The Benton Harbor Tigers got off to a slow start this fall, losing their first five games. Over the past two weeks, they turned the corner. After never scoring more than 14 points, they have scored 34 and 35 points respectively. On Friday night, they pitched their first shutout since 2019 (South Bend Clay) in a 34-0 win against Dowagiac.

While the Chieftains of Dowagiac failed to score, Benton Harbor had little trouble finding the end zone. In the first quarter, the Tigers struck twice. First, Davionte Tasker broke off a 36-yard touchdown run. Later in the frame, Dominik Henderson powered across the goal line from two yards out. A successful conversion gave the team a 14-0 edge.

Benton Harbor’s lead would grow over the final three frames, as a result of some strong scoring drives. In the second quarter, Javon Mason hauled in a pass from Davionte Tasker, a 2-yard toss that pushed the Tigers’ halftime edge to 20 points. In the third and fourth quarter, Julius Watkins and Dominik Henderson each found the end zone on short touchdown carries.

Davionte Tasker led Benton Harbor with 100 rushing yards. The Tigers will look to get their third win of 2021 against Buchanan (2-5) next Friday. Dowagiac (0-7) has been outscored 238-14 in seven defeats. Their schedule reaches peak difficulty next week, as they will face Edwardsburg.