December 7, 2010
Stevenson leads team to state title
Being overlooked throughout the season, Lake Orion running back Marques Stevenson took the reins and led his team on an impressive playoff run which concluded with success as the Dragons captured the Division 1 state title, defeating Plymouth 21-13. With their run through the playoffs Stevenson put himself on the map, showing everyone that he is the real deal.
"It was an unexplainable feeling, which took hard work and dedication from not only myself, but my entire team. We were very cohesive team and truly came together when it mattered. We were ready to play and came out confident. With that we were able to pick up the victory," said Stevenson. "We played really good in the first half leading 21-3 half but our offense didn't play very well in the second half. So on that 3rd down play I just ran with all instinct and did what was spouse to happen on the play. I just used my determination to finish the run to get the first down and lead my team to the win."
That 3rd and 15 where he rushed for 35 yards to the Plymouths 40 with just under 4 minutes allowed Lake Orion to finish out the game for the title. Stevenson had 27 carries for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game. This wasn't his only impressive game as his whole season was filled with these kind of numbers.
"I finished with 1966 yards and 25 TD's. I was All-League, All-Metro team, 2nd team All-State in the AP I think and All-State in another. I also earned captain honors on the all north team" said Stevenson.
These statistics and honors have given Stevenson increased interest and even sparked another offer from Yale, adding them to Air Force his only other offer.
"I have added an offer from Yale, and I am receiving increased interest from many other schools, but it mainly has been Cincinnati. I am expecting other offers to come; they will step up to the plate soon. Right now I am working on getting my senior film together and sending it to everyone. It should be finalized this week." said Stevenson. "I have no visits scheduled yet but I plan on taking all five before I commit. All I know so far is I'm going to Air Force 100 percent sometime. Other visits I'm thinking about going on are Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Iowa State, and Cincinnati. "
As for Central Michigan, they are remaining quiet on the Stevenson recruiting front but Stevenson remained positive about the Chippewa's.
"No, I haven't heard from them recently, but I am always interested in them. They have a great program, which I would heavily consider if it were to pick up interest," said Stevenson.
With his great season and long run through the playoffs, his time frame for his decision has changed a little.
"Initially I planned to decide in December but that is going to be pushed back because the season went on so long. I might just waiting until signing day depending on how things go," explained Stevenson. "Right now I don't have a top three, but I would say Air Force is a slight leader."
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