Lake Orion High School clinches spot in football playoffs with 45-0 win over Troy High in Oakland Activities Association action
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, October 02, 2010 1:36 a.m.
On homecoming night at Lake Orion High School, the Dragons gave their home fans plenty to cheer about.
Lake Orion improved to 6-0 on the season, and clinched a spot in the playoffs, with a 45-0 win over Troy High in Oakland Activities Association Red Division play on Friday night.
Lake Orion’s offense made sure early on that the game would never be in doubt.
The Dragons scored touchdowns on three of their first five offensive plays, which gave them a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lake Orion’s first three offensive drives lasted eight seconds, 47 seconds and seven seconds, respectively.
Lake Orion coach Chris Bell said his team spends time practicing those quick-strike plays to help combat defenses designed to stop the run.
“We’ve got weapons,” Bell said. “If you’re going to dedicate your secondary to helping the run game, we’ve got a quarterback and wide receivers to help with that.
“We feel like we have an answer for everything they bring.”
On the Dragons’ first play of the game, quarterback Sean Charette rolled to his right on a play-action pass and threw to receiver Zach Zott, who made a one-handed catch for a 50-yard touchdown reception.
“That was just game planning,” Zott said. “I was wide open, Sean threw it up and I just got it.”
Charette threw touchdown passes of 59 and 47 yards to receiver Cole Schaenzer on the Dragons’ next two possessions. Charette finished the game with eight completions on 14 attempts for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
Charette said a great week of practice was the key to the Dragons’ success.
“I think our minds were set, everybody was set, and everybody was ready for the game,” Charette said. “Come Friday with all the homecoming distractions in the school, I think we were composed and we were ready to play.
“I think this whole week of practice just put us in that mode of just this game tonight, and we were ready.”
Charette credited the coaching staff’s play calling and the offensive line for his own performance.
“That wouldn’t have happened without the offensive line,” Charette said. “If I’m not getting pressured, I can make plays and the receiver can make plays downfield.
“I think everybody just executed starting with the offensive line.”
Schaenzer added another score in the second quarter when he took the handoff from Charette on a fake end-around, and hit a wide-open Zott for a 72-yard touchdown pass.
Schaenzer finished the game with two catches for 106 yards and three total touchdowns. Zott had two catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
A 16-yard pass from Charette to Danny Nay, and a 37-yard field goal from Kyle Searle gave Lake Orion a 38-0 going into halftime.
With a running clock in the second half, Lake Orion was able to rest its starters and give its young players a chance to play. Sophomore running back Jacob Miller scored the only touchdown of the second half – a 3-yard run in the third quarter.
Lake Orion’s defense also played well, as the Dragons shut out an opponent for the first time this season.
“If you’re going to win in the playoffs, you better play great defense,” Bell said. “Shutting a team out was a goal for these guys.
“We know Troy’s a good football team, and we knew if we could step up and keep them off the board, it’s progress.”
Lake Orion will look to improve to 7-0 when it travels to Troy Athens next week.
“Our next step is Troy Athens, and they’re much improved,” Bell said. “Now it’s stay on the league title track, and start playing for some home playoff games.
“The goal is to be 9-0. If you’re 9-0, hopefully that locks up home-field advantage for at least a couple, maybe three rounds, and home-field advantage in the playoffs is a huge deal.”
Troy’s playoff chances took a hit with the loss as the Colts dropped to 3-3 overall, and 2-3 in the conference.
Troy must win its final three games of the season to become eligible for the playoffs. The Colts will be on the road next week to face Pontiac.