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Saugatuck puts on offensive display in win over Comstock

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By Leo Martonosi

Sports Correspondent

 

SAUGATUCK—Senior Brad Dunn stepped into the role once occupied by his older brother Blake, taking over as Saugatuck’s starting quarterback. And a good debut it was under center for the younger Dunn, who guided Saugatuck to a 55-32 opening-game win over Comstock on Friday, Aug. 23.

Dunn rushed for 231 yards on 21 carries and reached the Colts’ end zone four times. But the Indians aren’t a one-man show.

“We have some other running backs who are very dangerous,” said veteran Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn.

Bill Dunn was referring to seniors Nick Baumbach, Jacob Stewart, Bryson Davis and Jeffrey Kohlmeyer.

Baumbach only touched the ball on eight occasions, but two went for touchdowns as he finished with 118 rushing yards.

“We are very deep at running back,” said Baumbach. “It’s not about how many carries we get. It’s all about winning with us.”

The Indians did plenty of winning last season, finishing with the Division 7 state runner-up trophy at Ford Field.

“Sure we would love to get back to Ford Field, but that’s the furthest thing on our mind,” Baumbach said. “All our thoughts and preparation has to be on Watervliet, our next opponent.”

Bill Dunn agreed.

“That game at Watervliet is going to be a tough game,” he said. “That’s a very good team we’ll be playing.”

Coach Dunn was most happy that his team overcame some adversity to hold off the Colts. That included a long Hail Mary touchdown pass just before the end of the first half to cut Saugatuck’s halftime lead to one point 21-20 at the intermission.

“That’s something we can’t let happen,” Bill Dunn said. “There’s no excuse for that.”

Some Saugatuck fans were concerned when Brad Dunn was briefly shaken up in the first half. But he returned to his position of a year ago—receiver—to grab a well-thrown, 30-yard pass from Colten Schaefer.

“I think we caught them a little off guard there,” Bill Dunn said

The Indians iced the game by outscoring the Colts 34-12 in the second half.

“We made some adjustments and played much better in the second half,” Bill Dunn said.

Also putting six points on the scoreboard for Saugatuck were Davis and Stewart, who also picked off a pass. That turned out to be the only turnover of the very clean game for either team.

Bill Dunn also raved over the extra point kicking of junior Griffin Milovanski, a standout soccer player who nailed seven of eight extra points in his first football game ever.

“That was quite a debut,” Dunn said of Milovanski’s performance.

Davis, who was credited with Saugatuck’s only sack of the game, shared team-high tackle honors with Sam Beckman with seven each.

While Bill Dunn was pleased with many aspects of the win over an improved Comstock team, he was particularly proud of the offensive line. Despite having several starters miss the game due to injuries, the Indians still got the job done.

“We have some depth and our line did a great job,” Dunn said. “They opened some big holes against some big folks out there.”

Two of Comstock’s lineman tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds.

Contact Leo Martonosi at leomartonosi1@gmail.com.