West Bloomfield tops Troy Athens, 28-17 to improve to 4-0 for first time in 39 years
Troy – West Bloomfield finally got to work in the second half on Friday at Troy Athens.
The Lakers shook off a sluggish start and finished fast, and sped to a 28-17 victory in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division game.
The victory moved the Lakers to 4-0 for the first time in 39 years.
West Bloomfield led 14 at halftime before taking a 28-9 lead. Athens scored in the final minute of play.
“This feels real good right now, everybody’s very excited,” West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy said. “We’re not even close to being through with the season, though. We want to keep it going, build on this start, make into something special. Lakers football is on a roll and we’re hoping to keep it that way.”
Bellamy led the Lakers to the program’s first playoff victory last season before losing to Walled Lake Central in a district final.
Michigan State-commit Trishton Jackson accounted three touchdowns for Bellamy’s club, two passing and one receiving. Jackson is West Bloomfield’s star quarterback, but is committed to the Spartans as a wide receiver. Lakers running back Davion Johnson found the goal line on a 40-yard dash into the end zone in the first quarter and on a 35-yard reception for a score in the third.
Defensive lineman Theo Maggette registered a game-high 11 tackles and four sacks on the evening.
Bellamy believes there’s work to still be done on defense.
“We’ve got to clean a few things up,” he said.
The offense isn’t as much as an issue. West Bloomfield has been averaging well over 30 points a night.
“When you score 28 and it’s a down game, you know you’re offense can put up points,” he said. “We pick up yards in chunks and with a playmaker like Trishton, we can do a lot of different things, throw a lot of different looks at you.”
Jackson caught a 15-yard touchdown from backup field general, Brandon Williams, who saw 15 snaps at quarterback while Jackson moved to receiver. In the second half, Jackson hooked up with Johnson for his score and then threw another to Gervon Wynn (18 yards).
Athens (2-2) scored a touchdown in the first quarter and then didn’t see the end zone again until late in the fourth quarter. The Red Hawks have more than two dozen seniors on their roster this fall.
Junior quarterback Joey Starks highlighted the Red Hawks in the stat sheet with 130 yards passing and both Athens’ touchdowns.
‘That’s an excellent team over there (West Bloomfield)," said Athens coach Josh Heppner. "We played tough football but made some mistakes that wound up hurting us. I think we’ll be okay because this is a veteran team. Now, we have to move on and go forward. How we respond from this is more important than the loss itself. West Bloomfield may end up being the best team we face all year."