Birmingham Seaholm's Will McBride scores a touchdown in a win over Rochester Adams Oct. 2 at home. McBride's two touchdowns led Seaholm to a 20-17 win.

Birmingham Seaholm's Will McBride scores a touchdown in a win over Rochester Adams Oct. 2 at home. McBride's two touchdowns led Seaholm to a 20-17 win.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Seaholm holds off Adams

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published October 2, 2020

 Rochester Adams quarterback Parker Picot looks to get around a Seaholm defender. The sophomore quarterback had two touchdowns on the ground as the Highlanders dropped to 1-2 overall.

Rochester Adams quarterback Parker Picot looks to get around a Seaholm defender. The sophomore quarterback had two touchdowns on the ground as the Highlanders dropped to 1-2 overall.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

BIRMINGHAM — The last win for Birmingham Seaholm over Rochester Adams came in 1996. The two schools played eight times since the Maples beat the Highlanders almost a quarter of a century ago, with Adams winning every game. 

But fate changed course Oct. 2, when the Maples knocked off the Highlanders 20-17 at home.

“This feels really good,” Seaholm coach Jim DeWald said. “Rochester Adams does everything the right way. We have the utmost respect for those guys. But this feels good, I was proud of our guys’ fight all night long.”

The two teams played to a scoreless first quarter. The Maples were able to break the scoreless tie with 11:52 to play in the second quarter when Jackson Vance capped a 14-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to put Seaholm up 7-0.

The Highlanders responded on their very next possession. On the second play of the drive, Adams quarterback Parker Picot broke open an 83-yard run for a touchdown. The extra point was missed so Seaholm held a 7-6 lead. 

The Highlanders had two touchdowns on the night, both scored by Picot. The sophomore’s second score of the game came on a 4-yard run with 9:23 to play in the fourth quarter.

“Parker has been amazing all year,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said. “We ask so much of him. I think he’s arguably the best corner in Oakland County and he’s developing as a quarterback. He’s a great runner and a great kid. He’s been making plays for us all year.”

Sophomore Colin Timco kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter to add to the Highlanders’ scoring. 

Trailing 9-7 at the break, the Seaholm defense took the field for the Highlanders opening possession of the second half. DeWald’s defense blocked an Adams field goal as the first half clock wound down and again faced a Highlander defense poised to take the lead.

After runs of 3 yards and 17 yards by Griffin Henke and Picot respectively, the Maples defense forced a fumble that was recovered by senior Jack LaBarre. 

The Maples were able to take advantage of the turnover, going on a 19-play drive to retake the lead. Of the 19 plays, 18 were runs and senior Will McBride was the one to score on a 5-yard carry to put Seaholm on top 14-9.

McBride scored two touchdowns on the night. His second score came on a 34 yard run with 7:39 left in the game. The touchdown run gave Seaholm a 20-17 lead, which it would never relinquish.

“I think right now it’s our offensive line and Caleb (Knoer) our quarterback being able to read the defense,” DeWald said about his offensive success. “He’s just a second-year player, so it’s going well.”

Adams had a chance to win the game late. The Highlanders got the ball on their own 30-yard line late in the game with a chance to win it. But it was the Maples defense once again stood tall and stopped Adams on a fourth and 3 to seal the win.

The Maples improve to 2-1 on the season and will travel across town to face rival Birmingham Groves at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

The Highlanders fall to 1-2 overall and will look to bounce back at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 when they host Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.