Farmington Hills — Alex Bolstrum is a new addition to the Farmington Hills Harrison varsity team, so recent that he’s not listed on the roster.
Bolstrum was introduced to the homecoming crowd in a big way Saturday. His 29-yard field goal gave Harrison a 54-52 lead with 1 second left and Harrison outlasted Oak Park, 60-52, in one of the wildest games played anywhere in the state this season.
The lead changed hands four times in the final 5:09 and the game wasn’t decided until Peyton Petersen returned an errant pitch on Oak Park’s kickoff return to end the game.
Bolstrum, a sophomore, was on the junior varsity two weeks ago. Four days after Harrison lost to Southfield, 20-19, on Sept. 27 Bolstrum was moved up. Harrison missed extra point attempts in that Southfield game, prompting coach John Herrington to make a change.
“I had a rough outing last week,” Bolstrum said of his debut in Harrison’s 42-0 victory over Southfield-Lathrup on Oct. 4. “I was 3-of-5 (on point-after tries). I thought it was going to come down to me. I was ready. I was just ready. I kicked on the JV and tried to do the same things I did there. I was super nervous last week. It’s awesome to make it.”
It was Bolstrum’s first field goal try on varsity. His longest field goal on junior varsity was 38 yards.
Harrison (6-1) clinched a playoff spot with the victory and, at 5-1, remained one game behind Southfield (6-1, 6-0) for first place in the Oakland Activities Association White Division with one game remaining.
“Basketball,” Oak Park Greg Carter said. “That’s what that was. High school football is played on Fridays. The NFL plays on Sundays. This was like a college game where nobody stops anyone. I’m not happy with our defense, obviously. Their play action hurt us. Their (bootlegs) hurt us. We had soft coverage on that last drive and I’m not sure we should have done that.”
Oak Park (5-2, 4-2) took a 46-42 lead on John Kelly’s 4-yard touchdown run and conversion run with 5:09 left.
Harrison answered with a Jevon Shaw 34-yard touchdown pass to Devon Cook for a 49-46 lead with 3:30 remaining. Harrison then blocked a punt that resulted in a safety and a 51-46 lead with 1:57 left.
Kelly, who had an outstanding game in all phases, recovered an onside kick at the Oak Park 33. Five plays later Kelly caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chauncey Loman and the conversion pass failed leaving Oak Park with a 52-51 lead with 53.8 seconds left.
Harrison took over on its 29 and Shaw’s 37-yard pass to running back Lorenzo Collins gave Harrison a first down at the Oak Park 23. On third down Shaw ran 11 yards to the 12 and Harrison called its final timeout to set up Bolstrum.
Shaw was 18-of-27 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times for 103 yards and one touchdown and he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.
Kelly scored five touchdowns, three rushing, one receiving and one on a fumble return. He rushed for 223 yards on 26 carries.
“I was hoping for a touchdown,” Harrison coach John Herrington said. “But with the wind behind us we went to Bolstrum. He’s with us every day. We got a kicker.
“We played a game like this against Chelsea (65-64 victory in the 2003 Division 3 playoffs) but I know we’ve never been tied at 30 at halftime in any game.”
Oak Park led 30-14 before Harrison scored two touchdowns in the last five minutes to tie the score at 30 at halftime.
Collins scored on an 11-yard touchdown run and the conversion brought Harrison to within 30-22.
On Harrison’s next possession Jevon Shaw was 4-of-6 for 74 yards including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Collins. Jarde Char’s diving conversion catch tied the score with 38.9 seconds left.
Detroit University Prep 42, Detroit Edison Academy 6: Cyree Smith had seven carries for 146 yards and two TDs and had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and Trenell Whitworth ran for 96 yards and had a 50-yard interception for a TD for University Prep (5-2).
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 27, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 10: Joe Myrick had 16 touches for 96 yards for Cranbrook (2-5).
Waterford Lakes 31, Allan Park Cabrini 6: Sean Thomas had 16 carries for 146 yards and a TD and Dylan Sabo went 9-for-12 for 166 yards and two TDs for Lakes (5-2).
Detroit Country Day 42, Flushing 7: Tyler Wiegers went 13-for-15 for 317 yards and two TDs and Richard Wilson rushed for 70 yards and three Tds for Country Day (4-2).
Detroit Catholic Central 14, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 6: Nicholas Cococetta and Dylan Rooney each scored a touchdown for Catholic Central (6-1).
Detroit News staff contributed.