Despite the loss, the Dexter Dreadnaughts played one of their best games of the season, falling 36-17 to a strong Ann Arbor Skyline team Friday night. Down 28-3 at halftime the Dreads showed no quit in the second half, scoring touchdowns in each of the final two quarters and allowing only a TD to the host Eagles.
“I thought we played well and it was a lot closer than the final score,” said Dexter coach Ken Koenig.
The Eagles took off with two scores in the first quarter. A 7-yard pass play with 6:39 to go in the opening quarter made it 7-0. Skyline went ahead 14-0 on a 30-yard pass play with just under 2 minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Dreads put points on the board early in the second quarter when Cameron Chapell nailed a 28-yard field goal to make it 14-3.
But the Eagles answered on their next possession on a 10-yard TD pass to make it 21-3.
And with 1:36 to play in the first half, Skyline went ahead 28-3 on a nine-yard TD run.
The Dreads cut the lead to 28-10 with 7:29 to play in the third quarter on a 16-yard TD run by Ethan Stairs. Chapell nailed the extra point for the Dreads.
But Skyline scored on a 47-yard TD pass with 4:53 to play in the game to make it 36-10.
Nick Winston scored on an 8-yard TD run for the Dreads to make it 36-17.
The Dreads had 354 yards of total offense while Skyline racked up 385. Dexter had six penalties for 40 yards while the Eagles were penalized 13 times for 135 yards. Dexter had 20 first downs to 14 for Skyline.
Winston was 15 of 30 passing for 202 yards.
Stairs had 21 rushes for 103 yards and a 4.9 average. Winston had eight carries for 41 yards and a TD. Truman Stovall had three carries for 13 yards.
Ryan Flattery caught five balls for 125 yards while Chase Rojeck had eight grabs for 68 yards.
Will Feldkamp led Dexter on the defensive side of the ball with 8.5 tackles and nine assists.
Stu Weber had 4.5 tackles, Truman Stovall had 4 tackles, Pay Mayrand had 3.5 tackles and McCurren Seamus had 3 tackles.
Dexter finishes the regular season Oct. 23 at Parma Jackson County Western.