Doerr’s 5 TDs lead Metamora over Dunlap

Dave Eminian GateHouse News Service
Dekota Doerr racked up five touchdowns at Dunlap Friday to help the Redbirds secure a 49-32 victory. (Jason White/

Metamora and Dunlap battled side-by-side for three-plus quarters Friday night.

But in the end, Metamora rode a five-touchdown outing from Dekota Doerr — who notched three in the fourth quarter — for a 49-32 victory in the Mid-Illini Conference.

The Redbirds (3-2, 3-0) exited, end zone left, with a three-game win streak  and door open to the playoffs ahead.

The Eagles (1-4, 0-3), exited end zone right and had the Doerr — and perhaps the door to the playoffs, slammed on them.

“I told our guys after this one, we better win our next four freakin’ games,” Dunlap head coach Brett Cazalet said. “Metamora does what it does at an extremely high level, and it’s more than running, it’s great schemes and execution.

“There aren’t moral victories in football. All that means is, we lost.”

Doerr ran 16 times for 154 yards and four touchdowns, and added 71 receiving yards and another score.

Metamora quarterback Brendan Nachtrieb missed the game with a hamstring injury — head coach Pat Ryan said he is expected back next week — but senior Bryan Burk filled in with 126 rushing yards and a TD.

Dunlap unveiled a terrific air game as QB Jake McKown was 15-of-23 for 297 yards and three TDs. James Nellinger had 126 yards receiving, including all three TDs.

Neither team scored back-to-back until Doerr broke it open with TD runs on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter to build a42-24 lead.

“Old school Metamora football,” Doerr said. “That’s how we play it, put it on the ground and get in there.”

Said Metamora head coach Pat Ryan: “Starting off 0-2 in our town, the boobirds were out there a little bit. But these kids never wavered.”