FOOTBALL: Rochester Adams runs all over Lathrup

| September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)


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SOUTHFIELD — After giving up leads in the third quarter the past two weeks in losses to Farmington Harrison and Oak Park, Rochester Adams made sure it would not suffer the same fate a third straight week.

The Highlanders scored early and often in throttling host Southfield Lathrup 37-8 in an OAA White Division victory.

“I thought Clarence (Broadnax) and Matt Sokol did a great job, and the offensive line, too,” said Adams coach Ton Patritto. “Our goal was to re-establish ourselves as a good running team. We wanted to have a little balance. We didn’t get that going, but when you rush for nearly 400 yards, that is not a bad thing.”

Adams collected 378 rushing yards and 13 passing yards, while Lathrup amassed 24 passing yards and 126 rushing yards — and 75 were on a fourth quarter touchdown run.

The smaller Highlanders dominated the line of scrimmage and never trailed, building a 24-0 lead by the half.

Adams took the early lead when Clarence Broadnax ventured around left for a 23-yard touchdown run with 6:03 left in the first quarter.

The Highlanders scored on their third possession, with Broadnax ending a 71-yard, 10-play drive with a 10-yard scamper with 4:58 to play in the second quarter. Broadnax lit up Lathrup for a season-high 162 yards on 10 carries.

Turnovers set up the Highlanders’ next two scoring drives.

Adams’ Cameron Gugel recovered a fumble on the Lathrup 28 and on the next play, senior quarterback Matt Sokol rushed untouched 28-yards for the score and a 21-0 lead with 4:37 left in the second quarter.

The Highlanders’ Parker Monahan intercepted Lathrup quarterback Zachary Washington at the 50 and returned the football down to the Lathrup 8-yard-line. Spenser Ward drilled a 26-yard field goal to put the Highlanders up by 24 points at the half.

In the third quarter, Adams marched 80 yards on just two plays, with Monahan scampering in from 4 yards out for a 31-0 advantage with 11:14 still left to play.

The Highlanders sustained a long, 95-yard drive that lasted 12 plays and was capped by Brendan Momon’s 11-yard run with 19.9 seconds left in the third. By that time, Adams led 37-0 and replaced the starters with reserves.

Lathrup’s only ray of hope came on Ray Withers’ 75-yard sprint with 10:08 remaining in the game. Jared Singletary added the two-point conversion.

“We are trying to teach these kids how to win and what it takes to win,” sighed Lathrup coach Keith Stephens. “Penalties (and turnovers) killed us and we’ve got to put ourselves in better position to make plays and find guys who can make plays.”

Withers finished with 116 yards on five carries for the Chargers (1-3 0-3), which turned the ball over four times in the contest.

Adams (2-2, 1-2) has a rough road ahead, including a home game against Oxford (2-2, (2-1) next Friday in a crucial OAA White Division contest.

“Our margin of error is gone,” Patritto said. “We need to win every game. Oxford next week. Every time we play them it is a tussle. It’s going to be a very important game. Both teams are in the same (predicament trying to stay in the playoff hunt).”

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