LAPEER, Mich. — The Normal Community High School football team fell behind early and dropped a 42-8 nonconference decision to Lapeer on Friday night.
Lapeer running back Phoenix Dickson rushed for 107 yards on seven carries, including touchdown runs of 13, 50 and 35 yards to help the Lightning improve to 3-1.
The Ironmen could muster only 169 yards of total offense in falling to 3-1.
Lapeer got on the scoreboard early with Bronson Butler scoring on a 62-yard run with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter before Dickson scored his first TD, a 13-yard run at the 6:39 mark of the period.
Dickson added his 50-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter before Lapeer kicker Michael Muston connected on field goals of 37 and 42 yards to give the Lightning a 27-0 halftime advantage.
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NCHS failed to get on the board until 4:37 remained in the game when quarterback Chase Mackey connected with Keyontae Hunter on a 3-yard pass play with a pass from Mackey to Dylan Tracy adding the extra points.
Mackey led the Ironmen rushing attack with 40 yards on 12 carries. He also passed for 114 yards with Tracy catching three passes for 55 yards.
"Obviously they're very talented. They were extremely well coached and disciplined," NCHS coach Jason Drengwitz said. "I felt like our defense played well enough for a lot of the game. But offensively, we just couldn't get anything going. They (the NCHS defenders) were just on the field too much.
"They made a lot of stops and got some turnovers and forced some field goals. If we could have got anything going offensively, I think it could have been a different game. But they were better than us tonight. It's a game I think we can learn from and get better in all phases."