Game Previews and Recaps:
Week 1: West Bloomfield
On Thursday night the Falcons lost a thriller at West Bloomfield 31-28 in OT. They were trailing 28-14 late in the fourth quarter. The defense was able to get a stop and Sr. QB Beau Kewley ran it in from 20 yards out to pull within 7. After a failed onside kick attempt, the Falcons were able to get West Bloomfield to go three and out and punt the ball away with less than a minute to go. Beau Kewley found Jr. Collin Heard on a 40 yard post route for a score and Christian Sosa kicked the extra point to send the game to OT. Unfortunately in overtime, the Falcons missed their field goal and West Bloomfield kicked a field goal on the first play to get the win.
*West Bloomfield used an ineligible player during the varsity game and forfeited the game.
The freshman lost 33-13 and the JV also lost 14-12.
Week 2: Oak Park
Preview: Oak Park comes into week 2 as one of the top teams in the state. They are led by offensive lineman Marquan McCall and JayRamond Hall. The Falcons and the Knights have met 10 times (Mostly in the early 70's) with the Falcons holding a 6-4 overall record. The last time these two teams met were at Groves in 1995. The Falcons pulled out a 19-13 OT victory. The Falcons Eric Gerwin and Marcus Forester stuffed the Oak Park running back on 4th down to end the game.
Results: On Friday night, the Falcons squeaked out a 13-12 victory over the Oak Park. Seniors Nate Wagner and Nate Higley both caught TD passes on the offensive side. Senior safety Ryan Flaherty had 2 interceptions and senior DE Drew Sheckell came up huge with a fumble recovery on the Falcons one yard line.
Record: Overall: 2-0 League: 1-0
Junior Varsity: On Wednesday night the JV team lost to Oak Park 47-6. This drops the JV's record to 0-2 on the year.
Freshman: On Wednesday night the Freshman team beat Oak Park 48-6 bringing their record to 1-1 on the season.
Week 3: Southfield A & T (Home)
Preview: Southfield A & T comes in to week 2 with a 1-1 record. The lost their first game to sate power house Detroit King 39-0. But they rebounded during week 2 to beat Clarkston in overtime to bring their overall record to 1-1.
Freshman: On Thursday afternoon the Freshman traveled to Southfield A & T and came out with a 28-8 victory! This moves the freshman record to 2-1 on the season.
Junior Varsity: On Thursday night the JV team won their first game of the year beating Southfield A & T 19-12. this moves the JV record to 1-2.
Varsity: On Friday night before a great crowd, the Falcons pulled out another tight game over one of the better teams in the state. They were able to stop Southfield A & T on fourth down inside their 20 and run out the clock for the 13-7 win. Sr. QB Beau Kewley found Sr. WR Nate Higley for a 38 yard score early in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Sr. Running back Earnest Allen punched in the eventually game winner late in the third quarter. The defense led by Sr. DE Drew Sheckell and Jr. DB Collin Heard held A & T to 7 points and caused 5 turnovers. (2 Interceptions both by Heard and 3 fumbles.) The win moved the Falcons record to 3-0.
WEEK 4: North Farmington (Away) Friday @ 7:00
Preview: North Farmington comes into week 3 with an 0-3 record. In week one they lost to Walled Lake Northern, in week 2 they lost a close game to Troy Athens and in week 3 Rochester Adams beat the Raiders. The Falcons and Raiders have met 14 times with North Farmington holding a 8-6 record. The last time these two teams met was in 2013 at Groves. The Falcons won 49-22 at Falcon Field.
Varsity: On Friday night the Falcons won 45-0 at North Farmington. Sr. TE Drew Sheckell started the scoring by hauling in a 38 yard TD pass from Sr. QB Beau Kewley. Sr. RB Earnest Allen and Jr. RB Qaadir Ali both added TD's. Jr. Colin Heard had 2 interceptions returning one for a TD. Sophomore Demonte McCurdy had his first interception and returned it for his first varsity TD. The win moved the Falcons overall record to 4-0 and 2-0 in the white division.
Junior Varsity: On Thursday night at Groves the JV team beat Bloomfield Hills 25-0 moving their record to 2-2.
Freshman: On Thursday afternoon at Groves, the Freshman made it 3 in a row with a 39-6 victory over Bloomfield Hills. With the win, the freshman move their record to 3-1.
Week 5: Seaholm (Home) Friday @ 7:00
Preview: Seaholm comes into week 5 with a 1-3 record. They beat Farmington on Friday night 29-28 to earn their first victory of the year. The Maples have played three tough teams in weeks one through three. (Brother Rice, Adams, Harrison). The Falcons are on a 2 game win streak in the series. Last year they beat the Maples in week one 24-8.
Varsity: On Friday night at home, the Falcons improved their record to 5-0 on season by beating Seaholm 36-0. The Falcons were led by their defense, causing three turnovers. Jr. Colin Heard collected his 6th interception of the year and Nate Wagner, Mo Kelley, and Ryan Flaherty led the defense in tackles. The defense line held Seaholm to 70 yards rushing. The D-line is anchored by Sr. Jaleel Anderson, Sr. Anthony Galdi, Sr. Drew Sheckell, and Jr. Griffen Best. On offense, Earnest Allen paced the way with 123 yards rushing and two TDs. Wr Nate Higley caught his 3rd TD pass of the year. This was the third straight victory over Seaholm for the Falcons.
Junior Varsity: On Thursday Night at Seaholm, the JV team stretched their winning streak to three games by beating Seaholm 28-6. The JV improves their record to 3-2 on the season.
Freshman: On Thursday afternoon at Seaholm, the Freshman also beat Seaholm by a score of 46-7 and pushed their winning streak to 4 games. The freshman team improves their record to 4-1 on the season.
Week 6: Harrison (Away) Friday 7:00
Preview: The Falcons head over to Farmington Hills Harrison on Friday night for an OAA White Division showdown. Harrison is currently 3-2 and 2-1 in the White Division. They lost their opener to East Kentwood by a touchdown and lost to Rochester Adams in Week 4. The last time these two teams played was last year in the first round of the playoffs with Groves winning 10-0. Harrison owns a 12-4 record in the series.
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VICTORY DAY AT GROVES
What is it? Victory Day will provide middle school and high school youth with cognitive and physical impairments the opportunity to play football or cheer and have their "moment in the sun" on the football field. Each child will be partnered up with a Groves football player or cheerleader who will serve as their mentor for the day. Participants will wear a Victory Day t-shirt supplied by the Groves football team or hold cheer pom-poms and participate in a number of simulating game day activities, giving each child a moment to shine.
When: Thursday Sept. 29th Half time of JV Football Game
Falcons in the News:
Week 1: West Bloomfield:
Week 2: Oak Park
Week 3: Southfield A & T
Week 4: North Farmington
Week 5: Seaholm
C & G News - Article on Groves Team - September 28th
Week 6: Harrison
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