Andrew Hammett accounts for four touchdowns as Rochester Adams defeats Southfield, 35-7, in OAA football action
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, September 25, 2010
On Parents’ Night at Rochester Adams High School, Andrew Hammett turned in a performance that would have made any parent proud.
Hammett accounted for four total touchdowns, including three after taking over at quarterback in the second half, to lead Rochester Adams to a 35-7 victory over Southfield in the Oakland Activities Association White Division football game Friday night.
Hammett caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Annese in the first quarter that put the Highlanders up 14-0. Annese left the game early in the third quarter after being injured while playing defense, forcing Hammett to take over at quarterback.
Hammett, who started at quarterback for Rochester Adams’s first two games of the season before moving to wide receiver, threw touchdown passes to receivers Phil Annese and Alex Borglin in the third quarter to stretch the Adams lead to 28-0.
He added a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Highlanders.
Hammett finished the game 10-11 for 146 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added one catch for 38 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Hammett gave credit to the rest of his team for his performance.
“It’s a total team effort,” Hammett said. “We’re a team, and we’re a family, and that’s our motto – faith, family, finish.”
Rochester Adams coach Tony Patritto stressed after the game how valuable Hammett is to the team.
“He’s the kind of player that always makes plays for us, always has, whether he’s at quarterback, or receiver, or slot, or wherever we play him,” Patritto said. “I think he’s one of the best players in the county.”
As a team, Rochester Adams outgained Southfield 355-210. Tony Annese had five carries for 61 yards and 38 yards passing before his injury. Running back Darrian Bell had a 36-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Patritto said he liked the way his team was able to move the ball both through the air and on the ground.
“We had a little bit more balance this evening,” Patritto said. “I think when we have more balance, we’re going to be a better team.”
Southfield avoided being shut out after running back Dae’Von Robinson, making a return after missing three games with an injury, scored on a 4-yard run with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter.
Southfield previously had a chance to cut the lead to 14-7 just before halftime, after driving the ball to the Adams’ 1-yard line. However, Robinson was dropped in the backfield for a loss on the next play.
Southfield, which was out of timeouts, was unable to get off another play before the half ended.
Southfield coach Tim Conley said the momentum of the game would have changed if his team had been able to score in that situation.
“That would have changed the game,” Conley said. “We were so close, and we had to burn all our timeouts, so we didn’t have timeouts to use, and that hurt us.”
With the win, Rochester Adams improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Highlanders play next week at Oxford. Southfield, which fell to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the conference, will travel to play undefeated Farmington next week.