Monday, September 15, 2008

Week 3: FSWA vs. OLSM

**Suave Lavallis returns a punt**
**Cameron Stover avoids a tackle**
**Justin Semmes knows how to lead block**
**Tayler Peruski looks for running room**

Orchard Lake- Saturday was a tough day for any football fan who decided to sit in the pouring rain, but it was even tougher for those who tried to play football in the wet weather, as was evident in Orchard Lake St. Mary's 35-0 thumping over Flint Southwestern. Neither team could get a good grip of the pigskin which led to an absurd amount of fumbles.

While both teams had their share of fumbles, it was the Eaglets that cashed in. Orchard Lake scooped up Southwestern's first fumble and raced 25 yards for the early lead. During the extra point, the holder lost control of the ball but was able to run it in for a St. Mary's 8-0 lead. With less than 2 minutes to play in the first quarter, Southwestern again fumbled the ball away on a bad snap giving Orchard Lake the ball on the 10 yard line. Two plays later, fullback Justin Semmes powered his way into the endzone. Again the Eaglets couldn't control the extra point snap keeping the score at 14-0 headed int the second quarter.

St. Mary's quarterback Robert Bolden had a quiet day and rarely threw the ball. In the second quarter he did make his presence known on an option keeper, Bolden broke loose from 3 tacklers and raced 40 yards down to the five yard line. Sam Fioroni took it from there as the senior back ran in his first of the game's next three touchdowns. Bolden rolled right and hit Rodney Woodland in the back of the endzone for the 2-point conversion and a 22-0 lead with 9:22 left in the second quarter.

After a quick 3-and-out forced by the Eaglets, their offense was back in business. Two big runs between the tackles from Semmes and Tayler Peruski set up Fioroni for a 5 yard touchdown run.
Fioroni struck again in the first play of the third quarter with a 42 yard touchdown run. Fioroni's third TD enforced the mercy rule and a running clock.

OLSM- The Eaglets are reproving to the state that they are an elite team but it's just so hard to forget that week 1 beat down they took. Yes, they miss Dion Sims but players like Fioroni are stepping up. We'll see how good the Eaglets are after their next three games with perennial powers and conference foes- De La Salle, Brother Rice, and Detroit CC.

FSWA- the Knights disappointed me because I was hoping for a better effort. Standing on the sidelines you hear everything and the Knights fell apart and did nothing but bicker and argue with each other in the second quarter when there was still plenty of football to be played. Too much talent for a 1-2 team but now they need to regroup and fight to get into the playoffs.

GAME MVP- Justin Semmes, OLSM led the way on both sides of the field. Semmes had one rushing TD but his lead blocking at fullback was text book. His backs follow his lead and he provides daylight. Defensively he was all over the field, registering 2 sacks and 10 tackles.

Robert Bolden, OLSM- didn't have to show much in this game but now the pressure will be on the junior QB to lead his team through league play with games against De La Salle, Brother Rice, and Detroit CC all lined up next. This will be Bolden's opportunity to show everyone how good he really is.

Sam Fioroni, OLSM- his speed is very deceiving, once he gets outside he doesn't waste any time to turn on that extra gear. He is another weapon in the Orchard Lake backfield that teams have to game plan for and respect.

Cameron Stover, FSWA- Cam had a tough day and just got physically beat up. Southwestern failed to pick up blitz and it was Stover who paid for it. Give the young QB credit because he continued to get up.

Kortez Ross, FSWA- the safety/WR was one of the few Knights that never threw in the towel, he fought till the final horn sounded. I beleive Ross can play at the next level, he has solid speed but is a freak of an athlete with a motor that never ends.

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