For the second consecutive year, the Danbury Lakers opened the season with a win over Open Door Christian Academy.
After defeating the Patriots by 43 points last season, Danbury, behind 307 yards rushing and six touchdowns (five rushing) from Cody German, beat ODCA, 67-0, to start the season 1-0.
“It was a good performance,” Danbury head coach Bryan Dudash said. “We handled our business and did what we needed to do.”
In the second quarter, German helped the Lakers, who were holding a 14-0 lead, break the game open, scoring five touchdowns on the team's only five offensive plays of the period, rushing five times for 245 yards. His five touchdowns came on runs of 54, 78, 25, 18 and 70 yards, respectively, the final one coming with just 48 seconds left in the half.
In the first quarter, Danbury scored two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead, including a 12-play, 93-yard drive on its first possession to take control.
“Once we figured out exactly what they were giving us defensively,” Dudash said, “it was easy to call plays that would be successful.”
German wasn't the only one to provide offensive production. Quarterback Seth Vargo completed 5-of-7 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and Jimmy Chamberlain had four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
On Friday, the Lakers host Holgate, which lost its season opener to North Baltimore, 42-21. Last year, the Tigers defeated Danbury, 31-20. Holgate, which plays in the Green Meadows Conference, is located in Henry County, roughly 10 miles south of Napoleon.
It's imperative for the Lakers to redeem themselves and defeat Holgate this time around. Quite simply, if Danbury is able to take the next step and become a team that wins 5-6 games each year, they'll need to win a game like this one.
The Tigers employ a spread offense that focuses on completing short passes
“(Holgate) changed offensive and defensive schemes and has a new head coach,” Dudash said. “They have some nice-looking athletes and we'll have our hands full. I like how our defense played against Open Door and we hope to build on that. We are stressing the fundamentals and keeping things simple.”