Monday, November 24, 2008

SEMIS: Lake Orion vs. Dearborn Fordson

**Freshman QB Sean Charette**
**Ali Baidoun gets pressured from Evan Gros**
**Branden Oakes runs in for his second TD**
**Ali Alaboody couldn't find any running room**

Troy- The phrase states "defense wins championships", and that phrase hasn't won Lake Orion a championship yet, but it certainly has propelled the Dragons into the championship game as Lake Orion shutout Dearborn Fordson with a 38-0 victory.

Lake Orion's defense set the tone on the game's first play when John Chanthakhot intercepted Ali Baidoun's pass and returned it 25 yards for a 7-0 lead. Fordson turned the ball over again on their second possession on Abdullah Homayed's fumble. Lake Orion's Jared Lee recovered the ball at the 48 yard line. Branden Oakes' 1 yard touchdown made the score 14-0 with six minutes to play in the first quarter.

Lake Orion tacked on another touchdown with a 1:34 to go in the first half when Oakes ran up the gut nearly untouched for a 40 yard scamper to leave a rowdy Fordson crowd in shock.

Chanthakhot struck again in the third quarter with his second interception, returning this one inside the five yard line. Three plays later Daniel Ney crossed paydirt for a 21-0 lead. Lake Orion also added a 20 yard touchdown run from Marques Stevenson, and a 28 yard field goal to complete the scoring.


Lake Orion- the Dragon defense couldn't have been better on this cold night. Besides the forced turnovers they laid the wood and didn't give Fordson anywhere to run or throw.

Lake Orion fires off the ball extremely fast on both sides of the ball. Offensively they hit you so fast with dives and trap plays that they got 5 yards before you even know what hit you.

Fordson- the Tractors were never in this game; from the first play they lost the lead and could never get anything going in their favor. None of Fordson's big named players could make a play in this game as Lake Orion had them all in check. 5 turnovers and only 6 first downs just wasn't the Fordson team we have seen all season.

GAME MVP: John Chanthakhot, Lake Orion the senior corner's first pick for a TD set the tone and his second pick was the nail in the coffin.

Mikael Lott, LO- the senior slot receiver has speed and can really stretch the field. He added a few big run plays off of end arounds.

Sean Charette, LO- the freshman had some balls sail on him early but other than that he did a good job of managing the game without turning the ball over and what else can you ask out of a freshman in such a big game.

Abdullah Homayed, Fordson- got the job done at middle linebacker and held it down between the tackles. After Fordson got down by 21 Homayed became a non-factor at fullback. At 6-4/240 I would like to see him play D-end in college.

Baquer Sayed, Fordson- has the tools to be one the state's top 10 receivers next year but Lake Orion just would allow him to get free. Is a big target at 6-2/180 pounds.

Hassen Amen, Fordson- was the most consistent Fordson play on both sides of the ball. Better defensive prospect at the next level than offensive. Didn't have any errors on defense nor mistackles.

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