathrup responded on its turn, going 92 yards on the Ravens’ defense. The Chargers were aided by a Royal Oak muffed punt return and Sterling Alexander took advantage with an 8-yard scamper with 6:31 left in the half. 

Royal Oak broke the tie on the next possession when Brian Barge scored from 9 yards out with 50 seconds left in the half. The extra point was missed giving the Ravens a 13-7 lead.

The Ravens and Chargers traded turns most of the third before a two hour lightning delay.

When the squads returned, Royal Oak sealed the game with an 81-yard drive, finished by a 4-yard run from Barge with 1:22 remaining in the fourth.

Royal Oak did much of its damage on ground, rushing for 230 yards. Barge led with 99 yards on 22 carriers.

Lathrup (1-1) looks to bounce back against Birmingham Groves at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 on the road. Royal Oak (1-1) heads to Auburn Hills Avondale at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.