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By: Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

The Dexter Dreadnaught football team, 5-1 (4-1), overwhelmed the Tecumseh Indians, 1-5 (1-5), as they scored 40 of their 54 points in the first half on the way to a 54-13 SEC White conference win. 

The Dreads hadn’t been 4-1 since 1983 and tonight’s win gives them their best start since 1969, when they began the season 6-1. The Dreads also entered the game needing 41 points to match the total amount of points the Dreads scored last year in 10 games and did so with 3:13 left in the third quarter. 

Balance has been a key for this potent Dread offense and the running game has begun to get on track the past few weeks. Tonight, the Dreads had 223 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on the ground as they imposed their will in the trenches even while dealing with some injuries. 

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After the first quarter, the Dreads led 20-0. The consistent Dread air attack moved the ball quickly on the Dreads opening possession resulting in a 12-yard run for Dread junior running back Evan Krolewski. Krolewski finished with 12 rushes for 179 yards and three rushing touchdowns, also setting up a couple of other scores on the night with long gashing runs. 

“Early on they played an even front against us and that’s what we prepared for all week,” said Dread head coach Phil Jacobs. “We took advantage of some of the openings we saw, some run pass options, and converted on those. Then they went to an odd front and dared us to run the ball and we did. We’re banged up, out two starting offensive lineman and a defensive lineman. We had kids step up for us and it was nice to see.”

The Dread defense forced a three and out but the Indians got the ball back on an interception on the next Dread possession.

The Indians drove but the Dread defense came up with a stop at their own 14-yard line. The Indian field goal clanked off the bottom cross bar and bounced out. 

After a penalty set the Dreads back facing a second and long from their own 38-yard line, Dread junior quarterback Colin Parachek found freshman Brennan Parachek with a quick pass to the right. B. Parachek then did the rest and took it to the house for the 62-yard score to make it 13-0 with 2:26 in the first. 

Parachek finished 15-23 for 257 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Another Indians three and out led to the Dreads getting the ball back in Indian territory and senior running back Jordan Watson punched it in from 6-yards out for the score with 2 seconds left to make it 20-0. 

The next Indian possession resulted in a punt, which the Dreads blocked. Dread senior Bryce Martin, Watson, and senior Jasper Howell were all in the area and senior defensive end Mark Young picked it up and ran it in to make it 27-0 with 8:06 in the second quarter.

Howell would recover a fumble on the next Indian possession. The Dreads then drove 61-yards for the touchdown, capped off by a 4-yard Krolewski run with 4:36 in first half to make it 34-0. 

“He sees the hole,” said Jacobs on Krolewski. “He doesn’t just run into a brick wall, he’s patient back there and once he sees it, he’s got a burst. He’s a tough kid, he’s hard to bring down and for that matter so is Jordan (Watson). (Krolewski) is a nice weapon to have, he’s got good vision, you saw that tonight, as soon as he sees that hole, he’s through it.”

The Indians would score their first point on a third and long, sophomore quarterback Jayden Amaya scrambled out of the pocket and launched a 65-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Alex Lawson for the score. Watson blocked the extra point to make it 34-6 with 4:10 in the first half. 

Parachek would be intercepted again on the next Dread possession and the Indians would take over at the Dread 18-yard line and capitalize with a touchdown pass to make it 34-13 with 2:56 in the first half. 

After an onside kick was recovered by  the Dreads at the Indians 49-yard line, Krolewski had a 46-yard run up the gut to make it 40-13 with 2:13 left in the first half.  

Watson would pick off Amaya on the Indians last first half drive and the Dreads took a 40-13 lead into the locker room. 

The Dread defense came out strong on the first Indians possession of the second half, forcing a turnover on downs. 

After a Dread interception, the Indians gave it right back. Dread senior defensive back Yusef Mohammed read Amaya’s eyes as he rolled out to his left on a first down and jumped the route to give the Dreads the ball back at their own 18-yard line.

On that next drive, a 42-yard Krolewski run set up a 30-yard slant from Parachek to senior wide receiver Antwan Ficklen to make it 46-13 with 3:13 in the third. 

Ficklen led the recievers with six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown while B. Parachek finished with three catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Watson would score his second rushing touchdown of the evening after the Dread defense forced another turnover on downs. This run came with 33 seconds left in the third from 15-yards out. Watson also walked in the two-point conversion for the 54-13 lead. 

Lawton would score once more for the Indians, a 27-yard touchdown grab, to make it 54-19 and that would be the final score as Dreads ran out the time. 

Along with the offensive success this year, the defense has been stout too. They’ve got three shutouts and their opposition is averaging 10 points per game through six games. 

“Coach (George) Michos has done a great job with our defense,” said Jacobs. “We’re in attack mode this year and we weren’t in such an attack mode last year. We’re trying to take the fight to the opponent.” 

Although the Dreads only need one more game to qualify for the playoffs, Jacobs focus is on Pirates next week. 

“We can’t look ahead,” said Jacobs. “I’m not even going say the P word, if and when it happens. We’ve worked too hard to look past what we’re trying to accomplish in the present.”

Photos by Lynne Beauchamp

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