Football: Dreads battle bad weather, Brandon in home opener

Thursday night’s football home opener will go down as one of those “remember when” games people talk about for years to come and it had nothing to do with first downs, touchdowns or completed passes.

Mother Nature stepped in with her thunder and lightning and rain and stole the show Thursday night putting a huge damper on the excitement that built up leading up to the Dreadnaughts’ first home game of 2015. The band was cued up, the students were dressed in togas and the players were ready to show their stuff in front of the home folks.

But the weather rained on the parade. And then visiting Brandon reigned on Dexter handing the Dreadnaughts a tough 14-9 loss in a game that started Thursday and ended on Friday.

The Dreads now host rival Chelsea at 7 p.m. on Friday. It’s been 15 seasons since the Dreadnaughts have beaten the Bulldogs, who are 2-0 on the young season after a 38-0 win over Ecorse.

After the scoreless first half, Brandon finally scored on the tough Dexter defense on a 10-yard run to take a 7-0 lead with 2:06 to play in the third quarter.

With 8 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Brandon scored again on a 1-yard run to take a 14-0 lead.

The Dreads showed some fight and came right back, scoring their first TD of the game on a 12-yard pass play from quarterback Nick Winston to McCurren Seamus. Cameron Chapell hit the extra point to cut the deficit to 14-7.

Dexter scored two points on a safety after a blocked punt with 7 seconds left in the game.

The stat sheets shows a fairly even ballgame. Brandon had 295 yards of total offense compared to 226 for the Dreads. Dexter threw for 152 yards on the day while rushing for 74 on 20 attempts.

Both teams had two turnovers.

The home team had seven penalties for 50 yards compared to 11 for 100 yards for Brandon.

The Dreads were just 2 of 10 converting on third down while Brandon was 9 of 16.

Winston completed 11 of 26 passes for 152 yards and a TD.

Ethan Stairs had nine rushes for 36 yards and Winston ran eight times
for 34 yards.

Chase Rojeck (two catches, 45 yards), Caden Koenig (one catch, 41 yards), Seamus (three catches, 29 yards) and Cam Kantola (one catch, 29 yards) led the receivers.

Will Feldkamp (10 tackles including six solo) and Rojeck (9.5 tackles including six solo) led the Dexter defense. Stairs and Pat Mayrand each had six tackles and Ryan Flattery had five. Seamus and Brian Kramer each had 4.5 tackles and Braeden Ballard and Stu Weber each had 3.5. Truman Stovall had three tackles.

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