Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior running back Dylan Megge looks to shed a tackler Aug. 29 against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. First-year Lancers coach Orande Roy hopes to lead the turnaround of a program that’s gone 5-49 since the start of the 2013 season.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior running back Dylan Megge looks to shed a tackler Aug. 29 against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. First-year Lancers coach Orande Roy hopes to lead the turnaround of a program that’s gone 5-49 since the start of the 2013 season.

Photo by Brian Sevald


New leader of L’Anse Creuse football wants to field a winner

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 6, 2019

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior quarterback Brandon Tatters stands in the pocket Aug. 29 against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior quarterback Brandon Tatters stands in the pocket Aug. 29 against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — At the July 23 Macomb Area Conference football media day, new Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse football coach Orande Roy made it clear that he understood the state of the program he took over.

“We’ve been a losing program for some time now,” Roy said. “My staff and I, and the players, hope to change that.”

There was no hyperbole in that statement. Over the last six seasons, the Lancers have had a mark of 5-49.

Roy sees potential.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who have a lot of heart,” Roy said. “They’ve shown me so far that they’ll fight until the end.”

Roy’s tenure didn’t start the way he would have hoped. The Lancers fell to Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 40-0 Aug. 29 in the season opener. A loss like that, Roy said following the game, could be just the thing to get the Lancers in gear.

“We got slapped in the mouth. Sometimes that’s what it takes to bring the fight out of you,” said Roy. “Obviously, you don’t want to come out and have a performance like that. We’ll rebound. We’ll continue to work to get better. A lot of the issues we had in (the season opener) can be fixed.”

Missed tackles and alignment issues plagued L’Anse Creuse in the setback. On several occasions, Lancers defenders were in position to make a play, only to see the LCN offensive player break a tackle to turn a small gain into a sizable one.

Roy’s offense looks to be based on tempo, with a goal of keeping opposing defenses off balance. On one early offensive possession, L’Anse Creuse incurred three straight illegal procedure penalties.

“It’s early. We’ll get those things right,” Roy said. “We’ll be a much different team as the season goes on.”

Despite the outcome, Roy and his team gained a measure of respect from their opponent.

Crusaders coach Pat Dailey, also in his first year leading a program, said L’Anse Creuse will have a lot to be proud of in the future.

“(Roy) is a really good young coach,” Dailey said. “I don’t think the score showed just how hard (L’Anse Creuse) competed. That program will have its day, and I think it’ll be soon.”

Leading the way for the Lancers are senior quarterback Brandon Tatters, junior running back/defensive back Xavier Camel, junior running back/linebacker Dylan Megge and senior tight end/defensive lineman Spencer Ashman.

That core, along with everyone else on L’Anse Creuse’s 31-player roster, can be the spark that turns the team from a doormat to a contender, Roy said.

“We just have to keep pushing,” Roy said. “That’s what has to happen to spark the turnaround. We just have to keep working hard, and I think we will.”

L’Anse Creuse next takes the field at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Warren Woods Tower.

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