Running game powers Lake Orion past Utica Eisenhower, 17-10, in a high school football playoff Division 1 quarterfinal

, November 13, 2010 2:44 a.m.

Marques Stevenson had 27 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown as Lake Orion defeated Utica Eisenhower, 17-10, in a Division 1 high school football quarterfinal Friday night.

Lake Orion running back Danny Ney added 80 yards on five carries, including a key 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that broke a 7-7 tie.

The Dragons rushed for 204 yards as a team, compared to just 51 yards for Utica Eisenhower.

Lake Orion will move on to face the winner of Saturday’s matchup between Detroit Cass Tech and Macomb Dakota in the Division 1 semifinals on Nov. 20.

The game was scoreless until nearly the midway point of the second quarter when Stevenson’s 7-yard touchdown run gave Lake Orion a 7-0 lead.

Utica Eisenhower answered when Mike Connolly scored on a 5-yard run with 35 seconds left in the half.

Ney’s game-changing run came on what Lake Orion coach Chris Bell called a jet sweep during the Dragons’ first drive of the second half.

Bell said he made some adjustments at halftime to try and free up the offense.

“They have great speed on defense,” Bell said. “Their outside linebacker (Daniel Naert), we couldn’t block him the first half.

“He was running sideline to sideline making plays, so that’s why we had to do some different things in the second half.”

Ney said his touchdown came on a play that caught the Utica Eisenhower defense off guard. The Dragons had tried the play before, but on this play they ran it to the opposite side of the field.

“It happened that only two guys actually read the play, and I ended up breaking the tackle off one of them and outrunning the other,” Ney said. “The last defender, he was really close.

“I was just hoping I could outrun him, and I ended up doing that.”

Lake Orion turned to its running game to move the ball after starting quarterback Sean Charette left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Charette was replaced by starting wide receiver Cole Schaenzer.

Stevenson said the rest of the team stepped up following Charette’s injury.

“The offensive line just blocked great, and we knew we were going to have to win this game on the ground when Sean went out,” Stevenson said. “Cole did a great job managing it when (Charette) went down.

“That was just a really cohesive win where everyone came together.”

Schaenzer only threw four passes in relief of Charette, completing three of them for 37 yards.

Schaenzer said he wasn’t nervous about making the switch to quarterback.

“With the O-line we have, and Marques (Stevenson) and all our receivers, I was pretty confident going in there,” Schaenzer said. “Everybody’s a threat to score.”

Bell said he didn’t change the game plan once Schaenzer entered the game, but he also didn’t take too many risks.

“(Schaenzer) could start for a lot of teams that we play at quarterback,” Bell said. “He gets a lot of reps in there, so we didn’t have to completely abandon the game plan.

“He was ready, but the way our defense was playing, we wanted to make sure we kept him in good situations.”

Lake Orion’s conservative strategy worked as the Dragons did not turn the ball over once, which Utica Eisenhower coach Bob Lantzy said was one of the deciding factors in the game.

“It’s hard to believe, I don’t think they turned the ball over in the whole game, and that was the difference,” Lantzy said. “We’ve got like a 20-10 turnover ratio advantage for the season, and this is the first time that we didn’t get one.”

The win gave Lake Orion its second trip to the semifinals in the last three years. Bell said his team is being careful to not look too far ahead.

“Our goal is to win next week,” Bell said. “Being there before allows us to put this in perspective.

“I’m very proud of the guys, they dug down, and they won a very tough football game against a very good team. Let’s get back to work. We’re not done.”

Bell said Charette had a high ankle sprain, but he may be able to play next week.

“It was one of those things where (Charette) said he could go back and throw, but he was having a hard time putting pressure on (the ankle) and running on it,” Bell said. “He’s going to have a long week, so we’ll see.

“Either way, we’ll be ready to go.”

, November 13, 2010 2:44 a.m.

Lake Orion celebrates as time runs out in its 17-10 victory over Utica Eisenhower(Jake Thielen | MLive.com)

Marques Stevenson had 27 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown as Lake Orion defeated Utica Eisenhower, 17-10, in a Division 1 high school football quarterfinal Friday night.

Lake Orion running back Danny Ney added 80 yards on five carries, including a key 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that broke a 7-7 tie.

The Dragons rushed for 204 yards as a team, compared to just 51 yards for Utica Eisenhower.

Lake Orion will move on to face the winner of Saturday’s matchup between Detroit Cass Tech and Macomb Dakota in the Division 1 semifinals on Nov. 20.

The game was scoreless until nearly the midway point of the second quarter when Stevenson’s 7-yard touchdown run gave Lake Orion a 7-0 lead.

Utica Eisenhower answered when Mike Connolly scored on a 5-yard run with 35 seconds left in the half.

Ney’s game-changing run came on what Lake Orion coach Chris Bell called a jet sweep during the Dragons’ first drive of the second half.

Bell said he made some adjustments at halftime to try and free up the offense.

“They have great speed on defense,” Bell said. “Their outside linebacker (Daniel Naert), we couldn’t block him the first half.

“He was running sideline to sideline making plays, so that’s why we had to do some different things in the second half.”

Ney said his touchdown came on a play that caught the Utica Eisenhower defense off guard. The Dragons had tried the play before, but on this play they ran it to the opposite side of the field.

“It happened that only two guys actually read the play, and I ended up breaking the tackle off one of them and outrunning the other,” Ney said. “The last defender, he was really close.

“I was just hoping I could outrun him, and I ended up doing that.”

Lake Orion turned to its running game to move the ball after starting quarterback Sean Charette left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Charette was replaced by starting wide receiver Cole Schaenzer.

Stevenson said the rest of the team stepped up following Charette’s injury.

“The offensive line just blocked great, and we knew we were going to have to win this game on the ground when Sean went out,” Stevenson said. “Cole did a great job managing it when (Charette) went down.

“That was just a really cohesive win where everyone came together.”

Schaenzer only threw four passes in relief of Charette, completing three of them for 37 yards.

Schaenzer said he wasn’t nervous about making the switch to quarterback.

“With the O-line we have, and Marques (Stevenson) and all our receivers, I was pretty confident going in there,” Schaenzer said. “Everybody’s a threat to score.”

Bell said he didn’t change the game plan once Schaenzer entered the game, but he also didn’t take too many risks.

“(Schaenzer) could start for a lot of teams that we play at quarterback,” Bell said. “He gets a lot of reps in there, so we didn’t have to completely abandon the game plan.

“He was ready, but the way our defense was playing, we wanted to make sure we kept him in good situations.”

Lake Orion’s conservative strategy worked as the Dragons did not turn the ball over once, which Utica Eisenhower coach Bob Lantzy said was one of the deciding factors in the game.

“It’s hard to believe, I don’t think they turned the ball over in the whole game, and that was the difference,” Lantzy said. “We’ve got like a 20-10 turnover ratio advantage for the season, and this is the first time that we didn’t get one.”

The win gave Lake Orion its second trip to the semifinals in the last three years. Bell said his team is being careful to not look too far ahead.

“Our goal is to win next week,” Bell said. “Being there before allows us to put this in perspective.

“I’m very proud of the guys, they dug down, and they won a very tough football game against a very good team. Let’s get back to work. We’re not done.”

Bell said Charette had a high ankle sprain, but he may be able to play next week.

“It was one of those things where (Charette) said he could go back and throw, but he was having a hard time putting pressure on (the ankle) and running on it,” Bell said. “He’s going to have a long week, so we’ll see.

“Either way, we’ll be ready to go.”


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