Dowagiac romps against Allegan, 61-35Published 8:48am Monday, September 21, 2009
By RICK SWANSON
Dowagiac Daily News
ALLEGAN – The Dowagiac Chieftain football team traveled to Allegan Friday night to play the 0-3 Allegan Tigers in Wolverine Conference play.
The Chieftains came home the victor, 61-35, in a high scoring match-up. Though the Chieftains’ opponent was winless going into the game, Dowagiac Coach Mike Stanger told his boys, “you have to show up every game every week … coming out to play on all cylinders, and that is the attitude we took (for tonight’s game).”
After a slow start with a fumble to end their first series, the Chieftain offense returned to the field fired up.
Junior quarterback Mike Pranschke led his squad on a 70-yard, nine play series for a 12-yard touchdown run by junior running back Troy Butcher. The extra point went wide left.
However, they were off to the races, accumulating 33 points in the first half alone. The second touchdown of the night for the Chieftains was a hard-fought 7-yard run by senior Jon Myers.
On the fourth series for Dowagiac, Butcher ran the football for 29-yard touchdown run.
By then the Allegan Tigers were ready to score. Junior running back Anton Jackson started to give the Dowagiac defensive line some trouble.
In the “first half we contained him, and second half we did not do as well,” commented Stanger.
Jackson scored the only Allegan points in the first half at 6:19 left in the second quarter. But the Chieftains would hear more from him later in the game.
Myers, in the play of the night, with 6:02 left to go in the second quarter, took a handoff from Pranschke at the Dowagiac 30-yard line. He ran through the open seams, broke a tackle and continued to run down the field for a 70-yard touchdown.
By the end of the first half, Dowagiac accumulated 296 rushing yards to Allegan’s 57 yards.
In the second half, the Chieftains continued to rack up yardage. It took just over three minutes for the next Chieftain score when junior Steven Baylock got the call and sprinted 53 yards down the field to put the Chiefs up 40-6 after the PAT from Cody Carnell was good.
Allegan countered by marching down the field capped by a 25-yard run by Jackson, his second of the evening. He finished with four of the Tigers’ scores.
Nelson rushed for the next two Chieftain touchdowns. The last score of the game came on a 62-yard carry by Brandon Douglas, set up by a big defensive stand where Ricky Roach sacked quarterback Dylan VanLeire.
Dowagiac amassed a whopping 606 total yards, 573 of those yards were rushing. Leading the Chieftains on the offensive side of the ball were Douglas, who finished with 211 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, and Myers, 122 yards on six carries and two scores.
Rounding out the scoring for the Chiefs were Nelson, with two touchdowns and 82 yards, Troy Butcher, 80 yards and two touchdowns, and Baylock, 76 yards and one score. Carnell was seven of nine in extra point attempts.
Pranschke finished the game with 33 yards on two of six passing. Andrew Kurdelmeyer played the fourth quarter of the ballgame but didn’t attempt any passes.
Nelson led the defensive attack of the Chieftains with nine tackles, followed by Cody Nowak with seven, Tremail Butcher and Ricky Roach with six each, and Troy Butcher with five. Roach and Carnell each had a sack.
The Chieftains will be home for the next two weeks, starting with Comstock this week.
The Colts are coming off a 29-13 loss to Paw Paw. They will enter the game with a 1-3 record; their only win was a 14-13 win over Allegan.
Dowagiac 6 27 14 14 – 61
Allegan 0 6 14 15 – 35
D – Troy Butcher 12 run (kick failed)
D – Jon Myers 7 run (Cody Carnell kick)
D – Butcher 29 run (Carnell kick)
A – Anton Jackson 4 run (run failed)
D – Myers 70 run (Carnell kick)
D – Brandon Douglas 7 run (kick failed)
D – Steven Blaylock 53 run (Carnell kick)
A – Jackson 25 run (kick failed)
D – Anthony Nelson 37 run (Carnell kick)
A – Caleb Byers 6 pass from Jake Mathis (Jackson run)
D – Nelson 16 run (Kyle Wright kick)
A – Jackson 2 run (Jackson run)
D – Douglas 4 run (Wright kick)
A – Jackson 42 run (Wallace kick)