Padyn Kesselring ‘19: Challenging the varsity football team this week, the Dakota Cougars enter this game 4-3, after losing on the road last week to Chippewa Valley, whom the Bulldogs defeated 36-14 earlier in the year.

The Bulldogs enter the game 5-2 after winning their last two games. Last week’s contest against Warren Mott was offensively highlighted by Austen Malczewski’s ‘17 two touchdown passes and Nate Goralski’s ‘18 three touchdowns, which led the Bulldogs to 31-8 victory over an undefeated Mott team.

Only allowing 11 average points per game, the Bulldog defense is led by Dakota O’Neil ‘17 who totaled seven tackles, Andrew Smith ‘17 and Bryan Carie ‘17 who earned five total tackles, and Kade Messner ‘17 who tallied four total tackles against Warren Mott.

Messner was also named the MIPrepzone Athlete of the Week.

“We play so well together as a team,” linebacker Brock Horne ‘19 said. “Kade is such a fearless leader. His leadership really completes the defense.”

The Bulldogs will clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight, making it 13 consecutive playoff appearances for co-head coaches Jason Couch and Curt Rienas.

“Couch Coach and Rienas are great coaches to play for who keep things loose while serious and focused at the same time,” running back/linebacker, Ryan Medley ‘17 said. “They always have us prepared for Friday nights, I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else.”

The game begins at 7 o’clock this Friday at Dakota High School, be sure to come and support our Bulldogs

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