by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The Corunna Cavaliers varsity football team qualified for the Division 4 playoffs with its 42-23 road victory against Montrose Friday, Sept. 30, moving its overall record to 6-0 for the first time since 2002. The Cavaliers trailed for the first time this season after Montrose opened the scoring with a first quarter touchdown, but this game was over the minute Corunna star David Dumond put on his jersey. The senior scored five total touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, and amassed 320 offensive yards during the game.
The Montrose Rams scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown just before the end of the first quarter, but Dumond responded on the very next drive, taking a Jerod Fattal handoff and bolting 74 yards for the equalizer. The Rams then added a field goal to again take the lead, but Dumond responded yet again, this time with a 24-yard run that put Corunna in the lead to stay. The Cavaliers would go into the dressing room at halftime with a 14-10 lead, and the team blew the game open in the second half, outscoring Montrose 28-13 to close out the game. Dumond added second half touchdown receptions of six and 75 yards, and broke off another 75-yard touchdown run for good measure. Fattal then closed the scoring for both teams with his 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Dumond finished the game with 239 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 14 carries, and he caught two Fattal passes – both for touchdowns – to total 81 receiving yards. The other-worldly effort moved Dumond into first place on the team in rushing touchdowns, though his 583 rushing yards still trails Owen Walter, who leads the team with 745 rushing yards. The Cavaliers again dominated the line of scrimmage, pushing the team’s season-long rushing total to an amazing 2,225 yards and 30 touchdowns through six games.
The defense also played an important role for Corunna by holding the Rams offense to 23 points in its home stadium. Marcus Jablonski led the team with 9.5 tackles, while Taylor Jackson and Luke Cortez added five tackles apiece. Dylan Briggs and Brandon Blair recorded sacks for Corunna.
Up next for Corunna is the game everyone has had circled on the calendar since last October, as the Cavaliers will travel to Lake Fenton this Friday, Oct. 7 for a matchup of unbeatens. The winner will have a leg up for the Genesee Area Conference-Red division crown since both teams hold 4-0 conference records, and Corunna will undoubtably have a chip on its shoulder after last year’s playoff loss to the Blue Devils. Corunna won the regular season matchup against Lake Fenton last season, 35-28, but fell to the Blue Devils 29-27 in the first round of the playoffs in a game that was not decided until the final seconds. The two teams are the class of the GAC-Red this season, and this Friday’s game will give each team a chance to prove who wants it more, at least until the playoffs start.