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November 10, 2012

Pingree goes out in style, handles Dexter

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“It (breaking the record) was great. When I turned the edge I knew I was gone and I didn’t want to slow down at all so I kept my stride and just kept going,” said Spears, who doesn’t look physically imposing but can break tackles with the best of them.

I just stay low. I know I’m more athletic than them (the defense). A lot of guys think they are going to grab my jersey and I’m going to go down but I don’t like touching the ground at all. So I just keep going.”

Spears had 124 total yards of offense in the first quarter including a 39 yard touchdown run. He finished with 137 yards on just eight carries to go with 71 yards receiving on five catches.

The Dexter offensive and defensive lineman averaged about 6-feet, 6-inches, 300 pounds and certainly cast a big shadow. But size and mass don’t always translate and last night let the undersized Highlanders dictate the physicality.

“I thought run-game wise, they (Pingree) hit the holes that were there,” said Dexter coach Casey Day. “They’ve got some really good athletes who are really good open field runners. They took advantage of their opportunities today.”

The visitors looked poised to push Pingree around in the run game but decided to put the game on junior quarterback Luke Cuneo’s shoulders. Cuneo was coming off three straight games with over 300 yards passing but was just 1-of-13 for 15 yards on the game. Cappadona swatted away a fade-pass in the end zone on a fourth down play just before his touchdown pass to Assad.

Kevin Moyette and Justin Assad were terrific coming off the edge and getting pressure on Cuneo all game long.

Cuneo (five yards) and Joe Bramson (33 yards) had the Dexter touchdown runs in the second half.

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