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By: Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

The Dexter Dreadnaughts (8-1) defeated the Croswell-Lexington Pioneers (4-5) at home on Oct. 25 in the regular season finale, 65-6, as they topped their earlier season record they set for most points scored in a single game (64 against Dearborn Edsel Ford).

Dread junior Colin Parachek was responsible for six touchdowns as he continues to improve off of his breakout sophomore campaign. Out of the ten Pioneer possessions, the Dreads forced seven punts, a turnover on downs, and got an interception. 

After the first quarter, the Dreads led 28-0. 

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First, Parachek hit senior wide receiver Rhett Jacobs for a 34-yard catch and run with 9:55 left. Next, a 44-yard pass from Parachek to senior wide receiver Antwan Ficklen got the ball down to the Pioneers 3-yard line, on the next play junior running back Evan Krolewski ran it in to make it 14-0 with 6:42 to go in the first.

The third touchdown came after they had a short field thanks to senior defensive back Alex Adams, who intercepted the ball to put the Dreads in Pioneer territory. R. Jacobs caught a quick screen from Parachek and ran it in from 14-yards out to make it 21-0 with 5:03. Finally, Parachek found Ficklen for the 34-yard strike to make it 28-0 with 2:51 left. 

Ficklen finished with six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s amazing,” said Dread head coach Phil Jacobs of his quarterback. “He’s fun to coach. He makes very few mistakes and when he does he’s not going to do it again. He takes it to heart and works at it. (He’s) added that running threat, you have to decide if you want to defend our passing or running game.” 

Parachek finished 20-26 for 276 yards and five touchdowns through the air, also adding 43 rushing yards on the ground and a touchdown.

In the second quarter, the Dreads would continue to push the pace and the Pioneers couldn’t keep up. The Dreads went into halftime with a 58-0 lead. 

With their stout defense forcing Pioneer punts deep in their own territory, the Dreads offense often had a short field. 

Krolewski’s second touchdown, a 31-yard run, with 10:37 in the half made it 35-0.

Parachek would add to this with 7:03 left, pulling the ball on a read option for the 15-yard touchdown run to make it 42-0. 

Krolewski surpassed 1000 rushing yards on the season in the first half, something the Dreads haven’t had in Jacobs’ tenure thus far. He finished the night leading the rushing attack with nine runs for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

“That’s what the passing game does, it opens up the running lanes,” said Jacobs. “Evan’s got great vision, he’s patient, and he runs hard. He’s tough to bring down.” 

Parachek would add his fourth touchdown of the night with 3:56 left. Scrambling out of the pocket, he waited patiently and found a wide open senior wide receiver, Trevor Bazzy for the 9-yard score to make it 50-0 after a 2-point conversion run from senior running back/linebacker Jordan Watson. 

The final Dread touchdown of the half came with 28 seconds left. The Dreads got to the line quickly and Parachek threw a ball to the end zone for R. Jacobs down the left side. R. Jacobs caught it but was ruled out of bounds. The Dreads got right back to the line and ran the exact same play, but this time R. Jacobs was well in bounds for the 24-yard touchdown grab and Parachek’s fifth touchdown through the air. Watson would run it in again for the 58-0 lead. 

R. Jacobs followed up his game winning catch against Lincoln last week with another solid performance, leading the Dreads with eight catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

In the second half, the running clock began and the second units provided some reprieve for the Dreads. 

The Pioneers would score their only points on the first drive of the second half, a 10-play drive capped off by a 19-yard run from Pioneer junior Vincent Groppi to make it 58-6 with around 4:25 left in the third quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, the Dreads would score their final points of the game, a 16-yard run from senior running back/linebacker Vince Malong with around nine minutes left  to make it 65-6.

The win ties the school record for wins, the Dreads went 8-1 in 1965 and 8-0 in 1963.But the Dreads aren’t done just yet. They will gather at the Dexter Pub on Sunday for the broadcasted selection show to see who they’ll face in the first round of the playoffs. 

Dread head coach Phil Jacobs addressees the team after their 65-6 win over Croswell-Lexington on Oct. 25.

“It’s very gratifying,” said Jacobs on finishing the season 8-1. “We were one and done in the playoffs last year. Like we’ve been saying since I got here, I want to go 1-0 in practice, on Monday, on Tuesday. Those small victories add up to the big victory on Friday. We want to ride this out as long we can. You never know who you’re going to run into, anything can happen, it’s the playoffs. The main thing is, our kids are enjoying one another.” 

Photos by Dawn Miller

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