The true test for the 3-3 (3-0) Chelsea Bulldogs will come this week when they face off against the 6-0 (3-0) Tecumseh Indians with the control of the Southeastern Conference-White on the line. The Bulldogs have rebounded from their 0-3 start to get back to .500 and will look to keep their automatic birth into the playoffs alive. They will need their running back, Berkley Edwards, to have a big game if they want to keep up with the high powered offense of Tecumseh.
When I said high powered offense, I wasn’t kidding about the Indians. They have yet to play a close game this year. They played their first two games on the road at the Jefferson Bears, who they defeated 49-14 and then at the Calvin Christian Squires, who they blew out 45-20. Both saw big games from their dual threat quarterback Ben Dreslinski. He threw for 438 yards and 8 touchdowns combined in those games and most of it went to his number one target, Spencer Adams.
From there, Tecumseh came home to face the Huron River Rats and scored the 41-14 victory. Dreslinski didn’t get big stats in that game, but they were up 41-0 at halftime and they didn’t want to risk injury.
The Indians then began conference play with two road games that took them to Ypsilanti twice, first to play the Lincoln Railsplitters, who they defeated again by the score of 41-14. The other game was against the Ypsilanti Phoenix, which held Tecumseh to their lowest point total of the season at 35, but they could only manage 13 points themselves. Both saw more big games out of Dreslinski.
Last week, Tecumseh came home and hosted the Dexter Dreadnaughts. They didn’t stand a chance as the Indians defeated them soundly 49-0. They could not move the ball and could not stop the complete onslaught. Dreslinski again didn’t have a great game, but they were up by so much he didn’t have to.
I really don’t think the Chelsea defense stands a chance in this game. I think Tecumseh’s offense is too good. Airing it out with Dreslinski looks to be their first option. He has weapons to hit in Adams, Casey Hunt and other targets all have caught passes for big yards. What makes it even tougher is that Dreslinski can tuck the ball and run with it, which makes every pass play that much more dangerous. They have also shown success in running the ball with their back Spencer Hite. The Bulldogs will have to play great defense, but I still don’t think it will be enough.
On offense, I think again they are going to be in trouble. Edwards will be the focus of it, but they are going to need their quarterback Logan Brown to spread the ball around. Tecumseh’s defense has been outstanding at limiting what the other offenses can do and have scored points themselves. I think they are just too good and Chelsea will struggle on both sides of the ball.
Last year when these two teams met, the game was played in Tecumseh but Chelsea won the game 42-28. Edwards had a good game as he carried the ball 28 times for 167 yards and a touchdown.
I don’t see this happening again this year though. Tecumseh has a new head coach in Al Romano, who has won a state title. He has taken programs that have struggled and turned them into winners. Tecumseh has always been known for having talent, but hasn’t been able to do anything with it. I think with Romano there, he is utilizing it. I think Edwards will gain some yards, but as a team they will struggle. Teams with good defenses have limited him and I think that is what we will see once more. I think Tecumseh wins this one big, 42-7.
This game will be played at Chelsea High School on Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Chelsea, Mich.