Churchill Ends Dexter Season for Second Straight Year

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For the second straight season, Livonia Churchill ended the Dexter Dreadnaughts football season in the state playoffs.

Churchill dominated the second half and pulled away from the Dreadnaughts 52-35 Friday night, ending the Dreads season one week after they won their first ever playoff game.

A high scoring affair was expected, and it was just that from the start.

Following a Dexter punt on the opening drive, Churchill marched down and scored on 26-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.

Dexter answered with a scoring drive of its own and Colin Parachek hit Brennan Parachek with a seven-yard scoring pass to tie the game at seven after the Blake Sislo extra point.

Churchill would kick a field goal on its next drive for a 10-7 lead, but the Dreads would take the lead on a Parachek two-yard TD run and Sislo kick to make it 14-10 with eight minutes to go in the second quarter.

A minute later Churchill scored on a 37-yard TD pass to retake the lead, but Dexter again answered with a two-yard TD run by Cole Cabana to lead 21-17 with two minutes left in the half.

A crushing blow came late in the half as Churchill quickly drove down the field and scored with a three-yard run in the final minute to make it 24-21 at the half.

Churchill would take control in the third, scoring with a 36-yard pass for a 31-21 lead and after an interception score on an 18-yard TD pass with a minute left in the third for a 38-21 lead.

Parachek connected with Brennan Parachek for a seven-yard TD pass to make it 38-28 and recovered a fumble at midfield with a chance to cut into the lead but turned the ball over on downs.

Churchill scored on a 64-yard pass to make it 45-28 to pretty much seal the win.

Parachek would hit Cal Bavineau with a 26-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 45-35 but recovered the onside kick and punched it in one last time to make the final 52-35.

A record-breaking career ended on a sour note for Dreads quarterback. He now owns all the Dreadnaught passing records. He finished the night 36-56 for 350 yards passing and three scores. He also rushed for 17 yards and a TD.

Cabana rushed for 103 yards and a score and caught 12 passes for 88 yards. Brennan Parachek caught 11 passes for 91 yards and two scores, Bavineau eight for 98 and a TD, Ty Rychner three for 31, Lukas Koone two for 31, and Braeden Fuson one for 11.

Dexter finished the season with a 5-3 overall record.

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