Allison leads Lake Orion to 4-0 start

It was a big Friday evening for Lake Orion in a 49-0 victory against Troy Athens. But for linebacker-running back Roger Allison, a 4-0 mark for the Dragons is only the start of what he hopes will be a state championship year.

Allison is one of three Lake Orion players who has already committed to a BigTen School

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Allison, who has already committed to the University of Michigan, is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns and also led the team in tackles with 102. Michigan, Allison said, has yet to decide where they'll play him.

But with Lake Orion near the top of most statewide Michigan polls, Allison is determined to help the Dragons stay as high as possible.

"We'll be getting some tough competition from now on," said Allison, whose Dragons are going after the Oakland Activities Association title and will have to take on Rochester, Troy, Farmington Hills Harrison, Rochester Adams and Clarkston in upcoming regular-season games. "I don't know if this is the best team. Last year's team was pretty good. We lost some pretty good players. But we've got some pretty good players who are coming back."

That includes Allison, among the state's best two-way players.

"I'm sure I'm a better overall player this year," Allison said. "I'm quicker and I'm a better linebacker. I have very good vision."

Allison is confident in his team's offensive line, which has been doing the job so far this year, including 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard Trent Varva, who has verbally committed to Penn State.

"The offensive line isn't quite where the line was last year. But the line last year got better as the year went on," Allison said.

Lake Orion was upset by Novi in the second round of the state playoffs last year. Allison and his teammates want to go farther in the five-week playoffs last year, but aren't jumping the gun.

"Our first goal is to get six wins to qualify for the playoffs. We want to concentrate on the league title first and then we'll focus on the playoffs," he said

Allison verbally committed to the University of Michigan over the summer.

"I like Michigan for a lot of reasons," he said. "I like the coaching staff. They'll be very good to play for."

Playing college football wasn't exactly an overnight idea for Allison.

"I probably started thinking about it when I was in middle school," he said.

Allison also hopes to turn his game up a few notches as he prepares for an eventual college career.

"I have to keep getting stronger and faster and work on every part of my game," he said. "I'm excited about it."

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