With a score of 25-20, the Vicksburg Bulldogs broke their 11 year losing streak to the Paw Paw Redskins, even though they were facing one of the most feared quarterbacks in the Wolverine Conference, Jay Doll.
They went into the game with a perfect 3-0 winning streak for the season, having beaten South Haven, Coloma, and Edwardsburg
“Our game plan was to try and keep Doll in the pocket because if he gets out, it can develop into big plays,” Tom Marchese, head coach said.
Before the game was a few minutes old, the Redskins had scored twice and the Bulldogs were down 14-0.
“I told our guys to keep their composure and we would be ok,” Marchese said. “When we finally got the ball back, we had a run and then a big pass play from Dalton Ketelaar to Hunter Van to put the pressure back on Paw Paw.”
From that point, the Bulldogs were able to adjust and within seven minutes had tied the game.
“Now it was a clean slate and we just played an outstanding brand of football,” Marchese said.
The front four defensively were able to keep Doll in the pocket so that he almost ended up with negative yardage, according to Marchese.
“A big part of that effort was our front four, Jarrad Whited, Matt Klingele, Mo Quesada, and Michael Ward,” he said. “They got a lot of help from our linebackers Justin Gearig, Seth Benson, and Brendan Crawford.”