Saugatuck picks up victory over Martin to improve to 4-2
There weren’t enough hats to go around at the conclusion of the Martin-versus-Saugatuck football game on Friday, Sept. 29.
“Hats off to Saugatuck,” first-year Martin coach Michael McGuire said in the aftermath of his team’s 49-6 loss to the Indians. “That’s a good and well-coached football team.”
Longtime Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn used those same words when talk about the Clippers.
“Hats off to them,” he said. “We didn’t take these guys lightly by any means. They played hard from the start of the game to the very end.”
Dunn thinks the Clippers are in good hands with McGuire and his staff, all of whom played for Martin.
“In my first year at Saugatuck I coached against two of their current assistant coaches (Keith Snyder and Matt Blouvelt), who were playing back then,” Dunn said. “Both were very good athletes.”
McGuire felt the game was closer than the final score might indicate.
“We battled,” he said. “That’s something I expect out of not only my players, but from my coaches as well.”
McGuire was impressed with the performance from Saugatuck junior running back Brad Dunn.
“He might not be Blake (his older brother), but he’s still a very dangerous runner,” McGuire said. “The kid probably doesn’t get enough credit.”
Brad Dunn scored three touchdowns despite not stepping on the field in the second half because of an injury. Those TDs came on a 6-yard pass from Jackson Shriver in the first quarter, a 24-yard run in the second quarter and a 51-yard punt return in the second quarter.
“You seldom see someone score three different ways,” Bill Dunn said.
Shriver not only passed for two touchdowns for Saugatuck—including one of 72 yards to Cooper Myers—but also rushed for a team-high 87 yards.
“Jackson had another solid all around game,” Bill Dunn said.
Also reaching the end zone with touchdowns runs for the Indians were Nick Baumbach, Connor Carper and Keegan Carper.
Reece Schreckengust led Saugatuck in tackles with 11, while Evan Czarnecki was a perfect seven-of-seven on extra points.
“We executed very well on both sides of the ball tonight,” said Bill Dunn, whose team improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in divisional play.
Martin’s lone TD came in the second quarter on a 38-yard pass from junior signal caller Cayden Curry to sophomore Travis Thorne, who replaced the injured Curry in the second half at the all important position.
“We didn’t prepare for either quarterback,” Dunn said. “We prepared for Martin and their pistol set offense, which you don’t see much these days.”