No. 4 Dee-Mack flexed its proverbial muscles Friday night in a 37-0 home win over Route 9 rival Tremont.
The Chiefs scored on five of their first six offensive possessions of the game to take a commanding 20-0 lead after the first quarter and a 30-0 lead into halftime.
All-state running back Jared Reese did not wait long to pick up where he left off after rushing for 1,728 yards last season. The senior running back went for a 45-yard run on the first play of the game to put the Chiefs on their own three-yard-line.
Preston Lester punched the ball in from two yards out to give Dee-Mack a 6-0 lead with 10:12 left in the first quarter. Kicker Weston Sauder missed the extra point.
Tremont had a pair of errant snaps on its first drive of the game, one of which injured starting quarterback Max Garey to knock him out of the game with a right knee injury, stalling the opening possession and forcing a Turks punt.
On the ensuing Dee-Mack possession, the Chiefs went 62 yards on 12 plays capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Sam Cleaver with 3:07 left in the quarter. The two-point attempt was no good, giving Dee-Mack a 12-0 lead.
A Tremont punt gave the Chiefs the ball back with 16 seconds left in the quarter. Reese broke four tackles on a 67-yard touchdown run with 2 seconds left in the first quarter. Lester punched the ball in on the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 20-0.
On the following kickoff, Dee-Mack’s Levi Scheuermann scooped up a Tremont fumble to give the Chiefs the ball to begin the second quarter.
Sauder got his redemption by narrowly converting a 40-yard field goal to run the lead to 23-0 with 9:08 left in the first half.
A Turks three and out gave Dee-Mack the ball back. Quarterback Derrick backer found Cleaver over the top for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 5:41 left in the half. An extra point by Sauder extended the lead to 30-0 at halftime.
Lester extended the Dee-Mack lead to 36-0 after a 3-yard run that was set up by a forced fumble of Tremont backup quarterback Logan Baxter and was scooped up by Dee-Mack’s Darren Adams. Sauder’s extra point made it 37-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 1:39 left to go in the third that held until the end of the quarter.
The Chiefs wrapped up the fourth quarter and held Tremont scoreless to secure a 37-0 win.