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.

However, Dexter was confident that they could at least slow down Adrian’s running backs.

At the start of second quarter, Adrian took a 13-0 lead. But, with good passes by junior quarterback Luke Coogan and a pair of great catches by senior wide receiver Nick Fileccia, the Dreads answered with a touchdown drive of their own.

In addition, an interception made by junior defensive back Andy Durand late in the second quarter stopped what looked like a promising Adrian drive. The turnover kept the score 20-7 at halftime.

“We showed signs of what we can be at times,” Fileccia said. “Now we just have to capitalize on the opportunities we are given.”

After both teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter, Adrian exploded for a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Dexter’s small number of players ultimately affected them in the long run as they were not able to keep up their energy.

“We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome, but we’re excited by a number of bright spots on the team,” Jacobs said.