High-powered offense guides West Bloomfield past Lake Orion

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 21, 2018


WEST BLOOMFIELD – West Bloomfield High used a balanced offensive attack and solid defense en route to a 42-21 win over Lake Orion High Sept. 21 at home. 


Lake Orion took a 14-6 lead on a 24-yard touchdown rush by junior running back Kobe Manzo with 11:48 left in the second quarter, but West Bloomfield responded by scoring touchdowns on its next four possessions. The Lakers scored on all six of their possessions in the first half. 


Two of those touchdowns came through the air and two came on the ground. Junior running back Donovan Edwards had two rushing touchdowns on the night and senior wide receiver Tre Mosley had two 60-yard touchdown catches. Mosley’s second touchdown gave the Lakers a 32-14 lead with 1:20 to go in the first half. 


“I had the shorter routes. I saw the safety — because they had me lined up in the slot — I saw the safety playing about 12 or 15 yards off, so the hitch was wide open. I caught it, turned around, saw open field and just made a play,” Mosley said. 


Defensively, West Bloomfield was sound throughout the night. After allowing the Dragons to score touchdowns on their first two possessions, the Lakers didn’t allow another point until there was 2:29 left in the fourth quarter. 


The Lakers came away with two sacks and junior safety Makari Paige had an interception to stop a promising Lake Orion drive in the third quarter. Lakers coach Ron Bellamy was happy with the way his defense adjusted after allowing two early scores but noted that they still have work to do.


One thing Bellamy wasn’t pleased with was penalties. West Bloomfield committed nine penalties in the game and Bellamy knows that needs to change if the squad wants to win a state championship.  


“We lost the state championship game (2017) because of penalties. We gotta fix that. We’re going to continue to emphasize that, and hopefully it works in our favor one game. I understand the kids have total focus and sometimes some of the penalties are out of your control, but that’s something we really want to monitor,” Bellamy said. 


The Lakers’ next game is at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Rochester Adams. 


Lake Orion’s next game is at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Southfield A & T.