Dussault helps Bulldogs buckle down to pull out semifinal
And that’s what they did.
“At the end, we had to buckle down,” Dussault said. “They made it tough on us, we knew they would. But we were able to come through.”
On Depew’s last legitimate drive, it was Dussault that made the biggest defensive play. With the Bulldogs clinging to a 28-21 lead and three minutes left to pay, Depew quarterback Anthony Buono ran for a first down to the 45-yard line. But on the very next play, Dussault dropped Wildcat’s ball carrier Brian Rybak for a loss.
“I don’t know, he just ran to the outside and I was able to trip him up,” Dussault said. “It was just instincts. It was a big play.”
That’s what the Bulldogs seem to do best. The Bulldogs have 29 straight wins over Section VI opponents, have two straight sectional titles and have reached Ralph Wilson Stadium in each of the last four seasons.
Dussault may not get the notoriety of the likes of Stoldt and standout running back Corey Barczykowski, he’s come through when needed.
As a wide receiver, Dussault doesn’t get a whole lot of opportunities to touch the football. But he has made the most of his chances. He has just 10 catches for 204 yards — but four of those grabs went for touchdowns.
In the biggest game to date, Dussault found the end zone again, hauling in a second-quarter touchdown pass from Brian Stoldt in the Class B sectional semifinal against rival Depew.
“Great catch,” he said with a laugh. “Brian made a great pass like he always does and I was just happy to get in the end zone.”
The 28-21 win over the Wildcats gave Alden a fourth straight trip to the Class B sectional title game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“It feels beautiful, beautiful,” said Dussault, who had seven tackles and a sack on defense in the game. “I can’t wait to go to the Ralph; I’m ready to go right now.”