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(On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Chelsea JV football team defeated Lincoln 28-20. Publisher’s note: the JV team plays away games for the remainder of its season. This has been corrected in the headline.)

Here’s a story with photos from Todd Ortbring about the game played on Sept. 20.

The Chelsea JV football has turned their season around in convincing fashion.  After drubbing Ypsilanti last week, the young Bulldogs continued their offensive onslaught against league rival Adrian, trouncing the Maples, 41-8.

Chelsea used a combination of long, time consuming drives and quick strike plays to rack up points early and often, while the stingy Dawg defense shut down the Maples all night long. Jeremy Policht got the Bulldogs on the board at 4:16 of the first quarter on a 30-yard burst around end and and Dom Triveline kicked the extra point.

Two minutes later, QB Can Starkey muscled his way into the endzone and Triveline’s second PAT made it 14-0. The short scoring drive was set up when Bryan Evans and Tim Johnson pounced on a Maple fumble after a bad snap as Adrian was trying to punt.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs mixed run and pass to notch two more scores.  RB Ty Nelson racked up chunks of yardage setting up a 14-yard scoring strike from Starkey to Jake Scheese, who carried two defenders into the end zone. The PAT was good pushing the score to 21-0.

Two minutes later,Tyler Lukomski stepped in front of a Maple pass and picked it off, returning it to near mid field. With just under a minute left in the half, Starkey hit Jacob Dobberstein on a quick slant, and after breaking several tackles, stretched into the end zone for the score. Another PAT from Triveline made it 28-0 at the half.

With the offense seemingly scoring at will, the Bulldog defense continued to shut down any Maple scoring opportunities. Chelsea recorded several tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and harassed the Adrian QB every time he tried to throw. Adrian only crossed mid field once in the first half.

The Bulldogs received the second half kickoff and took all of two plays before Kenny McDowell brought the home crowd to its feet with an electrifying 66-yard run, breaking tackles and eluding defenders along the way. The point after made it 35-0. The Bulldogs final score capped another long drive as Dustin Beckett scored on a 3-yard run. The point after was blocked and with just over four minutes left to play, Chelsea lead 41-0.  It was the 89th consecutive point scored by Chelsea over the past two games.

Adrian was able to mount a late drive and spoiled the shutout with 47 seconds left in the contest.

The Bulldog defense did an excellent job all night containing the Maples. Leading the defense this week were Tim Johnson, Jacob Rhodes, Mason Bailey, Scott Moore, Colin Steinhauer, and Bryan Evans, followed by Grant Ortbring, Ben Whitesall and Michael Smith.  Also pitching in on defense were Kolton Savery, Garrett Farmer, Daniel Klink, Lukomski, Ryan O’Quinn and Zach Trester.  Moore, Johnson, Steinhauer, Ortbring and Savery recorded sacks.

On offense, Nelson contributed 116 yards rushing on just 15 carries.  McDowell, Starkey, Policht, Klink, Moore, Beckett and Whitesall combined for another 150 yards of rushing. QB’s Starkey and Rhodes added over 100 yards through the air.  Chelsea had over 370 yards of total offense.

The team will play away games for the remainder of the season.

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