Rochester Adams Holds Meatball-Eating Contest at Local Restaurant
By Seth J. Walker
Auburn Hills, Michigan- The Rochester Adams freshmen, JV, and varsity football teams took part in a fundraiser at Macaroni Grill on Squirrel Road, with the highlight of the night being the first ever meatball-eating contest. Ultimately, there were two-player versus player and one coach versus coach duel. There was also a raffle contest held afterwards.
“It was an amazing success,” Adams varsity head coach, Tony Pattrito said. “I think we raised a lot of money, but more importantly, our community got together and all three of our football families socially got to know each other a little bit.”
Pattrito credited several parents with organizing the event, including Sarah Sullivan as they went around to local business to see who host the event before connecting with the Auburn Hills Macaroni Grill general manager, Richard Kozlowski.
“A bunch of us, we were just going out, looking different businesses to contribute to our pasta parties and it kind of fell in our lap,” Sullivan said. “We came here and Richard was amazing. He offered to not only sponsor five of our pasta parties, but he offered to do this fundraiser and really gave us the idea, which got things rolling and it only happened a couple weeks ago. So, when we got started, we put it together in two weeks and it’s really blossomed into a great event to get the team ready to go out and play under the Friday night lights and play against our rival, Rochester.”
The Adams varsity team begins the season this Friday at 7pm on the road against arch-rival Rochester. Adams is coming off a strong 2017 season with an 8-1 regular season record and a Division I district final appearance. This year, Adams is apart of an Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Red division Pattrito and many experts believe may be the toughest in Michigan.
“We’ve had a long, traditional rivalry with Clarkston for it goes back many, many years; we’ve had great battles with them and they’re the defending Division I state champion, so you have to start there,” Pattrito said. “West Bloomfield is one of the most talented teams in the state of Michigan. Southfield (has) multiple (NCAA) Division I players. Oxford’s one of the toughest teams around. Every team in our conference is loaded and we’re playing Harrison in a crossover in their final season as a program. So there’s not a single date on our schedule where we can make a mistake, and we’ll lose if we make a mistake.