LIVONIA — Another big night from senior quarterback Alex Minnehan propelled the defending champion Bulldogs to their third straight win to open the season, 32-6, over Dansville.
Minnehan finished Thursday’s victory with 277 yards and three touchdowns which came on 25 carries.
“He’s been our catalyst this season,” said Livonia head coach Chris Genthner. “I can’t really remember another player during all my years coaching who has gotten off to a start like this.”
Through three games, the Bulldogs senior has recorded 711 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
It wasn’t just Minnehan who had a big night against the Mustangs, as senior Trevor Allen caught a touchdown to go with 19 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Senior defensive lineman Shaun Weterrings made 10 stops, including a sack, while senior defensive back Jake Smith picked off a pass and senior defensive back Michael Bean recovered a fumble.
“It was a tale of two halves for us,” said Genthner. “We drove the ball well on our first possession, but we only had two or three possessions the whole first half. Dansville did a nice job keeping the ball away from us with long possessions of their own.”
Genthner credited his team’s play up front as a significant factor that allowed them to overcome a challenging first half. The ‘Dogs held just an 8-6 advantage at halftime.
“We knew coming into the season that we were going to need to mature quickly up front,” said the Bulldogs head coach. “On offense, out of the interior five, we are starting two sophomores and a junior. Overall, we’re really pleased with their ability to adjust to in-game changes.”
He’s also been pleased with the leadership shown by his team’s more experienced lineman.
“Our seniors up front have stepped up to lead the younger guys and that’s been critical,” said Genthner. “Our center Michael Bean is a senior leader and also Steffan Gwyn at tight end. Both of those guys have really been great leaders to our younger guys.”
Livonia is now 3-0 and looks ahead to a matchup with Attica on Wednesday. The game will be streamed LIVE on the Batavia Daily News YouTube Channel.
“They run a very similar offense and we know it’s hard to stop,” said Genthner of the ‘Dogs upcoming date with the Devils. “Their wing backs are talented and their line is solid. We’re going to have our hands full.”
In the loss, Mustangs senior quarterback Billy Barrett threw for just 17 yards but found junior receiver Drew Morrow for Dansville’s lone touchdown. Shane Crandall made nine tackles to lead the Dansville (1-2) defense. The Mustangs play Hornell next week.