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Tecumseh Indians fall in season opener against Jackson Vikings

By
JEFF STEERS

The Tecumseh Indians  racked up nearly 400 yards of offense in its opening game against Jackson High.

Unfortunately for the Indians, they could not stop Dorion Riley and the Vikings offense. Riley rushed for 321 yards and six touchdowns on 23 carries for Jackson in a 44-20 win.

Tecumseh starts the season at 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference White Division, while the Vikings are 1-0.

Tecumseh was led by sophomore quarterback Jacob Burns who ran for more than 150 yards and threw for 116 in the loss. Riley scored a pair of touchdowns for Jackson in the first quarter and converted on both 2-point conversions for a 16-0 lead. But Tecumseh responded with a 10-play drive that ended on a 7-yard touchdown run by Mason Malinczak with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. Burns hit Jobe Benschoter for the 2-point conversion pulling the Indians within eight points at 16-8.

Jackson responded with its own nine-play drive to take a 24-8 lead. Riley scored again following a short punt by Tecumseh, scoring on a 13-yard run for a 30-8 lead. Jackson scored with just over two minutes remaining in the first half for a 38-8 halftime lead.

Tecumseh drove the ball nearly 80 yards just before halftime, but ran out of time. The Indians scored again in the third quarter on a 51-yard run by Burns. Tecumseh recovered the ensuing kickoff, but could not cash in.
Jackson looked as if they were going to put the game away early in the fourth quarter, but a 99-yard pick-six by sophomore Gavin Chenevey led to another score for the Indians. The Vikings responded with another touchdown by Riley to close the door on the Indians.

Tecumseh is at Pinckney Friday in SEC play for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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