Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory's Page All Football Stories


Orchard Lake St. Mary's pounds St. Johns, advances to D3 semifinal WITH PHOTO GALLERY

Can not load XML: XML document must have a top level element. No results

Eaglets top Redwings 56-14

ORCHARD LAKE — Things couldn't have gone much better for Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Eaglets' 56-14 win over St. Johns on Saturday in the squads' Division 3 regional championship.

St. Mary’s scored on eight of its nine possessions, only being forced to punt on the Eaglets' final drive of the game while playing backups, building a 42-7 halftime lead while running just 19 plays on offense.

The Eaglets were jumpstarted when junior captain Josh Ross forced a fumble on the first play of the game and junior Richard Bowens scooped it up on the St. Johns 10-yard-line. Three plays later it was 7-0.

“I got a read, I got through, and I made a play,” Ross said of forcing the fumble on the game’s first play. “I think it boosted my team a lot. It sparked the whole rest of the game.”

The defending Division 3 state champions advance to the Division 3 semifinal for the sixth time in the last seven years where the Eaglets (10-1) will face East Grand Rapids (9-3) on Saturday. The Pioneers have beaten St. Mary’s in the state finals three times, the most recent being 2010.

“This win is really big,” Ross said. “We get to play a team that we’ve never beat, and seeing my brother lose to (East Grand Rapids) every time, this game means a lot me.”

The St. Mary’s defense was opportunistic in the first half, forcing four turnovers before the break — two interceptions by senior Griffin Sheposh and two fumble recoveries by Bowens — while giving up 218 total yards in the game.

The Eaglets ran the ball early and often, gaining 203 yards on 17 first-half carries and finishing with 293 rushing yards, spreading the load to a bevy of backs. Senior Justin Myrick had 71 yards and a touchdown on three carries, junior Ryan Johnson had 110 yards and a touchdown on three carries while sophomore RaShawn Allen had three touchdowns and 43 yards on five carries.

“We have a lot of different running backs who can do a lot of different things,” St. Mary’s head coach George Porritt said. “Our quarterback is very good at managing the game.

St. Mary’s senior quarterback Brandon Tabon wasn’t asked to throw the ball often, but he was efficient when he was, completing 4-of-5 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

The St. Mary’s offense was gashing the Redwings all afternoon as eight of the Eaglets 34 plays went for at least 15 yards and only two of their eight scoring drives lasted more than three plays.

Last Updated: 11/14/2015 5:37:29 PM EST

blog comments powered by Disqus