Oakland Christian’s Varsity football team had a successful home opener and earned its first win of the season, by defeating Voyageur Academy of Detroit, 34-8 Friday night. Daniel Siminski threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, while Angelo Scafone had an impressive 99-yard interception return for a touchdown to highlight the scoring.
Siminski threw for 172 yards, distributing his passes among five different receivers. He was also the Lancers leading rusher with 64 yards. Leading from the Receiver position were Keith McAllister (two touchdowns) and Lake Patterson with 59 yards, each. Scafone, Jaemin Liebler and Luke Alkire were also instrumental in establishing a punishing running game that helped open up the passing game. The offensive effort was led by a great effort upfront from linemen Zach Miller, Carter Lewis, Christian Campbell, C.J. Bottiaux, Jordan Johnson and Jake DenOuden. Mason Kolb had a tremendous game on offense from his Tight End position blocking for the run game and catching a touchdown pass that got the Lancers rolling in the first half of the game.
On defense, Oakland Christian held the explosive Voyageur offense scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Voyageur beat Cabrini last week with big plays, an impressive running quarterback and wide receiver. That attack was shut down versus the Lancers defense. Lewis and Kolb led the defense in tackles, while Ethan Townsend, Scafone, Patterson and Liebler shut down the passing game from their defensive back position. Coach Alkire said Gabe Collins and McAllister also were solid controlling Voyageurs outside run game from their Outside Linebacker positions.
Alkire also pointed out the efforts of Miller, who filled in at Middle Linebacker on Friday, as well as defensive ends Lewis, Jack Farsvedt and Carson Ford.
On special teams, Connor Butcher helped OC control field position with his long kicks and punts. He was also 4 of 5 on extra points. Collins made two impressive open-field tackles on kickoffs for the Lancers.
Oakland Christian finishes its non-league portion of the schedule at 1-1 and will now begin its MIAC league campaign next week at home versus Lutheran Northwest of Rochester Hills.
Coach Alkire was pleased with his team’s resilience by working to fix some of its deficiencies from its opening season loss to Everest. He was also pleased that all players on the roster played in the win versus Voyageur and contributed to the victory.
Finally, Alkire (first-year Head Coach) was thrilled with the fans of Oakland Christian and all the staff members who made the Friday Night Lights environment electric in supporting the team.