Seaholm downs Sterling Heights, will take on Groves in district final

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published November 1, 2019

 Birmingham Seaholm's Caleb Knoer celebrates a touchdown against Sterling Heights High Nov. 1. Seaholm won 55-34.

Birmingham Seaholm's Caleb Knoer celebrates a touchdown against Sterling Heights High Nov. 1. Seaholm won 55-34.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Sterling Heights High's Kishmir Thompson goes to make a catch against Birmingham Seaholm. The Stallions season ends with a 6-4 overall record.

Sterling Heights High's Kishmir Thompson goes to make a catch against Birmingham Seaholm. The Stallions season ends with a 6-4 overall record.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

BIRMINGHAM –– With Birmingham Groves advancing thanks to a forfeit by Warren De La Salle, Birmingham Seaholm and Sterling Heights High battled for a chance to take on the Falcons in the next round of the state playoffs.

In the end, Seaholm’s big-play ability on offense would prove to be too much for the Stallions, as the Maples cruised to a 55-34 victory Nov. 1 at home.

After going down 8-0, the Maples needed just one play to answer, as Chaz Strecker broke off a 66-yard touchdown run to make the score 8-7.

Seaholm hit on big plays throughout the game, needing just seven total plays to go up 27-14 midway through the second quarter. The Maples led 34-20 at the half.

Maples coach Jim DeWald applauded his offense's effort to move the football on the ground throughout the game.

“Every week we take pride in our offensive line really trying to push people around and get off the ball really hard,” DeWald said. “They get no credit, but they take pride in just being those gritty guys and getting after guys.”

The Maples will now head to Groves for a Division 2 district title game. The time and date were not available at press time.

The two teams met earlier this year, with the Falcons winning 35-14. DeWald is looking forward to the opportunity of playing them again.

“It’s awesome. Cross-town rival in the playoffs,” DeWald said. “Right now, they’re beating us really, really bad, and we got to figure out how to beat them. They’re a great team, (coach Brendan) Flaherty has them really well coached, and we got to figure out a way to beat those guys.”

Despite the loss, Sterling Heights took steps in the right direction after collecting just three wins over the last three years.

The Stallions made their first playoff appearance since 2015 and were tri-champions in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

“I think it proves that a lot of things are possible,” Stallions coach Dave Cutlip said. "I think it proves that when you really love something and dedicate yourself to something that good things can happen.”

Although there weren’t many, Cutlip was also appreciative of his senior class and what they did for the program.

“Our seniors deserve a lot of credit because there’s not many of them, but they sure got this group of guys to play pretty well,” Cutlip said. “It’s good to see my high school that I went to and coached at for so many years at least get a chance to be back.”