It’s hard to believe that the third offensive play of the game could set the tone for the rest of the night but it certainly got things rolling in the wrong direction for the Dexter Dreadnaughts in Friday night’s game with visiting Chelsea.
The Dreads faced a third and inches on their first possession and tried a pass play which came up incomplete. And out came the punting team and the Bulldogs took over from there using excellent field position all night long and taking advantage of some costly penalties on their way to a 45-0 win.
Chelsea led 14-0 after the first quarter after a one-yard run and five-yard pass play as the Bulldogs took advantage of drive starts inside Dexter territory.
A 15-yard pass and a 24-yard field goal gave Chelsea a 24-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the third quarter. The first came on a 23-yard TD pass followed by a one-yard run and then a fumble recovery for a score.
Chelsea had 361 yards of total offense compared to 85 for Dexter. The Dreads failed on all eight third-down attempts while Chelsea converted 6 of 15.
Cal Barrett led Chelsea with 150 yards rushing on 35 carries.
Dexter was led on defense by Stu Weber (8.5 tackles, seven assists), Chase Rojeck (7 tackles, four assists), Will Feldkamp (6.5 tackles) and McCurren Seamus (3.5 tackles, five assists).
The Dreadnaughts didn’t play their best game on Friday night and they need to do that to compete against the better teams on their schedule. But there were positives to take from the game and there is no quit on this team. The Dreads will come back next Friday and look to improve in week four.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier so the Dreads are going to have to pick things up if they want to land a few games in the win column in September. Dexter hits the road for three straight with games at Ypsilanti on Friday, at Lincoln on Sept. 25 and at Tecumseh on Oct. 2.