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FOOTBALL: Eisenhower's ground game wears down Warren-Mott

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A crisis earlier in the season has turned into a cache of Eisenhower riches for the playoffs.

Senior Shane King led a stable of Eisenhower running backs with 118 rushing yards and Dan Chmielewski caught two touchdown passes Friday night to lead the Eagles to a 28-0 victory over Warren-Mott in a Division 1 pre-district football game at Swinehart Field.

King carried 20 times, while senior Jay Miron rushed seven times for 71 yards, senior Idode Kerobo had eight carries for 44 yards and a touchdown, and senior Grant Davis had eight attempts for 17 yards for the Eagles, who did not attempt a pass in the second half.

“The reason we can give it to four different backs is because we’ve had so many injuries,” senior tackle David Curle said after Eisenhower raised its record to 8-2. “They’ve all stepped up. They’re versatile, and they’re fast. As long as they hold on to the ball, they’ll do fine.”

Eisenhower, which led 14-0 at halftime, took control of the game on its first possession of the third quarter, a 12-play, 66-yard march capped by senior quarterback Joe Zerafa’s two-yard touchdown run.

Warren-Mott drove to the Eagles’ 15-yard line on the opening drive of the game, but turned the ball over on downs.

The Marauders’ second drive might have been more frustrating for the Macomb Area Conference White Division team.

Warren-Mott got to the Ike one, but a dead-ball personal foul penalty pushed the Marauders back to the 18, and then the visitors’ threat died with an incomplete pass and missed field goal attempt.

“We were disappointed that we didn’t put our best foot forward,” Warren-Mott coach Tom Milanov said. “We would have liked to have given them a better game.

“We made some critical mistakes, but, at the end of the day, the better football team won.”

Chmielewski, a junior, caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Zerafa to open the scoring in the first quarter.

The MAC Red Eagles had a first down at the three, but went backward 10 yards after delay of game and illegal participation penalties.

On the Eisenhower possession following the Marauders’ missed field goal, Chmielewski, who is also a standout baseball player for Ike, made a catch that would have made Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson proud, a one-handed grab of Zerafa’s 22-yard pass into the end zone.

Zerafa completed six of eight passes for 101 yards, all in the first half as most of the night belonged to Ike running backs.

King missed some games because of dislocated elbow. Neither he nor Miron played in the Eagles’ victory over Cousino in the final week of the regular season.

Kerobo scored on a one-yard run with 9:47 left in the game, ending a 68-yard drive that also featured carries by Miron, Davis and King.

“Part of our game plan is to try to wear down the other team,” Curle said. “I think that’s what we did.”

Milanov agreed.

“They have a solid running game,” the Warren-Mott coach said. “They know how to pound the rock. And their offensive line wore us down as the game went on.”

Junior Daveon Dorsey rushed 13 times for 93 yards Warren-Mott, which finished 8-2.

“A lot of teams weren’t playing this week,” Milanov said. “Our kids have nothing to be ashamed of. We had an eight-win season; I’m very proud of them.”

Eisenhower plays at Lake Orion next week for the district championship.

“We aren’t satisfied at all,” Curle said. “We’ve got to go to Lake Orion, play tough and come out with the win.”

Lake Orion defeated Stevenson 35-0 in a pre-district game.

Eisenhower 28, Warren-Mott 0

Warren-Mott 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Eisenhower 7 7 7 7 -- 28

First Quarter

Eis – Dan Chmielewski 13 pass from Joe Zerafa (Eric Dulinski kick)

Second Quarter

Eis – Chmielewski 22 pass from Zerafa (Dulinski kick)

Third Quarter

Eis – Zerafa 2 run (Dulinski kick)

Fourth Quarter

Eis – Idobe Kerobo 1 run (Dulinski kick)

Last Updated: 10/26/2012 10:56:23 PM EST