The Games

Game 1 Thursday Aug. 25 Saugatuck @ Constantine

Blake Dunn versus the world is what it can look like if you’ve watched a Saugatuck sporting event in the last few years. He is in my opinion the best athlete is southwest Michigan. This past spring “Dunn won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles in Division 4 state-record times, going 14.33 seconds and 38.31, respectively. It was the third consecutive year that has won the 300 hurdles, and he captured the 110 after placing second in the event a year ago” mlive. Dunn is an all state athlete in football, basketball, and is committed to playing baseball for Western Michigan University. Like I said the best athlete around. 

On the other side Constantine is loaded with great athletes. I watched running back Anthony Evilsizor win the conference in the 800 meter dash just a breath off of the state record (physically the biggest middle distance runner I may have ever seen). Constantine was a failed two point conversion away from a trip to the state semifinals last year in a season that had an extremely uncharacteristic start for them. Constantine has made the playoffs every year since 1999, I think, but last year that streak was in jeopardy when they found themselves at 4-4 needing a win at Hartford (they did win 21-6). In the playoffs they then avenged losses to rival Schoolcraft in overtime and Watervliet with a final drive that was magical to say the least. Constantine held the ball and ate the final quarter in the district final converting several fourth and short plays. I watched it live and it was awesome. 

Both teams run Michigan’s own Wing T offense. Constantine is die hard with it while Saugatuck has branched away from it ever so slightly, mainly because of Super Dunn. When the SAC brought in a lot of the schools from the old KVA to create a mega conference, this was the matchup Saugatuck was supposedly clamoring for. In last years matchup it was one big offensive play after another. Neither team could stop the other and in the end, in my opinion I thought Saugatuck wore down the bigger linemen for Constantine. Not that it mattered much in the grand scheme of things it was just an observation that I thought helped keep the game entertainingly close. In the end Saugatuck forced a fumble on the last play of the game as the Constantine quarterback attempted to stretch it across the goal line. Fantastically exciting and I can’t fathom why this year’s game would be any different. 

I’m looking forward to seeing Dunn through the air versus Constantine over the top of a heap of bodies. BEFORE the game starts I’ll be eating a big ole steak at the Rock at Big Fish Lake in Marcellus. If your around don’t be afraid to stop by and say hi. 

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