With 58 seconds left in the first half and the ball near midfield the Dexter Dreadnaughts decided the first game was not the time to be conservative. Instead, the Dreads showed a 2-minute drill that landed them in the end zone with no time left on the clock.
The score cut Dexter’s deficit to 21-14 at halftime.
But instead of using the late score as motivation, the host Fowlerville Gladiators turned the momentum quickly back to their side of the field and used some big plays to score a 38-20 win over the visiting Dreadnaughts in the season opener for both schools.
This game was much closer than the final score would indicate and outside of a few big plays, the Dreads went toe to toe with a very good Fowlerville team. This game landed in the loss column but it also should land the Dreads plenty of confidence moving forward.
Fowlerville scored on a nine-yard TD run with 9:52 left in the first for a 7-0 lead.
But Dexter answered when it got the ball for the first time. The Dreads scored on a six-yard TD pass from Nick Winston to McCurren Seamus with 5:30 to play in the first. Cameron Chapell’s extra point tied the game at 7-7.
The home team scored on the first possession of the second quarter on a 14-yard pass play to go ahead 14-7. Facing a third and long deep inside their own end of the field, the Gladiators hit the biggest play of the game on an 83-yard TD pass to take a 21-7 lead.
But instead of hanging their heads, the Dreads strapped on their helmets and turned 58 seconds into seven points when Ethan Stairs broke the goal line on a 1-yard run with no time left on the clock to cut the lead to 21-14.
After stopping the Dreads to start the third quarter, Fowlerville turned a third and five into a 55-yard TD pass play to take a 28-14 lead. They added a 36-yard field goal with 5:29 to play in the third.
Dexter didn’t head home just yet. The Dreads scored on a 17-yard TD pass from Winston to Seamus to cut the lead to 31-20 with 6:46 still to play in the game. But the onside kick failed and Fowlerville was able to put the game away with a late TD.
The Dreads turned the ball over three times during the loss.
Winston was 19 of 33 passing for 195 yards and two TDs. Stairs led Dexter on the ground with 68 yards rushing on 16 carries. Chase Rojeck had a carry for 10 yards. Rojeck led the receivers with six catches for 97 yards for a 16.7 yard average. Seamus had four catches for 38 yards while Cam Kantola had two catches for 24 yards, Danny Mitchell had two grabs for 12 yards, Ryan Flattery had two catches for 11 yards and Caden Koenig had one catch for 12 yards.
Will Feldkamp (8.5 tackles, 5 solo tackles), Rojeck (7.5 tackles, 4 solos) and Jordan Scott (7 tackles, 4 solos) led the Dexter defense. Seamus and Truman Stovall each had 5.5 tackles. Danny Mitchell, Ethan Stairs, Braeden Ballard, Tommy McWilliams and Stu Weber each had three tackles.
Dexter heads home on Thursday night to face Ortonville Brandon in the home opener.