McLouth wins again, now 7-0
When a football team allows a season-high in points and still wins by 29, it’s safe to say things are going pretty well.
Such is the case for McLouth High, which remained undefeated and opened district play with a 42-13 victory Friday at Stan Braksick Stadium.
The Bulldogs made Pleasant Ridge their latest victim even though the visitors were first to strike with a 99-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
MHS handled its business from that point on, however, with heavy doses of senior running back Shawn Dailey, whose huge night finished with 250 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.
Dailey’s first TD, in the second quarter, put McLouth (7-0) ahead for good and the home team went up 21-7 after junior quarterback Marc Walbridge connected with sophomore wide receiver Nick McAferty for a 77-yard touchdown.
Though PRHS was only down 21-13 at the half, McLouth shut out its opponent in the third and fourth quarters.
In the meantime, Dailey ran for his second TD, Drew Cerny took a 57-yard punt return to the end zone and TJ Crowell capped the victory with a 22-yard rushing score.
The Bulldogs had only allowed an opponent to score 13 points one other time this season. In five other games, they have allowed a combined 18 points.
MHS has now outscored its foes 332-44 this season.
On Friday, McLouth will play host to Rossville.
McLouth 42, Pleasant Ridge 13
Score by quarters
PRHS 7 6 0 0 — 13
MHS 7 14 7 14 — 42
P — Blake Graham 99 pass from Dalton Warden. Kick good.
M — Marc Walbridge 1 run. John Berry kick.
M — Shawn Dailey 13 run. Berry kick.
M — Nick McAferty 77 pass from Walbridge. Berry kick.
P — Warden 5 run. Kick failed.
M — Dailey 3 run. Berry kick.
M — Drew Cerny 57 punt return. Berry kick.
M — TJ Crowell 22 run. Berry kick.