(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ST. LOUIS -- After pushing deeper into the playoffs than any Dexter team in over two decades, the Bearcats season has come to a close.
Going against John Burroughs in the Class 3, quarterfinals Saturday afternoon, the Bearcats saw the Bombers build a 35-point lead going in to the half before winning 42-6 to advance to the semifinals.
"We came out here and we did the best we could," Dexter quarterback Cody Stevens said. "We just didn't have it in us today."
Scoring on all five first half possession, the Bombers showed the Bearcats why they are ranked No. 2 in the state.
Down by seven after John Burroughs scored on their opening drive, Dexter found themselves in a deep hole early when a bad snap led to a botched punt on their first drive of the game.
Getting the ball near the Bearcats' 20, John Burroughs took advantage of the short field with quarterback Sam Van Doren connecting with Karlos Bledsoe up the middle for five yards to finish off the drive and give his team a two score lead with 2:38 left in the first.
"It's the first time we've done that all year," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said of the punt. "I would say that's a pretty good statistic, it just came at a pretty bad time."
Following two more consecutive Bomber touchdowns in the second quarter, Doren was able to find Nathan Adams up the middle for 18 yards as time expired to give his team the 35-point lead it needed to go into the second half with a running clock.
It was on their opening drive in the second that Dexter was able to break up the shut out.
Getting the ball to start the half, the Bearcats marched down the field taking nearly nine minutes off the clock before Cody Stevens finished the drive with a quarterback keeper from the one to get his team on the scoreboard.
Unfortunately for Dexter, that was the only time the Bearcats found the endzone with John Burroughs Fade Oluokun sealing the game on a 35-yard touchdown run with 8:57 left in the fourth to make up the final.
"I did feel like in the second half we came out and moved the ball very well and did some good things," Pixley said. "(We) had a great drive there, but we just didn't get it done."
In the end, the Bombers out gained Dexter 446 total yards to 151, including 198 to 9 on the ground.
"There's just too many options to go to every time," Bearcats safety/wide receiver Jake Cox said of John Burroughs offense. "They're a good team and they're all good athletes."
Though their season is at a close, this year was a banner year for Dexter program, with the Bearcats playing in 13 games including the post season for the first time in school history.
It was also the first time the school had reached the quarterfinals since 1987. The Bearcats finished 8-5, the most wins for Dexter since the 2006 campaign.
"I'm very proud of our kids," said Pixley. "They had a great season compared to what kind of looked like was going to happen early in the season.
"So what a turn around by these boys and it wasn't just one of them it was all of them."
Dexter graduates 13 seniors that were 0-6 in their freshman season.
" A lot of freshman teams that go 0-6, half of them pack it in and don't come back out," Pixley said. "These 13 stuck with it and I'm very proud of them for that.
J -- Grant Wallace 9 pass from Sam Van Doren (Willie Maritz kick good), 7:21
J -- Karlos Bledsoe 5 pass from Sam Van Doren (Willie Maritz kick good), 2:38
J -- Sam Van Doren 1 run (Willie Maritz kick good), 8:05
J -- Fade Oluokun 19 run (Willie Maritz kick good), 4:02
J -- Nathan Adams 18 pass from Sam Van Doren (Robert Wright kick good), :00
D -- Cody Stevens 1 run (Alex Cliff kick blocked), 3:03
J -- Fade Oluokun 35 run (Robert Wright kick good), 8:57
|Time of Poss.||26:18||21:42|
Dexter -- Cody Stevens 16-7, Nick Summers 7-12, Joshua Overall 5-6, Alex Cliff 2-7, Team 1-(-23). John Burroughs -- Karlos Bledsoe 12-84, Will Smith 8-37, Fade Oluokun 5-76, Sam Van Doren 1-1.
Dexter -- Cody Stevens 12-25-0. John Burroughs -- Sam Van Doren 20-29-1.
Dexter -- Morgan Hedrick 5-60, Tyler Miller 3-53, Nick Summers 1-5, Jake Cox 1-8, Alex Cliff 1-7, Chase Young 1-9. John Burroughs -- Grant Wallace 6-84, Nathan Adams 4-51, Karlos Bledsoe 4-38, Jonathan Sandiford 3-58, Jack Krewson 2-11, Exekial Elliot 1-6.