After putting together its first winning season since 2008, South Haven’s varsity football team entered post-season play to face a team it has always had difficulty competing against – Dowagiac.
But, the Rams put the old memories aside, Oct. 30, to defeat the Chieftains, easily, 34-7. in the Division 3 district opener to advance to the semi-final round against Lansing Catholic last Friday, in Lansing. Results were not available as of press time, but will be on the Tribune website this week.
Both teams sported identical records of 5-2 going into the contest. Lansing had advanced to the semi-final after defeating Berrien Springs, 42-6, in their district opener.
Against Dowagiac, the Rams racked up 319 yards, compared to the Chieftains’ 148.
But it was the Chieftains who got on the scoreboard first for their one and only touchdown.
That touchdown came in the second quarter.
The rest of the game, though, belonged to South Haven.
The Rams’ first TD occurred in the second quarter when quarterback Kaleb Bodfish threw a 32-yard pass to Jaden Hollis. South Haven scored again shortly before the end of the first half courtesy of Trent Till, who ran the ball into the end zone. Bodfish then passed the ball to Hollis for a conversion to put the score at 14-7.
After the first half, South Haven didn’t get on the scoreboard again until late in the third quarter when Bodfish through a 42-yard pass to Hollis. Bodfish then ran in the conversion to up the Rams’ lead to 22-7.
The final quarter’s offensive push for South Haven came from Trevor Winkel, who ran in two touchdowns to give South Haven the win.
Winkel led South Haven’s ground game with 112 yards, followed by Trent Till with 64.
Bodfish threw for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Till led the Rams’ defense with 5 tackles, followed by Damon Jackson with 4; and Christopher Rainey and Elliott Williamson with 3, each.
South Haven traveled last Friday to Lansing.