FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Lake Orion shatters school record in 68-point outburst; Clarkston, Oxford win league openers
DETROIT — Lake Orion was somewhat unimpressive offensively in earning 17-10 victory in Week 1 over Oxford. The Dragons, often a pass-happy team, did not complete a single pass last week.
Lake Orion was more compared to an erupting volcano Friday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit and finally re-discovered its potent offense.
Playing in the Gridiron Classic against Troy Athens in the OAA Red Division opener for both teams, Lake Orion posted a 68-20 thumping on the Red Hawks, showcasing a potentially lethal offense.
The win established a new school record for points in a contest. The old record for the Dragons (2-0, 1-0) was a 6-3 win over Ortonville Brandon on Oct.6, 1989, and just the second time Lake Orion has eclipsed the 60-point barrier.
Lake Orion notched another team school record with 10 touchdowns in the contest, eight coming from different players. The Dragons amassed more than 600 yards of offense with 445 yards rushing.
Zachary Arnold had five carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns and fellow track standout Corey Ester chipped in with 130 yards on 10 carries and scored one touchdown for the Dragons.
Arnold scored on runs of 40 and 36 yards to put the Dragons up 14-0 and in control. Lake Orion led 34-13 by the half and erupted for 13 more points in the third quarter and recorded an additional 21 points in the final frame to add to the onslaught.
Dominick Giovinazzo scored on runs of 3 and 16 yards, Ester scored on a 63-yard sprint, Jordan Waymer chipped in with a 31-yard run, Jacob Miller had a 1-yard run and Chris Leigh scored on a 13-yard scamper for the Dragons.
Nick Booker added a 66-yard interception return for another score, Chaz Miller caught a 1-yard pass from Derek Delaura and Jeremy King hit 8-of-10 extra points, yet another school record for extra points made and attempted in a contest.
Athens was able to trim the deficit to 14-7 when Lucas Bezerra haled in a halfback option pass from Joe Shields. That was as close as the Red Hawks (0-2, 0-1) would get on the evening.
Jake Nelson (1-yard run) and Bezerra (76-yard run) also scored for Athens.
OXFORD 36, NORTH FARMINGTON 28: Oxford scored seven points each in the first two quarters for a 14-6 halftime lead. And outscored North Farmington 13-6 in the third quarter for a 27-12 lead entering the fourth frame, where the Raiders mounted a comeback with a 16-9 scoring edge.
Oxford is now 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the OAA White Division. North Farmington is also 1-1 but 0-1 in league play.
CLARKSTON 47, WEST BLOOMFIELD 7: Clarkston scored points in all four frames Friday and rolled over visiting West Bloomfield in OAA Red Division play.
Ian Eriksen carried the ball 22 times for 183 yards and three rushing touchdowns for Clarkston.
The Wolves scored seven in the first quarter and tacked on 19 more points in the second period for a 26-0 lead by the half. Clarkston (2-0, 1-0) extended the lead to 33-0 entering the fourth quarter, where the Wolves held a 14-7 edge.
Eriksen scored on runs of 6, 1 and 2 yards for Clarkston. Caine Watlington added a 21-yard touchdown sprint, Jason McCowan chipped in a 1-yard plunge, Jermone Clevidence added 15-yard TD sprint and quarterback D.J. Zezula hit Alex Dicea with an 18-yard TD strike for the Wolves. Shane Hynes was 4-for-5 on extra points.
Tristian Jackson scored on a 9-yard run for West Bloomfield (1-1, 0-1).
FARMNGTON HARRSION 19, ROCHESTER ADAMS 7: Harrison built a 19-0 lead by the half and held on for this victory in the OAA White Division opener for both teams.
Garius Coleman caught a 10-yard and 35-yard touchdown passes from Ryan Brand and Eddie Huckleby added a 3-yard TD plunge in the second quarter for the Hawks (2-0, 1-0).
Lorenzo Collins finished with 24 carries for 165 yards for Harrison.
Quarterback Matt Sokol connected with CJ Borglin for s 21-yard scoring toss in the fourth quarter for Adams (0-2, 0-1), which committed five turnovers in the game and four in the first half alone.
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