Birmingham Seaholm football opens season with win over North Farmington
By Jake Thielen | MLive.com August 27, 2010
Shawn Conway’s 74-yard return on the opening kickoff proved to be a sign of good things to come for Birmingham Seaholm in their high school football season opener Thursday against North Farmington.
Conway added touchdown receptions of 6 and 15 yards, as Seaholm built a 26-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Maples held on to win by a score of 26-6 in the Oakland Activities Association game.
Junior quarterback John Glazier threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in his first career varsity start.
Seaholm head coach Chris Fahr praised Glazier’s performance after the game.
“I’m very proud of him. John Glazier for his first start did a great job, managed us, didn’t turn the ball over,” Fahr said.
Fahr also was pleased with his team’s performance on special teams.
“We work very hard on special teams,” Fahr said. “It’s number two on our priorities – play great defense and play great special teams. I thought, as a whole, that unit did very well.”
Despite the game’s final score, Fahr said that his team could have played better.
“I’m not statisfied,” Fahr said. “I mean you’ll take a victory any time you can get it, but I’m not satisfied.”
“I feel like we left some points on the board, and we had a lack of focus in the second half.”
Fahr said that he expects the Maples to improve as the season continues.
“Keep in mind this is still a fairly young team,” Fahr said. “We have a lot of juniors that started as sophomores, but you got to learn to win. It’s a process.”
North Farmington struggled offensively, but they were able to convert a failed Seaholm fourth down attempt into a late touchdown.
North Farmington head coach Todd Schultz remained optimistic after seeing how his team performed in the second half.
“We got into a little bit of a rhythm where we could make things happen, and that’s how we expect to play,” Schultz said.
Quarterback Zach Washington struggled in the first half with only 11 yards passing, but he was able to add 23 yards rushing, including a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Schultz attributed Washington’s struggles to first-game jitters.
“He’ll come back next game and be a lot better than he was today,” Schultz said. “He’s going to lead the team and he’s going to take them the right way.”