ROCHELLE – Scott Goad is an NCAA Division I athlete. He looked every bit the part Saturday night, dominating the Dixon at Rochelle alumni football game.
Goad ran and passed for big chunks of yardage seemingly at will, and the Dixon defense was stout on the way to a 46-0 romp at Rochelle High School.
Goad, a 2012 Dixon grad who is a track and field standout at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, accounted for 272 of Dixon’s 354 yards. He passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns.
“It felt good to be under the lights one more time,” said Goad, who was a member of Drake’s Missouri Valley Conference-champion 1,600 relay team and high-jumped a personal best 6 feet, 9 inches. “Last night, I was over at [teammate Jon] Shippert’s house, and we were watching some Rochelle film, and I got antsy. I was ready to get out there.”
Dixon High School has had just one shutout win since the Dukes’ last playoff team in 2006 had three. The alumni team is 1-for-1 in the shutout department, holding Rochelle to 43 yards and six first downs, half of them coming via penalty.
“It was a blast. It was exciting to get out there and get to crack some heads again,” said Preston Lumzy, whose last year at Dixon was 2011.
Lumzy, who wreaked havoc at defensive end, only committed to the event a few days before the game.
“I gave somebody a call and asked if it was too late to sign up,” he said. “First, they told me that it was, but [2005 Dixon grad] Paul Rogers called me back 15 minutes later and said, ‘You’re in if you want in,’ and I jumped right on that.”
Lumzy played for a year at Monmouth College but is back living in Dixon, working and raising his daughter, though he’s considering going back to school and football.
Dixon scored its first touchdown on its second possession, driving 65 yards in eight plays. Goad was 4-for-4 for 55 yards on the march, which was capped by a 1-yard plunge by 2009 grad Ben Emmole. Anthony Dillabough (2007 grad) added the two-point conversion, and it was 8-0 with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
The Dukes made it 14-0 on their next possession, moving 82 yards in six plays. Goad finished the drive in spectacular fashion, dragging tacklers on a 23-yard TD run with 9:47 left in the first half.
Rochelle had its best threat of the night late in the first half, moving from its own 22 to the Dixon 2. On fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 16.5 seconds on the clock, Dixon’s Kyle Bonnell (2006 grad) made a solo tackle to give the Dukes the ball for the second straight series.
“They had been running up the middle and not too much outside, so I felt like they were waiting on those clutch plays to run outside,” said Bonnell, who played defensive back. “I was ready for it.”
Dixon put the game away with a 24-point third quarter. First, Goad hit Shawn Bock (2005 grad) for an 11-yard TD pass. After a fumble recovery by Shippert (2012 grad), Goad had a 12-yard TD run. And, after a fumble recovery by Lumzy, Goad hit Mitch Wakeley (2009 grad) for a 20-yard TD pass.
The Dukes made good on all three two-point conversions: Goad on a run, Goad hitting Rasand Hall (1996 grad) and Mitch Wakeley adding the two after his TD.
A Bock interception set up Dixon’s final TD, a 42-yard dash by Goad. Mitch Wakeley added the two-pointer to make it 46-0 with 11 minutes left and start the continuous clock for the remainder of the game.
Goad and Lumzy relished the chance to get to play alongside some of their football heroes.
“I remember watching some of these guys playing when I was in junior tackle, like Dillabough,” Goad said. “And now, I get to pitch him the ball. That’s pretty awesome.”
“I talked to [2006 grad] Andrew Devine the other day. I told him I’ve been waiting all my life to play with them,” Lumzy said. “He said he wanted to play with me, too, so I was pumped for that opportunity.”
Star of the game: Scott Goad, Dixon, 272 total yards, 3 TD runs, 2 TD passes
Key performers: Dixon defense, shutout, 43 yards and 6 first downs allowed; Anthony Venier, Dixon, 3 catches, 48 yards; Alex Wakeley, Dixon, 3 catches, 46 yards