Dexter Rolls to Division 2 Semifinals
The Dexter football team played a near-perfect game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle as the Dreadnaughts rolled over Midland 42-7 to claim its first-ever Regional title Friday night.
The Dreadnaughts surprised nearly everyone as they dominated the Chemics from the start, including a running clock the whole second half in the rout to advance to next week’s D2 semifinals against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in a site to be determined.
Dexter wasted no time in finding the endzone when Micah Davis returned the opening kickoff 90-yards for a score and a 7-0 lead.
The Dreads defense forced a punt that was downed at the 12-yard line, but on the first play from scrimmage, Reeves Taylor hit Cole Cabana in stride for an 88-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.
Following another Chemics punt, Taylor hit Cabana for a 47-yard TD on a screen pass to push the lead to 21-0 with 5:15 left in the first and the rout was on.
Davis picked off a pass to start the second quarter, but Midland answered with a pick of its own to take over in Dexter territory, but the Dreads defense held and forced a turnover on downs.
Owen Wondrash recovered a fumble at the Chemics 18 and a couple of plays later Taylor hit Brenna Parachek with a scoring pass to push the lead to 28-0.
Dexter would force another punt and two plays later Taylor connected with Joey Tessmer for a 47-yard TD pass to make it 35-0 at the half.
The running clock ticked off in the second half, but Dexter would find the endzone one more time win Taylor tossed his fifth TD of the night with a flip pass to Tessmer for an 11-yard TD to make it 42-0.
Midland would find the endzone with just over a minute left for the 42-7 final.
Dexter improves to 12-0 overall on the season while Forest Hills will enter the game also with a 12-0 record.
Photos by Mike Williamson