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OLSM routs Divine Child, heads to D3 state title game at Ford Field WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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St. Mary’s will face Muskegon for the state title on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Football - 11/19/2016 

Orchard Lake St. Mary's 49
Dearborn Divine Child 7
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WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the third-straight year and seventh time in eight seasons, the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football team will play for the Division 3 state championship.

Now just one game away from pulling off an unthinkable three-peat, the Eaglets dominated Dearborn Divine Child in their final Ford Field tune-up, cruising to a 49-7 victory Saturday afternoon at West Bloomfield High School.

“This was our goal from the beginning of the season,” Orchard Lake St. Mary’s coach George Porritt said of heading back to the title game. “It’s been a hard fight, and we’ve been through some defeats and some anguish, but to get back there, it’s quite an accomplishment for this football team.”

With the win, St. Mary’s (9-4) will face Muskegon next week with a chance to become the first team in school history to win back-to-back-to-back state championships.

“I’m really thrilled,” junior Kyren Cunningham said after the win. “It’s crazy that we could be the first team to three-peat… (Divine Child) is a great team, don’t get me wrong, but we just outplayed them… We wanted it more. Losing in the Prep Bowl, we wanted this bad.”

Cunningham and RaShawn Allen led the charge for the Eaglets, who rattled off 42 points in the first half, leaving Divine Child in the dust.

While Cunningham rumbled for 83 yards and three touchdowns, Allen led all rushers with 134 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts.

“You never expect to have the kind of success we did today in a state semifinal game,” Porritt said. “Divine Child is a great team and they do some great things, but we had a great day today… We know that we need to run the ball to be successful. Our offensive line did a great job today.”

St. Mary’s led 21-7 after the first quarter, with three rushing touchdowns coming from three different running backs.

Senior Shermond Dabney made it a three-score contest on the first play of the second quarter, taking a punt return 42 yards to the house.

Cunningham added another two touchdowns on the ground in the second, pushing the Eaglets’ advantage to 35 points.

“We have so many athletes,” Cunningham added. “We have so many guys that just want to make plays, and credit to our offensive line, they’re the real reason we have so much success… I’m just giving everything I can for these guys.”

Along with the success found by the St. Mary’s offense and special teams, its’ defense might have been the most impressive.

Allowing just 85 total yards in the first half, the Eaglets sacked Divine Child quarterback Theo Day seven times, including six times across the first two quarters.

“We had 11 guys playing quality defense, and our coaching staff did a great job in preparation,” Porritt said of his team’s defense. “They have a really good quarterback, but we were able to put some pressure on him and that really helped us.”

Divine Child ends the year 10-3 overall, racking up the most wins in a single season since 1985.

For St. Mary’s, the coaching staff knows that Saturday’s performance does not equate to any points on the board for next week. And Porritt understands that making history will come down to playing one more great football game.

“We’ve been playing some great football, but in the next one, you know there’s going to be a great team waiting for you,” he said. “We’ve lost to some great teams, and we’ve done a good job of growing each week. Our seniors have helped keep us together… Whoever we play next week will be a great test for us. We have our work cut out this week.”

Last Updated: 11/19/2016 5:36:50 PM EST


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