The Douglass football team improved to 5-1 after dominating Cherryvale from start to finish for a 44-8 home victory.

Douglass struck first with a 24-yard touchdown run by Zach Dressler. After the two-point conversion, Douglass led 8-0 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Cherryvale 24-0 to put the game away. Touchdown runs by Kaden Pichler and Zach Dressler gave Douglass a three-score lead. The Bulldogs added to their lead before halftime with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Pichler to Ryan Kiekel to put the Bulldogs up 32-0 at the break.

Two more touchdown runs by Zach Dressler, his third and fourth of the day, gave Douglass a 44-0 lead in the third quarter. Cherryvale finally got on the board in the fourth quarter with a short touchdown run.

Zachary Dressler torched the Cherryvale defense, racking up 185 yards rushing on just 14 carries for an average of over 13 yards per carry. Dressler has now rushed for 1,151 yards through six games.

Kaden Pichler completed six passes on nine attempts for 159 yards and a touchdown. Pichler also added 23 yards on the ground and is averaging over five yards per carry on the season.

Ryan Kiekel caught finished with 108 yards receiving on just two catches for the Bulldogs.

Douglass currently sits at the top of their 2A district with three wins and no losses against district opponents, while outscoring the competition by a total of 63 points.

The Bulldogs’s next game will be crucial as they take on Fredonia, who is also 3-0 in district games. After making the trip to Fredonia, the Bulldogs will host Belle Plaine to close out the regular season on Oct. 19.

“We expect to compete for a district title,” said Douglass head coach Kelley Sayahnejad.

“We still have some very tough challenges ahead of us. Fredonia is playing great football with three shutouts in six games. Belle Plaine is also playing great football. It will be a tough challenge but I know our kids will compete and give us a chance. Top to bottom this team is very unselfish and very fun to coach.”

If the Bulldogs can beat Fredonia next week, they will improve to 6-1. No Douglass team has started 6-1 since the 1996 season, when former NFL linebacker Monty Beisel was a senior at Douglass High School.