Division 1 - Rockford Rams Dragons Back Into Lake

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Rockford 26 Lake Orion 14

Lake Orion won the toss and deferred to the second half. Rockford took the ball but was not able to move it and punted to Lake Orion. The Dragons spread out the defense and attempted to run off tackle. Rockford’s defense held strong and forced them to punt back. It’s tough to play in a state championship when you are starting a FRESHMAN at quarterback. Sean Charette may be good, but it’s tough to go into the game without a ton of experience. The Rams moved the ball with the run and were aided by a facemask penalty. On third and 11, Ram quarterback Tim McGee completed a pass to Drew Maroe for 12 yards and a first and goal. Jordan Morren punched it in from the inch line a few plays later. The point extra was blocked, a rare special teams gaff for Rockford. Lake Orion took the ball at the 35.

They drove the ball and got into scoring position early in the second quarter, thanks mostly to Branden Oakes. Facing a third and goal at the one, Sean Charette faked the handoff and bootlegged to his right and into the end zone. The kick was good and Lake Orion took a 7-6 lead. It was pretty quiet for the next six minutes with each team trading punts back and forth. Then, on second and ten from the Lake Orion 47, Tim McGee found Nick Stokes wide open for a touchdown. McGee did get nailed just after he threw the pass, but I’m guessing it didn’t hurt as much since he completed the pass and scored. Lake Orion couldn’t do much so they were forced to punt. It was blocked by Alex Rojas and rolled out of bounds at the six. O the next play, Ryan Cochran ran it in for another score which put Rockford up 20-7 with 43 seconds remaining in the half. That score gave them 14 points in 75 seconds. Charette tried to move his team, but threw an interception to Ryan Darby. A knee ended the first half.

Rockford kicked off to Lake Orion to begin the second half. Charette took over at the 20 and started their journey toward the Rockford end zone. They got past the 50 and on third and six, the pass fell incomplete but pass interference was called, giving the Dragons a fresh set of downs. The Dragons attempted to pass into the end zone, but it was intercepted by Gabe Speirs and returned to the 48 yard line. On the next play, Ryan Cochran fumbled and it was recovered by Kane Hayes. They marched quickly down the field until they faced a third down and goal to go, from the two yard line. Oakes was able to get the score and Lake Orion pulled within six. They did have the ball the nearly the whole quarter, with Rockford only having the one play which they fumbled until getting the ball back with 1:07 left in the third.

As the third quarter finished and the fourth quarter began, Rockford was driving the ball. The first play of the third quarter was a third down and four chain links to go at their 42 yard line. They were not able to get the first down and had to punt away. Charette tossed a beautiful pass, hitting Jeffrey Heath in stride for a nice gain, but Heath fumbled and Eric Melton recovered at midfield. Rockford was facing a third and five when McGee faked the inside handoff and completed a pass to Morren for a 13 yard gain down to the 20. Ryan Darby completed the drive by scoring from the four yard line. McGee faked the field goal and went for two, but his pass was broken up. The touchdown put Lake Orion 12 points down with six minutes remaining in the season. Charette completed a 19 yard pass to Heath and then hit him for seven more. A big third down pass got to Michael Nelson, but ht was hit hard by Charles Fleck and dropped the ball. Lake Orion went for it on fourth down, but an illegal motion and dropped pass ended the drive. The Rams ran the ball on first and second down, only to find themselves with third and five. Cochran ran the sweep and gained enough for a first down, keeping the drive alive and the ability to burn up more clock. Coach Ralph Munger kept the ball on the ground and moved closer and closer to the end zone. They did not score, but did succeed in killing off the clock.

Quarterback Tim McGee only attempted three passes, and completed them all for 72 yards and a score. Ryan Cochran ran 18 times for 66 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Morren gained 56 on 16 runs. Nick Stokes brought in that long 47 yard touchdown pass on his only reception.

Sean Charette came out cold, but heated up in the second half. He finished 12 of 24 for 123 yards and two interceptions. Branden Oakes toted the ball 16 times for 107 yards and a score. Mikael Lott caught four passes for 23 yards. Jeffrey Heath grabbed three and gained 51 yards on those receptions.