Tommy Vento’s record day propels Farmington Hills Harrison powers past Rochester Adams, 54-21, in OAA high school football action
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, October 09, 2010 2:05 a.m.
Friday night was senior night at Farmington Hills Harrison High School, and it was special for one senior in particular.
Senior quarterback Tommy Vento threw for a school-record five touchdowns in the first half, and ran for another, as Harrison defeated Rochester Adams 54-21 in an Oakland Activities Association White Division football matchup.
Vento finished the game with 14 completions on 21 attempts for 290 yards and no interceptions. Vento’s performance in the first half helped the Hawks build a 40-7 lead going into halftime.
“Tommy Vento was on, and we have got great receivers,” Harrison coach John Herrington said. “He had good protection, and he put the ball right on the money.”
Vento said setting the school record felt great.
“I’m nothing like (former Harrison quarterback) Drew Stanton or all those guys in that group, but it feels really good to be in the same records as them,” Vento said. “I couldn’t have done it without (my teammates).
“They run the right routes, the line does the right blocking schemes and it’s just a lot of fun.”
Rochester Adams scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to make the score, 47-21, but Vento’s 1-yard touchdown run with 6:36 left in the fourth quarter put the game away.
Harrison snapped a three-game losing streak to Adams with Friday night’s victory.
“We’ve been wanting to beat (Adams) for as long as we’ve been here, and we all played a great game,” Vento said. “Our defense really stepped up big, our offense did well and our line was just playing great the whole night.
“There’s really not much more you could ask for on your senior homecoming.”
Several of Vento’s completions went to his brother, Jake Vento, who finished with five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Devin Funchess had four catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Aaron Burbridge caught a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
In addition to the strong performance from the offense, the Hawks’ defensive and special teams units each scored a touchdown.
Defensive lineman Michael Race intercepted a pass from Adams quarterback Tony Annese in the second quarter and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
In the third quarter, defensive back Ken Russ blocked an Adams punt. The ball was recovered by Harrison defensive end Aaron Johnson, who fumbled at the Adams 10-yard line.
Harrison defensive tackle Kristian Malaj picked up the loose ball at the 7-yard line and somersaulted into the end zone to put the Hawks up 47-7 after the extra point.
Herrington said he was pleased with the performances from both the defense and the special teams.
“The defense did a great job,” Herrington said. “We let that first kickoff that they returned on us, and we had a penalty that got them their first touchdown.
“Other than that, we were really solid on everything.”
Rochester Adams struggled offensively in the first half, as quarterback Tony Annese had 16 yards on 2-of-9 passing and two interceptions. Adams’s option attack was also ineffective as the Highlanders rushed for just 94 yards on 34 attempts.
Andrew Hammett replaced Annese at quarterback in the third quarter. Hammett threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Phil Annese on his first pass attempt, and the two connected for a 5-yard touchdown later in the quarter.
Hammett finished the game with 89 yards on 4-of-5 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Phil Annese had three catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
With the win, Harrison improved to 7-0 overall on the season and 5-0 in the conference. Adams dropped to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.