After two road games to open the 2021 season, Dearborn High in Week 3 held their home opener on Friday. The Pioneers hosted in Livonia Franklin, in what was a 1-1 team battle.
Convincingly, the hosts took a 35-6 victory over the visiting Patriots.
Dearborn’s (2-1, 1-1 KLAA East) victory is his first in four tries against Franklin (1-2, 1-1 KLAA East) since the school joined the KLAA in 2018.
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Franklin took the first drive inside Dearborn’s 5-yard line, but couldn’t concede. This set the tone for the Pioneer defense the rest of the way.
The hosts have eliminated Patriots quarterback Zac Olesuk three times. Two of them arrived in the first half in Dearborn territory, the third was sent around 30 yards from home by Adam Rammouni at the start of the fourth quarter, making it a 35-0 lead at the time.
“They played hard and played for each other,” Dearborn coach Alex Grignon said after the game, speaking of his defense. “We were resilient. (Franklin) came inside our own 10-yard line twice and got zero points. This has been history so far for us all season.
Offensively, Dearborn got rushed scores from four different players. The big one was Noah Dobert, who came off for a 61-yard touchdown to open things up midway through the second quarter.
The Pioneers also got scores from running back Abdulla Shaheri, quarterback Ali Murray and Rammouni.
“We were really hungry to start running the ball,” said Grignon. “We didn’t really engage in the first half. But we talked at halftime about getting more involved and moving the chains. We got a good score and kind of took their breath away. “
Franklin ended the Pioneers’ offer for their first shutout in nearly two full seasons when Olesuk ran for 25 yards with less than two minutes to go.
The first-year head coach at Dearborn says the gelation process between him and his players has gone well so far and the Pioneer community at large has been welcoming from day one.
Grignon in June 2020 agreed to take a position on the Michigan Tech University football staff. Sadly, the Huskies did not play as the NCAA canceled all of the Division II fall championships last season due to Covid-19.
“I tell you what, it was really nice to see,” said Grignon. “Where I was last year (at Michigan Tech), we couldn’t play a game. It felt good to be back on the sidelines, especially here at home in Dearborn.
“We told our guys it was more than a football game,” Grignon continued. “It’s a homecoming for all of our family, friends and students. Living with Covid now, I was happy that we were able to deliver a big win to the crowd. “
Dearborn next Friday will travel to Westland John Glenn (0-3, 0-2 KLAA East), who lost to Livonia Stevenson 7-0 in week three. The Pioneers have won all three meetings with the Rockets since joining the KLAA in 2018, including last year’s battle by a score of 42-13.