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Dixon goes off for 222 yards in Big Foot rout


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OPPOSING DEFENSES have been unable to catch Mason Dixon (35) all season.

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September 18, 2012 | 05:02 PM
ORFORDVILLE — Every time Big Foot senior Mason Dixon touches the ball, he is a serious problem for opposing defenses.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound power-speed combination back, who rushed for 514 yards in his first three games, was at it again Friday night.

Dixon went off for an area season high of 222 yards with four touchdowns, and the visiting Chiefs rolled to their 39th straight Rock Valley Conference victory in a 42-6 thrashing of Orfordville-Parkview.

Big Foot is now 4-0, and Parkview dropped to 3-1. It was Big Foot's fourth straight blowout victory.

The Chiefs have won by an average of 36 points per contest against the toughest part of their schedule.

Dixon scored on touchdown runs of 85, 23, 20 and six yards. He only needed 15 carries for the game.

"Mason runs so hard," Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said. "He broke six tackles on a seven-yard run. He has a great work ethic. He gets better every practice. Mason would run for the scout team if he has to."

Big Foot was up 28-0 at the half, and Carter Hehr and Quin Dixon added scoring runs to finish off the Vikings in the third quarter. But Parkview was able to move the ball in the first half.

The Vikings' biggest threat came at the end of the first quarter. With Big Foot up 14-0, Parkview completed a long pass and its receiver seemed destined for pay dirt. But Hehr tracked down the runner, stripped the ball and recovered the fumble.

On the very next play, Dixon turned a simple dive up the middle into an 85-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 and give Big Foot a comfortable lead.

Along with the fumble recovery, Hehr was 7-for-7 passing and added an interception on defense.

It was his 11th career pick, which broke Michael Walker's school record.

"Carter had an awesome game," Wedig said. "It was one of the best games I've ever seen from a safety. And he never made a mistake at quarterback. He hit the guys that were open and took off running when they weren't open."

The Chiefs were strong defensively, holding Parkview to 210 total yards. Parkview, which was averaging 300 rushing yards per game, was held to 168 yards Friday. Parkview only mustered 2.7 yards per carry.

"We made big plays when we had to," Wedig said. "We stopped them on a goal-line stand and turned them back in the red zone. We were fundamentally sound and not flashy."

Senior Daniel Gilstrap, who didn't start last year, paced the Chiefs with 15 tackles.

"He is not the most athletic guy," Wedig said of Gilstrap. "But he is fundamentally sound and good at what he does."

Tyler Vara added a fumble recovery, which led to a Big Foot touchdown.

Hehr finished with 86 passing yards. Matt Ripkey caught five of those tosses for 69 yards.

"We did a great job of moving the ball and mixing it up on offense," Wedig said.

Big Foot travels to Beloit Turner (0-4) Friday.

The Trojans have scored only six points this season and have lost by an average of 44 points per game.

"We are getting better every week and keeping our eyes on the playoffs," Wedig said. "They are big and get off the ball well. We will prepare for them like we do with any other opponent."

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