For the last four years, Michael Dorsainvil and his Lake Norman Charter football team have grown up together.The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior quarterback has started all 39 games in the short history of the Knights’ football program, earning the spot as a freshman in the team’s inaugural varsity season in 2010.While Dorsainvil has had his ups and downs over his Lake Norman Charter career, going 22-17 as the starter, he says he’s enjoyed the journey.“Not a lot of guys get to come in from day one and help lead a program,” Dorsainvil said. “It’s been a lot of fun helping this team grow from a new team into a program that contends for conference (championships).”While the Knights have gone a combined 15-2 in 2012 and the first half of the 2013 season, it didn’t start out so easily.In fact, Dorsainvil remembers taking a lot of lumps in the Knights’ first season.“That first year was rough,” he recalls of the 1-9 team. “But we all learned a lot and became better players for it.”“Michael (Dorsainvil) really got thrown in the fire his freshman year as the quarterback,” Lake Norman Charter head coach Bob McKay said. “Like it or not, as the quarterback, he had to become a leader for this team and grow up quickly.”Dorsainvil’s second season was much better, as the Knights made big jump, going 6-6 overall. The sophomore quarterback had a lot to do with it, accounting for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns, while leading his team to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1AA playoffs for the first time. Lake Norman Charter lost its inaugural playoff game, 35-26 to South Stokes.While the Knights’ improvement between season one and two was impressive, the next step was even bigger as Lake Norman Charter shocked the Southern Piedmont 1A-2A conference last season, its second year in the league, going 10-2 overall, including 6-1 in league play.The Knights’ defining moment came in a 30-28 upset of Lincolnton, when Dorsainvil and former Lake Norman Charter player Alex Scearce (now at Coastal Carolina) led their team to a program-changing win.While the Knights’ bid to win the SPC championship fell short, as they lost to eventual 2A state champion East Lincoln 35-21, they had a lot to build on, even getting their first playoff win, a 48-0 rout of Avery County. Lake Norman Charter would then lose to Hendersonville in the second round of the 1AA playoffs.“We have gotten progressively better each year, and I think having the same quarterback and leader of our offense in Michael (Dorsainvil) has been a big reason why,” McKay said. Dorsainvil has had his best start to date this season (4-0, 1-0 going the Knights’ Sept. 20 game against Village Christian), as he passed for 688 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 250 yards and five more scores in his first four games.Dorsainvil exhibited his growth in Lake Norman Charter’s season opener.He threw two interceptions in the first half as his team trailed Carolina Pride 18-0 at the break, but instead of giving or giving up, Dorsainvil helped lead his team to 20 unanswered points in the second half and won a 20-18 victory.“Michael had a terrible first half and made a couple bad reads and we were down 18, staring at 0-1,” McKay said. “But he didn’t let it get him down. Two years ago, we wouldn’t have won that kind of game.”Dorsainvil and the “double-wing, pistol jet, no-huddle offense,” have been rolling since, outscoring their opponents 119-26 in the next three gamesThe senior signal caller has been at his best, passing for 263 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for two more scores in a 30-20 win over High Point Christian. Then, he threw three touchdown passes in a 51-6 rout of Pine Lake Prep before also leading a 38-0 win over Highland Tech with 138 yards passing and two touchdown tosses as well as two more touchdown runs.“It’s hard to believe that I’m a senior, because I feel like time has gone so fast,” Dorsainvil said. “I knew I’d have to step my game, but I’ve had a lot of help, we have a lot guys who are playing great right now.”Dorsainvil, who often looked to Scearce to make big plays last year, has a variety of weapons this season from sophomore wing backs Neil Baugh, Kodi Moses and Kurt Wrongsky, to junior wideouts Petey Fabian and Jake Young.The Knights will need all of that firepower heading into the meat of their new Big South 2A-3A conference slate, with likes of East Gaston, Forestview and South Point looming.But Dorsainvil and his team are looking forward to the challenge of taking even another step forward.“I want to go out with a big bang this year,” Dorsainvil said. “But I know it’s not going to be easy.”While Dorsainvil finishes his time at Lake Norman Charter, he hopes to secure his future, where he will have a chance to play either football or baseball at the next level.Dorsainvil has interest from schools like Farleigh Dickinson, Washington and Lee and Wingate on the gridiron, but has even more on the baseball diamond, where the Knights’ centerfielder and leadoff hitter has scouts from Alabama State, East Carolina, George Mason, North Carolina A&T, Presbyterian, Tufts, Wingate and Wofford looking at him.“I would prefer to play baseball in college, but football is also an option,” Dorsainvil said, whose dad, Robert Lee, made it to AAA in the minor leagues. “I am excited about the opportunity to keep playing at the next level, no matter what I do.”
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013
Dorsainvil plays the lead role, again
This story went to print before the Lake Norman Charter-Village Christian game on Sept. 20. Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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