Inside Dexter Football’s Turnaround

BY: COLIN STRANG

For the past decade, the Dexter community and the surrounding area has seen the Dreadnaught football team as one that cannot perform. From losing every game from 2014 through 2017, they were a football team that could not win, let alone compete.
Now, in 2018, the Dreads are 4-2 (through September) and have no plans to let up on the incredible new performance against any team. How does a team that endured a 42-game losing streak win four games (and counting?) with a one-year turnaround.

Coach Jacobs focuses on the offense performing

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Adrian 41, Dexter 14

A late Adrian push seals loss in competitive contest

By Kellen Porter

Dexter faced Adrian in its season opener this year. Hopes were high as there was a new coach in town and returning stars from last year’s team.

But going up against Adrian was no easy task as the Maples’ high-powered run game has proven extremely difficult for Dexter to stop in recent years. The reason Adrian’s running game is so effective? The team has strong running backs that pick defenses apart with shiftiness and field vision.

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Remember the 40’s

Dexter icon Louie Ceriani is doing his best to help keep memories of Dexter’s roaring past from being forgotten

By Truman Stovall

People remember Dexter for the tornado and maybe its involvement in the Civil War, but with time turning every recollection of the past hazier every day, it’s important to keep strong memories alive before they’re lost forever.

In the 1940s, Dexter had a population of around 800 people. Despite the downtown area being nearly the same size as it is today, filled with various shops and manufacturing facilities, it still felt cramped. From high school kids walking to the confectionary store to eat burgers, drink Cherry Coke, and listen to jukebox music, to having difficulty finding a parking spot on the weekends as the whole town went bar-hopping between each of the four-or-five locations, it was easy to run into a familiar face.

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BREAKING: Phil Jacobs Named DHS Football Coach

Jacobs comes to DHS from Siena Heights University

By Joe Ramey

With no usurp needed, Dexter’s former varsity football coach Garrett Chapel (who held the job for 22 days), resigned, calling for a new search to begin and a new spot to be filled.

Within a month of his resignation, the spot has been filled and it been filled heftily. Phil Jacobs, a former varsity coach at Adrian High School and current outside linebackers coach at Siena Heights, was named head coach on Thursday.

Jacobs plans to make an appearance next week to talk to student athletes about his decision to move to Dexter as both a coach and a teacher.

“I feel very privileged to be the head football coach at one of the top school districts in the state,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I am very eager to begin work at Dexter as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes, and to get to work. We will work hard to bring a brand of football that the Dexter community will be proud of.”

His philosophy is one of strength and integrity. Literally. His plan has always been to better a program in the weight room and ensure his team is the “strongest pound for pound” in whatever league they play in.

With a career record of 67-45, Jacobs intends on bringing a winning record from his previous positions to Dexter. His former position included a head coach position at Adrian with five SEC titles and two district titles under his belt. Along with his head coaching position at Adrian was his involvement in the Siena Heights program, most recently as an outside linebackers coach. Of his 25 years of coaching, 11 came at the collegiate level, garnering praise nationwide.

His name was recognized as one of the top 20 turn around coaches in the state and in 2010, and he was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly.

“We promised our kids we would find a successful coach and teacher to lead the program,” Superintendent Chris Timmis said in a statement. “Phil Jacobs was at the top of our list. Not only is he an incredible coach, but he is also a gifted teacher and tremendous role model for our student-athletes. We could not be more excited to have Coach Jacobs leading the DHS football program and teaching our students.”