Saugatuck’s Blake Dunn (1) eluded Marcellus defenders throughout the Indians’ 40-19 win, coming within eight yards of breaking the school record for rushing yards in a game.

Dunn rushes for 360 yards and five TDs to lead Saugatuck past Marcellus

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

It’s customary for a person to receive on his birthday.
Saugatuck sophomore Blake Dunn decided to switch things up a little bit, though, as he was the one doing the giving when he turned 16 on Friday, Sept. 5.
For instance, he gave Marcellus football players and coaches headaches and probably a few nightmares. He gave the Saugatuck fans plenty to cheer about. And, ultimately, he gave his team a much-needed win.
Dunn ran for 360 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries, threw for another touchdown and intercepted a pair of passes to lead the Indians to the 40-19 victory on a wet, stormy night.
Talk about a memorable birthday.
“This is the best birthday present I could have asked for,” Dunn said. “To get a win—our first win of the season—on my birthday is amazing.”
“Amazing” is a word that could also be used to describe Dunn’s performance.
Running for a 10-yard touchdown and throwing for a 30-yard score to Jordan Mitchell—not to mention converting on a 2-point conversion run—Dunn helped stake the Indians to a 14-6 halftime lead. He finished the opening half with 122 yards on 17 carries.
But that was just the opening act for what proved to be the main attraction in the third quarter.
On the second play from scrimmage in the third stanza, Dunn raced 54 yards for his second rushing touchdown. He then picked off a pass from Marcellus quarterback Hunter Rogers on the ensuing Marcellus possession before capping a four-play, 46-yard drive with a 29-yard scoring run.
But wait. There’s more.
Dunn proceeded to pick off another Rogers’ pass on the next Marcellus possession and then, on the first play of the resulting Saugatuck drive, raced 82 yards for his fourth TD.
He capped his unbelievable quarter with a 52-yard scoring run with 1:35 left in the frame to give Saugatuck a 40-6 lead.
 

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