By Chris Pobst
DEXTER -- With over 350 yards on the ground, the Dexter Bearcats took care of rival Malden on Friday night at Charles Bland Stadium in Dexter.
Dexter quarterback Cody Stevens took advantage of stellar offensive line play to rush for 175 yards and one touchdown. He also threw for two scores on 4 of 10 passing and 76 yards.
As a team, Dexter rushed 47 times for 374 yards.
Josh Overall had 15 carries for 89 yards as well.
After going into halftime with a 12-6 lead, Dexter broke a 12-12 tie in the third quarter with two straight touchdown runs by Josh Overall.
The Green Wave cut Dexter's lead to 26-19 later in the third when Romello McCoy ran for his third touchdown of the night on a 29-yard scamper.
The Bearcats put the game out of reach, however, in the fourth when Stevens ran for a 1-yard score and connected with Tyler Miller for a 53-yard scoring toss giving his team a 40-19 advantage with 4:14 left in the game.
McCoy led Malden with 117 yards on nine attempts. Malden signal caller Tanner Murphy threw for 106 yards on 12 of 23 passing.
M -- Romello McCoy 30 run, 9:05 (kick failed).
D -- Cody Stevens 5 pass to Jake Lee, 5:42 (kick failed).
D -- Nick Summers 4 run, 1:35 (2-point failed).
M -- Romello McCoy 57 run, 10:40 (2-point failed).
D -- Josh Overall 5 run, 9:01 (Alex Cliff kick good).
D -- Josh Overall 19 run, 5:19 (Alex Cliff kick good).
M -- Romello McCoy 29 run, 4:03 (Garrett Potts kick good).
D -- Cody Stevens 1 run, 7:50 (Alex Cliff kick good).
D -- Cody Stevens 53 pass to Tyler Miller, 4:14 (Alex Cliff kick good).
M -- Tanner Murphy 7 run, 1:21 (Garrett Potts kick good).
Malden -- Tanner Murphy 11-18, Romello McCoy 9-117, Raymond Wilson 6-64, Mitchell Coleman 2-6, Cortez Dobbins 1-10. Dexter -- Cody Stevens 18-175, Josh Overall 15-89, Nick Summers 7-69, Alex Cliff 7-41.
Malden -- 12-23-0 106. Dexter -- Cody Stevens 4-10-0 76
Malden -- Raymond Wilson 6-49, Jonsha Robinson 3-34, Mitchell Coleman 1-10, Romello McCoy 1-2, Malik Perkins 1-11. Dexter -- Jake Lee 2-18, Tyler Miller 1-53, Chase Young 1-5.