The Dansville passing attack was having success against the Fowler defense on Friday night until the rains came.
When it poured down in the second half, the Eagles poured it on with the running game.
A 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter was turned into a Fowler runaway, as the Eagles scored 34 unanswered points over the last three quarters in a 41-7 win.
“We scored right away and they came right back and scored and our heads never dropped. I just thought that was awesome of our guys,” Fowler coach Craig Koenigsknecht said. “We just rallied back and took it right back down the field and got back up again, and the kids kind of never looked back from there.”
The Eagles (2-1, 2-0) didn’t have to look back because they just kept going forward, thanks to a rushing attack that met limited resistance from the Dansville defense.
Fowler rushed for 280 yards as a team, paced by 166 yards on 18 carries from senior Tyler Koenigsknecht.
Koenigsknecht scored three straight rushing touchdowns for the Eagles. A 10-yard run put Fowler up 21-7 through two quarters and touchdown runs of 2 and 46 yards in the third put the game out of reach.
Senior Napoleon Watts added two rushing scores for the Eagles.
“They’re a physical team that really hammers you and they have a parade of good backs and a physical offensive line,” Dansville coach Dan Price said.
Dansville senior quarterback Garrett Soule completed 16 passes for 156 yards in the first half, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Zach Runciman to tie the game in the first quarter, but the Aggies (2-1, 1-1) struggled to move the ball with their spread attack in a driving rainstorm that began as the two teams were in the locker room at halftime.
The Aggies, who were shooting for their first 3-0 start since 1992, completed just two passes as a team in the second half.
“We were talking before kickoff and we were praying for rain,” Tyler Koenigsknecht said. “We loved it. When we heard it was raining, we knew they were a passing team and we knew that if we could secure the football we could definitely outgain them on the ground and that’s exactly what we did.”