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A big, big win for the Chippewa Valley Big Reds

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A big, big win for the Chippewa Valley Big Reds

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Chippewa Valley's Andre Chenault scores one of his five touchdowns during the Big Reds' 51-10 victory over Dakota Friday night.

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Dakota running back Dustin Solomon takes a handoff from q uarterback Mark Tocco during a game at Chippewa Valley Friday night.

Chippewa Valley’s 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.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Chippewa Valley senior quar terback Tommy Schuster said. “We’ve got a really good offense and we were really hungry for this game. We really wanted to get after them so I’m not surprised.”

The win is the Big Reds’ fourth in a row against the Cougars. Two of those wins have come in the state tournament.

“We wanted to make it four,” Schuster said. “We get excited for this game more than others.”

The 51 points are the most the Big Reds have scored in a playoff game. They scored 49 against L’Anse Creuse and Grosse Pointe South in the 2000 playoff run that saw them fall in a Division 2 state semifinal.

“We got our butts kicked, period,” Dakota coach Greg Baur said. “Bottom line, we just couldn’t tackle and if you can’t tackle this time of the year you’re not going to win.”

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.

“I was pretty confident we were going to turn it around and start scoring,” Schuster said. “I never would have thought it was going to be that much of a blowout, but I’m fine with it.”

“We were actually about an inch short and thought about going for it on that opening drive,” Big Reds’ coach Scott Merchant said. “We’re pretty good at running the football, especially power football, but that early in the game we decided against it.”

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.

“What can you say about Andre Chenault,” Merchant asked. “If I was a college I would want Andre Chenault carrying the ball 30 times a game for me and I’d 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.”

Chenault had 227 yards rushing on 19 carries.

David Ellis had the Big Reds’ first two TDs on runs of 3 and 4 yards. Niko Kepi, who made six extra points, hit a 28-yard field goal.

“This means we get to practice again and still be together,” Merchant said. “Team 56 is going to live to fight another week and to me that’s the biggest thing.”

The Big Reds amassed 524 yards of total offense, 445 came on the ground. Myren Harris was Chippewa Valley’s 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.

“They have really good running backs,” Baur said. “The guys they brought in here do a really good job.”

Dakota’s 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

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