Saugatuck slips past Fennville
Offense wasn’t much of an issue for the Saugatuck football team through its first six games.
Led by sophomore quarterback Blake Dunn, the Indians entered their showdown with rival Fennville on Friday, Oct. 10, averaging 36.5 points per game, including twice scoring 52 or more points.
Defense has been more of a work in progress, with Saugatuck surrendering nearly 30 points per game on average.
But that Indian defensive unit took a huge step in the right direction on Fennville’s final two possessions of the game.
After stopping the Blackhawks on a fourth-down play midway through the final quarter, Saugatuck got an interception from Alex Segovia with less than a minute remaining to seal a 26-20 victory.
The win upped Saugatuck’s record to 5-2 overall and kept the Indians tied atop the SAC North standings with Gobles at 3-0. Fennville fell to 4-3 overall (2-1 in the division) and now needs to win its final two games against Gobles and Bloomingdale in order to secure a playoff berth.
“Our defense came up huge,” Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn said. “We’ve been telling the kids defense is how you win games. Defensive coordinator Andy Diaz came up with a great game plan and the kids went out and executed it. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Much of that game plan revolved around containing Fennville senior quarterback Mitchell Leonard and his corps of receivers, led by 6-foot-7 Aaron Overhiser. And while Leonard did throw for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20-of-33 passing, the Indians were able to limit the big plays.
“They have a lot of weapons over there,” Bill Dunn said. “This is always a great rivalry game, the best small-town rivalry in the state, in my opinion. The kids all know each other and a lot of them are friends. But when they step on the field, they want to beat each other.
“And with so much riding on this game in terms of the division and the playoffs, there was even more energy and intensity than usual. It was a great high school football game, and I’m proud of my kids for stepping up.”
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