SAUGATUCK, Mich. --Saugatuck has been as impressive as pretty much any team in the state this season. The Indians are 10-0 and have outscored opponents by an average of 53 points this season. That's despite the starters not playing past half time in any game this season. That will likely change when Saugatuck takes on Pewamo-Westphalia on Saturday.
"I haven't been able to play a full game yet this year," said Saugatuck quarterback Blake Dunn. "It's gonna be different, but I'm looking forward to it."
"Yeah, I haven't played a full game all year and I'm ready to play the whole time and help my team out and win," said Saugatuck fullback/linebacker Cole Hartman.
This game is one the Indians have been looking toward all year, ever since P-W ended their perfect season in the district finals last fall.
"It hurt, it really hurt, but we'll be back and we'll be ready this year," said Hartman.
"It's been a whole year since we lost to them and I'm ready to go against these guys one more time," added Dunn.
For the second straight year this game will pit two 10-0 teams against each other for the district championship. Last year the Pirates went onto march all the way to Ford Field, the winner this time is likely to take a similar path.
"It's anticipated all year long that we figured the road to the finals is going through Pewamo-Westphalia," said Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn.
"We didn't know necessarily, who we were going to play in the playoffs, but we knew at some point that they're good and we were gonna have to face them eventually, so they've been on our mind," said Blake. "They're a really good team and we're gonna have to play really well to be able to beat them. "
Not only does this game feature two of the best division seven teams in the state, it pits Saugatuck do everything quarterback Blake Dunn against Pewamo-Westphalia state record holding running back Jared Smith.
"It will be fun," said Blake. "He's a great player, great competitor, putting up some great numbers last year and this year and I'm just looking forward to being able to play against him."
"Having those two guys on the same field battling against each other, I mean, who wouldn't want to watch that sort of competition?" asked Bill. "We're looking forward to it. I know Blake's looking forward to it, I'm sure Jared Smith is looking forward to it and Pewamo vs. Saugatuck on Saturday should be a great contest."