The score: West Bloomfield 12, Farmington 34
The star: Bryan Green ran for 228 yards on 15 carries, scored three rushing touchdowns and made several tackles from the linebacker position to help the Farmington Falcons control the second half.
The turning point: On the second play after a West Bloomfield turnover on downs, Green raced through a hole up the middle 45 yards for a touchdown with 10:25 left in the game to bring the score to 27-6.
The quote: “We didn’t really open it as far as we could have, but we had control of the line of scrimmage and that was our game plan. Even then, we made so many mistakes that it could have been 24-0 at the half and it was 6-0.” — Farmington head coach John Bechtel.
Injury report: West Bloomfield's Jordan Ofeimu suffered a leg injury in the second half and will have an MRI Friday.
What’s next? West Bloomfield will host Clarkston in the Lakers’ home opener Sept. 1, while the Falcons will bring Rochester Adams to Farmington on Sept. 2.
Bottom line: Farmington looked every bit like it was expected to be – talented – but bogged down with penalties and missed opportunities. Meanwhile, the Lakers looked overmatched, but should improve their record going into the Oakland Activities Association Red Division schedule.
varsity head coach John Bechtel said before Thursday’s season opening game that the Falcons were
Bechtel’s team did not disappoint his prediction, as the Falcons ran over 34-12 at home in a game as captivating as it was aggravating for the 13-year head coach.
Running backs Bryan Green and Connor Mohr led the way with 328 combined yards rushing, as the Lakers couldn’t seem to tackle or catch up with either player. Green ran for 228 yards, rushing on 15 attempts, and scored three touchdowns, prompting Lakers varsity head coach Ron Bellamy to declare the Farmington senior was “the best player on the field, no question.”
Bechtel said, “(Green) ran downhill tonight. He caught tosses and he ran them well. Our running backs were a great 1-2 punch. Mohr is one of the best players in the area and … they make you have to decide who you’re going to try and take away.”
The Falcons were slow to get going, with six penalties on their first two drives, before Green scored the game’s first touchdown on the last play of the first quarter with a 49-yard run to the outside. Bechtel said that the penalties will have to decrease if the Falcons are going to compete in the Oakland Activities Association White Division this year.
“I think we have room for improvement in every phase,” Bechtel said. “We didn’t really open it as far as we could have, but we had control of the line of scrimmage, and that was our game plan. Even then, we made so many mistakes that it could have been 24-0 at the half and it was 6-0.”
The Falcons came out of halftime with the ball. After drawing an offsides penalty on fourth-and-two, senior quarterback Chris Morgan threw a play-action pass to a wide-open, junior wide receiver, Isaiah Gourdine, who scored from the Lakers’ 34-yard-line.
“We didn’t throw the ball much tonight, but we showed that we can,” Bechtel said.
The Lakers were able to answer on the next possession, as senior running back C.J. Brathwaite took a pitch from senior quarterback Daryn Byrd and looked lost in the backfield before dodging three tacklers and running 38 yards for a touchdown. The play brought the Lakers closer to the lead, at 14-6, but it was as close as they would get.
On the second play after a West Bloomfield turnover on downs, Green raced through a hole up the middle 45 yards for a touchdown with 10:25 left in the game, to bring the score to 27-6.
“I was just thinking – waiting for the hole to develop – and the line got a big push up front. Once I saw the hole, I just took it off to the races,” Green said.
Wide receiver Cortez Hardrick starred for the Lakers with seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown, off of a comeback route and thrown by Byrd.
West Bloomfield 12, Farmington 34
WBHS – 0 0 6 6 - 12
FHS – 6 0 15 13 – 34
FHS: Green 49 run (Markiewicz miss)
FHS: Gourdine 34 pass from Morgan (Green 2-point conversion)
WBHS: Brathwaite 38 run (Genrich blocked)
FHS: Green 1 run (Markiewicz kick)
FHS: Green 45 run (Markiewicz miss)
FHS: Degreffenreed 28 run (Markiewicz kick)
WBHS: Hardrick 25 pass from Byrd (Genrich miss)
WBHS: Brathwaite 9-72, Campbell 8-59, Byrd 3-37, Elliott 1-minus-6, Hardrick 1-3. Totals: 27-155. FHS: Green 15-228, Mohr 7-100, Curtis 1-10, Degreffenreed 9-77, Hammond 2-minus-2, Wilyard 1-11, Morgan 2-2. Totals: 37-428.
WBHS: Byrd 12-24-158-0. FHS: Morgan 3-5-58-0.
WBHS: Brathwaite 4-38, Elliott 1-9, Hardrick 7-111. Totals: 12-158. FHS: Gourdine 1-34, Mohr 2-24. Totals: 3-58.
WBHS: 7-61. FHS: 11-68.
WBHS: 0-1 (0-0 OAA Red). FHS: 1-0 (0-0 OAA White).