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Southfield wins a rare trip to state semifinals

Marissa McNees
Special to The Detroit News

Wyandotte — Southfield earned just its second trip to the state semifinals in program history after dominating Wyandotte Roosevelt 35-7 in the MHSAA Division 2 regional championship Friday night.

The Bluejays made a strong statement to start the game as senior Adrian Carter ran 64 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then capped the two-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to put Southfield up 7-0 with 11:23 left in the first quarter.

"We executed right from the beginning," Southfield coach Tim Conley said. "Guys were focused, and they've been showing a lot of maturity down the stretch here.

"A lot of kids will tend to get tired as the season goes on, but we've had great leadership from the seniors, and their preparation this week for this game and this weather was perfect."

Southfield (9-3) had a 28-0 lead at halftime, holding Wyandotte to just 55 yards of offense in the first half.

"They have a good football team over there and we knew that going in," Wyandotte coach Ron Adams said. "They're big, fast, athletic, and we gave them 21 points off the bat."

Carter finished with 158 yards on 17 carries and three TDs.

"I was just fighting for my team," Carter said. "I would see all open turf and I just ran. I'm happy for my team and I'm going to keep fighting."

"Adrian does well because our perimeter guys are so scary and that opens it up for him," Conley said.

"We coach the kids not to be selfish, and you're not going to see the greatest stats because we move the ball around so much between them, but tonight was Adrian's night."

Southfield advances to the semifinals next week where it will face the winner of today's regional matchup between Birmingham Brother Rice and Warren De La Salle.

"We've got to play mistake-free football, and we'll see what the weather brings," Conley said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Wyandotte finishes 9-3.

Marissa McNees is a freelance writer.