Rochester Adams quarterback Carter Farris is chased down by West Bloomfield linebacker Cornell Wheeler. Wheeler is committed to play college football at the University of Michigan.

Rochester Adams quarterback Carter Farris is chased down by West Bloomfield linebacker Cornell Wheeler. Wheeler is committed to play college football at the University of Michigan.

Photo by Donna Agusti


West Bloomfield high football holds off surging Rochester Adams

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published September 28, 2018

 West Bloomfield High receivers Donovan Edwards (#6) and Tre Mosley (#7) celebrate after a touchdown. Edwards finished the Sept. 28 win over Adams with one touchdown reception.

West Bloomfield High receivers Donovan Edwards (#6) and Tre Mosley (#7) celebrate after a touchdown. Edwards finished the Sept. 28 win over Adams with one touchdown reception.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 

ROCHESTER HILLS — With a 24-20 win over Rochester Adams Sept. 28, West Bloomfield High (5-1 overall, 4-1 Oakland Activities Association Red Division) now sits just one win away from extending its playoff streak to five years in a row.

 

“We won the football game, but we need got to learn to finish games — bottom line,” Lakers coach Ron Bellamy said. “We expected a fourth-quarter game with coach (Tony) Patritto’s team. He has a heck of a football team. I’m just glad we were able to get out of here with a victory.”

 

The win did not come easy. Led by quarterback CJ Harris, the Lakers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half. Harris topped off an 80-yard opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to draw first blood.

 

After West Bloomfield junior defensive tackle Beau Davis recovered an Adams fumble, Harris found Penn State commit Lance Dixon on a 58-yard strike to double the Lakers lead.

 

The Highlanders (3-3 overall, 2-3 OAA Red) came out and were able to move the ball on their next possession. A 23-yard run by junior quarterback Carter Farris highlighted the drive, but it was the Lakers defense stepping up and forcing Adams to turn the ball over on downs.

The Lakers extended their lead to 21-0 on the subsequent drive when another long 58-yard pass from Harris found Donovan Edwards in the end zone.

 

Adams did get some points on the board before the half ended. Faced with another fourth down, Farris was able to get the necessary yardage on a designed quarterback run. Junior running back Maurice Swain punched in a 2-yard run with under a minute to play in the first have to make it 21-7.

 

After a stalled drive to open the second half, the Highlanders defense stepped up and senior safety Nico Jackson intercepted Harris on the Lakers’ opening drive.

 

Adams then used a trick play moments later to crawl within one score.

 

Farris tossed the ball backwards to Jackson, who found senior receiver Jack Bishop in the end zone to bring the score to 21-14. The Highlanders would try the same play later in the game, but Lakers safety Tre Shorter came up with the interception.

 

As the game winded down, Lakers sophomore kicker Jake Ward put West Bloomfield up 24-14 with 1:33 to play in the game.

 

Again Adams responded. This time, return man Colin Weeks took the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards.

 

On the next possession, West Bloomfield was able to run out the remainder of the clock.

 

“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Patritto said about the loss. “We did not finish our drives in the red zone. If we do that, we’re fine and we win the game. I’m proud of our team, they didn’t quit, but we know that shouldn’t have even been the situation in the first place.”

 

Adams will look to rebound against Farmington Hills Harrison at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 on the road.