Joe Mayone '12
*Check out the history sections for recaps on the 1995 and 2005 seasons.
Week 11: Walled Lake Western (Away)
Preview: Walled Lake Western comes into week 10 as the number 2 ranked team in the state in Division 2. Western is 10-0 and won the KLAA North conference this season. They beat Walled Lake Northern for the second time 33-9 in the first round of the playoffs. Western is led by senior quarterback Kyle Thomas, Junior Wide Receiver Cody White, and Senior offensive lineman Kyle Shreve.
Varsity: On Friday night, the varsity lost to Walled Lake Western 34-21 in the district final. The loss ends a great season for the Falcons. Final record 10-1 (7-0 OAA Blue)
Week 10: Harrison (Home)
Preview: Harrison comes into week 10 with a 7-2 record and champions of the OAA White. They are led by Jamison Scarber, Jared Char, and Khalid Kareem. The game is on Friday night at Groves.
Varsity: On Friday night, the Falcons beat Harrison 10-0 to win their 6th playoff game in school history and advanced to the district final. It was the first Friday night home playoff victory for the Falcons since they beat New Baltimore Anchor Bay in 1999.
Week 9 Ann Arbor Pioneer (Home)
Preview: Pioneer comes into week 8 with a 6-2 record. They are led by Junior RB Antjuan Simmons and OT Muad Muton. This is the first meeting ever between the two schools and should be a great challenge as the Falcons go for their second undefeated season in school history and first since 1978. Come out and support the boys on Friday night! Lets pack the home stands!
Freshman: On Wednesday afternoon the Freshman traveled to Ann Arbor Pioneer. They played a great game but ended up losing 38-29. They conclude another great Freshman season with an 8-1 record on the year! Great jobs all coaches and players! The future looks great for Groves Football!
Junior Varsity: On Wednesday night, the JV traveled to Ann Arbor Pioneer to play their last game of the year. They ended up losing 56-13. They finish the season with a 5-3 record. Great job coaches and players!
Varsity: On Friday night, the Varsity team completed a 9-0 record by beating Ann Arbor Pioneer 18-14 in a nail bitter. Groves defense was able to hold Pioneer out of the end zone two times in the final two minutes to seal the victory. Great team effort!
Week 8 Royal Oak (Away)
Preview: Playing for the OAA Blue Title, the Falcons head to Royal Oak on Friday Night. The Ravens are 4-3 entering week 8 and looking to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Falcons. They are led by first year head coach Ray McMann and Sr. Running back Brennan Beerer and Junior Running Back James Mack. All alumni and fans head over to a great stadium at Royal Oak High School on Friday night, it should be a good one against a much improved Royal Oak Team.
Freshman: The freshman team played their last home game on Thursday afternoon against Royal Oak. Zach Zanolli started the scoring for the Falcons by rushing for a TD and a 2 Pt. Conversion. The Falcons would continue their winning ways beating Royal Oak 48-8 for the second time this year. They move their record to 8-0! They go for an undefeated season on WEDNESDAY at Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Junior Varsity: The JV team played their last home game on Thursday night against Royal Oak. The game came down to the wire as the Falcons completed a pass with 9 seconds left to give them the lead 34-28. They would intercept a pass for a TD to finish off Royal Oak by a score of 40-28. The win moves their record to 5-2 on the season. They will be playing their last game of the season on WEDNESDAY at Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Varsity: On Friday night the Varsity team wrapped up the 2015 OAA Blue League Championship by beating Royal Oak 42-0!
Thursday was also a special night for our community. During halftime of the JV game special needs students got to live out what its like to be on the field in front of a crowd and score a TD! Thanks to all the students, staff, alumni, parents who participated in this event!
Week 7: Berkley (Homecoming)
Preview: Berkley comes into week 7 with a 5-1 record and 5-0 in the OAA Blue Division. They lost their opener to Holly and have rolled five straight. They are led by RB/LB Nolan Givan (Fordham), RB/LB Carlton Williams and RB/LB Austen Wood. This is Homecoming for Groves and should be for the OAA Blue Title, lets get a big crowd out to support the Falcons on Friday night!
Freshman: The Freshman traveled to Berkley on Thursday night to face their JV team. For the 7th time this season, they would come away with a victory beating Berkley 7-0 with a late fourth quarter TD! They move their record to 7-0!
Junior Varsity: The JV team traveled to Swartz Creek. The JV was able to pull out a fourth quarter victory by 22-18! The win moves their record to 4-2 on the season.
Varsity: Groves jumped out to an early lead led by two defensive TD's, and were able to control the option attack from Berkley. In front of a great homecoming crowd, the Falcons pulled off a 47-14 win over Berkley. This moves their record to 7-0.
Week 6: Avondale (Varsity is away and a 7:30 Start)
Preview: Avondale comes into week 6 with a 2-3 record. They are known for scoring points and being one of the best teams in the OAA Blue Division year in and year out. They are led by quarterback Tyler Grosz, Running back Vince Wright, offensive/defensive lineman Vontrez Glasper and Chris Keys. Should be a great game.
Freshman: Played Southfield Lathrup's Freshman team on Thursday afternoon at Groves. They ended up winning 34-0 and beating Lathrup for the second time this season. They move their record to 6-0!
Junior Varsity: The JV team played Avondale on Thursday at Groves. For the third week in a row, they came away with the victory beating Avondale 24-8. They move their record to 3-2.
Varsity: The Varsity scored early and often on Friday night at Avondale. They were up 28-0 in the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. The defense led by Ben Zemen, Jeremy Jack, Dylan Walton, Anthony Galdi, Jamar Phillip, Christian Sosa, JP Culberston, Willie Townsel, Ryan Hafen, Mike Hill, and Sean Furton were able to hold Avondale's first team offense out of the endzone to perserve the shutout. With the win, Groves qualifies for the playoffs for the third straight year!
Week 5: Hazel Park:
Preview: Hazel Park comes into Week 5 with a 1-3 record. They are much improved from the previous two seasons. Their lone win was a 38-0 win vs Pontiac. They also played a tough game against Berkley last week losing 27-18. They are led by Sr. FB/LB Jared Shultz and TE/DL Toriano Belton.
Freshman: The freshman team played Lakeland at Groves on Thursday evening. They improved their record to 5-0 on the season with a 30-27 win.
Junior Varsity: The JV team beat Hazel Park 62-0 on Thursday night at Groves. They improve their record to 2-2.
Varsity: On Friday Night the varsity team improved their record to 5-0 with a 54-21 win at Hazel Park. This is the third year in a row and only the fifth time in team history that the Falcon have started 5-0!
Week 4: Pontiac
Preview: Pontiac is 0-3 coming into week 4. Their three losses are to North Farmington, Berkley and Hazel Park. Pontiac is led by Coach Pete Scott, RB/LB Quayvawn Mason QB/DB Jhamal Hazard.
Freshman: The freshman team played Royal Oak on Thursday at Groves. They continued their winning ways beating them 39-6. This moves the Freshman Record 4-0.
Junior Varsity: The JV team played Pontiac on Thursday night at Groves. They were able to come away with their first victory this year beating Pontiac 45-0. They move their record to 1-2.
Varsity: The Varsity team improved their record to 4-0 for the third straight season by beating Pontiac 49-0. Collin Heard, Nick Moore, Earnest Allen all had touchdowns and Christian Sosa added two Field Goals. Record: Overall 4-0 OAA Blue: 3-0
Week 3: Southfield Lathrup
Preview: Lathrup is 1-1 coming into week 3. They won their opening game 21-6 vs University Prep and lost their second game 21-7 vs Royal Oak. Lathrup is led by Sr. DE Eyioma Uwazurike (6-6, 250).
Freshman: The freshman beat Lathrup 49-6 on Thursday afternoon. The improve their record to 3-0
Junior Varsity: The JV lost to Lathrup 20-12 on Thursday. They fall to 0-2 on the season.
Varsity: On Friday night at home, the varsity won 21-0 over Lathrup. The Falcons were leading 7-0 at half. Jr. Nate Higley returned the 2nd half kickoff for a TD and Earnest Allen would add a TD run to seal the deal. For the third year in a row, Groves is 3-0.
Week 2: Ferndale
Freshman: The freshman team played a combined sophomore/freshman team from Ferndale on Wednesday at Ferndale. The Freshman continued their success with a 32-0 victory moving their record to 2-0.
JV: Ferndale does not have a JV team. Record: 0-1
Varsity: The varsity beat Ferndale 29-0. The game started on Thursday night and was postponed until Friday morning due to thunderstorms. Sophomore Collin Heard got things started with a blocked punt and Junior Jeremy Jack picked up the ball and ran it in for the TD. Earnest Allen rushed for 169 yards and 1 TD. Senior Captain Nick Moore added two TD catches. Senior DL Dylan Walton picked off a screen pass and Junior OLB JP Culberston had a fumble recovery for the Falcons. Record: 2-0 League: 1-0 (OAA Blue)
Week 1: Seaholm
Freshman: The freshman team pulled out a 21-14 victory at home on a Wednesday night. The scored was tied at halftime and the freshman scored a TD to go ahead 14-7 late in the fourth quarter. They would ad an additional TD before Seaholm would score a TD with no time remaining. Record:1-0
JV: The JV team played at home vs Seaholm and lost 40-0. The score was 0-0 at halftime and Seaholm was able to pull away in the second half. Record: 0-1
Varsity: The Varsity team beat Seaholm 24-8 Thursday night at Seaholm. Earnest Allen scored 3 TD's and the defense was able to hold Seaholm to a TD late in the game. Record: 1-0
High School recognized as a National School of Character
Schools of Character are schools that have demonstrated through a rigorous
evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on
academics, student behavior, and school climate. They are now expected to serve
as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results. They
will enjoy the distinction of a National School of Character for 5 years.
Football Coach, Brendan Flaherty, served on the Groves Character Education
Committee that secured this prestigious distinction. Good Job Coach!!