A big, big win for the Chippewa Valley Big Reds
Chippewa Valley's Andre Chenault scores one of his five touchdowns during the Big Reds' 51-10 victory over Dakota Friday night.
Dakota running back Dustin Solomon takes a handoff from q uarterback Mark Tocco during a game at Chippewa Valley Friday night.
Chippewa Valleyâs offense played nearly perfect football Friday night against district rival Dakota.
The Big Reds scored on eight of their 10 offensive possessions to cruise to a 51-10 win over the Cougars to claim a second straight Division 1 district championship.
âIt doesnât surprise me,â Chippewa Valley senior quar terback Tommy Schuster said. âWeâve got a really good offense and we were really hungry for this game. We really wanted to get after them so Iâm not surprised.â
The win is the Big Redsâ fourth in a row against the Cougars. Two of those wins have come in the state tournament.
âWe wanted to make it four,â Schuster said. âWe get excited for this game more than others.â
The 51 points are the most the Big Reds have scored in a playoff game. They scored 49 against LâAnse Creuse and Grosse Pointe South in the 2000 playoff run that saw them fall in a Division 2 state semifinal.
âWe got our butts kicked, period,â Dakota coach Greg Baur said. âBottom line, we just couldnât tackle and if you canât tackle this time of the year youâre not going to win.â
Chippewa Valley (11-0 overall) punted once the entire game, which came on its opening possession, and scored on every possession after except for the last one when time expired.
âI was pretty confident we were going to turn it around and start scoring,â Schuster said. âI never would have thought it was going to be that much of a blowout, but Iâm fine with it.â
âWe were actually about an inch short and thought about going for it on that opening drive,â Big Redsâ coach Scott Merchant said. âWeâre pretty good at running the football, especially power football, but that early in the game we decided against it.â
Andre Chenault capped off a four-touchdown outing in a pre-district win last week over Eisenhower with five TD runs in a row to close things out for the Big Reds.
He had scoring runs of 6, 1, 9, 47 and 3 yards.
âWhat can you say about Andre Chenault,â Merchant asked. âIf I was a college I would want Andre Chenault carrying the ball 30 times a game for me and Iâd want Tommy Schuster to be my quarterback. Because if they want to stop our running game Tommy is about as good as they get and he can mak e plays.â
Chenault had 227 yards rushing on 19 carries.
David Ellis had the Big Redsâ first two TDs on runs of 3 and 4 yards. Niko Kepi, who made six extra points, hit a 28-yard field goal.
âThis means we get to practice again and still be together,â Merchant said. âTeam 56 is going to live to fight another week and to me thatâs the biggest thing.â
The Big Reds amassed 524 yards of total offense, 445 came on the ground. Myren Harris was Chippewa Valleyâs second leading rusher with 97 yards on 11 carries.
Dakota, which is now 7-3 all-time in the playoffs against Chippewa Valley, had 212 yards of offense.
âThey have really good running backs,â Baur said. âThe guys they brought in here do a really good job.â
Dakotaâs lone TD came on a 49-yard strike from Mark Tocco to Brandon Michalak. Brady Zarschler added a 24-yard field goal just before halftime.Sumber: Google News | Liputan 24 Kepi