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Most Valuable Back

Chaise Ford

Post Season Honors:


Academic All State - TEAM

Christian Zeitvogel - Honorable Mention

Academic All State


Detroit Free Press - All State

Griffin Best - 1st Team Defensive Line

Detroit Free Press All State

Detroit News - All State

Griffin Best - Honorable Mention - Defensive Line

Chaise Ford - Honorable Mention Running Back

Detroit News - All State

Detroit Free Press All North

Chaise Ford - 1st Team Running Back

Griffin Best - 1st Team Defensive Line

Christian Zeitvogel - Honorable Mention Lineman

Charlie Riddle - Honorable Mention Lineman

Demonte McCurdy - Honorable Mention Defensive Back

Khalil Dawsey - Honorable Mention Defensive Back

Division 2 All State by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association

Michigan High School Football Coaches Association - All State

Chaise Ford - 1st Team Running Back

Griffen Best - Honorable Mention

Congrats the following players for being named Division 1-2 All State by the Associated Press:

Mlive - Associated Press All State

Honorable Mention

Chaise Ford - Running Back

Charlie Riddle - Lineman

Christian Zeitvogel - Lineman

Khalil Dawsey - Defensive Back

Congrats to the following players for being named All League

Birmingham Eccentric: All League


Griffen Best, Sr. DL

Chaise Ford, Sr. RB/DB

Khalil Dawsey, Jr. DB

Damonte McCurdy, Jr. DB

Ryan Salter, Sr. FB

Dan Llope, Sr. OL

Quentin Hotchkiss-Bortz, Sr. OL

Charlie Riddle, Jr. DL

Christian Zietvogel, Sr. OL

Week 9: West Bloomfield

MIPrepZone: Groves vs West Bloomfield

MIPrepzone: Final Oakland County Rankings

Week 8: Seaholm

MIPrepzone: Groves vs Seaholm

Deon'tae Pannill

Most Valuable Lineman

Dan Llope

Christian Zeitvogel

Griffin Best

Bill Rankin Unsung Hero

Colton Tinsley

Ryan Salter

Tyler Newitt

Demonte McCurdy

Kevin Mendelson

Spirit Award

Quentin Hotchkiss-Borts

Joe MacDonald

Week 7: Rochester

Article from MIPrepzone


The Falcons of Birmingham Groves got the better of the Falcons of Rochester on Friday. Groves, playing on its home turf improved to 6-1 overall (5-1 OAA White), thus, qualifying for the state playoffs. Rochester falls to 2-5, 2-4. Groves, playing at home, chalked up 334 yards of total offense to 260 for Rochester. Colton Tinsley of Groves completed 5-of-10 passes for 97 yards and a score. Damonte McCurdy had 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries to go with 112 yards on 13 tries for Josh Salter for Groves. For Rochester, Owen Malinowski threw for 199 yards and two scores.

Week 6: Troy

The Oakland Press: Groves vs Troy

Brian Hafner

Linebacker of the Year

Zak Abdulwasi

Parent Award

Christian Zeitvogel

Falcon Award

Player with Most Turnovers in a Season

Khalil Dawsey

Game Previews & Recaps

Week 10: Brother Rice (Home) Friday 7:00

Preview: For the fourth time in five years, the Falcons and Brother Rice meet in the playoffs. Rice comes into week 10 with a 6-3 record and winning their last 4 games to make the playoffs.

Recap: On Friday night at Groves, the Falcons lost to Brother Rice 24-21 in Triple OT. Groves was led by senior RB Chaise Ford who had 23 carries for 173 yards and 1 TD. The Falcons end the season with a 7-3 record.

Week 9: West Bloomfield (Away) Friday 7:00

Preview: West Bloomfield comes into week 9 with a 6-2 record and winners of the OAA Red Division. West Bloomield is ranked as the top team in Oakland County and one of the top teams in the state.

Recap: On Friday night at West Bloomfield, the Falcons lost to to the lakers 49-26. Sr. RB Chaise Ford carried the ball 18 times for 115 yards while Sophomore RB Colby Taylor carried the ball 9 times for 111 yards and 2 TDs. The loss drops the Falcons to 7-2 on the season

Junior Varsity: On Thursday night at Groves, the JV team lost to Harrison. The loss drops the Falcons record to 4-5 on the season.

Freshman: On Thursday afternoon at Rochester, the Falcons beat Rochester for the second times this season and end the season with a 7-2 record.

Week 8: Seaholm (Away) Friday 7:00

Preview: Seaholm comes into week 8 with a 1-6 record. They have lost several close games over the past 4 weeks. They are led by Coach Jim Dewald, Ben Barton, Joel Mitchell, Max Schumaker, Chase Mentag, and Carter Stagnar (Eastern Michigan Commitment). Groves has won the last 3 games against Seaholm including a 36-0 shutout last year.

Overall the Falcons are 17-40 against Seaholm.

Recap: On Friday night, the Falcons closed out the regular season by beating Seaholm 35-32. This win marks the fourth year in a row that the Falcons beat the Maples. The Falcons also clinched a tie of the OAA White Division title for the second year in a row.

Junior Varsity:

On Thursday night, the JV lost to Seaholm 27-7 at home. The loss drops the JV record to 4-4 on the season.

Freshman: On Thursday afternoon, the Freshman team continued their winning ways by beating Seaholm 28-14. The win moves the Freshman record to 6-2 on the season.

Week 7: Rochester (Homecoming)

Friday 7:00

Preview: Rochester comes into week 6 with a 2-4 record. Their two wins came against Seaholm and Berkley. They also lost close to Stoney Creek. Rochester is a talented team that plays with a lot of emotion. They are led by three year starting QB Brent Burtraw and wide receivers David Karwaski and Drake Reid.

Recap: On Friday night, the Falcons clinched their 5th straight playoff berth by beating Rochester 31-13. The Falcons were led by Junior Demonte McCurdy 12 carries for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns and Junior Josh Salter 13 carries for 112 yards. Sr. Colton Tinsley was 5 for 10 for 97 yards and one TD. Junior Reed Abbott caught a 9 yard TD Pass. Sophomore kicker hit a 27 yard field goal.

Junior Varsity: On Thursday night, the JV improved their record to 4-3 by beating Rochester.

Freshman: on Thursday afternoon, the Freshman moved to 5-2 on the season by beating Rochester.

Week 6: Troy Home (Thursday 7:00)

Preview: Troy comes into week 6 with a 4-1 record and looking to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Colts moved up to the white division after spending a season down in the blue division. The Colts are led by first year head coach Chris Frasier, senior running back Teron Kinnard and senior Quarterback Noah Wagberg. The last time these two teams met was in 2006 with Troy coming out on top 23-21. Troy leads the series 3-2

Recap: On Thursday night, the Falcons moved their record to 5-1 on the season by beating Troy 21-3 at home. Colton Tinsley found Khalil Dawsey for two TD receptions and Demonte McCurdy punched another TD.

Junior Varsity: On Wednesday night, the JV lost to Clarskton 25-7. The loss moves their record to 3-3 on the season.

Freshman: On Wednesday afternoon, the Freshman beat Rochester Adams 28-7 to move their record to 4-2 on the season.

Week 5: Harrison Away (Friday 7:00)

Preview: Farmington Hills Harrison comes into week 5 on a three game win streak and has been averaging 40 points a game over the past 3 games. They are led by Coach John Herrington and Sr. TE/DE Ovie Oghoufo. Oghoufo is committed to University of Notre Dame. Groves is on a two game win streak against Harrison.


On Friday night, the Falcons and Hawks played in a war. The Falcons ended up winning in 3 OT's by a score of 32-31. The Falcons jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, Sr. QB Colton Tinsley found Jr. Tight End Storm Mullen in the end zone for the first score and Sr. Running back Chaise Ford scored on a 6 yard run for the second TD. In the second half, Harrison scored on the first play of the 4th quarter and also scored with 40 seconds left in the game to tie it up and send it to overtime for the second straight year. Harrison started with the ball and kicked a FG on fourth down. During the Falcons possession, a penalty on first down moved the ball back outside the 20 yard line. On second and third down, the Falcons were able to move the ball within field goal range. Sophomore Kicker Moritz Pruess nailed a 35 yard field goal to send it to a second OT. In the second over time, Chaise Ford scored his 2nd TD of the game. The Hawks would throw a TD pass on 4th down and add the extra point to send it to a third OT. In the third OT, Harrison scored on third down and kicked the extra point to go up by 7. Chaise Ford would score his third TD of the game for Groves and then add a 2 point conversion to clinch the win.

Junior Varsity: On Wednesday, the JV beat Bloomfield Hills 14-7 to move their record to 3-2 on the season.

Freshman: On Wednesday, the Freshman team traveled to Troy and beat the Colts 28-0 to move their record to 3-2 on the season.

Week 4: Oak Park Home (Friday 7:00)

Preview: Oak Park comes into week 4 with a 2-1 record. They lost to Utica Eisenhower in Week 1 24-7 and beat Rochester in Week 2 48-0 and Seaholm in Week 3 28-0. Oak Park is lead by Junior QB Dwan Mathis, Sr. Running back Cashual Goldsmith and their offensive line. This will be the 12th meeting with Groves holding a 7-4 record overall. Last year the two teams played in a barn burner with Groves coming out on top 13-12.


On Friday night, the Falcons dropped their first home game in over two years to Oak Park by the score of 34-14. Junior Christian Thomas caught a 9 yard TD pass from Colton Tinsley and Colton Tinsley also powered in from 2 yards out for a TD. Groves drops their record to 3-1 on the season.

Junior Varsity: On Thursday night, the JV lost to Oak Park 33-0. Their record is now 2-2.

Freshman: On Thursday night, the freshman beat Oak Park and moved their record to 2-2.

Week 3: Berkley Away (Friday 7:00)

Preview: Berkley comes into week 3 with a 1-1 record. In the first week, Berkley beat Farmington and last week they lost to Seaholm. Berkley is led by first year head coach Billy Keenist. Berkley and Groves have had a great rivalry in recent years. This will be their 10th meeting in the past 9 years. Last year they met in the first round of the playoffs with Groves winning 56-15.


On Friday night, the Falcons won their first three games for the fifth straight year and moved their league record 2-0 by beating the Berkley Bears on the road. It was the first victory at Berkley since 2001, breaking a 3 games road losing streak. Chaise Ford continued carrying the way by rushing for 128 Yards and 2 TD's. Colton Tinsley was 7 for 9 for 137 yards. Junior defensive back Khalil Dawsey had 2 interceptions on the night and sophomore Kicker Moritz Pruess added a field goal and two extra points.

Junior Varsity: On Thursday at Groves, the Falcons lost to Southfield A & T 33-0. Record: 2-1

Freshman: On Thursday at Groves, the Freshman team lost to Southfield A & T 13-6.

Week 2: Stoney Creek

Preview: Stoney Creek is new to the OAA White division after competing in the OAA Red for the past several years. Stoney Creek won their opener over Utica Ford 19-12. They are led by three year starting QB Frank Potenza. The Falcons and Cougars have met two other times with Stoney Creek coming out on top in both of the matches.

Recap: On Thursday night, the Falcons moved their record to 2-0 by beating Stoney Creek 14-3. It was a slow start for the Falcons as they struggled on offense and fumbled a few times in the first half. The defense was able to keep the Falcons in the game and holding Stoney Creek to a field goal in the second quarter. At half, the Falcons were down 3-0. The second half would be a different story as the Falcons received the ball to start the half and drove the field with Chaise Ford finishing the drive on a 3 yard TD Run. Special Teams again played role for the Falcons as they blocked 2 punts in the third quarter. After the first blocked punt, Sr. Quarterback Colton Tinsley found Jr. Wr Khalil Dawsey in the end zone to make the lead 14-3. Dawsey would also had an interception later in the game.

Junior Varsity: On Wednesday, the JV beat Stoney Creek 20-0 to improve their record to 2-0.

Freshman: The freshman made a great 4th quarter comeback and beat Stoney Creek 14-12 to move their record to 1-1.

Week 1: Novi

Preview: Groves will open up at home with a non conference game against the Novi Wildcats. This will be the first meeting between two schools. Novi has experienced great success in the past few years and has been to the playoffs the past two seasons. Novi plays in the KLAA Black Division. Novi is led by three year starting wide reciever/defensive back Traveon Maddox. Groves Freshman and JV will play at Novi on Wednesday.

Recap: On Thursday night, the Falcons won their fifth straight opener by beating Novi 42-21. The Falcons defense held the Wildcats to just 53 yards rushing. Chaise Ford rushed for 3 TDs and 121 yards, Ralph Donaldson raced for a 70 yard TD, Colton Tinsley added a 1 yd TD run and Tyler Newitt picked up a blocked punt and returned it for a TD.

The Freshman team lost to Novi 14-12 and the JV beat Novi 8-7 on Wednesday Night.