La Salle H.S.) hauled in Valparaiso’s lone
touchdown on Saturday afternoon as Dayton
defeated the Crusaders 38-7 at Brown Field to spoil Parents’ Day for the Brown
Henton made a 28-yard scoring
grab on a pass from Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden
H.S.) on the first play following a Nikko
Carson (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) fumble recovery in Flyer
The fumble recover was one of
three turnovers the Crusaders forced in the opening half. The first came on Dayton’s
second drive of the game as Roger Satur
Catholic H.S.) stripped Flyer ball carrier Dan Jacob at the goal line and Zac Griffin (Apple Valley, Calif./Granite
Hills H.S.) pounced on it.
Satur also picked off his
second pass in as many weeks late in the second quarter.
“In the first half we did a
good job of forcing turnovers,” head coach Stacy
Adams said. “However, offensively we
need to take the momentum from that, move the ball, and capitalize.”
Dayton’s defense held Valpo to just 60 total yards of
offense for the game and just two first downs.
Steve Valentino put the
Flyers on top with a pair of first half touchdowns, one on a one-yard
quarterback sneak and another on a 42-yard run.
He also added his third touchdown of the game to open the third quarter
had a 17-7 lead at intermission.
Brandon Wingeier had a
57-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third and Jacob added a
score in the fourth quarter.
Dayton (6-1, 4-0 PFL) racked up 476 yards of total offense,
including 271 on the ground. Valentino
carried 17 times for 127 yards while also completing 13-of-18 passes through
188 yards through the air.
Isaac Wildermuth (Sidney, Ohio/Upper Arlington H.S.) had 12 carries for 24 yards to
lead Valpo’s offense while Goergen was 4-of-12 passing for 33 yards. Henton had four receptions on the day.
Valparaiso (1-6, 0-4) will take to the road for the next two weeks,
heading to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. next Saturday for an 11 a.m. CDT game
Game Notes: Laurence Treadaway (Detroit,
Mich./Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s
H.S.) blocked a field goal attempt, his first career block … Kyle Himmelwright (Coplay, Pa./Whitehill
H.S.) returned the block 57 yards … Mitch
Secrest (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland H.S.) punted a season-high 12 times for a
35.8-yard average, including a long of 48 … Eli Crawford (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee H.S.) led the Crusaders with
seven tackles … Dayton leads the all-time series 17-2 and has won six straight.