Springdale's Sean Dugan breaks school's career-rushing record
Springdale senior running back Sean Dugan broke the school's career-rushing record, and the Dynamos rolled to a 35-0 win Friday night in a key Class A Eastern Conference game at Veterans Memorial Field.
Dugan collected 194 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound tailback now has 3,918 yards and surpassed the mark of 3,874 yards established by Wayne Mundekis (2002-05).
“It's a great accomplishment, but what's more important is 35-0 on the scoreboard,” Dugan said. “This was a playoff game for us. I think we were hungry. I told the dogs we want to go eat.”
Guided by Dugan, Springdale (5-3, 5-2) appeared to play with a sense of urgency, grabbing a 21-0 lead by halftime. The Dynamos are seeking their 11th consecutive trip to the postseason and first under new coach Dave Leasure.
Impressively, Springdale played with a patchwork offensive line because its starting offensive tackles were out with injuries.
“I've never had a team face this much adversity and answer like this,” said Leasure, who was a long-time assistant before coming to Springdale. “We lost both of our tackles last week and we practiced with 22 kids.”
Northgate (5-3, 5-2) was held in check by an outstanding defensive effort by Springdale, as well as costly penalties. In the Dynamos' fourth shutout of the season, they allowed only 158 yards of offense, including 97 through the air. Twice, Springdale stopped Northgate inside its 5-yard line.
And Northgate had no answer for Dugan.
“He's just downhill, 100 miles per hour,” Northgate coach T.J. Wiley said. “He runs with reckless abandon. You give him an inch, and he takes a mile. Springdale just kicked our butt. They dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
Springdale sophomore tight end Adam Lock caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jake Helman in the first quarter to start the scoring. Senior running back Kyle Rodgers added 52 yards on nine carries for the Dynamos.
Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-224-2696.