Indians open postseason with big win over Springport
By Leo Martonosi
Brad Dunn and buddies on the Saugatuck football team put on an impressive performance in Saugatuck’s 47-21 district-opening victory over Springport on Friday, Oct. 27.
“This was our best overall game of the season,” said Dunn.
Dunn helped the Indians’ cause by scoring four touchdowns, two of them rushing and two of them receiving. That included a spectacular 9-yard grab as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half.
“That was a phenomenal catch,” said Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn, who doubles as Brad Dunn’s father.
There were two defenders hanging all over Brad Dunn when he hauled in a pass from quarterback Jackson Shriver.
Shriver had only 19 seconds to work with and over half the field to reach pay dirt after the Spartans charged ahead at 14-13 following two second-quarter TDs from Brandon Konkle.
Back-to-back 26-yard gallops by Jacob Stewart and Brad Dunn put the ball on the Springport 9-yard line with time about to expire.
Brad Dunn had praise for his entire line.
“They did a great job,” he said.
Bill Dunn echoed that sentiment.
“Our line dominated the line of scrimmage all night,” Bill Dunn said of center Aedan Kelly, guards Reece Schreckenqust and Colin Bush and tackles Dylan Avalos and Samuel Beckman. “Our line was terrific.
Kelly was starting his first varsity game.
“Aedan did an outstanding job,” Bill Dunn said.
Saugatuck, which scored the game’s final 28 points, jumped out to a 13-0 lead on a run of 33 yards by Dunn and a 3-yard run by Shriver.
Brad Dunn, who rushed for 205 yards on 20 carries and grabbed three passes for 136 passing yards, also reached the Spartans end zone with a 25-yard scamper.
“We love blocking for Brad and for all of our backs for that matter,” said Beckman, who on one occasion looked like a game official by signaling for a first down.
“Beckman is a very emotional player,” Bill Dunn said.
Matt Diaz, one of three Diaz brothers on Bill Dunn’s coaching staff, was beaming after Nick Baumbach’s 44-yard touchdown run in the second half.
“Nick has deceptive speed,” Diaz said. “He’s a lot faster than a lot of people think.”
Baumbach finished with 73 rushing yards.
Stewart also had a strong rushing game with 96 yards on 12 carries. Evan Czarnecki was good on six extra-point kicks.
The 7-3 Indians host Vermontville Maple Valley in second round playoff action on Friday, Nov. 3. Maple Valley (6-4), the fourth seed in the four-team district, upset top-seeded Hartford to advance.
“We’re excited about hosting our first ever district final,” Bill Dunn said.