The 4-4 (3-3) Hudson Tigers have experienced a couple of things this week that they aren’t used to. The first was the 6-2 (5-1) Dundee Vikings out-rushed the Tigers and the other was that they are going to need some help in order to make the playoffs this season. The Vikings won the game on a big second quarter and have clinched a playoff birth as well as chance to share the Lenawee County Conference Association conference title.
Dundee scored on their drive of the game that was capped off when Tyler Anson took the ball in from the 1 yard line for a touchdown rush. They would add the extra point and lead after the opening quarter 7-0.
Both teams would put up a lot of points in the second. The Vikings would score again on another run when Dylan Grantham take the ball 11 yards to get into the end zone. Hudson went to the air on their next drive and their quarterback Alex Messer was picked off by Dylan Holiday who returned it 38 yard for a touchdown.
The Tigers would answer back with a drive of their own. It was capped off when Messer found Jacob Morgan for a 7 yard touchdown pass. They would get the ball back and score before the half ended when Morgan scored a 2 yard touchdown run. The fireworks weren’t over yet though. On the ensuing kickoff, Grantham would receive the kick and take it 83 yards for a kick return touchdown. The score would be 28-14 at the half.
There would only be one score in the 3rd quarter when Arin Stiverson would add a field goal for Hudson of 38 yards.
There was also only one score in the final quarter when Dundee’s Grantham broke free for a 26 yard touchdown run. That would make the score 35-17 and the Vikings would take the victory.
Messer went 3 for 12 for 39 yards with a touchdown and an interception. JD Waters led the way on the ground with 131 yards on 17 carries. They were led in receptions by Morgan who had 2 grabs for 17 yards and a touchdown. Dan Komarynski added 1 catch for 22 yards.
Lutter Moser completed 5 of his 9 passes for 45 yards with 2 interceptions. The leading rusher for the Vikings was Grantham who had 20 carries for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. They were led through the air by Clark with 2 catches for 45 yards.
Hudson’s defense really had a lot of pressure on them and they couldn’t stand up to it. They gave up 28 points and had no answer for the running game as Dundee’s backs combine for 229 yards on 44 carries. The Vikings didn’t really go to the pass much, but they did complete 5 of their 9 passes for 45 yards. They did pick off two passes and recovered two fumbles. The problem is their offense had the same amount of turnovers, so it was a wash. Dundee was much too strong on offense in this one for the Tigers to stop.
Hudson’s offense ran the ball for some success, but it was below what they usually do. The turnovers they had were costly and ended drives that could have given them points. They were forced to the pass and it was disastrous for them. You would think that the 208 yards rushing would be enough for them, but the timely mistakes ended their opportunities. The Tigers have lost their automatic birth into the playoffs so they will need help with playoff points and need to take care of business in their final game to get to 5-4.
Hudson will return home to face off against new conference opponents in the 2-6 (1-5) Columbia Central Golden Eagles. This week Columbia Central hosted the Ida Bluestreaks who blew out the Golden Eagles 46-26.
Dundee has clinched their playoff birth and will try to win a share of the conference title when they travel to take on the 8-0 (6-0) Hillsdale Hornets. The Hornets dominated the Erie-Mason Eagles 35-0.