Saugatuck sophomore quarterback Blake Dunn keeps a Montabella defender at arm’s length while Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn keeps a watchful eye on the situation.

Second-half struggles prove costly for Indians in opener

Walt Kaechele

According to Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn, the team is experiencing something of a learning curve. This means the very young Indians will have to do a lot of learning with a limited amount of experience to get up to varsity speed.
After a second-half melt-down, the Indians (0-1) dropped a 52-22 contest to a senior-laden and physical Montabella (1-0) team on Thursday, Aug. 28.
The 30-point difference in the score does not indicate the type of game it was and how close it was for more than a half.
“This was a little disappointing,” said Dunn. “We expected them to be big, physical and fast, but I thought we could stay with them better than this.
“We have a young team and even some of the upperclassmen do not have a lot of varsity experience, so we have a bit of a learning curve here.
“Our numbers are low as well. We only have 15 kids and when you have some injuries and have to move people around, it’s tough. But I thought we battled well and we have some challenges ahead.”
Following a pair of touchdowns by Montabella in the first quarter, Saugatuck struck back with a pair of their own. Saugatuck’s first was a 77-yard kickoff return by Blake Dunn who later scored on a three-yard run. This score left the teams tied at 16 going in at the half.
The Indians came out in the second half and took a 22-26 lead after Blake Dunn hit Joe Ellison with a nine-yard pass, but this is where the wheels came off the wagon for Saugatuck.

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