The Highlanders football season came to an end last week when they fell 56-28 to the Clarkston Wolves in the Division One Regional Championship. Despite the disappointing loss, Adams had a season that both exceeded expectations for many and that will be looked back upon with pride.
The game began on a poor start for Adams by letting Clarkston score three touchdowns in the first quarter. Two of those touchdowns were a result of fumbles by the Highlanders. In total, Adams committed four turnovers, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Despite their struggles, there were some highlights, including two rushing touchdowns by junior Clarence Broadnax, a receiving touchdown by senior Jordan Shive, and a rushing touchdown by senior Parker Monahan.
“Our talent level and skill level was much more equal than the scoreboard showed,” said Shive.
Adams may have been beaten in the Regional Championship, but they have many bright moments to remember from this season. After losing senior quarterback Matt Sokol, the team kept its composure and went on to win four games and a playoff berth under the direction of freshman quarterback Kyle Wood. The Highlanders also beat both crosstown rivals, Rochester and Stoney Creek, to win the title of best team in Rochester. Likewise, after being moved up to division one for the playoffs, they beat Stoney Creek and Walled Lake Northern on their way to a District Championship.
“Beating Stoney in the seniors’ last home game was really special,” said Coach Patritto. “Just watching them smile after that game was probably my favorite moment.”
The season was also seen as a success from the year before, when Adams failed to meet their expectations while missing the playoffs.
“I think we improved a lot since last year and we just played well,” said junior Paul Moceri.
Next season, the Highlanders have much to look forward to. Freshman quarterback Wood plans to be playing football for Adams for years to come. Many juniors are also looking forward to the opportunity to step up as leaders. The Highlanders skill and potential to succeed in the future was also noted by the outgoing seniors.
“I think we’ll have a lot of talent and better work ethic than in years past.” said Shive.
The end of the season was also bittersweet for the seniors, who for the most part, have finished their careers with football. Despite their disappointment, some cannot help but be excited for the years to come in college football.
“I’m excited for my future, but I’m definitely going to miss high school football,” said Sokol, who is committed to Michigan State for football.
This past season could be deemed nothing less than a success. From the big win over Clarkston in the first game of the year, to winning the District title, it was a season none of the Highlanders will forget.