Princeton has never defeated Orion in football.
They have met seven times, and seven times Orion has won.
The Chargers haven’t just won all seven games, they’ve dominated the series, outscoring the Tigers by an average margin of 52.3-14.6. Only one game, 23-21 in 2014, has been decided by three touchdowns or less, though last year’s 28-7 win by the then No. 1 ranked Chargers saw the teams tied at halftime 7-7.
The Tigers (2-1) will be out to stop that trend Friday night in the most contested Three Rivers crossover contest of the week.
“We would most definitely like to change that,” junior lineman Grant Foes said of the Tigers’ winless record vs. Orion. “It’s gonna take playing as a team and fixing the penalties, not shooting ourselves in the foot. We know we have a big game this week. We just need to come into this week focused and ready to go.”
Game time for the BCR Game of the Week is 7 p.m. at Bryant Field.
PHS coach Ryan Pearson said Orion will be a huge test for the Tigers.
“They’re 3-0 coming to our place. It’s going to be a big game for our kids, and I think our kids will be ready to play,” he said. “For us to have a chance, we must continue to focus on getting better at what we do and understanding who we are. We are going to need to put together a complete game this week in all three phases. Even though we won last week, we still have areas where we can improve. If we fix those things and continue to make strides and have patience, we will be a tough team to beat.”
The Chargers have turned the page on the Logan Lee era, its former all-stater who now plays for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He wreaked havoc against the Tigers last year, both offensively with two touchdown receptions and defensively with quarterback sacks.
Orion moved to 3-0 with last week’s impressive 19-0 win over Rockridge in TRAC Rock play. The Chargers also beat Monmouth-Roseville (20-18) and Kewanee (35-27) in a couple of close TRAC crossovers.
The Tigers played with a vengeance last week, soundly defeating St. Bede 49-7 with the running clock put into play in the third quarter. That helped to take out the bad taste from their mouths after having let a 21-10 halftime lead slip away at Newman the week before.
Junior running back Ronde Worrels led the charge with four touchdowns and 128 yards rushing. Senior back Noah Atkinson opened the scoring by racing for a 63-yard TD.
Game of the Week
Orion (3-0) at Princeton (2-1)
Game time: 7 p.m., Bryant Field.
Note: Orion is 7-0 all-time against PHS, outscoring the Tigers by an average of 52.3-14.6 in those games.