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BERKLEY — Terrell Porter never has scored seven touchdowns in a game.

The Berkley High School football team has never before won seven in a row to open up a season.

Things change.

Porter led the way with seven rushing touchdowns and guided Berkley to a 48-21 win over Birmingham Seaholm in an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division showdown before a packed homecoming crowd Friday night at Hurley Field.

“I’m just happy I’m on a winning team right now and that I’m with my family,” said Porter, whose previous single-game best was five touchdowns. “That’s really the only thing I’m thinking about right now.”

The senior helped the Bears improve to 7-0 overall — a feat never accomplished in the school’s history — and 6-0 in the OAA Blue.

“I said early, way, way back, that we might be pretty good,” Berkley coach Jim MacDougall said. “We might be. We’re still not as good as what we could be.”

Porter fell one short of matching the Michigan High School Athletic Association record for rushing touchdowns of eight, which was set by Frankenmuth’s Mike Golden in 2005.

Porter will face off against one of the county’s other top rushers when the Bears entertain Hazel Park’s Dakota Ogles — who also had a seven-TD performance earlier this season — next week.

Berkley took a two-touchdown lead on the Maples after the Bears fumbled the ball and recovered it 11 yards from the end zone. Not a good way to advance the ball, but it’s just the kind of luck winning breeds.

Recovering its own miscue and a Seaholm penalty helped get the Bears 4 yards away from a second score with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Porter responded on the next play and ran it in for a score.

After opening up the season 3-0, the Maples dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The loss officially eliminated Seaholm from the 2010 playoff picture.

The Bears dominated early, as junior Jason Tyler intercepted Seaholm quarterback John Glazier’s first pass of the game to force a turnover and quickly give the ball over to Berkley.

Less than two minutes later, the Bears were on the scoreboard with Porter’s 11-yard run.

“Terrell’s a great athlete, he’s a great person, he stays humble,” Berkley senior Karl Seger said. “He adds a lot of leadership to the team and I think he keeps us all in check.”

Porter racked up four straight touchdowns, as Berkley’s stifling defense held Seaholm scoreless until the final 38 seconds of the first half.

“We’re rolling,” Seger said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence. We’re staying together. We’re staying humble, but we’re proud to be with each other.”

The Maples went for a fake punt on a fourth-and-10 play and the gamble paid off. Two passes and 43 yards later, the Glazier had Seaholm on the scoreboard.

Glazier ended up with a pair of touchdown passes.

Matt Roden had one touchdown reception and one rushing TD for the Maples.

Conway was back in the starting lineup, Chris Barr played sparingly, but Kevin Wilberding was sidelined with an injury.

“We just can’t catch a break,” Seaholm coach Chris Fahr said. “It’s just one of those years where no matter what ... it’s just not going well right now.”

Last Updated: 10/9/2010 3:05:57 AM EST

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