Dundee ends an undefeated season, looks ahead to 2011
ROCHESTER—An undefeated season ended for Dundee's varsity football team Friday night at The Marina Auto Stadium. The Scots lost to Caledonia-Mumford, 36-15, Friday, Nov. 5, in the first round of a state tournament qualifier game. However, the game was close through the third quarter. Dundee scored first with a one yard run from Nick Raplee and a successful kick by Katie Zebrowski. Cal-Mum followed up by scoring in the second quarter and also got a two-point conversion. Six minutes later Dundee took the lead again. Max Gorton scored off of a one yard run. Cody Gilbert won the two-point conversion off of a pass from Raplee. The score was then 15-8, in Dundee's favor, through the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Cal-Mum had four touchdowns. "We knew we were going up against the best," said Coach Sheldon Gibson. He explained Cal-Mum has won 14 sectionals titles and three state titles. "We had an excellent, excellent first half. Our players worked so hard with so much effort through three quarters of play," he added. "Caledonia-Mumford basically was able to chip away until they got a few scores." Dundee had a total of 124 yards: 113 rushing and 11 passing. Gorton led with 102 yards. Raplee was two for 11 in passing. Defensively, Gilbert had nine solo tackles and six assisted tackles. Mackenzie Prior also had four solo and two assisted. "We're going back to work on Monday for the 2011 season," Gibson said. The football team loses 21 players to graduation. Gibson said there are a number of juniors coming back in the fall and several JV players that will fill out the roster. He said the JV team had a good year, and got better week by week. He attributed the varsity team's success to off-season practice, so preparing early for next year will again be crucial. Gibson said it was practice that won the team this year's sectional title. He pointed out it was because of Jim Dillon coaching the team on offense, that Dundee took the sectional title in the last minutes of play last weekend. Gibson said for himself, the best part of the season was, "just seeing the team come together and winning in such a fashion." For many of the team's seniors this isn't the end of football. Gibson said the college recruiting season is just starting, and many of the players will be recruited. He added that some players have already been contacted.