Dowagiac game resumes at 4 p.m.

Published 12:16 am Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dowagiac coach Mike Stanger (right) is told by the officials that Friday night’s game would be delayed. After several delays the game was postponed until 4 p.m. today. (The Daily News/Carol Novak)

DOWAGIAC — More than two hours after the scheduled start of the Wolverine Conference showdown between second place teams Dowagiac and visiting Otsego, the game was suspended until 4 p.m. Saturday.

The game was deadlocked at 6-6 with an extra point attempt pending for the Bulldogs with 10:11 remaining in the first half.

Dowagiac got on the scoreboard first after stopping Otsego on downs on its first possession of the contest.

Dowagiac marched 80 yards in nine plays to take a 6-0 lead when quarterback Brett Scanlon hit receiver Dontel Highsmith with a 5-yard touchdown touchdown pass.

The extra point attempt sailed just left of the upright, however.

The scoring drive was the only possession of the first quarter for the Chieftains.

Otsego dominated time of possession as they finished the quarter with 120 yards in total offense.

With 10:11 to play in the first half, the Bulldogs capped their second drive with a five-yard touchdown pass from Jared Klein to Brandan Campbell.

As Otsego lined up for the extra point, officials once again saw lightning and at that point decided to finish the game Saturday afternoon.

The game was delayed an hour and 10 minutes from its original start time when a thunderstorm rolled through the immediate area.

The game was halted two other times before it was officially postponed.

Dowagiac and Otsego came into Friday night’s contest tied for second place at 6-1. Paw Paw, which defeated Allegan 30-21 Friday night, will bring a perfect 8-0 mark into the season finale against the Chieftains.

Dowagiac must defeat the Redskins Friday night to earn a share of its first Wolverine Conference championship.

Otsego 0 6 – 0

Dowagiac 6 0 – 6

D – Dontel Highsmith 5 pass from Brett Scanlon (kick failed)

O – Brandan Campbell 5 pass from Jared Klein (extra point pending)