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By: Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com 

The Dexter Dreadnaught football team (2-1) blew out the Dearborn Edsel Ford Thunderbirds (0-3) on Sept. 13 at Al Ritt Stadium by a final score of 64-0.

In 2006, the Dreads scored 62 points against Ypsilanti Willow Run, but according to Michigan-football.com, a website that tracks high school seasons back to 1950, this scoring output stands alone.

A non-conference matchup, and the first between the two schools, the Dreads got on the board early and often on the way to a running clock late in the first half as all three phases of the Dread game were on point.

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“Our defense played hard, we executed pretty well on offense,” said Dread head coach Phil Jacobs. “Everything was there. One of those nights where we’ve been on the other side of the coin and it wasn’t too long ago. The work our kids and staff have put in to flip the coin has been remarkable.”

On the opening kickoff, senior wide receiver, kick, and punt returner Antwan Ficklen returned it 94-yards to the house to put the Dreads up early 7-0.

After a Thunderbird safety on a high snap on a fourth down punt deep in their own territory, the Dreads got the ball back at midfield.

Dread junior quarterback Colin Parachek’s first three throws went for touchdowns in a shortened evening for most of the starters. Parachek went 8-12 for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns.

“We saw exactly what we prepped for,” said Parachek. “We went out and executed. (My) first three passes went for touchdowns, you can’t ask for much better than that. The line blocked great, the receivers caught the ball, the receivers blocked for the backs, everything was great offensively.”

First, it was a 32-yard pass to Ficklen, who’s speed got him behind the Thunderbird safety with ease to put the Dreads up 16-0 with 8:23 in the first.

After a three and out by the Dread defense on the next Thunderbird possession, Parachek threw a swing pass to junior running back Evan Krolewski who made his way up the sideline to make it 23-0 with 7 minutes in the first quarter.

Another Thunderbird punt gave the Dreads the ball at their own 25-yard line. Parachek threw a 75-yard bomb to senior Rhett Jacobs on the first play of the drive to go up 30-0 with 5:20 in the first.

Jacobs’ season ended early last year after an injury but he’s already been a big part of the Dread offense. Coming into this year, Jacobs was ready.

“I’m very comfortable in this offense,” said Jacobs. “I’m confident in my ability, I know what I can do. My teammates know what I can do. It was just time for me to show it.”

The first quarter ended 37-0 in favor of the Dreads after Ficklen got his third touchdown of the game on a third and 26 in their own territory. Ficklen made a nice grab before running the rest of the way for the 58-yard score with 2:22 left in the first quarter.

Ficklen finished with 101 receiving yards and three touchdowns to lead the receivers, as seven Dreads caught passes.

Krolewski scored two touchdowns in the final ten minutes, a six-yard run with 6:44 left and a 5-yard run with 20 seconds left. Jacobs, the backup quarterback this year as well, also scrambled in from 3-yards out with 3:07 left.

 

Krolewski finished with 111 yards on the ground and three touchdowns overall, two rushing and one receiving. Jacobs finished with 75 receiving yards, 40 rushing yards, and two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.

Evan Krolewski scoring one of his three touchdown’s against Edsel Ford. Photo by Dawn Miller

The Dreads took a 58-0 lead into halftime with the running clock starting after 50 points.

Dread junior Keegan Kipke recovered a fumble deep in Thunderbird territory after the Dreads turned it over on downs, and on the next play, Dread junior Blake Cislo ran it in from 7-yards out to complete the scoring at 65-0 with around four minutes left.

That’s back-to-back shutouts for the Dread defense, senior Vicnce Malong led the team with four tackles, senior Mark Young had three, and senior Trevor Bazzy had an interception, as they’ve begun to fly to the ball. The defensive line rotates players constantly, guys like junior Lex Krull, junior Nathan Bauer, junior Caleb Drenner, and senior Bryce Martin.

“I rely on all the guys who were coming back,” said Martin who finished with 1.5 tackles and two quarterback hurries. Martin came back for his senior year after four years away and the last three playing tennis. “I’m new and they’ve taught me the ways. Were led by mark young, it helps that they’re all so encouraging, showing me what to do.”

“Defensively, our middle linebacker was upset because he didn’t have any tackles,” said Jacobs. “That was because of our front. We have a physical front 7, our safeties will come down and get you too. The biggest difference is our kids, both sides, are learning assignments. Getting lined up correctly, just things we now don’t have to correct in practice. Our alignments and assignments are really good right now.”

Photos by Dawn Miller

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