Before and after the 8-Man Division II championship, Baileyville coach Justin Coup insisted revenge was never a motivator for his Falcons against Thunder Ridge.
But Baileyville running back Dustin Deters wasn’t eager to watch the Longhorns receive another first-place trophy after last year’s 32-point loss in the title game.
“We didn’t like the feeling we came away with last year,” Devers said. “This year, we had to have it. With the hard work we’ve put in this year, we weren’t going to take no for an answer.”
Devers did his part Saturday with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown, as Baileyville claimed its third 8-man title in five years with a 28-6 victory at Fischer Field.
Baileyville completed a 13-0 season and improved to 62-2 over the last five years. The Falcons scored on their first two possessions and outgained Thunder Ridge 316-186 after yielding 349 rushing yards in last year’s meeting.
“We’ve heard how physical they were and how great they’ve been at being physical,” Coup said. “That was a rallying cry for us. … I thought we packed a punch at the line of scrimmage.”
Baileyville also got a solid performance from junior quarterback Dustin Rottinghaus, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 110 yards, and rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries. Rottinghaus ran for one touchdown and passed for another.
“We were confident this time,” said Rottinghaus, who made one of his first varsity starts in last year’s final. “We’ve executed all year, and we just had to do it one more time.”
Defensively, the Falcons clamped down on Thunder Ridge running back Trevor Lowe. Lowe, who ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the 2011 final, was held to 62 yards on 23 carries.
“He’s our main guy and we want to go to him,” Thunder Ridge coach Jerry Voorhees said. “We thought we could get some stuff by throwing in some different sets. We just couldn’t get anything to consistently work, and they did a really nice job of taking Trevor away.”
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B&B – Dustin Deters 1 run (Rottinghaus run)
B&B – Bergman 6 run (Dustin Deters run)
B&B – Tyler Deters 11 pass from Rottinghaus (run failed)
B&B – Rottinghaus 1 run (pass failed)
TR – Lowe 20 pass from Krueger (run failed)