That’s the best way to describe Deer Creek-Mackinaw’s 63-0 win over Fisher Friday night.
The Chiefs (5-0) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 42 points in the first quarter to effectively put the Bunnies (1-4) away.
Dee-Mack head coach Job Linboom pulled his starters with close to 10 minutes to go before halftime and his reserves helped preserve the Chiefs’ fourth shutout in five games.
Mismatches are becoming a theme for Dee-Mack, the Chiefs have outscored opponents 243-20 on the season. On Friday, size and depth mismatches helped the Chiefs to a win.
“It was just a physical mismatch, like you might expect,” Linboom said. “We took care of business. Obviously, Fisher is young and undersized and are struggling a little bit, but it was nice to see us come out and take care of business.”
Offense and defense have been constant all season for Dee-Mack, but for the second consecutive week, special teams were instrumental in the win.
Kick returner Connor Craig took a kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown, his second return touchdown in as many weeks. Kick return touchdowns don’t come often for Dee-Mack, Craig’s was the third in Linboom’s 11-year tenure.
“I don’t remember a year where we had a kid return two kicks in one season. It’s been a long time,” Linboom said.
Kicker Weston Sauder was lethal, going 9-for-9 on extra point attempts and forcing touchbacks on five kickoffs. Sauder, also a punter, averaged 55.5 yards per punt in two attempts to pin the Fisher offense deep in its own territory.
“I’ve never had a guy who can get it into the endzone for an automatic touchback in high school,” Linboom said. “You can’t run those out if you want to. In fact, I don’t think in our first five games that anybody has had one touchback against us. We’re always able to start out past the 30-yard line or better. To have (Sauder) is a luxury. ... I think down the road in a close game he is going to be the difference maker.”
On offense, Dee-Mack rolled up 398 rushing yards, getting touchdowns from five different players on the ground. All-state fullback Jared Reese led the charge with 142 yards and three touchdowns on six carries. Four other Chiefs — Preston Lester, Jacob Carnicle, Cody Cagle and Craig — each rushed for over 40 yards and a touchdown.
Reese is getting plenty of rest in the first half of the season, only carrying the ball 47 times, but accumulating 620 yards and 11 TD’s,
Linboom hopes the small work-load now pays dividends in the postseason.
“It’s kind of strange that somebody that crucial to our offense is getting so few carries, but it’s going to keep him fresher longer as the season wears on so that’s a good thing too,” Linboom said. “We all know that later on this season he’s going to get his carries when the competition escalates, starting with Week 9 against Tri-Valley, and probably before that with LeRoy and Eureka and then the playoffs. He’ll get a light first six or seven weeks of the season then his workload will increase dramatically.”
Quarterback Derrick Baker only needed to throw three times, completing two passes including a 46-yard TD pass to Nick DeBolt.
The defense recorded five tackles for a loss and no sacks, but put pressure on quarterback Bryce Burk to force quick passes. The Bunnies only attempted one pass that traveled over 10 yards, which was incomplete.
After a big win over El Paso-Gridley last week and a big homecoming game against Fieldcrest in Week 6, Linboom was happy with his team’s response.
“This is the week that followed a big win over El Paso, it was the week before the Fieldcrest homecoming and everyone was geared up for homecoming. This was the week where we might have been a little off. To come in and play sharp in an ‘off week’ was nice to see,” Linboom said.