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Clinton Township, Macomb Township

October 18, 2013

Dakota dominates Chippewa Valley to claim MAC Red title

Cougars' quick-strike offense proves too much for Big Reds

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Dakota wide receiver Brendan Mangan falls to the turf in the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown during a big win over Chippewa Valley Oct. 18.

It didn't take long for the Dakota Cougars to announce that they had no intentions of letting Chippewa Valley break the nine-year winning streak that the Cougars hold over the Big Reds.

Two plays, in fact, is all that it took. After forcing a three-and-out, Dakota senior quarterback Tyler Crowell connected with Angelo DiMaggio on a 34-yard touchdown on the Cougars' second offensive play of the night.

The rout was on from there, as Dakota (8-0) outscored Chippewa 42-7 in the first half before winning 52-7.

Dakota's defense smothered a Chippewa offense that came into the showdown of unbeaten teams averaging 35 points per game. The backfield pair of Troy Taylor and Doug Roberts that came into the Dakota game with a combined 1,139 rushing yards was held to 39 yards on 10 carries for the night.

Dakota's offense proved to be as equally effective as its defense. Zachary Flack scored twice on short yardage runs to give Dakota a 20-0 lead with less than a minute left in the first quarter.

The lone bright spot in the game for Chippewa came immediately after Flack's second score, when Brendan Rohlfs hit Kyle Muller on a seam route that went for an 80-yard touchdown.

Dakota responded immediately after with a three-play drive that was capped off with a 26-yard touchdown run from Maurice Moon.

Moon would score again midway through the second quarter to give Dakota a 34-7 lead.

After Dakota sacked and stripped Rohlfs on the first play of the ensuing possession, Dakota recovered the fumble at the Big Reds' 16-yard line.

Following the fumble recovery, Crowell connected with Benji Marshall on a 16-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive to give the Cougars a 42-7 lead going into halftime. Crowell finished the night with 122 yards passing while sparking an offense that often took a back seat to Dakota's defense that had given up an average of five points per game this year.

"It feels really good, because our defense has carried us pretty much the whole year, but it shows that our offense is good and we can compete with everyone in the state," Crowell said.

Austin Neumann capped off the scoring for the night with a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Dakota will travel to Roseville to cap off the regular season next week while Chippewa (7-1) will host Port Huron.

 

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.