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Jack Bush throws for 264 yards and two TDs, Chelsea downs Allen Park 35-12 in Division 3

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Allen Park – Four times before Chelsea played in a regional final and four times the Bulldogs lost. In 2006 Fowlerville nipped Chelsea 28-25.

Chelsea tried for a fourth time to reach the semifinals on Friday and this time the Bulldogs made good.

And it wasn’t close.

Chelsea led 14-0 at halftime, added two more touchdowns in the third quarter and blew past Allen Park 35-12 in a Division 3 region final before a near-capacity crowd at Allen Park.

Chelsea (11-1) will play Coldwater (12-0), which will also make its first semifinal appearance, on Nov. 21 at a site to be officially announced on Monday.

Quarterback Jack Bush was outstanding. The son of coach Brad Bush, Bush was 16-of-20 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown.

Chelsea scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions to take a 14-0 lead.

The Bulldogs recovered an onside kick at their 47 and went 10 plays to score. Jack Bush, the son of coach Brad Bush, was 5-for-5 on the drive for 41 yards. His 7-yard pass to Noah van Reesema set up Jacob Samodi’s 2-yard touchdown run.

Allen Park’s Austin Dietz recovered a fumble at the Chelsea 29 and the Jaguars moved the ball to the 5-yard line and faced a fourth-and-3. Quarterback Antonio Mangiapane was stopped for a 1-yard gain and the Bulldogs took over with 10:37 left in the half.

It took Chelsea just six plays to score and Jacob Grob ran 67 yard for a touchdown through the middle of the Allen Park line.

The Bulldogs missed an opportunity to take a 17-0 lead at halftime but a 25-yard field try sailed left. Van Reesema’s fine over-the shoulder catch for a 50-yard gain gave the Bulldogs that chance to score.

Allen Park (10-2) gained 145 yards in the first half, Mangiapane had 58 yards on 10 carries, but the Jaguars couldn’t come up with a big play when they needed it. There were dropped passes, penalties and, of course, the missed opportunity inside Chelsea’s 10.

Bush started well despite a strong cross breeze in this Downriver community. He was 11-of-13 for 150 yards. Bailey Edwards had six receptions for 51 yards. Edwards had a one reception in the second half for 39 yards.

Tight end Jacob Scheese had four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown, from 3 yards out, gave Chelsea a 35-0 lead.

Nate Berrelez spoiled the shutout with a 2-yard touchdown run with 7:12 left.