FOOTBALL OPENER: Dreadnaughts show grit, but fall to Adrian

The final score might not show it, but the Dexter football team was in its game on Friday night in the season opener against visiting Adrian. The Dreadnaughts had chances in the first half and even in the third quarter to give the Maples a run but couldn’t cross the T’s or dot the I’s or turn opportunity into points in a 41-14 loss.

The Dreadnaughts showed plenty of fight and kept mistakes at a minimum especially for a first game. Coaches always say that teams make the most improvement between the first and second game so Dexter could certainly build on opening night.

The Dreads will play at Ypsilanti on Friday in week two.

Dexter opened with a nice drive only to turn the ball over on an interception. Dexter’s second drive moved the sticks too until penalties pushed them back and forced a punt.

Adrian took a 6-0 lead on an eight-yard run with 4:06 left in the first quarter.

With 8:41 left in the second quarter, the Maples scored again on a 20-yard TD run to push the lead to 13-0.

The Dreadnaughts got things rolling on offense and scored their first TD of the 2017 season on a 1-yard run by Andy Durand. The score cut the lead to 13-7 after Karl Kerska nailed the extra point with 6:31 left in the first half.

The scoring drive went 65 yards in seven plays. The big play was a long pass from starting quarterback Luke Coogan to Alex Mills.

The Maples took the ball right back down the field and answered with a short pass after a long pass to make it 20-7 with 3:16 left in the first half.

With 1 minute to play, Durand picked off a Maple pass to thwart an Adrian drive.

Dexter didn’t take a knee and moved the ball down the field using excellent clock management and short passes. The Dreads got inside the 5-yard line and tried to run the option which didn’t work and they were unable to get off another snap as the clock ran out.

A score there could have changed things dramatically.

The Maples opened the third quarter with a nice drive but Nick Fileccia put an end to that with an interception.

The Dreads’ offense again moved the ball down the field. But Dexter failed to score again after getting inside the red zone.

The Maples used a 71-yard pass play to set up an 11-yard TD run to make it 27-7 with 5:46 left in the third.

Dexter, much to its credit, didn’t pack it in for the night. Instead, they did what they did all night and that was move the rock on the visiting Maples. This time, they cashed it in with a one-yard TD run by Joe Luallen to make it 27-14 with 3:44 to play in the third quarter.

The Dreads then used an onside kick recovered by Fileccia to set them up with the ball at midfield. But this time the offense was stopped cold by the Maples.

With 9:18 left in the game, the Maples put it away with a 52-yard TD run right up the middle to make it 34-14. They added a 55-yard TD run for the final scored of the night.

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