Football: Dexter shows improvement on defense but offense stalls in loss

This one has to hurt.

It’s one thing to make a lot of mistakes in a game and lose. It’s also one thing to lose to a team with superior talent that simply outplays you on both sides of the ball. But the way in which the Dexter football team lost on Friday night has to hurt.

The Dreadnaughts battled visiting Tecumseh to a scoreless first half but the Dreads had several chances to put points on the board while their defense played solid for two quarters.

It seemed to fall apart in the second half when Tecumseh scored to take a 6-0 lead early in the third quarter. The Dreads went three and out and the Indians scored again and it was clear at that point that Dexter didn’t have the offense to come back from two scores down.

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The visiting Indians added a fourth-quarter score and went on to a 19-0 win to keep Dexter out of the win column and spoil the school’s Homecoming game.

Despite a 19-point differential this has to be a game Dexter looks at as one that got away. They were every bit as good as the team on the other side of the field and their defense was solid – especially in the first half. It would have been interesting to see how the Dreads responded to taking a lead into the second half.

But the Dexter offense could never get the motor running and seemed to stall whenever they did get it going.

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After a scoreless first quarter, Dexter caught a break when a punt hit a Tecumseh player and the Dreads recovered at the Tecumseh 30-yard line. But the offense suffered a costly penalty on first down and ended up punting. It was one of several chances the Dreads couldn’t take advantage of on offense.

Early in the third quarter, the Indians completed a 47-yard pass to the Dexter 7-yard line. Two plays later,

Tecumseh scored on an eight-yard run to take a 6-0 lead with 6:58 left in the third quarter.

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After stopping Dexter on three plays and forcing a punt, Tecumseh scored again on a 10-yard run to take a 13-0 lead.

Tecumseh added a TD on a 1-yard run with 7:14 left in the game.

The Indians had 324 yards of total offense to Dexter’s 82 and had 17 first downs to just four for the home team.

Braeden Ballard was 5 of 20 passing for 16 yards but the young QB played much better than the stats show. Several key drops cost the Dreads big yards – and possibly points – especially in the first half. Ballard also had 31 yards rushing on six carries.

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Chase Rojeck had 18 yards on the ground on two carries. Cam Kantola had three catches to lead the receivers.

Will Feldkamp had a huge game on defense for the Dreads with 13.5 tackles, including 10 solo tackles and seven assists. Brian Kramer had 8.5 tackles and Pat Mayrand and Danny Mitchell each had 6.5 tackles. McCurren Seamus had 3.5 tackles and Chase Rojeck and Adam Burton each had three.

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