Friday’s roundup: West Bloomfield knocks out Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Hills — Coach Ron Bellamy believed West Bloomfield could do some damage in the state playoffs if it could get in postseason play with a 5-4 record.
Well, West Bloomfield got in the Division 1 field and took advantage of the opportunity Friday night with a 31-14 victory over previously unbeaten Bloomfield Hills.
“We just wanted a ticket to the dance,” Bellamy said.
“We’re really a 6-and-3 team since we had to give up that first game (a 31-28 win over Birmingham Groves forfeited over an ineligible player). “You play that schedule (Groves, Farmington Hills Harrison, Southfield A&T, Clarkston, Lake Orion) and that prepares you for moments like this.
“This is our rival, and this is what our kids wanted. They wanted a 9-and-0 team. Last year, we were the 9-and-0 team losing to a 5-and-4 team (Novi). I sympathize for those guys over at Bloomfield Hills, but our kids wanted it. They were prepared and executed.”
West Bloomfield — which competes in the Oakland Activities Association Red — took the opening kickoff, recovering an onside kick at its own 40, and scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Veasley to Davion Johnson.
“Coming out we knew we wanted to score on that first drive because they have a high-powered offense just like us so we knew we had to score,” Veasley said. “They were in a cover 4 so I knew everybody was going to drop back so Davion went to the flat and I hit him.”
West Bloomfield took advantage of short-field chances to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
First, Bloomfield Hills had a bad snap go over the punter’s head, giving the ball to West Bloomfield at the 2 and Johnson scored on the first play for a 14-7 lead.
West Bloomfield took advantage of a short field on its next series, scoring on a 48-yard drive. Veasley connected on all three of his pass attempts for 28 yards, then scored on a 2-yard run on third-and-goal for a 21-7 cushion with 4:31 left in the half.
Veasley, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior with offers from Central Michigan and Toledo, completed 18 of 26 passes for 159 yards. He hit on 14 of 18 for 114 yards in the first half, getting the ball to his receivers in space and letting them move the chains. He also had a 40-yard touchdown called back on a hold call.
“We knew we didn’t have to throw the ball deep every play so we tried to get the ball to our athletes in space, guys like Garrett (Winn), Davion (Johnson), Taj Mustapha and (James) Faulkner, too,” said Veasley, who has now thrown for 2,350 yards and 22 TDs.
Winn had seven receptions for 67 yards and scored on a 2-yard run with 3:15 left for the 31-14 lead. Johnson rushed for 128 yards on 27 carries.
Bloomfield Hills was dealt a severe blow when junior quarterback John Paddock was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion early in the second quarter, trailing 14-7. He did not return.
Paddock, a transfer from Birmingham Brother Rice, entered the game with 1,649 passing yards and 21 touchdowns for Bloomfield Hills, which was undefeated in the OAA Blue after going 1-8 in the Red last season.
Diminutive senior running back Derek Lynch was a bright spot for Bloomfield Hills. He broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown to pull his team within 14-7 with four minutes left in the half. He finished the first half with 103 yards on eight carries.
Bloomfield Hills had a chance to cut the deficit before halftime but a fumble on a handoff ended the threat at the West Bloomfield 40.
And, Bloomfield Hills had a short field to work with to start the second half, returning the kick to its own 46, but failed to take advantage.
Bloomfield Hills gambled on a fake punt and West Bloomfield ended up starting from its own 38 late in the third quarter. It cashed in with a 35-yard field goal by Nick O’Shea for a 24-7 advantage.
Backup quarterback Andrew Denk led an impressive drive early in the fourth, connecting on 3 of 4 passes for 63 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Joey Sacco to pull West Bloomfield within 24-14.
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Dearborn 52, Livonia Stevenson 0: Mikey Phillips was 13-for-16 throwing with 200 yards, three touchdowns and 70 yard rushings, and Hassen Beydoun recorded six catches for 130 yards and a score for Dearborn (9-1). Ali Fayad had three sacks and Hussein Hannawi recorded two touchdowns. Stevenson finished 5-5.
Macomb Dakota 48, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 27: Brett Droski was 19-for-30 passing for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and Jaylen Hall had six catches for 152 yards and two scores for Dakota (7-3). Kaiser Carleton recorded 133 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Dustin Solomon had three rushing touchdowns. Chippewa Valley finished 6-4.
Novi 38, Brighton 9: Nathan Hankerson had 30 carries for 181 yards and a touchdown, Anthony D’Annibale had 12 receptions for 120 yards and a score, and Alec Bageris was 17-for-24 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns for Novi (6-4). Cameron Tullar was 9-for-16 for 101 yards and a score for Brighton (7-3).
Birmingham Brother Rice 35, Warren Cousino 16: Mariano Valenti had a 33-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Jordan and two rushing scores, Jack Moran had 146 yards on 10 carries and Marcellus Gaines finished with 97 yards on 15 rushes for Brother Rice (7-3). Ben Mateszyk was 21-of-28 for 208 yards and a touchdown for Cousino (8-2).
Birmingham Groves 56, Berkley 15: Ernest Allen rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, Qaadir Ali rushed six times for 81 yards and a score and Jaleel White finished with four tackles for Groves (9-1). Ross Heron had 17 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown as well as 87 yards passing and another score for Berkley (6-4).
Grosse Pointe North 49, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 7: Jared Jordan had 12 carries for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and Bjorn Bjornsson was 6-for-8 passing for 164 yards and three touchdowns for North (8-2). Chris Wise had a 21-yard touchdown run for Lakeview (6-4).
Grosse Pointe South 32, Port Huron Northern 6: Logan Mico was 12-for-23 passing with 179 yards and two touchdowns and had one score on 60 yards rushing, and Jhordan Rush recorded 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for South (7-3). Henry Wilson had six catches for 110 yards and two scores, and Jack Doerer recorded six tackles and a pass breakup. Northern finished 6-4.
Walled Lake Western 31, South Lyon 30: John Tracy was 15-for-24 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns, Cody White had five receptions for 88 yards and two scores, and Jalen Marshall had 12 carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns for Western (9-1). Carlo Zoratti was 11-for-15 for 161 yards and two touchdowns, Will Kelley had a rushing touchdown and Josh Travis had a touchdown reception for South Lyon (5-5).
Allen Park 31, New Boston Huron 12: Reid Paffhausen had 14 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns along with a 40-yard reception, Ryan Fish finished with 103 yards and a touchdown on 18 rushes and Antonio Mangiapane was 6-of-12 passing for 88 yards for Allen Park (10-0). Tyler Marsee added an interception and three tackles. New Boston finished 6-4.
Orchard Lake St Mary’s 49, Bay City John Glenn 14: Caden Prieskorn was 6-for-10 passing for 115 yards and RaShawn Allen had 20 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns for St. Mary’s (6-4). John Glenn finished 7-3.
Detroit Mumford 26, Harper Woods Chandler Park 20: Cerell Lewis had four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown and nine rushes for 137 yards and two scores, Brandon Green had three receptions for 87 yards, seven tackles, two forced funbles and one fumble recovery, and Omar Pagan returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for Mumford (8-2). Chandler Park finished 5-4.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 30, Ecorse 6: Tracy Hubbard had 159 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, and Shawn Jackson recorded 140 yards and a score on 17 rushes for Michigan Collegiate (9-1). Ecorse finished 5-5.