Monday, September 1, 2008

WEEK 1: Rockford vs. Lake Orion

**Aaron Kwekel fights for running room**
**Tim McGee looks to throw**
**Jordan Morren looks to avoid Aaron Gill****Lake Orion's Derek Coe looks to throw**

Eastern Michigan- While the King and Muskegon game didn't live up to the hype, the Rockford and Lake Orion game was everything that was anticipated. Both teams entered the game as top 25 teams in the state and even though Rockford escaped with a 17-7 win, both teams let it be known that they are in for the long haul of the season.

Both defenses were up to the task Friday, and neither "D" gave up a single inch to start the game. Rockford took the first brake of the game when Lake Orion was set to punt but the snap sailed over the punters head giving the Rams possession at the two yard line. On the very next play Jordan Morren found the endzone giving Rockford a 7-0 lead.

Midway through the second quarter Rockford faced a 4th-and-2 and decided to go for it but the Dragons stooped Morren in the backfield giving the Dragons their best field possession of the day. The Dragons took advantage and drove right down the field. The drive nearly stalled when Lake Orion faced a 4th-and-5 of their own. Lake Orion's freshman quarterback Sean Charette was able to find Jeff Heath in the corner of the endzone to tie the game at 7-7.

Rockford showed great time management by getting down field and made a 21 yard field goal to end the second quarter and control a 10-7 lead at the half. The drive was keyed by two big run plays from Morren.

Again both defenses took over in the second half making every yard hard to come by. A fumble recovery by Rockford gave the Rams good field position and again the Rams were able to capitalize. Morren tacked on his second touchdown of the game, again from two yards out for a 17-7 lead. Lake Orion's last threat ended the game with just under three minutes to play when Ray Sabon intercepted a Dragon pass at the 30 yard line.

GAME MVP: Jordan Morren 81 yards and 2 TD's on 18 rushes doesn't sound like much but every one of the 81 yards was hard fought. The 5-10/180 pound back dipped his shoulder and fought for every yard. He also did a solid job in pass protection by picking up the blitz.

Josh Osborn, Rockford- the outside LB goes 6-4/220 pounds and was solid in run stopping as well as pass coverage. He has the speed to cover a receiver 20 yards downfield.

Tim McGee, Rockford- the Ram QB does a heck of a job of controlling the offense and taking care of the ball. He has a tight spiral and good accuracy on his throws. He seems to always make the smart play.

Sean Charette, Lake Orion- the freshman QB came in and made some plays in his first high school game, especially if you take in consideration the defense he had to face. He has a good touch on his throws.

Evan Gros, Lake Orion- the D-end/LB is a work horse, he gets off blocks quickly and can maneuver around the bigger lineman. He's just one of the standouts on the Dragon defense.

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