Blake Dunn (left) follows the blocking of teammate Ryan Kunkel (9) en route to one of his four first-half rushing touchdowns against Martin on Friday, Sept. 16. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Dunn leads Indians past Clippers

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

“Somebody stop No. 1!”
That plea came from a Martin fan during the Clippers’ home football game with Saugatuck on Friday, Sept. 16, and referred to Indian senior quarterback Blake Dunn.
But as most of Saugatuck’s opponents have discovered in the past four seasons, stopping—or even containing—Dunn is no easy chore.
Dunn ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries, threw for 60 yards and two TDs on 5-for-5 passing and added a touchdown on a kickoff return for good measure to lead the Indians to the 60-0 win.
The victory upped Saugatuck’s record to 4-0 for the season. All four games have involved the running clock, which comes into play when a team opens up a lead of at least 35 points.
“We’re just trying to get better each week,” Dunn said. “We have goals that we set for each game and I’m really happy with how my guys are improving and working hard each game.”
And while the Indians aren’t overlooking any of their remaining regular-season opponents, they already have the playoffs in the back of their mind.
It’s not a big surprise, then, that Dunn is already sporting a playoff beard.
“I started growing it and it filled in pretty good so I just let it go,” Dunn said of his facial hair. “It’s a little early for a playoff beard, but we have a lot of goals when it comes to the playoffs and we’re trying to stay focused on that as we go through the season.”
Dunn and the Indians were clearly focused on this game from the onset.
After stopping Martin on the game’s initial drive. Dunn ran for a 50-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
The Indians then recovered a fumble on Martin’s first play of the next drive. Two plays later, Dunn raced 53 yards to the end zone.
Saugatuck’s next two possessions saw Dunn take his attack to the air. He found Jackson Shriver on a 5-yard scoring pass before hooking up with younger brother Brad Dunn on a 25-yard scoring strike to make it a 27-0 game at the end of the opening quarter.
“We’ve connected a few times this year,” Blake Dunn said of the TD pass to his brother. “It’s nice every time when I’m able to throw him a touchdown pass. It feels really good.”
 

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