Football Team Aims for Playoff Rematch


Kat Nealy

Gates Scores: Senior Jeremy Gates, (left) #20, celebrates with junior Matt Falcon, #21, after scoring a touchdown at a home game against Royal Oak.

The Blue Jays still have a shot at a playoff berth if they can finish with six wins in the regular season, said Head Coach Tim Conley.

The team is especially hungry to get to the playoffs after getting knocked out in the first round last year by Seaholm High School, said Captain Kanye Harris.

It was a devastating blow to the team to lose 17 to 16 to Seaholm last season, especially having all that talent on the Blue Jay squad, Head Coach Tim Conley said. Fourteen football players earned college scholarships last year.

So far this year, the Blue Jays are showing their muscle.

Though they lost their home opener to St. Mary High School by a score of 19 to 21, the Blue Jays defeated three other teams by a wide margin, beating Rochester Adams 35-0, Royal Oak High School 62-0 and North Farmington 51 – 7. They lost a heart-breaker in triple overtime with a score of 27-34.

Coach Conley said the team’s success this year will rest on key points: “Championship teams don’t miss the easy points. From field goals, dropped balls and drives all the way down the field to just have a turnover.”

Those key things are the
difference makers in games and the difference from going in to overtime and going home with heads low.
The Southfield team this year is hungry and stronger than ever after getting knocked out of the playoffs last year, Conley said.

Senior defensive back Charles Harris said, “This year is different,” Harris said: “Focusing on the opponent in front of us every week
and working hard every day is the only way we will be successful.”

Oak Park and Harrison are the toughest opponents this year, according to wide receiver Ray Buford. “Cutting out the little mistakes and working harder than them is the only way we’ll be able to beat them this year.”