Deerfield QB Dallas Margeson threw for two TDs on Friday night in a 36-7 rout of Bethesda.
ALBANY -- Deerfield-Windsor coach Allen Lowe said last week's 14-10 loss to Stratford Academy was "a wake-up call."
The Knights looked wide awake in Friday night's home opener against Region 2-AAA opponent Bethesda Day.
DWS scored on its first two possessions -- an 11-yard Quentin Heard run and a 51-yard pass from Dallas Margeson to Kh'ron McClain -- and never looked back en route to a 36-7 victory.
"We needed to come out and execute on offense, and I think we came out of the shoot pretty good, both on offense and defense," said Lowe, whose Knights improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in region play. Bethesda Day (0-2) remained winless.
The defending state champs came out on fire and got dozens of players involved offensively. Twelve Knights had positive rushing yards and six Knights caught passes, but Deerfield's biggest star was Margeson, who was nearly flawless under center, completing 8-of-15 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in just over two quarters of action.
"Margeson had a good night," Lowe said. "Overall, I can only think of one time when he made an improper read. Everything went well. He has guys who can catch it in space, and I thought we did a really good job of mixing it up."
The Knights opened up the game with an unsuccessful onside kick, which was possibly the high point in the game for Bethesda. The Blazers went three-and-out on offense, and Deerfield opened up the game with two spotless scoring drives. Margeson said he and his teammates wanted to come out strong after losing their first game since Sept. 4, 2009.
"We came out with a lot of energy because we lost to Stratford, so that motivated us," Margeson said. "We have been up tempo (all week at practice). We were mad and ready to go."
So if there's one lesson Bethesda can take from this, it's don't make Deerfield angry.
Because it wasn't just the Knights' offense that came out of the gates strong -- their defense shut down the Blazers in the first half. The most frequent recipient of that anger was Bethesda quarterback Brendon Carter, who threw an interception to Gaughf Ivey and was sacked twice by Matthew Fox and once by Heard and Chandler Lane.
"We knew what we were up against with the defending champs, but I also feel like we didn't show up," Bethesda coach Antoine Turner said. "Sometimes you have those programs that have great traditions, and then you get here and forget everything you are taught. Our guys didn't show up to play, but that was a great unit on the other side."
DWS went into halftime up 29-0 after Ivey caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Margeson and Bethesda snapped a ball into the end zone for a safety. DWS placekicker Trey Puckett, who was 4-for-4 on PATs, also hit field goals of 29 and 19 yards in the first half.
The Knights' final score came four minutes into the second half when Ivey, who rushed for 41 yards on seven carries, galloped in for a 13-yard touchdown run.
"I can't run without my blockers. Without my blockers, I'm not really a running back," Ivey said. "We are really coming together as a team. The line is starting to really come together and just know their responsibilities."
Six Knights ran for more than 10 yards, including Heard, who led the team in rushing with 71 yards. Ivey was the top DWS receiver with two catches for 53 yards.
Bethesda had little success running the ball, handing the ball off 24 times for just 73 yards.
Carter was 9-for-28 for 91 yards and scored his team's lone touchdown on a two-yard run with nine minutes to go in the game. But you can't place the blame solely on Carter, who was pressured all night and had several balls dropped by his receivers.
"We knew we couldn't just sit back there and let him throw," Lowe said. "He has a good arm and good wide receivers. We wanted to make sure that whatever he did, he had to think really fast."
Deerfield's next game is 7:30 p.m. on Friday at home against Bulloch Academy.