The 6-3 (5-0) Chelsea Bulldogs got the job done this week. They relied heavily on their running back Berkley Edwards who came out and played big for them as the Bulldogs won their sixth straight game with a win over the 4-5 (2-3) Haslett Vikings. Chelsea had a big second quarter that gave them enough to hang on for the victory.
Haslett actually got on the board first. Their first drive worked well against the Bulldogs and it was capped off by a Connor Brewer one yard touchdown run. Edwards would answer back with his first rushing touchdown of the night. His came from 10 yards out. The score at the end of the opening quarter 7-7.
Edwards would add two more rushing touchdowns in the 2nd quarter. The first would be from 33 yards out and the second was a 19 yarder. The score at halftime was 21-7.
Early into the third quarter would see Edwards take in his final touchdown of the night. He broke this one from 35 yards and that would be Chelsea’s last score of the night. It gave them the 28-7 lead.
Haslett would add a score early into the final quarter of play. This was another 1 yard run, this time from Danny Turpin. That would make the final score of 28-14.
Chelsea’s quarterback Logan Brown completed 2 of his 4 passes for 33 yards. Edwards was the leading rusher with 26 carries for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns. They were led through the air by Nate Bossory with one catch for 22 yards.
Haslett’s quarterback Sam Wegenke completed 4 of his 10 passes for 59 yards. They were led on the ground by Brewer who had 26 rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver was also Brewer with 3 grabs and 49 yards.
Chelsea’s defense came out ready to play. They did give up a lot of yards to Brewer as he had 29 touches that went for 184 yards, but they only allowed him into the end zone once. For most of the game they held them to 7 and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter, when they were already up 21. What I have been impressed by is that they will bend to give up yards, but do enough to give their offense the victory. I would like to see them tighten up their rush defense as they go into the playoffs. Their pass defense has looked good, but I think that Haslett isn’t very good in that department. Many of the teams they’ve played this year haven’t been. If they want to make a deep run, they’re going to need this defense to show up.
Edwards was a dominating force in this game as he scored all 4 of their touchdowns. The problem that comes from this though is that they are pretty one dimensional. If the line can continue to open up holes for Edwards and if he keeps hitting them like he has, this team will be dangerous. The issue that arises is that he has been running through defenses that aren’t the greatest. They could be in for a lot of problems if they are pitted against a team in the playoffs that has a good rush defense. It would be nice to see Brown step up in the passing game to help the running game going forward.
Chelsea will play in the pre-districts of the playoffs when they will take on the 7-2 Tecumseh Indians once again. The game they played earlier in the season was also in Tecumseh and the Bulldogs upset the Indians which gave them their first loss of the season in week seven, 31-28.