The Dreads can’t stop Fowlerville’s offense, falling 49-13 in the season opener on August 26
By Nick LeBlanc
During the Dreads’ opening drive, a holding call and an illegal man downfield call spoiled a seemingly promising drive. More mental mistakes came at other inconvenient times during the game, too.
The costly mistakes proved too much to overcome as Fowlerville defeated Dexter 49-13.
“I think we could’ve done a better job of playing smarter and playing our own game of football,” senior Travon Reid said.
The Dreads first scored in the second quarter when senior Joey Hiser found junior Nick Fileccia wide open in the end zone. However, Dexter failed to convert on the extra point as it was blocked.
During the game, senior Joey Hiser and junior George Deljevic shared time at quarterback for the Dreads.
Once the the first half ended, with Dexter trailing 28-6, the Dreads became visibly tired. At the defensive end, they began to give up big run after big run.
A big part of that is the lack of depth the Dreads have on both offense and defense.
“It’s tough because the linemen are playing both ways the whole game,” senior Chris Kaufman said. “That starts to take a toll on our running game.”
Despite the loss, the Dreads still have some positive things to reflect on.
“Even though we lost, we all kept our heads up and played as hard as we could,” Kaufman said. “We could expand on our confidence and putting all of our hard work during practice into our games.” The loss against Fowlerville marks the 24th consecutive defeat for the Dreads, but that won’t deter the Dreads. With eight regular season games remaining, the boys are looking to retain a positive outlook.
“This team has more heart and character than any other team I have coached in the last 25 years,” Head Coach Ken Koenig said. “We made some mental mistakes last night at crucial times that set us back. They are all correctable things that we will get right to work on.”