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ROCHESTER HILLS – The Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks rolled to a 40-13 victory over the Rochester Falcons behind dominant line play on both sides of the ball.
The Black Hawk defense set the tone on the game’s first possession when Jack Sape recorded back-to-back sacks to force a three-and-out on Rochester’s first possession. Kiewuan Graham then hauled in a 61-yard touchdown on the second offensive play for Bloomfield Hills, and the Black Hawks never looked back, building a 20-0 lead after the first quarter.
“We didn’t come out very well,” Rochester head coach Erik Vernon said. “Credit Bloomfield, they’ve got a lot of really good athletes and good players, and they made plays.”
“That’s kind of what we talked about is starting fast,” Black Hawks head coach Dan Loria said. “We’re at a point now where we’re starting to come together as a team now. But the big thing is coming out ready to go, not waiting for a wake up call.”
The Bloomfield Hills defense racked up six sacks – including four by Sape – and forced four turnovers, while offensively the Black Hawks got their running game going led by the dynamic duo of Eli Sherman and Derek Lynch Jr. Lynch scored two touchdowns in the first quarter for the Black Hawks while Sherman was a two-way star for the Black Hawks, racking up 123 yards and three touchdowns on offense, and intercepting two passes on defense.
“Those kids, we’ve got some young kids on the offensive line and some veterans on the defensive line; and they’re coming along,” Loria said. “That offensive line, they work hard. They stay after practice, and they’re starting to pick up the system. We threw a lot at them, and they’ve responded.”
Rochester received a strong performance from Thomas Loftus, who intercepted a pass late in the first quarter and then caught a touchdown pass early in the second quarter to cut Bloomfield Hills’ lead to 20-7 with 9:54 to play in the first half.
“He’s a superstar player for us,” Vernon said. “We’ve got to find some guys to make plays besides him, but he had a great game – just like he had a great game in week one.”
But Bloomfield Hills marched right down the field to make it 28-7 on a touchdown run by Sherman, effectively killing any momentum the Falcons were building.
Bloomfield Hills improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the OAA Blue. The Black Hawks face Troy next week in another OAA Blue match up.
“I’m happy for the kids. They’ve worked hard,” Loria said. “They’ve earned it in the offseason, doing the things they needed to do.”
Rochester (0-2, 0-1 OAA Blue) has a road game next week against Notre Dame Prep.