Dreher coach Josh Steppe was curious to see how his team was going to react after having a bye last week. The Blue Devils won their opener but looked sloppy, according to Steppe.
That wasn’t a worry against Columbia on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Hakim Frazier scored three touchdowns, and Dreher (2-0) capitalized on three Capitals turnovers for a 28-6 victory that snapped Columbia’s six-game winning streak in the series.
Frazier scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards to lead the Blue Devils’ rushing attack. He finished with 93 yards on 12 carries, and his 4-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter was the backbreaker that pushed the Columbia deficit to 15 points.
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Steppe used three different players at quarterback, and all three were effective. Frazier completed 3-of-5 passes for 40 yards and also lined up at receiver and caught a pass for 4 yards.
Sophomore Howard Henderson was 4-for-8 for 61 yards and set up Frazier’s final touchdown run with a 28-yard pass to Tyrek Outen, who finished with three receptions for 49 yards to leading the passing attack. Outen also ran the Wildcat package and ran for 39 yards on seven carries.
Columbia (1-2) opened with a bang when Charles Dickerson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards, but he was stripped from behind by Bradford Lemmons inside the Dreher 10-yard line to give the Blue Devils possession at their own 9.
Behind a bruising rushing attack, Frazier completed the 15-play, 91-yard drive with a quarterback sneak to make it 7-0 with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing a Columbia punt, Frazier again scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap a 13-play, 87-yard drive to increase the lead to 14-0 with 8:13 remaining in the first half.
The Capitals answered with its best drive of the night. They went 63 yards in 13 plays to score on a 2-yard run by Quintin McMillian to cut the deficit to 14-6 at the half.
Neither team could get on track offensively in the third quarter. Dreher drove to the Columbia 2-yard line on their only possession but turned it over on downs.
DeShawn Goodwin intercepted a pass on the final play of the third quarter to put the Blue Devils in business at their own 28-yard line.
That set the stage for Frazier’s third touchdown. Lorenzo Ward, who added 73 yards on 21 carries, scored on a 14-yard run on the next Dreher possession to seal the victory with 1:18 remaining.
Columbia’s Anthony Brown tried to keep Columbia within striking distance. The senior completed 17-of-27 passes for 163 yards.
D – Hakim Frazier 1 run (Wesley Mousseau kick) 6:04
D - Frazier 1 run (Mousseau kick) 8:13
C – Quintin McMillian 2 run (pass failed) 2:17
D – Frazier 4 run (Mousseau kick) 7:53
D – Lorenzo Ward 14 run (Mousseau kick) 1:18