Adams receiver Anthony Patritto looks to avoid three Lakeland tacklers in a loss Oct. 19. The loss marks the second time in three years the Highlanders have been eliminated in the first round of the postseason.

Adams receiver Anthony Patritto looks to avoid three Lakeland tacklers in a loss Oct. 19. The loss marks the second time in three years the Highlanders have been eliminated in the first round of the postseason.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


White Lake Lakeland slips past Rochester Adams in overtime

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published October 26, 2018

 Junior quarterback Carter Farris readies a pass in a loss to White Lake Lakeland Oct. 26. Farris suffered an apparent leg injury late in the first half and would not return for the rest of the game.

Junior quarterback Carter Farris readies a pass in a loss to White Lake Lakeland Oct. 26. Farris suffered an apparent leg injury late in the first half and would not return for the rest of the game.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The Highlanders of Rochester Adams fell to the Eagles of White Lake Lakeland 23-20 in overtime Oct. 26.

After giving up a score and a two-point conversion to Lakeland with less than a minute to play in the game to tie it all up, the Highlanders would have to fight for their season in an extra session.

Adams received the ball first in overtime and failed to find the end zone. Senior kicker Ben Patton, who was 2 for 2 on field goals in the game, drilled a 23-yard kick to put the Highlanders on top 20-17.

The Eagles responded quickly and efficiently. On the first play of their overtime possession, running back Robbie Tracy capped off his three-touchdown night with a 10-yard run to give the victory to the Eagles.

“I’ve been at this for a long, long time and when there’s a last game that you don’t win, there is no words that us grownups can give to kids,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said. “All you can tell them is that you love them, the journey is the journey and at the end of the day, they made an investment and they left it out here. They always have that to be proud of.”

Lakeland’s running back duo of Tracy and Dakota Myers ran for 162 yards combined on 21 carries in the first half.

The Adams defense flipped the script for the most part in the second half as Myers and Tracy had trouble finding running room. 

“We have really good defensive coaches. I can’t take any credit for that,” Patritto said. “We just didn’t do enough on offense to put it away.”

After a failed fourth-down conversion to start the game, the Eagles would be the first to get on the board. A 24-yard run by Tracy put Lakeland up only 6-0 due to a blocked extra point by junior defensive lineman Bobby Anderson.

The Highlanders would come back to take the lead on their next drive. Junior wideout Anthony Patritto would find the end zone on a 21-yard run and Adams led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Patton and Lakeland kicker Merick Shaver would trade field goals to close out the first half with a score that read 10-9 in favor of Adams.

The Highlanders extended their lead over Lakeland early in the final quarter when Reece Collins found the goal line from 4 yards out. The score was set up in part due to a 33-yard run from Anthony Patritto and a short scamper from Nico Jackson to set up Adams at the Lakeland 4-yard line.

Things started to take a turn for the worst for Adams late in the fourth quarter. A Highlander fumble and Lakeland recovery at its own 43-yard line would go on to set up the game-tying score from Tracy. The senior scored on a 2-yard run with 38 seconds left and a two-point conversion knotted the score at 17-17.

Adams finishes the year 6-4 overall.

“You can’t make mistakes against good teams because that’s what happens, you get beat and you go home early.”

Lakeland (7-3) advances to play Clarkston High (8-2) next week. The Wolves beat Lake Orion 30-7 Oct. 26.

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